Biography of Rev. James Heffley
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Rev. James Heffley, deceased, was an influential and highly esteemed citizen of Canal Winchester, where he served as pastor of the David Reformed Church for half a century. He was born at Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Eliza (Keifer) Heffley.

James Heffley spent his boyhood in Pennsylvania, and received his early schooling at Berlin, Pennsylvania. About 1856 he entered Heidelberg College, at Tiffin, Ohio, from which he was graduated with the highest honors. He was ordained as a minister of the Reformed Church and in 1860 accepted a call as pastor of the David Reformed Church at Canal Winchester. He was identified with this church for a period of fifty years.

In June, 1862, Reverend Heffley was united in marriage with Miss Ada V. Bregstresser, of Canal Winchester, the daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Baker) Bregstresser, natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Franklin County. To them were born three children: Harry W., who died in infancy; Bertha Blanch, unmarried, is a teacher in the Columbus schools; and Minnie Mae, who died in 1907. Mrs James Heffley died in November, 1922, and is buried with Reverend Heffley in Union Grove Cemetery.

Reverend Heffley was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge, and at one time belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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