Scholefield Family Tree

To attempt to identify George’s family and verify the names of his parents from his death certificate, older censuses should be checked. These are the findings:

In 1880, George is living with his mother Helen in Utica, Oneida, New York, at 8 Park Avenue:1

Scholefield, Helen M., W, F, 38, Widowed, Housekeeper, New York, NY, Scotland
——, George, W, M, 20, Son, Single, Clerk in Store, New York, NY, NY
——, Jennie, W, F, 18, Daughter, Single, Student, New York, NY, NY
——, Florence, W, F, 15, Daughter, Single, Student, Washington, NY, NY
——, May, W, F, 10, Daughter, Attended school, New York, NY, NY


George was also with his mother 10 years earlier. This census does not record marital status so since no obvious father is present, one might assume that he died before 1870 when his family was enumerated in Whitestown, Oneida, New York, New York Mills Post Office:2

Scofield, Helen M., 30, F, W, Keeping House, $4000, New York
——, George P., 10, M, W, at school, New York, attended school
——, Mary V., 8, F, W, New York
——, Florence, 5, F, W, New York
——, Mae S, 6/12, F, W, New York, born in Dec


In 1860 George’s father Charles appears in the census in Whitestown:3

Chas. M. Scholefield, 37, M, Member Assembly, $2000, $1000, NY
Helen M. ——, 20, F, NY
Geo. ——, 1/12, M, NY
Abigal ——, 70, F, CT
Charlotte ——, 20 or 26, F, NY


The woman named Abigal is of an age to potentially be Charles’s mother. And Charlotte appears to be a sister. In 1850, Charles is not living with his parents (which may present problems as I attempt to push this line back), but a Charlotte is enumerated in the same hotel:4

In hotel of David L Wood:
Charles M. Scolfield, 33, M, Lawyer, NY
Charlotte M. Scofield, 24, F, NY
a few lines down
George Scolfield, 28, M, Farmer, NY

If Charlotte is the same, her age changes drastically between the censuses, but if she remained single for so long, she or others consulted may have had reason to give an inaccurate age.

Research Plan:

  1. Investigate Abigal and Charlotte Scholefield in censuses.
  2. Check www.usgenweb.org for resources in Onieda County.

1. 1880 U.S. census, Oneida County, New York, population schedule, Utica, enumeration district (ED) 130, p. 15 (handwritten), 101 (stamped), dwelling 124, family 133, Helen M. Scholefield household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Sep 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 904.
2. 1870 U.S. census, Oneida County, New York, population schedule, Whitestown, p. 83 (handwritten), 637 (stamped), dwelling 598, family 652, Helen M. Scofield household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Sep 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 1057.
3. 1860 U.S. census, Onieda County, New York, population schedule, Whitestown, p. 77 (enumerator’s on left), 307 (right), dwelling 626, family 619, Chas. M. Scholefield household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Sep 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 825.
4. 1850 U.S. census, Oneida County, New York, population schedule, Whitestown, p. 139 (handwritten, 70 (stamped), dwelling 710, family 711, Charles M. Scolfield in household of hotel keeper David L Wood; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Sep 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 564.

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