Message text written by Marilyn Symonds:
I don't know if anyone else has encountered the following language
a deed description which is found in the 1854 deed records of Navarro
"Thence South 60 West Six hundred and Seventy two varas to a Stake,
from which a post oak bears N 311 W 13 varas a mesquite bears N 30 W
22 varas Thence S 31 East thirteen hundred forty four varas to a
Yes. This isn't all that uncommon, specifying other nearby landmarks and
their relationship to the intended corner. They're often handy when the
other point mentioned is a bounder of an adjacent or nearby tract.
Lest anyone unfamiliar with Texas lands be puzzled by Marilyn's note, a
vara is a Spanish measure left over from the old days under Spanish and
Mexican rule. The Texas variant = 33.33 inches. Texas land grants also
include other colorful measures from Republic days: heads of household
arriving in TX before 2 March 1836 received "one League and one Labor" of
land (4423.4 acres plus 177.1 acres in familiar terms). This is seven
square miles! Enough even for most Texans.