I found this for you:
In the book entitled, "Clark on Surveying and Boundaries with Current
Supplement," it states, "Areas of tracts were expressed in acres, poles,
perches, quarters, outs, and other units."
In the book entitled, "Glossary of Mapping Sciences by the American Society
of Civil Engineers," on page 371 it states, "Out - a distance equivalent to
5 chains. The term was used in some field notes and deeds in the early
1800's in America. This was later called a tally."
I hope this helps.
Researching Kelly's in VA
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Subject: [DMU] surveying term
I have a 1685 deed in New Kent that describes the metes and bounds as
running along the sd Price line southwest tenn outs three [torn] three
quarters to a white oak at a head of a Branch soe turning weste by north
foure outs foure chains foure outs and three chains
Does anyone know what an /out/ was?
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Orange, VA 22960
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