My immediate problem is the location of the Second Fork of the Birch
Creek in the western part of the county. There is another Birch Creek of
in the north eastern part. There are differences among the official
county map, the GNIS map, the DeLorme map, and the Topo map, and I am
unsure about the priority of authority which should be given to the
varying presentations. As it stands, I think I favor the County map
although too many streams are unnamed.
At first, I reasoned that the meaning of a "fork" required that the two
divisions carry the same name. However, I have since abandoned that
position although the county map does show a definite "fork in Birch
Creek, with both so labeled. I am just not sure that it is the "Second
fork" because a number of unnamed tributaries empty into the Creek
between that point and its conjunction with the Dan River.
There is no absolute "priority" of sources. Errors or lack of complete
information may be found anywhere.
I suggest you might try a call to the historical or genealogical society
of that locale, or better yet a call to the county engineer or whatever
office may have responsibility for maintaining the county maps.
Trying to figure any particular brick wall from afar without having all
of the clues at hand is mere guesswork. It is probably best to consult
a local authority or source of information.
Good luck in your searching.