Margaret: I am subscribed to this list and own Deedmapper. Got it for
Christmas. I have YET to do anything with it I have been so busy..
But I know of 2 people that are doing SC platting. They are:
Richard is working on Calhoun Creek area and Monte is working on Long Cane
(his father is ill and he has slowed down his work recently). Many folks on
the Abbeville-L and Long Cane-L lists are supplying plats and index help to
them to help them.
I have given both Richard & Monte some Long Cane plats that I have of my
McComb.. also I have ordered and will send a COM and state plat COM of Bold
Branch (branch off the Long Cane) copy to Richard to help him..
We are excited, on these lists, to someday be able to see these plats on
maps that Richatd & Monte are working on..
----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Waters" <mgw(a)premierweb.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2001 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] North-south orientation
I have entered about 200 plats from the SC Archives (both colonial
state) into Deedmapper. A notation indicating north/south shows up on
about 10% of these plats. Fortunately in the area I am working in,
are a lot of streams and branches so very often (but not always), I can
detect from the depiction of the stream or branch which way it flows and
then locate it on a topo to orient to north and south. Other times I have
figured out the orientation based on an adjoining plat I may already have.
In about 20 - 25% of the cases I've done, there is nothing to go on. If
lines and points are read clockwise the plat prints out one way and
lines are read counterclockwise, the plat is "flipped" or rotated 180
degrees as Lee described.
Of the plats for which I am fairly certain of the orientation, they seem
be a mix of reading the lines in either direction so I had concluded
unfortunately, there is no standard rule on which way to read. I have
wondered how some of these plats were supposed to "prove"
someone's land was located. I sort of surmise that the individuals doing
the surveying and those for whom it was done were so focused on where
"their" land was, ie which tree, stream, etc. marked their boundaries,
they didn't really consider the bigger picture and certainly not
who were trying to locate "their" land almost 200 years
later! I sure
they had put more thought into that as this can be a very challenging
I am curious to know if the surveying standards were different in other
states and areas. My experience has been only with SC plats.
PS. I am interested in corresponding with anyone doing SC platting
projects. My e-mail address is mgw(a)premierweb.net