Chapter XIIIDavid Scalf, son of Lewis Scalf, was
born in North Carolina in 1772. David is listed in the 1810 Iredell County,
North Carolina Census along with his brother, Benjamin Scalf. To the north of
Iredell County in the adjoining county of Wilkes, lived David's father, Lewis.
It is known that Lewis Scalf left
North Carolina about 1814 and, evidently, David also left about this same time.
Both David and his father, Lewis Scalf, are listed in the 1820 Greenville
County, South Carolina Census. David's brother, Benjamin, went to Tennessee,
however, William Scalf, his other brother, also moved to Greenville County,
South Carolina and also appears in the 1820 census there.
In 1830, at the age of 58, David is
listed in the census of that year as a resident of Washington County, Tennessee.
Living with David in 1830 were his wife, Nancy, and children Benjamin, Malachi,
David, William, Rebecca and Sarah. David's older brother, Benjamin, had
evidently preceded him to Washington County as he too is listed in the 1830
Washington County, Tennessee Census. Several of David's children apparently
moved to Carter County, Tennessee and married there.
The 1840 Census indicates to us that David had moved to Sullivan County,
Tennessee. However, sometime between 1840-1850 he returned to Carter County
probably to be near his children. In 1850, David Scalf and his wife, Nancy, were
living in the home of Levi Taylor in Carter County, Tennessee.
Children of David Scalf and his
William Scalf m. Mary Curtice
David Scalf m. Susannah Smalling
Malachi Scalf (B.
1-2-1822 D. 8-5-1891) m.
2. Ellen Spivey
12-8-1869 Washington Co., Ten.
Benjamin Scalf m. Lydia
Rebecca Scalf m. James Hinkle
Sarah Scalf m. Levi Emmert
Children of David Scalf and Susannah
Nancy Scalf m. Eli Peeks
Soloman Scalf m. Sarah Emmert
Children of Eli Peeks and Nancy Scalf
Soloman Scalf and Saray Emmert
Sudy Scalf m. Floyd Campbell
Mattie Lou Scalf
Scalf m. Abraham Bolling
Marshal J. Scalf m. Mary
Henry C. Scalf
Ivia Scalf m. Charles L. Norman
Children of Floyd Campbell and Sudy Scalf
Children of Marshal J. Scalf and Mary
Glayds [sic] (Gladys) Scalf
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Children of Malachi
Scalf and Diannah Lacy
Scalf m. Matilda Minter
James L. Scalf m. Mary A. Emmert
Malachi Scalf and
Scalf m. Nancy Milhorn
George Scalf m. Lula Scalf
John Scalf m. Annie Goble (B. 1-9-1887 D. 6-6-1937)
Samuel Scalf m. Ellen Robinson
Charles Scalf m. Nettie Carr (B. 6-27-1835 D. 9-20-1925)
Sarah Scalf m. Robert Richards
Children of Benjamin
Scalf and Lydia Mayfield
Isaac Scalf m.
Nannie Glover (2-4-1869 Sullivan Co., Tn.)
Children of William
A.J. Scalf and Matilda Minter
1. Grace Farley 2. Eva Roach
Children of Minter
A. Scalf and 1. Grace Farley
2. Eva Roach
Mae Ella Scalf
Author E. Scalf m. Dorothy Witt
Children of Author
E. Scalf and Dorothy Witt
Children of Fred
Robert Scalf and Dorothy F. Burris
Scalf, Jr. m. Janis L. Jeffries
James E. Scalf
Children of Fred
Robert Scalf, Jr. and Janis L Jeffries
Gerald D. Scalf
Children of James W.
Scalf and Margaret L Temple
Major Temple Scalf
Children of Major T. Scalf and
Wilma J. Long
JAMES L. SCALF
James L. Scalf was the son of Malachi Scalf and Diannah Lacy Scalf. James
was a private in Co. H of the 13th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry in the Civil
War. He joined September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for three
years. His name appeared on several muster rolls until he was mustered out
of the Army on September 5, 1865. The records show that the wife of James L.
Scalf, Mary A. Emmert Scalf, applied for a widow's pension on November 7,
1884. Mary gave her address on the application as Union Depot, Sullivan
County, Tennessee. Mary was 35 years old at the time this application was
made in 1884. She indicated to the court clerk that James L. Scalf had been
a private in the 13th Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry in the War of 1861.
She gave her maiden name as Mary Ann Emmert on the application. Mary wrote
that her marriage to James L. Scalf had taken place on May 12, 1871 at Saint
Johns Mill in Washington County, Tennessee. She further added that her
husband, James L. Scalf, died from a disease contracted while in service.
She went on to say that the cause of her husband's death July 25, 1881 was
dropsy. Mary gave the names and birthdates of her children under 16 as
follows: Peter D.I. Scalf born April 8, 1872; James S.M. Scalf born May
14,1873; Martha L.M.E. Scalf born July 25, 1877; Lizzie L.C. Scalf born
August 5,1879 and Lidia C.F. Scalf born May 25,1881 (died 1884) and Mary D.E.
Scalf born December 24, 1875.
On May 4, 1899, James E. Persinger, who had been a comrade of James
while in the Army, appeared in court and gave an affidavit concerning James
and his actions while he was a soldier. Mr. Persinger went on to state that
as Commissary Sgt. in Company H, 13th Tennessee Calvary, he had been
personally acquainted with James L. Scalf when both were in service. Mr.
Persinger stated that at Gallatin, Tennessee in the summer of 1864 while he
was issuing some rations to the Company, James complained that he could not
use the said rations because of some stomach troupe, and he looked lean,
yellow and weak as though his stomach and liver was out of order. Mr.
Persinger's affidavit went on to say that James continued to show these
signs of ill health up to, the time of his discharge on September 5, 1865.
Mr. Persinger indicated that he met James on several. occasions after the
War and that, "He carried that same declining look of health."
Earlier on February 8, 1889, Jerimiah Emmert had appeared in court to
give evidence on Mary's behalf as he was Mary's father and wanted to help
her obtain her widow's pension.
Mary A. Scalf, wife of James L. Scalf, did receive a widow's pension but
for only a short period of time. The pension was terminated on June 14, 1894
and the reason for the termination is disclosed in an affidavit made by Mary
on September 8, 1908. In this affidavit Mary A. Scalf said that she had
given birth to two children out of wedlock subsequent to the death of her
husband, James L. Scalf. Mary said that she had never remarried after the
death of her husband. Mary asked the court in her affidavit to please
restore her pension or rather that, "Her request for her pension to be
restored be given further consideration." Mary indicated that she had kept
her widow's vows and virtues from the date of her husband's death July 25,
1881 until about 12 months before her first illegitimate child was born on
April 10, 1888. Mary said that all was caused by trouble, hardships and want
for the necessaries of life such as provisions and clothing for herself and
Children of James L.
Scalf and Mary A. Emmert
Mary L. Scalf
Elizabeth Scalf m. Henry Lewis
Martha Scalf m. John Loudy
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Elmer D. Scalf. All rights reserved.