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Richard Hill Shivers
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1858
Pike County
Georgia, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1946
Texas, USA

He taught Sacred Harp Singing Schools in Alabama and Texas.
"The LaFayette (AL) Sun" - November 10, 1909:

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Shivers, formerly of Luverne, Ala., were in the city Friday enroute to Daviston, where they will spend several days with relatives. They will leave the 16th for Killeen, Texas, where they will make their home.
"The LaFayette (AL) Sun" - January 19, 1916:

Mr. Shivers Writes From Killeen, Texas.

Editor LaFayette Sun: - Will you please allow a little space in the good old LaFayette Sun for me to tell the readers a few of the things that have been, and are now going on in this part of the good old state of Texas?
I live in a little town on the G.C. & S.F.R.R. in Bell County, twenty-five miles west of Temple, and about seventy-five miles north of Austin. We have a nice little town of about 1,500 inhabitants, and one of the finest schools in the state, something like 500 students in regular attendance. We have two banks and four cotton gins.
The cotton crop was very sorry in this part of the state this year. Only ginned about 4,000 bales here in Killeen this season, while they have ginned as much as 9,000 bales in some of the seasons past.
The oat crop was very good, and also the corn crop. The grain man says he has bought and shipped away from Killeen in this last season 208 car loads of grain. That includes the wheat and oat crops. One day last summer, at one time, they were loading 5 cars and then there were 49 wagons standing, waiting to be unloaded. I have seen this fall, when the farmers were hauling in their corn, two cars being loaded at once, with a wagon on each side of the cars, then there were 9 wagons waiting to be unloaded. The grain man told me that he would guess there had been as many as 50 car loads of grain shipped away from Killeen that he did not have anything to do with Ė shipped by the farmers themselves.
There are a good many livestock shipped away from here, though the stock men say they donít ship very many stock from this place. I have seen as many as 300 cows in one bunch here to be shipped. While I was on the mail route I met in the road 402 yearlings in one bunch, besides, all the people here raise turkeys.
The turkey raisers have put on the market here at this place about 66,500 pounds of turkeys this season. They sold in one day a little over 28,000 pounds at 13 1/2 cents per pound. I know that sounds like a big turkey tale, but if there is any doubt about it, I think the figures can be gotten up more correct than that.
The land here is not as level as some people have supposed the land in Texas to be. There is a great deal of poor mountain land in this part of the state, and the most of it is not fit for anything at all. The valley lands between those mountains commonly is very rich and fertile. It is black land and when it is wet it sticks to everything that touches it. When it rains here everybody stays in or gets balled up in the mud. Everybody travels on horseback when it is muddy. It isnít anything out of the ordinary for one riding out a distance of 10 miles to pass 6 or 8 wagons stuck up in the mud. They get caught out in the rain and when it gets so sticky they canít go the driver just unhitches his team and goes home and waits until it drys off before he trys to move his wagon.
Well, for fear I worry you I will quit, but if this were to appear I might write again some time; but say, Mr. Editor, you will please find enclosed one dollar, for which you will renew my subscription to the good old LaFayette Sun another year. I guess my subscription has expired, because I have not had a paper in four weeks.

An Old Chambers County Boy,

R. H. Shivers, Killeen Texas, Bell County, January, 10, 1916.
"The LaFayette (AL) Sun" - January 23, 1918:

Texas Subscriber Writes.

Editor The Sun:

You will find enclosed money order for $1.50, for which you will now renew my subscription to "The Sun" for another year. Of course it looks like we are up against a pretty hard proposition, being in a drought-stricken country, not making any crops last year and not a very good crop the year before, and it being in time of war too. This all makes it pretty hard on us in this part of the world. However, as we are former Chambers County people, we want "The Sun" to continue to shine in our home for a while longer. It is the message bearer that brings good tidings from our old home every week, so you will find enclosed money order to pay for your paper another year.

- R. H. Shivers, Killeen, Texas, Jan. 16, 1918.
"The LaFayette (Alabama) Sun" - September 23, 1925:

R. H. Shivers Visits in Chambers County.

R. H. Shivers, of Killeen, Texas, and formerly of Chambers County, has been a visitor in the county for the past two or three weeks. Mr. Shivers has been a subscriber to the LaFayette Sun from the olden days and his name is still on the list. He came by the Sun office and paid us a visit.
Mr. Shivers left Chambers County some twenty years ago, but he has never lost interest in the affairs of the county. He has many relatives here and says he enjoys coming back to the scenes of his earlier days.
Speaking of crop conditions in the section of Texas in which he resides he said that there were forty counties near him there in which nothing would be made; that the cotton in many of the counties was not up and that there had been no rainfall since April. He will spend a short while longer in the county with friends and relatives and will leave at an early date for his home in the Lone Star State.
1870 Chambers County, (Milltown) AL Census:


M. J. Shivers 38F Keeping House Born GA
Louisa Shivers 20F Born GA
Mary Shivers 19F Born GA
Margaret Shivers 17F Born GA
Robert Shivers 14M Born GA
Lilla Shivers 10F Born GA
John Shivers 8M Born GA
1880 Chambers County, (Milltown) AL Census:


Richard Shivers 22M Farming Born GA
Ann Shivers 21F Wife Keeping House Born AL
1900 Chambers County, (Trammell X-Roads) AL Census:


Richard H. Shivers 42M Farmer Born Jan. 1858 in GA
Mallida A. Shivers 41F Wife Born Sept. 1858 in *GA (Married 20 years. Mother of 2 children; 2 living)
Millard C. Shivers 18M Son At School Born Oct. 1881 in AL
Eddie G. Shivers 14M Son At School Born Sept. 1885 in AL

*Note: Should be AL
1910 Bell County, (Killeen) TX Census:


Richard H. Shivers 52M House Carpenter Born GA
Littie A. Shivers 51F Wife Born AL (Married 31 years. Mother of 2 children; 2 living)
1920 Henderson County, (Athens-Martin St.) TX Census:


Richard H. Shivers 61M Carpenter Born GA
Lidia A. Shivers 60F Wife Born AL
_____ Childs 41M Boarder Salesman-Wholesale House Born TX
1930 Bell County, (Killeen-10th St.) TX Census:


Richard H Shivers 72M Carpenter Born GA
Maud Shivers 58F Wife Born TN
Family links: 
  Mary Jane Moore Shivers (1832 - 1901)
  Melitta Alsada/Alzadie Belcher Shivers (1859 - 1927)
  Maude Jones Shivers (1871 - 1951)
  Millard Collins Shivers (1881 - 1964)*
  Ed Green Shivers (1885 - 1965)*
  Louisa LizaJane Shivers Bishop (1850 - 1920)*
  Margrett Ann Shivers Bishop (1854 - 1931)*
  Robert T. Shivers (1855 - 1933)*
  Richard Hill Shivers (1858 - 1946)
  John Bolin Shivers (1862 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Killeen City Cemetery
Bell County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Aug 18, 2009
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Richard Hill Shivers
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Richard Hill Shivers
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