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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
Abstract of Title for section of Sheely Park, Town of Southport, between Leland Street, South Broadway and Pennsylvania Avenue, January 12, 1931.Document020707
Abstract of Title for property bounded on the north by Leland Street and on the west by Sheely Street, Town of Southport, July 17, 1941.Document020708
Abstract of Title for section of Sheely Park< Town of Southport, along the north side of Leland Street, November 9, 1943.Document020709
Power of Attorney from Mary A. Todd to John Charles Todd, August 28, 1907. Document020710
Deed for the sale of land between South Broadway and Pennsylvania Avenue, Town of Southport, from Mary A. Todd to Henry B. Sheely, October 20, 1908. Document020711
Surrogate's Court documents for estate of Henry B. Sheely, March 21, 1946.Document020801
Chemung County Surrogate's Court documents for the estate of Henry B. Sheely, May 1, 1946.Document020802
Chemung County Surrogate's Court documents for the estate of Henry B. sHeely, May 22, 1946.Document020803
Chemung County Surrogate's Court, Settlement of the Final Account of the Estate of Henry B. Sheely, February 14, 1949.Document020804
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