Thanks to Ed and Garry for answering this question!
So, instead of a section being a mile, with a township being six miles square, the
sections are five miles
and there are no townships?
I recall this district being discussed at the Natl Gen Soc meeting in Nashville last
summer, but I guess I
missed the part about the different platting system.
From: gsbrowngen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 15:00
Subject: Re: [DMU] Tennessee Deeds
The western district of TN, the land west of the Tennessee river plus a
small strip of land running 35 miles east of the Tennessee river from the
Mississsippi line to a point 55 miles north was originally surveyed on a
unique grid with range lines and section lines that were 5 miles apart.
There were seven surveyor districts in this area . They were all
established by the TN legislature in 1819. This same grid was used to
define the county boundaries in this area as well. The grid was not used
after 1836 or so although the original entry deeds and land land grant
surveys continued to contain the references to these grid lines for many
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