It's the difference between Rathbone's chain and Gunter's chain, which
was twice the length of Rathbone's but easier to use because of it's
division into 100 links, which equaled 4 poles.
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On 8/22/2014 10:23 AM, moveradams via wrote:
First let me say what a great resource this is. Thanks to all who
have put in the thousands of hours.
I have a question about chains and poles. My understanding is that there are 4 poles per
However, in the text portion of some of the deeds, the chains are converted to only 2
For instance in the Albemarle County, VA deed of 25 May 1734 to James Defaux.
Using two poles per chain certainly makes the property about the correct size.
I would appreciate a little insight on that conversion.
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