A scale of 20 chains per inch was standard in South Carolina at that time
for surveys of over 100 acres. Those under 100 acres were to be surveyed at
a scale of 10 chains per inch. You've already determined that multiplying
all of the distance measurements in your survey by 5 results in a plat of
roughly 630 acres which is good. Many of the other plats at that same time
surveyed by James Seaborn (there were multiple surveyors working in the
district) seem to have the same quirk. He appears to be scaling the actual
survey measurements to adjust for the scale of the plat for some reason?
Regarding your clockwise/counterclockwise question. Are you looking at a
plat from the county land grant books, or the state plat series? Sometimes
the surveys appear differently in each. The state plat series is notorious
for not indicating north, which means your plat could be in one of two
possible orientations. The Greenville county grant book version of this
plat (all Greenville land records are online from the county) does indicate
north, however, which means you can determine clockwise/counterclockwise.
For your particular plat, it indicates clockwise. However, if you look at
the plat just above it in the county grant book, you will see that one was
drawn in a counter-clockwise direction.
Here's a link to the entry in the Greenville County land grant book if you
don't already have this:
On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 7:54 PM, Jim Barrett via <
I have a plat for land in District Ninety Six, South Carolina dated
June 1784. Inside the plat it says it is for 630 Acres and show 20 Ch / In
which I assume means 20 chains per inch.
My input to Deed Mapper is:! Abstracting info. Typ Greenville Co., SC
State PlatsID Robert Prince - 2Ref Vol. 17, Page 260To Robert Prince - 2Dat
12 June 1784Re 630 Acres - District of Ninetysix on the waters of Tyger
RiverFrm ! ! Metes and bounds. "Beginning at..."Pt Ln N60E; 16.3C; Pt Ln
S25E; 16.1C;PtLn S60W; 15.0C;PtLn N30W; 16.0C;end
This maps out to only 25.2 acres. The scale must be something else.
Other plats from the same time and area check out okay. Any suggestions?
When enter a deed from a plat map should the values be entered in a
clockwise direction or a counter clockwise direction around the plat? The
basic shape is the same but the orientation is different by 180 degrees.
There is no verbal description listing the information, only the drawing.
Thanks. Jim Barrett - Timpson, TX
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