Tracing the Scalf, Scarfe, Scalph Family has been a somewhat difficult challenge. We are very fortunate that some very dedicated people did much of he early work. This and the internet have made the task much easier. But, the ease of putting together 80%-90% of our family tree can be deceiving. Just because someone has posted family information on the LDS (Latter Day Saints - Mormon <www.familysearch.com>) site, or the Family TreeMaker <www.ancestry.com> site, or some other site, does not make it accurate. In fact, there are numerous errors.
However, I make no claim that the data we post here is error-free. I only want to remind you that we really need to go back through all of this and cite references and document them to make a case that what we have is accurate. I have sent information to several genealogists, pointing out where I think there are some significant problems in their reports, but have received little response. On the other hand, some folks have been really wonderful and helpful. We will post any information that we receive that questions the accuracy of something I have posted -- even thought we may not have had the time to verify its accuracy. If you see something, and verify it, let us know.
I am interested in seeing a complete and thorough history of the Scalf Family in America and I hope to contribute in some way to that effort. I believe we will see that in a few years because the conversion of so many written documents to computer readable files has made searching faster and easier, and the internet has put a lot of us in touch with each other. No one person or group can do this job. Together, however, we can make a big difference. I became interested in the East Tennessee Scalf's originally in the 1960's and much of the work I did was in that era. Because of military service requirements, I had to leave the work at that time and am just now trying to document what I know. I am now 68 years old and just want to tie up a few loose ends and put everything I have on several copies of a CDROM and make it available to anyone who wants one, free if possible, I wish we had some earlier works on CDROM as some of you are fairly young and have trouble getting access to a copy of these works.
I would like to pay special tribute to an old newspaperman and writer from Stanville, Kentucky who with some very hard working friends, put together the first attempt of which I am aware to document the Scalf Family. Henry P. Scalf published his book Chronicles of the Scalf Family in 1970. On page 4 he acknowledges the help of nearly 30 people -- a handful I know were hard working contributors. Henry P. went against the old stories in Kentucky that even though we were poor country folks for the most part, we descended from European royalty. Henry made me a present of a copy of the book even though my help was superficial and brief at best, and on page 6 he says "The book is incomplete and will contain errors but it is hoped it will serve as a guide to those who want to attempt additional research on the family". It is noteworthy that a major collaborator in the research of Henry P. Scalf's book was Mrs. Elsie Payne Archer.
"Cousin" Henry left us some years later, but I knew him to be a gentleman. About the middle of January 2001, I spoke to his son Albert about posting a "re-creation" of his book on the internet (a "re-creation" is defined as the best copy I can make from the scanned pages of the book, read by computer, and proof-read for errors in scanning). I have now completed the first draft of this "re-creation" -- all 206 pages, no small task -- and will be proofreading and making changes as necessary to ensure accuracy.
The next substantial work, in a different style,
but covering in a less restrictive manner a larger cross-section of the
Scalf family was the book Scalf Family History by Elmer D. Scalf
published in 1982. There are a few remaining copies of this book
available and I have made arrangements for you to have access to those.
(See our "home page") I have also "re-created"
the text of this book and posted it here on this web site so that we may
and cross-reference it.
I am now in my 84th year and
we have just had to move this web site to a new location. I have
attempted to ensure it being available for at least 10 years, to 2031.
We are all up in years and unlike as has been true in my lifetime, no
one stands out as the most knowledgeable authority on the Scalf Family
history. Thus we have no one at this time to pass the torch to. I am
trying to format the book to fit on a DVD so it can be distributed at
cost to as many of you as want one. The objective is obviously to
preserve our family history and make it readily available. Too few
libraries and people have copies of the previous works. It is not
practical to format and print this manuscript in book form as only 2
chapters would require 500 pages and the size and expense make such a
Octoiber 1, 2021