Scholefield Family Tree

The Bureau of Land Management maintains a database of the General Land Office Records which report the transfer of federal lands. Because the obituaries for the family mention that George homesteaded land, a patent should be available.

A search of the patents (see the green bar near the top) for Scholefield reveals that George P. Scholefield homesteaded the following property:

blockquoteNortheast quarter of Section twenty-one in Township eighteen south of Range sixteen east of the Gila and Salt River Meridian, Arizona, containing one hundred sixty acres.1

The patent is dated 24 Feb 1908.

This property is on the map which was located previously. George owned the northeast corner of the red square that has the number 21 in it. The family lived at the end of the canyon that bears their named and the Hidden Valley Ranch is within the quarter section he owned.

1. Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch : accessed 26 Aug 2008), George P. Scholefield, (Pima County, Arizona), Phoenix land office, homestead patent no. 164.

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Scholefield Family Tree

Based on the 1910-1930 Censuses reporting that the Scholefields lived in Rosemont Precinct and in the Vail-Helvetia area, the Scholefield Springs and Scholefield Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains seem to be named after them.1 Additionally the nearby Hidden Valley Ranch carries a name very similar to Hidden Springs and is at the end of Hidden Springs Road, so it is likely the new name of the family’s ranch. The Hellena Mine is north of the area and that might be why the ranch was also called St. Helena.

1. United States Geological Survey, “Geographic Names Information System” database (http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic : accessed 24 Aug 2008), entries for Scholefield Canyon and Scholefield Springs; ACME Laboratories, “ACME Mapper 2.0” digital maps (http://mapper.acme.com : accessed 24 Aug 2008); original maps from Google.com and Geological Survey Topographic Map: Arizona, Empire Ranch Quadrangle, 7.5′ Series, 1981.

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