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To those who are working in Brunswick County with patents which seem
to contain reference to "Simon's Branch", I think this name should be
transcribed as "Simms Branch" - the handwriting with two m's appears
on some patents to have been transcribed as "mo". The Library of
Virginia has transcribed this name as "Simons", but Thomas H. Biggs'
_Geographic and Cultural Names in Virginia_ has no reference to a
"Simon's" water course in Brunswick, but does contain a water feature
named "Sims Branch" in Brunswick County, as does the Virginia DOT
You may not be dealing with a Gunter's chain which equaled 4 poles, but
rather Rathbone's chain which equaled 2 poles. Try substituting and see if
it doesn't work out better.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Symonds" <sysite(a)swbell.net>
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 5:56 PM
Subject: [DMU] What to do with a plat area which is too large
> I am ba-a-a-a-ck with one of the two problem patents in Brunswick
> County, Virginia: the patent in 1726 for 974 acres yields a platted
> area of 3,263.8 acres. This was a most unwelcome surprise. Is there a
> way to reconcile the two measurements? The entry for the patent is
> below. Many thanks for suggestions to resolve the issue.
> Pt A)William Davis' corner elm on Nottoway River at mouth of Evans' Run
> Ln W33S;209c;
> Pt B)Corner in several trees chopt inwards
> Ln NW;140c;
> Pt C)Shrub oak
> Ln NE;114c;
> Pt D)William Davis's line
> Ln SE;11c;
> Pt E)Lyons' corner
> Ln N28E;87.5c;
> Pt F)Lyons' corner white oak on the River
> Lm ;;
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I am ba-a-a-a-ck with one of the two problem patents in Brunswick
County, Virginia: the patent in 1726 for 974 acres yields a platted
area of 3,263.8 acres. This was a most unwelcome surprise. Is there a
way to reconcile the two measurements? The entry for the patent is
below. Many thanks for suggestions to resolve the issue.
Pt A)William Davis' corner elm on Nottoway River at mouth of Evans' Run
Pt B)Corner in several trees chopt inwards
Pt C)Shrub oak
Pt D)William Davis's line
Pt E)Lyons' corner
Pt F)Lyons' corner white oak on the River
The following is from a Texas patent in 1875:
"BEGINNING at a pile of stone 132 vrs. S. and 260 vrs. W. of the S. E. Cor.
Of L. P. Adamson but now in name of Geo E. White 160 acres a B. J. brs.
S. 38° W. 4 vrs. P. O. 6 in. brs."
vrs. is an abbreviation for varas, the vara being a Spanish unit of about a
yard in length.
I imagine that the B.J. is a blackjack, a kind of tree, that is "witnessing"
the pile of stone. It's located
4 varas to the southwest of the stone. Similarly, P.O. might be a post oak.
But what do brs. and in. stand for? I doesn't seem reasonable that the P.O.
would be six
*inches* from the stone.
Some time ago I ordered the Deedmapper map that included most of Charlotte
Co., VA It is great. It was all I needed at the time. Now I am trying to
move into the the very NW section of Charlotte County that is not included.
I have done a section of a topo map as a patch and have it correct scale,
but I don't know how to get it to show along with the DeedMapper map. Am
I expecting too much?
At 10:17 AM 9/11/2004, Symonds wrote:
>Jeff, this Creek gave me a fleeting moment of hope yesterday, but Evans
>Creek is in the southwest portion of Brunswick and its "mouth" appears to
>be the Meherrin River, rather than the Nottoway. So, "Evans Run" appears
>to be a different stream.
I have just had a chance to poke around the USGS and Terraserver this
morning, and I wanted to share with you what I found.
Using the USGS Geographic Names Information Service at
and searching for any stream in Virginia with the name of Evans, I found
the two streams you mentioned earlier. But I also used the "query variant
names" option, and came across this one:
Mill Swamp VA Essex stream 374946N 0764532W Dunnsville
When I clicked on it, I found this:
Feature Name: Mill Swamp
Feature Type: stream
Variant Name(s) ***Evans Mill Swamp***
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Dunnsville
So I followed the links to the Terraserver USGS maps, did some moving
around, and found that Mill Swamp empties into the Nottoway River, on the
west (which is also the south at times) bank. Here's the link to the 4m
resolution topographic map showing Mill Creek and Mill Creek Landing where
it empties into the Nottoway.
By zooming out, you can see the surrounding area and see if it matches the
area you're looking for.
Hope this helps....
Part of the Tree,
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Thanks very much, Steve. I am trying now to find the "spot" for the
two - they fit nicely together - and I was glad to see your thought
confirming my speculation that modern Brunswick would be the likely
place for their location because of their early dates. This whole
question has come up because of my effort to keep up with the Jones
family. They had a decided penchant for naming children in each
generation the same names and settling in what would become "burned
out counties". Brunswick is the exception.
>>From the patent language you quote it is certain that Evans Run flows into
> Nottoway. The Nottoway is a long river that runs through south side
> and serves as the boundary between a whole bunch of counties arrayed along
> both sides.
> Prince George begat Brunswick begat perhaps a dozen counties. You can
> trace their formation by going to the USGenWeb site and navigating to
> Virginia, then looking for the link to county formations.
> We have excellent coverage of southside patents at our Deed Data Pool
> thanks to Dennis Hudgins. We lack, however, patents along the entire
> river side in modern Brunswick Co. whereas the coverage in other
> counties is quite good along the river. (Brunswick's
> northern border is the Nottoway River.) Brunswick was
> just begining to be settled in the early 1720's, so I think it likely that
> Evans Run was located in modern Brunswick as opposed to one of its
> descendant counties.
> Steve Broyles
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Symonds" <sysite(a)swbell.net>
> To: <DEED-MAPPER-USERS-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 4:03 PM
> Subject: [DMU] Virginia patents: "mouth of Evans' run" on the south side
> Nottoway River
>>I have two patents to two different men. The 1720 patent to land on
>>the south side of the Nottoway River in Prince George County refers to
>>"the mouth of Evans run" and thence ... and thence... to the Nottoway
>>River and up its meanders. The 1726 patent to land in Brunswick county
>>refers to land on the south side of the Nottoway River beginning on
>>the river "at themouthofEvans'Runandthence...thence...tothe
>>River and down its meanders.
>>My first question is: is it correct to read these to mean that
>>"Evans' Run" empties into the Nottoway River?
>>My second question: where does the Nottoway River originate?
>>If anyone has had any experience with the Nottoway River area, I would
>>very much appreciate any advice you may be able to offer. Thanks as
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I have two patents to two different men. The 1720 patent to land on
the south side of the Nottoway River in Prince George County refers to
"the mouth of Evans run" and thence ... and thence... to the Nottoway
River and up its meanders. The 1726 patent to land in Brunswick county
refers to land on the south side of the Nottoway River beginning on
the river "at the mouth of Evans' Run" and thence...thence...to the
River and down its meanders.
My first question is: is it correct to read these to mean that
"Evans' Run" empties into the Nottoway River?
My second question: where does the Nottoway River originate?
If anyone has had any experience with the Nottoway River area, I would
very much appreciate any advice you may be able to offer. Thanks as