Well this is very interesting! This is yet another example of the
we should all use our dictionaries! I've seen plenty of people (including
myself, of course)
try to apply modern meanings to old usages, or simply guess at what a word
particularly fond of my own guesses-- they get more and more accurate the
longer I look
at them! Why, they simply have to be right because I can't imagine anything
contrary!) I remember one query to a newsgroup where a lady had found a
deed that talked
about a property line that was ten poles long. She assumed these poles must
have been fence
posts and then worked up her logic to some point where she got into trouble
for help. Shocked, she was, to discover that the word pole had a meaning
unknown to her!
Ah, well. My modern unabridged dictionary didn't help in this particular
case. This one
really did call for the OED.
----- Original Message -----
From: "ctucker" <ctucker(a)dbtech.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 9:35 AM
Subject: [DMU] Re: 1785 Georgia Warrant Survey
Mullato: definition from the mid 18th Century "designating a kind of
mid-brown fertile soil." See
Lesley Brown, Editor, "New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical
Principles," Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993. 1st Edition 1933. Otherwise
known as the 2 volume Oxford Dictionary.
Mullato: defined, secondly, as a "soil which has brownish color." See
Barbara Jean Evans,
"A - Zax," A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians, 3rd
For clarification, it is my understanding that a Warrant survey is the
as a plat. See Barbara Jean Evans, "A - Zax," 3rd
Thank you all very much for responding to my query!
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