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Collection TitleCL 25 Henry B. Sheely Estate PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByDebra Maloney
Date Completed:October 2009
Terms:Genealogy - Sheely Family; real estate development; Southport (N.Y.)
Historical:Sheely Family - Frederick Sheely, a German emigrant, came to the Chemung Valley in 1833, and worked in a tannery.  In 1874, he started his own tannery on the south side of the Chemung River near the Walnut Street Bridge.  His wife's name was Maria and their sons included Henry, Edward and John.  Edward and John owned E. & J. Sheely, wholesale dealers in hides, leather, shoe findings, and saddlery hardware, located at 243-249 West Water Street. Henry B. Sheely was a farmer who owned acreage on the south side of the Chemung River, from Lafayette Street to Bulkhead.  He died on May 23, 1943, leaving his estate to be divided among numerous nieces and nephews.  The executor of his estate was Fred E. Scharf, the husband of his niece, Mildred.

The Henry B. Sheely Estate Papers include numerous legal documents such as wills, deeds, abstracts of titles and court records; correspondence of the executor of the estate, Fred E. Scharf; receipts and the personal correspondence of Olive M. Sheely, the niece of Henry B. Sheely.

Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1900-1950

This collection contains various legal and personal documents relating to the estate of Henry B. Sheely. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
History of the Sheely Tannery, probably written by Joe Boyd, 1962.Document010901
Last will and testament of Henry B. Sheely, May 11, 1943.Document011001
Letters Testamentary from Surrogate's Court for the estate of Henry B. Sheely, June 30, 1943.Document011002
Notice of hearing for appraisal of the estate of Henry B. Sheely, to be held on August 9, 1943, addressed to Fred Sharf, executor of the estate of Henry B. Sheely, August 3, 1943.Document011003
Receipts for funeral expenses for Henry B. Sheely from Drs. F & C. Haase, the Elmira Star-Gazette, Sheely Brothers Inc. Florists, and Stephen L. Wilson, mortician, May-June 1943.Document011004
Bill from Milne's Memorial Studio for Henry B. Sheely's tombstone, January 21, 1944.Document011005
Tax bill for the estate of Henry B. Sheely, issued by Surrogate's Court of Chemung County, with receipt showing payment, October 1943.Document011006
Envelope from the Rathbone Corp. addressed to "Estate of Henry B. Sheely, Henry B. Sheely Will, Funeral Expenses and Incidentals", undated.Document011007
Cancelled checks from the Chemung Canal Trust Company, account of the estate of Henry B. Sheely, January-March 1944.Document011101
Sheely family receipts from: Hygia Refrigerating Company; Peerless Dry Cleaing Co.; Chapman Hardware Co., Inc.; Henry L. Taylor, wall paper & paints; Acme All-Steel Radiator Shields & Enclosures; G.A. MacGreevey, books & stationery; Leonard C. Gridley, hardware; Gridley, Fuhrman Hardware Co; Gridley, Fuhrman & Martin Hardware Company; Harris, McHenry & Baker Co., lumber; Martin's Hardware; Elmira Builder's Supply Co.; W.J. & E.R. Young, lumber; Dr. George M. Case; Dr. N.H. Soble; Dr. B.O. Chapman; Robert Packer Hospital; Elmira Mirror Works; Fred M. Bottcher, interior decrorator; Sheely Bros. florists; J.S. Havens, blacksmith; Hudson Shoe Company; Gosper-Kelly, Inc., shoes & hosiery; Gorton Coy; Joel's Millinery; Fashion Frocks, Inc.; Chemung County Rod & Gun Club; Western Auto Supply Co., 1901-1940.Receipts011201
Blank invoice forms for E. & J. Sheely, leather goods, ca. 1900. Invoices011202
Blank invoice forms for E.V. Sheely, leather goods, 1930s-40s.Invoice011203
Invitation to the wedding of Carol Lou Dlrymple to William Miles, July 3, 1954. Invitation011204
Receipt book from E.V. Sheely Leather and Shoe Store Supplies, February 17-24, 1936.Document011205
A bill from Harris, McHenry & Baker Co. Document011207
A bill from Elmira Builders Supply Co. Document011213
A bill from Harris, McHenry & Baker Co. Document011222
A bill from the Harris, McHenry & Baker Co. Lumber for S.V. Sheely, August 1, 1933. Invoice011226
A bill from G.A. MacGreevey, books, stationery, Office Supplies dated January 31,1929.Document011243
A blank sheet from E. & J. Sheely. Document011264
A blank sheet from E.V. Sheely, Dr. Wholesale Hides, Leather and shoe store supplies. Document011266
Blank Pocket notebooks from Meyer Threads of Lowell, Massachusetts, 1923-1940.Document011301
Pocket notebook from Morris Fishman& Son, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 1936-1937.Document011302
Promotional booklet from Ground Gripper Surgical Shoe, 1911.Booklet011303
Invitations and responses to invitations for Olive Sheely, 1894-1899.Document011401
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