Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 23669

Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Mining deeds

Dates: 1901-1955.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Mining deeds transfer ownership or part interest in mining claims from one party to another. In the document, deeds name a grantor and grantee, specify the amount of consideration money and whether divided or undivided interest in the claim. They describe the location of the claim, and identify when, where and by whom it was originally recorded. In addition to deeds, this series contains many mineral certificates. Ownership of a mining claim involved more than discovery, possession and recording, but also required that the claimant work the ground and perform labor on the claim as required by Congress and the regulations of local mining districts (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. XVII, chap. 152). When sufficient labor has been performed to entitle a claimant to a patent or final ownership, the General Land Office issued a mineral certificate, which the claimant had recorded in the deed books. In addition to mining deeds and mineral certificates, these books contains other official documents relating to mining, such as powers of attorney and oil leases. Mining Record Book X 3 contains numerous affidavits of failure to contribute or perform labor.

Of specific interest, Mining Record Book X 9 begins with a lengthy agreement between the Anthracite Coal Company and Southern Trust Company. Mining Record Book X 17 includes the correspondence and meeting minutes of Utah Southern Mining Company. It also contains numerous deeds transferring ownership as a result of a court case involving the Silver Reef Consolidated Mining Company, as well as numerous documents selling or leasing oil and gas rights to individuals or corporations in Oklahoma.

Arrangement

Chronological by date recorded.

Related Records

Official records from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7067, contain mining deeds and other mining related documents recorded after 1955.

Abstracts (sectional land) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 16432, provide reference to documents in this series based on location.

Deeds (Silver Reef) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23263, contain mining deeds recorded before 1901.

Deeds (Pine Valley) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23264, contain mining deeds recorded before 1901.

Deeds (Toquerville) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23265, contain mining deeds recorded before 1901.

Miscellaneous records index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23468, provides reference to specialized documents contained in this series.

Abstracts (mines) from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23670, provide chronological reference to each official action by name of claim.

Mining proof of labor from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23671, contains documentation of the required labor performed to validate ownership of mining claims.

Powers of attorney index from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 23685, provides reference to the powers of attorney recorded in this series.

Mining notices of location from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 81372, contain the original notices of location which established original claim to oil or mineral rights, as well as some deeds and other documents recorded before 1901.

Grantee indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82703, provide reference to documents in this series by name of purchaser or buyer.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, provide reference to documents in this series by name of seller.

Agreements and leases from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84209, contain additional oil and gas leases.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Washington County mining records were microfilmed in April 1983 by Utah State Archives and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in May 2001.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Separate indexes indicating both grantor and grantee has been microfilmed either before or after each book. However, the index to Mining Book X 9 does not include any entries for the letter A.

Indexing Terms

  • Mines and mineral resources--Ownership--Washington County (Utah).
  • Mining claims--Washington County (Utah).

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1901 Oct-1908 Jul; Mining Book X 3
2 1908 Jul-1927 Jul; Mining Book X 9
3 1927 Jul-1955 Mar; Mining Book X 17