Other Possible Land Grants for George Henry Scott
The Western Land Grants (1870 - 1930) files maintained in Archives Canada contains additional land grants made out to persons of the name George Henry Scott. These have not yet been investigated to determine if they were taken out by our George Henry Scott and I suspect they were not. They are listed here for possible future investigation. We do know that there was at least one other George Henry Scott in western Canada at this time and these may relate to him.
All three of these records create interesting possibilities. It was not uncommon for a homesteader to take out claims on more than one piece of land. This could occur because the initial land claim was made in ignorance of the nature of the land and its suitability for farming, or for other locational reasons. It is possible that our George Henry Scott filed all these land grant claims. Equally there may be other George Henry Scotts who were also homesteaders.
The third one listed is particularly interesting. I found it not by searching for Geo H Scott (did not think of that!), but rather by assuming that his father John Thomas Scott might have taken out a land claim or have had his son's transferred to him and filed in his name. So in the last one we see that John Thomas Scott is granted the land but that it also has the name of his late son. We can be pretty sure that this is our George Henry and so we can be fairly sure we have found at least one piece of land that he claimed. The map below shows the location of this land grant
At the same time as this appears to be a land grant of our George Henry the information in the index raises some interesting questions. Who was the late R J Irwin. Was this a farmer partner of George Henry? Can we learn more by pursuing that lead? It turns out that R J Irwin was likely 204413 Pte. Robert Jame Irwin, originally of Parry Sound, Ontario who was killed on 10/10/1918, just a month before the end of WWI. He was the son of Son of James and Ellen Irwin, of 211th Avenue North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, as indicated on the war graves record.(more on this later).
On pursuing this further, I contacted the Saskatchewan Archives Board and received the following response from Bonnie Wagner, a reference archivist:
Our File: Ref. S-18242
Dear Mr. Scott,
Thank you for your inquiry about the homestead file for SE-1-12-3-W3. I searched the online index to the Saskatchewan Homestead Files (www.saskhomesteads.com) and found a file for this quarter section.
File #2681759: According to the information in this file, Frank Wall first applied for a homestead on this quarter section in 1912. He cancelled his entry in September 1913. Then, Robert Irwin applied for a homestead on this quarter section in November 1913. Robert Irwin died in May 1914 and the patent (or title) to this quarter section was given to James Ireland (who was the representative of Robert Irwin). There are 13 pages in this file. I have read through this file and I can't find any reference to either George Henry Scott or John Thomas Scott. I am not sure why they are listed with this file on the Western Land Grants database. Saskatchewan Archives does not run the Western Land Grants database. It is run by Library and Archives Canada. You may want to contact them to see if they can tell you why George and John Scott have been identified with this quarter section. It is possible that it is simply an error.
All that said, I searched the homestead index again and found two files for George Henry Scott that may be of interest to you.
File #2604304 (NE-23-31-28-W3): This quarter section is located beside the quarter section in file 2604751. According to the information in this file, George Henry Scott first applied for a homestead on this quarter section in January 1912. Again, the file has documentation indicating that he was killed in action in April 1915 and that title to this quarter section was to be transferred to John Thomas Scott, his father. John Scott received the patent (or title) to this quarter section in March 1917. There are 5 pages in this file.As follow up to this I did order the above files and they are included in the biography of George Henry Scott. I also brought these observations to the attention of Archives Canada but received no answer from them as to what their source was.
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last revised 13 October 2011