My thanks to Robert for the link to Fred Smoot's article. This is a very
As promised, I am including a transcription of the language from one of
the deeds I found:
...on the waters of Garrison Fork Duck River bounded as follows to wit.
Beginning at a Buckeye and Mulbery and Ironwood on the East bank of
[-'s] creek about twenty poles east of the new dwelling of the said Cook
and [?] [?] AO being the north East corner of Alexander [?'s] part of a
5000 acre tract granted to J. G. & F. Blount. Thence North thirty five
and three fourths poles to two Buckeyes and elms on the east bank of
said creek. Thence North eighty nine degrees West one hundred four and a
half poles to a beech and dogwood. Thence South ninety nine poles to a
hickory and elm in the field now occupied by John Tillman. Thence east
nineteen poles and blue oak stump dividing the farms of said Cooke and
Tillman. Thence South forty six poles to a hickory and three _lynns_
growing from the same root. Thence east eighty two poles.....
This description provides a clearer indication of the meaning of the
term than the first deeds I found.
Marilyn, If you want further evidence that the words "two
lynns" in your
1820's Tennessee land deeds do indeed make reference to trees, then go
to Fred Smoot's "Middle Tennessee Trees and Shrubs as Found in Old
Surveys" at www.tngenweb.org/tnland/trees.htm
In his article posted, Mr. Smoot lists "Lynn, Lyn, Linn ---- Linden,
Basswood, Tilia. Has soft white wood."
Since you are researching early TN deeds, you may also be interested in
checking out www.tngenweb.org/tnland/index.html
which contains the
listing of "Links to Tennessee Land Research Sources", and which Index
includes this Fred Smoot article listed under "Trees". The listing also
contains a number of other articles of interest.
Robert in Memphis, TN.
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