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Collection TitleCL 154 Scharf-Sheely Genealogy CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:September 2015

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the Westfield Memorial Library in 2012. 

Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy -- Scharf Family; Genealogy -- Sheely Family; Women -- Suffrage

Scharf Family - Edward Scharf (1831-1874) and his wife Elizabeth (1826-1897) emigrated from Germany to Elmira, New York, in 1852.  He worked as a butcher, as did his son.  

Sheely Family - Frederick Sheely Sr. (1801-1826), his wife, and children emigrated from Germany to the United States during the 1830s.  They initially settled in Allegheny County, New York, but the oldest son, Frederick Sheely Jr. (1828-1901) eventually settled in Southport, New York.  There he established a tannery.  His sons continued the tradition with their own tanneries. 

Fred Scharf (1885-1953) married Mildred H. Sheely (1893-1974) in 1919.  Their daughter Harriet and Mildred's sister Olive Sheely (1889-1982) compiled the collection. 

Scope:The Scharf-Sheely Genealogy Collection contains genealogical notes and family papers compiled by Harriet Scharf Ehringer and her aunt Olive Sheely concerning the Scharf and Sheely families and related lines. 
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1850-2001
AbstractThis collection contains genealogical notes and family papers concerning the Scharf and Sheely families and related lines. 

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(2) Receipts in German for monies paid by members of the Scharf family, ca. 1850s. Receipt012102
(4) Official travel documents issued by the German government to members of the Scharf family, ca. 1852.Document012103
Certificate of membership in the Village of Elmira Fire Company No. 1 issued to Edward Scharf, 1854. Certificate012104
Certificate of naturalization as a citizen of the United States of America issued to Edward Scharf, September 13, 1858.Certificate012105
Warranty Deed between Edward Scharf and N.D. Staus for a plot of land in the Village of Elmira, 1862. Document012106
Certificate of naturalization as a citizen of the United States of America issued to Jacob Berhalter, December 13, 1867. Certificate012107
(2) Invoices from J.M. Robinson & Sons, undertakers and John O'Brien, headstone makers, for expenses from the funeral of Edward Scharf, 1874. Invoices012108
Invitation to the wedding of Sophie Berhalter and Edward Scharf (Jr.), November 29, 1883. Invitation012109
Letter from law firm Youmans, Moss & Knipp to Elizabeth Scharf regarding the settling of her husband's estate, 1887. Letter012110
Program - "London Assurance" presented by the senior class of Elmira Free Academy (EFA), 1905. Program012111
Program - Forty-Fifth Annual Commencement of the Elmira Free Academy, 1905. Program012112
(2) Invoices from the Misses Norton School sent to Fred Scharf, 1925-1927.Invoices012113
Trade card for E & J Sheely, dealers in leather goods, ca. 1880s. Trade Card012201
Newspaper clipping about E & J Sheely, dealers in leather goods, ca. 1880s.Newspaper Clipping012202
Invitation to the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. B.A. Cater, 1888. Invitation012203
Letter from H.W. House to Edward V. Sheely abut family news, April 15, 1903. Letter012204
Deed for a lot in Woodlawn Cemetery sold to Edward V. Sheely, 1921. Deed012205
Deed for sale of land in the Village of Elmira Heights from Edward V. Sheely to Earl Bowman, 1926. Deed012206
Blank invoices from E.V. Sheely, dealer in leather goods, ca. 1940s. Letterhead012207
Death certificate for Edward V. Sheely, 1941. Certificate012301
(11) Letters of condolence sent to the Sheely family following the death of Edward V. Sheely, 1941. Letters012302
Legal and financial documents related to the settling of the Edward V. Sheely Estate, ca. 1941. Documents012303
Birth certificate for Olive Sheely, 1889. Certificate012401
(6) Elmira Public School Report cards for Olive Sheely, 1896-1902.Report Cards012402
Certificate of confirmation issued to Olive Sheely by Park Church, 1902. Certificate012403
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