The best I can make of this is as follows:
Get a pencil and sketch the following. The beginning point describes two
lines. The first runs SW toward the river an indeterminate length. The
second goes NW for 440 poles "for length". (The parcels used to be
described as crude rectangles with a length and a breadth. The SW leg will
be as long as is needed to make up the 1000 acres.) It continues NW 320
poles along the run of water "for breadth" (but this doesn't make much sense
to me). Then west for 340 poles to the head of Old Mans. You can then draw
in a closure line to the original SW line such that the size is 1000 acres.
It isn't clear from the wording if they intended to have the boundaries be
the actual creeks, or if they meant to describe a geometric shape. The
acreage would probably be much too large if the boundaries are on the
creeks-- 320 poles is a mile, and 1000 acres is 1.5 square miles.
But there are problems. Apart from going NW for breadth, if Gunns Creek is
the modern name for Old Mans Creek it would not be on the northeasterly side
of the parcel as is stated.
Queens Cr has several branches, and maybe Courthouse Cr. is the one referred
to as flowing into Queens Cr. and up which one travelled NW.
These old patents can be a bear. There's another patent at the VA web site
that refers to Clark's lines but it is illegible.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Bradford" <GBradford(a)tntech.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 8:10 PM
Subject: [DMU] Daniel Clarke patent
I am having trouble with the thousand acre part of this patent and would
appreciate any help. I think I have plotted the 698 acre part correctly
(came up with 685.9 acres). I have highlighted the thousand acre tract in
1698 acres Total
To al Va Whereas Va Now no ye That I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight
Governor VA give and grant unto Daniel Clarke Sixteen Hundred and ninety
eight Acres of Land in the County of Charles City bounded Vizt, One
thousand Acres part thereof being a neck of land lying between two creeks
Vizt. the Creek lying upon the North Easterly side called by the name of
Old Mans Creek(Gunns Run) and the Creek that lyeth on the Southerly side
Called by the name of Queens Creek being bounded Vizt.
South Westerly towards the river and running North Westerly into the woods
between the two creeks Four hundred and forty poles for length until it
meets with arun of Water that falleth into Queens Creek and thence
crossing at the head from Queens Creek by the said run of Water for part
of the breadth three hundred and twenty poles Northwesterly and from the
said run of Water Crossing the woods westerly by marked trees until it
meets with part of the head of the Old Mans Creek Three hundred and forty
And Six hundred and ninty eight Acres of Land the residue at the head of
the above said Queens Creek between Sellar Run(Courthouse Creek) and
Fishing Run(Glebe Creek) in Charles CountyVizt. West One hundred poles,
North Sixty poles, North West thirty poles, North twenty poles, North
North East Sixty poles, North East by East twenty poles, North East twenty
poles, North North West two hundred poles, East by North twenty poles,
North North East one hundred and Sixty poles, East South East Three
hundred and twenty poles, South South West One hundred and sixty poles,
South West by South one hundred thirty eight poles, West South West forty
poles, South West Sixty poles, South South West eighty poles, South One
hundred and sixty poles. This said Land being formerly granted to Thomas
Stegg by Patent dated the twenty fourth of November One thousand six
hundred and fifty three and by him sold and assigned to the said Clarke.
To have & to hold Va. To be held Va yeilding and paying!
Va provided VA Dated the twenty eighth of January One Thousand six
hundred and sixty two.
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