David 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 wife, Nancy
William Scalf m. Mary Curtice
David Scalf m. Susannah Smalling
Malachi Scalf (B. 1-2-1822 D. 8-5-1891) m.
1. Diannah Lacy
2. Ellen Spivey 12-8-1869 Washington Co., Ten.
Benjamin Scalf m. Lydia Mayfield
Rebecca Scalf m. James Hinkle
Sarah Scalf m. Levi Emmert
Children of David Scalf and Susannah Smalling
Nancy Scalf m. Eli Peeks
Soloman Scalf m. Sarah Emmert
Children of Eli Peeks and Nancy Scalf
Children of Soloman Scalf and Saray Emmert
Sudy Scalf m. Floyd Campbell
Mattie Lou Scalf
Laura Scalf m. Abraham Bolling
Marshal J. Scalf m. Mary Porterfield
Henry C. Scalf
Ivia Scalf m. Charles L. Norman
Children of Floyd Campbell and Sudy Scalf
Children of Marshal J. Scalf and Mary Porterfield
Glayds [sic] (Gladys) Scalf
Carl Scalf, Jr.
Malachi Scalf and Diannah Lacy
William J. Scalf m. Matilda Minter
James L. Scalf m. Mary A. Emmert
Children of Malachi Scalf and Ellen Spivey
Thomas Nelson 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
Minter A. Scalf m.
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
Fred Robert Scalf, Jr. m. Janis L. Jeffries
James E. Scalf
Children of Fred Robert Scalf, Jr. and Janis L Jeffries
Fred Robert Scalf III
Gerald D. Scalf
Children of James W. Scalf and Margaret L Temple
Major Temple Scalf
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 her children.
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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