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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Invitation to Elmira Free Academy Commencement, 1906. Invitation012404
Letter from Mary B. Bowman to Olive Sheely congratulating her on graduating high school, 1906. Letter012405
Program - Piano music performed by pupils of Georgianna Palmer at the First Baptist Church, June 28, 1907. (2 copies)Program012406
(3) Report cards from the Elmira School of Religious Education for Olive Sheely, 1917-1923.Report Cards012407
(2) Bank statements for Olive Sheely's account with the Chemung Canal Trust Company, 1929.Document012408
(3) Report cards from Elmira College for Olive Sheely, 1931. Report Cards012409
Letter from Mildred Scharf to Olive Sheely with family news, Febraury 13, 1936. Letter012410
Deed for land in the Town of Southport willed to Olive Sheely by the Estate of Henry B. Sheely, 1948. Document012411
Deed for the sale of land in the Town of Southport from Olive Sheely to Richard & Betty Ladd, with cover letter, 1952. Deed012412
(2) Valentine's Day cards sent to Olive Sheely by her grand-nephew 'Skipper,' 1957. Greeting Cards012413
Draft of Olive' Sheely's Will with cover letter, 1966. Document012414
Bond between Lawrence & Rosemary Davies and Olive Sheely, 1974. Document012415
Letter from the law offices of Sayles, Evans, Brayton, Palmer & Tifft to Malcome Wiley regarding the sale of 113 Chemung Place, 1974. Letter012416
Letter from Hester Dyekman to Olive Sheely about life updates, 1974. Letter012417
Statement of Olive Sheely's investments with the Chemung Canal Trust Company, 1979. Document012418
Letter from Harriet Ehringer to Olive Sheely about nursing homes, 1979. Letter012419
Bill from Bethany Center Retirement Home, 1979.Bill012420
Olive Sheely's obituary, June 14, 1982.Newspaper Clipping012421
This folder contains Olive Sheely's correspondence regarding her genealogy research, 1928-1953. Correspondence012501
This folder contains the following photographs: Olive Sheely at various ages; camping trip on the Genesee River, 1920s; Kathryn Ibell; Abram McHenry monument from Woodlawn Cemetery; Mrs. George Farr; Mary Smith; Hattie Sheely; Helen Greene, Harriet Hall, Marie Beener, Elizabeth Buckingham, Jean Matthews & unidentified women. Photographs012601
(3) Trade cards for F. Sheely and Ziegler Bros., leather goods dealers. Trade Cards012701
Blank invoice from F. Sheely, leather goods dealer, 1891. Invoice012702
Certificate declaring Henry B. Sheely to be a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret 32 degree, 1902. Certificate012703
Letter from Mildred Sheely to her aunt Anna Fitzsimmons with family news, 1902. Letter012704
Letter from Mary Sheely to her counsin Sally about Sally's trip to New York City, 1908. Letter012705
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