Thanks for setting me straight. I never would have guessed that the
notation is written the opposite direction from the way it is written
in the deed. Although many of my roots are in the Public Lands Survey
States, I have been living in a metes and bounds state since I was a teenager.
Jim was correct when he said that the reason we would spend time
mapping these is to see who lived next to whom. It also helps to
visualize the relative sizes of their properties. In addition, if you
map the properties on top of the topography, you see who had the best
streams, who lived next to the main roads, how far did they have to
walk or ride to church, to market, to each other's homes and so on. I
can't speak for anyone else, but I really need these visual cues. I
can't just look at a township and range map and "see" these things
when I am assembling several family groups who migrated together from
Virginia to Kentucky or Tennessee and then to Missouri, intermarrying
along the way.
Here is a sample of a land description from a deed in Lafayette
County, Missouri, part of the public lands: Beginning at the
northeast corner of the east one half of the southeast one quarter of
section 33, township 49 range 28, south 100 poles, west 80 poles,
north 100 poles, east 80 poles. This piece is 50 acres, so it doesn't
seem to be just another aliquot part. Perhaps someone who is
intimately familiar with the township and range system does not need
to plot this out, but I do. It looks suspiciously like a blend of the
two land description styles (metes and bounds and public lands). I
found that the way Deed Mapper translates the public lands
descriptions into metes and bounds to be very helpful when entering
this deed into the database.
At 12:32 PM 4/3/2014, you wrote:
When reading this type of land measurement, you have to read the
NE 1/2 of E 1/2 of SW 1/4 of S8
NE 1/2 of E 1/2 of SW 1/4
I'm not sure why you would spend time mapping these, as they have already
and in print for 100 years.
I have attached a guide that might help you.
Born in the West where this is the only land measurement we use.