Biography of Rev. James Madison Scarf





Scarf, Rev. James Madison. pastor of the regular Baptist church of Bethany Center for the past twenty-three years, is a son of Joshua H. and Lydia (Stoutemeier) Scarf, born in Rockingham county, Virginia, February 26, 1829. He was graduated from Dennison University in the class of 1852, receiving the degree of A. M., and from the Theological Seminary of Rochester in 1855. His first pastorate was at St. Mary's, Ohio, where he remained until 1868. when he removed to Bethany, where he has since resided. In 1876 be accepted his present charge and through his labors the church society was largely increased. On June 11, 1857, he married Emily Elliott. who died in August, 1895. leaving four children: Frank E., Luella E., Mary E. and Phoebe L. Since 1868 Rev. Mr. Scarf has resided in Bethany and here he is enjoying the autumn of his life in a beautiful home, in a community in which he has done so much to advance its welfare and elevate its social and moral life.



Source:
Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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