NEW BOOK BEING WRITTEN ONLINE!!!
(A group effort, you can help)
Scalf Family in America
Unique History by Margaret Fleenor,
Assisted by Virgil Scalf and Scalf's Everywhere
One in Which You Can Participate
A friend sent along these
photographs and asked for help in identifying the
people. Her mother received the photo from Cleo
Rowland Winters. Cleo's parents were Ollie Mae Scealf
Rowland and Elijah J. Rowland. We would like to
identify the young woman and children in the picture.
The requester's mother is to left of the older woman.
Thanks for your help. If you
know who they are, please email (spaces added
to avoid email address harvesting):
b scalf @
nxs . net
BRITTAN SCALF NOTE: Updates have been added
throughout this chapter since the first posting;
however, please make special note of the section on
Jeremiah and Sarah Brinstone Scalf, son of Brittan and
Talitha Couch Scalf. If anyone has confirming/denying
information on Sarah, it would be greatly appreciated.
- We would like to
contact the person who left the following
note on the web site on May 3. You did not leave a name or email address.
Please send a message to the following email address so
we can respond:
I love the website. I an a direct descendent
of John Scarf. Henry Scarf was my great grandfather. I
have his civil war records and pension application for
his wife Margaret Scalf. I am putting together all the
info I have and the stories of Henry. Keep up the good
ATTENTION - the person who left the following
post did not leave a name or email address and thus we cannot
My grandmother was Ella Francis
Scalf Jenkins born in Martin Co. KY and moved to
Delbarton, WV. She died in July of 2003. Her father was
Dallas Scalf who worked in the mines. She had, that I
know of, three brothers - John, Estile, Robert and
sisters Mary and Goldie. Are we connected?
IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING CHAPTERS USING THE RECENTLY
RELEASED 1940 CENSUS IFORMATION. BE SURE TO
CHECK YOUR FAVORITE CHAPTERS.
INTRODUCTION TO THE WRITING OF
THE SCALF FAMILY IN AMERICA
needs little introduction to most of you. Not since
Elsie Payne Archer has anyone spent more time researching
the Scalf Family or contributed to the content of more
books and manuscripts. Margaret has graciously
agreed to lead the way in what we hope will be the most
up-to-date and accurate account of The Scalf Family in
America to date.
Virgil Scalf has provided major help to all of us with
his excellent research and help with keeping the book
pages up to date and emailing those who contact us
looking for or providing information. The Margaret and
Virgil team have been outstanding in leading us and
providing the most thorough and accurate recording of
the Scalf family in America.
Note that I said "lead" -- we have resources
that Henry P. Scalf and Elmer D. Scalf did not have.
We have more computerized records and the communications
capabilities of the internet. There are too many
missing pieces to the puzzle of our family history for one
person to be able to discover. In many cases,
what we need to know does not even exist in a public
record. So, let's all dig into our own family
records, ask relatives, find out facts, and send them to
us. The result we hope will be the most complete
documentation of the family that can be created at this
Keep in mind as Margaret and Virgil collect and write that
attempt to carefully tell us what they believe is fact,
what is likely, and what is pure guesswork. This
will not reflect on you as the submitter, only how well we
are able to verify the information.
I need to clarify something right here -- please read and
understand. There are several organizations and
companies "out there" collecting what we freely
give and putting it on web sites and on CDROM's and
selling it back to us. We have no intention of
profiting from either what Margaret writes herself, or
what she writes from what you submit. It is
necessary, however, to Copyright this material to prevent
others, who are not so altruistically inclined, from
profiting from it. Therefore, we will Copyright all
parts of the manuscript to ensure that you always have
FREE access to it. If you see a problem with this,
please let us know.
The new writings are available using the link below which
takes you to another index, or by using the working index
or BELOW and let The Scalf
Family in America begin.
01 - Lewis Scalf 1745-1839
02 - David S. Scalf
Chapter 03 - Dave and Susan (now included in Chapter 2)
Chapter 04 - Malachi Scalf (now included in Chapter 2)
Chapter 05 -
Benjamin Scalf, Sr.
06 - Misc. Scalf Families
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 1)
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 2)
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 3)
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 4)
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 5)
- Penelope (Pennie) Scalf Parker
- William Scalf son of Lewis Scalf
Children of John Scalf, Sr.
10 - Nancy Scalf Collins
11 - Mary Polly Scalf Trent
Chapter 12 -
John Scalf, Jr.
Chapter 13 -
Lydia Scalf Painter
- Berryman Scalf
Chapter 17 - Lee Scalf
Chapter 21 -
Betsy Scalf Collins
Chapter 22 - Robert Scalf
Celia Ann Scalf
"Chronicles of the Scalf Family" by Henry P.
Scalf of Stanville, Kentucky. This is a re-typing of the original
book written and copyrighted in 1970 by the author. It is made available
here by the generous permission of his son, Albert Scalf, with the
knowledge that most of you do not have access to the original book.
Elmer D. Scalf is complete except for adding a few photographs.
This is a re-typing of Elmer's original book written and copyrighted in
1982 by the author.
John Silas Scalf Medicine books
- John Silas Scalf was
a self-taught mountain medicine man. He was always addressed as Doc
Scalf. He operated a small laboratory in his home. In this laboratory he
produced many different kinds of ointments, salves, and herb tonics for
all the aliments that plagued his neighbors. He developed the Scalf's
Indian River Medicine. Click
here to read
about his medicine books and additional information.
Scaff, Skagg, and Lyons-Scalf
... we have information and links to these families who are
Scaggs - Homepage of Herschel Skaggs from William
Littleton Scaff line (Son of Lee Scalf).
Lots of photos of this line.
Lyon(s)-Scalf Families of Sullivan Co., TN:
A website containing a large history collection in .pdf
file format for the
Family. The collection traces the
ancestors & descendents of
Scalf, of Sullivan Co., TN (daughter
Scalf & Nannie Mae Glover; granddaughter
Scalf & Lydia Mayfield) and Mary’s
James Andrew “Jim” Lyons (son of
William H. “Bill” Lyons & Florance Woods; grandson
of Landon C. Lyon & Louisa Glover). The family
history begins in the mid-1500’s for the
family. The site includes hundreds of old and
current family pictures, current family history
information, multiple cemetery transcripts, list of
family surnames and much more.
For owners of Scalf Family History by Elmer D. Scalf,
I have posted Gene Scalf's ALPHABETICAL INDEX for the Scalf Family
History. Click HERE to use or download it.
New Feature -
Search & Display Your
This is an exciting
feature. We are now able to allow you to search one of our
databases. There are many other entries and
corrections to be
made in Scalf and other connecting families so this will be
constantly evolving as research proceeds.
Click on the above link and check it out.
Chapter VII -
John Scalf, Sr. (Part 1) under "The Early Years",
there is a paragraph that began
document is the most difficult to
reason, it will not be posted at this
paragraph has been removed
and an attempt
to read and
contents of the statement by John Scalf has
been inserted. We
link that to a
copy of the original document.
Nov. 5, 2010 --
Chapters 2,3,4 combined into new Chapter 2, David S. Scalf. This is a
re-write and upgrade of this chapter.
July 17, 2010 -- Chapter 6,
Misc. Scalf Families has been updated. Now includes Skelf.
NOTE: Updates have been added throughout this chapter since the first
posting; however, please make special note of the section on Jeremiah and Sarah
Brinstone Scalf, son of Brittan and Talitha Couch Scalf. If anyone has
confirming/denying information on Sarah, it would be greatly appreciated.
Nov 24, 2008 -- Chapter 23 -
Celia Ann Scalf is posted. This chapter ends the writings of
the sixteen children of John Scalf, Sr. and Edeah (Edy) Carlisle Scalf. John and
Edy had fourteen living children with descendents. Celia Ann Scalf Lockard was
the last known child of John and Edy.
July 19, 2008 -- Chapter 22 - Robert Scalf is
posted. This chapter continues the level of excellence being
achieved with recent efforts. The detail of these works and the
accompanying references continue to demonstrate the quality,
thoroughness, and importance in this new history of The Scalf Family in
A really special new addition -- Chapter 20
Peter Scalf has been posted today, July 15,
Virgil put it, "This was a very large chapter. Margaret spent a
tremendous amount of time on this project and did a wonderful job. She is
amazing! The section on old Peter is extremely well done and should clear
up a lot of fuzzy history." Virgil has been a major contributor
to this work and a list of other contributors is contained at the end of the
Chapter. Both Margaret and Virgil devote
huge amounts of time and resources to communicate with family members all
around the world, research records, and put these giant puzzles
together. They both deserve our frequent thanks for their efforts.
Thanks also to all of you who have spent a lot of time helping gather and
sort out the information required.
The Peter Scalf chapter continues the most accurate and complete history of
the Scalf Family in America. Nothing can replace the groundbreaking
work of Henry P. Scalf, or the large leaps and bounds made by Elmer Scalf.
However, "The Scalf Family in America", by Margaret Fleenor with the great
research assistance of Virgil Scalf and an army of contributors, is on the threshold of becoming the
most complete and accurate work on the family that has ever been done.
The Internet and the resulting contact with more contacts and sources than
have been available in the past has been instrumental in this great work.
It is my (Bob Scalf) prediction that this will become the definitive work
on the Scalf family and that we will never again see such a complete work.
I believe there will be many additions, corrections and clarifications as
we continue to learn more and more about the Scalf family history, but
they will build upon this work rather than replace it. Well done
Margaret & Virgil !!!
These updates and original works on Lee, Berryman, Ira,
Jesse and now Peter each represent months
These chapters represent a marked step forward in their thoroughness,
involvement by many family branches, and quality and number
of online supporting documents. (Our web site is about 3 times over
the allocated storage space, but the provider has been graciously allowing
us to do this). Virgil has done a great job putting together "Scalf
Family Land Grants & Purchase Records" and
PLEASE NOTE: We still have the Bulletin Board on delayed
posting because of some smut monger problems. Please continue to use it
and I will screen and post your messages as soon as possible. If you have sent comments to us in the comment log and would like
them posted on the open board, just let me know.
Please read the Introduction
on your first visit to see what we are about. The latest revision of
this Introduction was done on August 1, 2005, so you may want to take another look.
Have you heard of Scalf's Indian River Medicine? Have
you seen a bottle of it and checked the contents? Well, here's a lot
about that part of our family history -- click HERE
to have a look.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Search Our Site ... we still
have a lot of
pages to complete and display, but you can search what we have now using
our search capability. If you want to communicate needs or information
to other users, try using our Bulletin Board.