Scholefield Family Tree

Here is another instance which proves that when you are using online searches you should spice up the variety.

When I search on Google for “Arnold Scholefield,” I get the results that I have previously presented (the books about Abigail’s family and sources that relate to his ministry in the Methodist-Episcopal Church).

When I search for “Rev. Arnold Scholefield,” I return two results about Harriet Hall which report that she was his daughter. Now, just to be sure that she is not the child of a man who shared the name, one of the sources is a query from USGenNet.org’s forums that states that the father, a methodist minister, had been buried in Siloam Cemetery.1

blockquoteDr. Harriet E. Hall died at Whitesboro on Jan. 19, 1867, aged 38 yrs. Her funeral was held at the Free Church in Peterboro, NY, with Gerrit Smith as the principal speaker. She is buried at Peterboro with 2 of her children. Her husband was Julius C. Hall; he is not buried with her. She was the daugher of Rev Arnold Scholefield, who is buried at Siloam, near Peterboro. He was a Methodist minister. Does anyone know why Harriet had the title “Dr.”?2

As I write this post, USGenNet’s forums have fallen victim to a hacker and they cannot be accessed directly. However, I can use Google’s caches to my benefit — and did — to get as much of the text as possible. I did this by using “phrases” near the beginning or end of the search results preview. However, I have no way to contact the author for possible collaboration on the research which has already been completed.

And I can answer the question — whenever the forums come back online. Harriet was indeed a Doctor. A Google search for “harriet e hall” turns up a page titled “History of Homœopathy and Its Institutions in America.” Mrs. Harriet E. Hall of Peterboro was a member of the first class of students who attended the New York Medical College for Women, the first woman’s homœopathic medical college in the world, and she graduated in 1865.3

The second result returned by the altered search leads to a transcription of Peterboro Village Cemetery, confirming that “Hall, Harriet F., wf Julius C. & dau Rev. Arnold Scholefield, d. 19 Jan 1867 ac 38yr.”4 This introduces a different middle initial, but Es and Fs can be easily confused. And when a check is run on Find A Grave, it is noted that this second transcriber reports her name as having the E and gives her vitals as 1828-1867.5

Based on the information from these sources, Harriet “Hattie” E. Scholefield married Julius C. Hall and they had at least the following children: Julius Hall (7 July 1851-22 Feb 1868) and Stannie Hall (Aug 1859-7 Mar 1862).

It appears that Harriet was actually the youngest daughter of Arnold and Abigail Scholefield. It does not suprise me that I placed Charlotte in the wrong spot on the chart because of her widely fluctuating reported age.

1. See post dated 21 Apr 2009.
2. “Dr. Harriet E. Hall,” Oneida County, New York, Queries Board, message forum (www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/oneida/webbbs/queries/index.cgi : accessed 16 Jun 2009).
3. William Harvey King M.D., LL.D., History of Homœopathy and Its Institutions in America; online edition, HOMÉOPATHE INTERNATIONAL (http://www.homeoint.org/history/king/index.htm : downloaded 16 Jun 2009), Chapter IV: New York Medical College and Hospital for Women.
4. “Peterboro Village Cemetery,” transcription (http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nc99usgw/cempeter.txt : accessed 16 Jun 2009), entry for Hall, Harriet F.
5. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 Jun 2009), entry for Harriet E. Scholefield Hall (1828-1867), Peterboro Cemetery, Peterboro, Madison, New York.

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