Orville Clayton Shaver

Orville C. and Bessie E. Shaver

Orville Clayton & Bessie Eva (Perry) Shaver

Orville Clayton Shaver was the son of Joseph Watson & Agnes Colista (Palmer) Shaver. He was born on May 28, 1877 in Eaton County, Michigan, USA.

On June 14, 1903, he married Bessie Eva Perry in Carmel Township, Eaton County. Their marriage record indicates she was the daughter of Clarence George & Ida Mae "Ettie" (Campbell) Perry.

As of April 16, 1910, his occupation was listed as a railroad laborer on the U.S. Census in Vermontville, Eaton County.

On September 12, 1918, he registered for the WWI draft in Eaton County. At the time, he was living in Charlotte, Eaton County and working as a farm laborer for Gene Hubbard. On the 1920 U.S. Census, conducted on the 3rd & 5th of January that year, his occupation was listed a farm laborer (working out), indicating that he was probably still working for Mr. Hubbard. 

As of 1927 and 1928, he and his family lived at 638 Dewey Avenue in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan. He worked as a foreman (1927) and laborer (1928).

On the 1930 U.S. Census (dated May 3, 1930), he lived in Blackman Township in Jackson County. He listed his occupation as an auto parts laborer. Following the Census, the Jackson city directory indicates him with the following occupations and addresses:

1931: Occupation - Laborer; Address: 1002 Wayne

1932: Occupation - Janitor; Address: 1005 Wayne

1933: Occupation - Factory Worker; Address: 831 Foote

1935: Occupation - Factory Worker; Address: 614 Francis


Orville passed away on January 10, 1965 at the age of 88. Bessie survived him until September 15, 1969. They are buried next to each other at Millerburg Cemetery.

Together, Orville and Bessie had nine children:

Marcus Clifford Shaver [1904 - 1939]

Rev. Clarence Joseph Shaver [1907 - 1998]

Kenneth Levi Shaver [1910 - 1996]

Glenna Gladys (Shaver) Southward/Baker [1911 - 1988]

Edna Etta Shaver [1913 - 1919]

Hazel Glycene (Shaver) Navarre/Lasky [1917 - 2011]

Orville Stanley Shaver [1920 - 1996]

Merlin M. Shaver [1923 - living]

Cordie Louise (Shaver) Felder [living]

Back: Orville Clayton, Marcus Clifford, & Bessie Eva (Perry) Shaver; Front:
 Glenna Gladys, Kenneth Levi, Clarence Joseph, & Edna Etta Shaver; About 1914.

*Note: Specific information may not listed for living persons for the privacy of these individuals.