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
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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