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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) Letters from the Chemung County Historical Society to the members, 1958. Letters013307
Invoice from the Bootery, ca. 1950s. Invoice013308
Christmas card from Grace Episcopal Church, ca. 1960s. Greeting Card013309
Newspaper clippings related to the Brewer family of Elmira. Newspaper Clippings013310
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