Thursday, January 19, 2017

Martin Van Buren Shive SE Kane January 16, 201



When Martin Van Buren Shive entered church sanctuary, the very air changed.  Worshippers pulled their shoulders back, sat taller, and focused on Christian principles.  Martin changed the very atmosphere by his upright moral beliefs and actions.

In Shive Family History, not much seems to be known.  Born 1839, served in the Union Army.  Went in with ideals and lofty thoughts of mankind’s ability to seek higher moral ground.  Came home an officer, with a ragged scar down his face, and disillusioned about his fellow men. Died in the early 1900s.

I have been trying to write about the Shive family, of which Marie (Shive) Cardiff was eldest of six children.  But there was precious little about Martin Van Buren Shive.  One photo, a sentence or two, and not much else was the hard copy source wanted and needed.

Why is this important?  He was John South Shive’s father, Marie’s father.  Not just genes direct who people are, but changes the very core of one’s family.  Father John South Shive was an important aspect of Marie’s story.  His father was part of his forming life, which affected Marie for the rest of her life.

Pouring through boxes of photos, letters, postcards, and such revealed a newspaper article published some thirty years ago.  My Aunt Vada had listened to Grandmother’s stories, finally requesting to write them (in short hand) for an article in The Weekly Messenger.

This is what I had been dying to find.

Sooo, when it is all written out, I will post it here.  Should be an interesting read.