The land grant I am trying to place is in (today) City of Chesapeake,
Norfolk Va. The date is 1693. The measurements are in rods. I can place the
grant (after rotating quite a bit) but trying to line up the Northwest River
and Indian Creek. They are both mentioned in the grant. The overall
configuration seems to be right just oversized so that the creek and river
lines do not
match the maps size. Too big of a plat for the map. The bends in the creek
approximately the right alignment just too large. The location today is known
as the Northwest River Park. beautiful location. AM I making sense. How do I
get the two (plat and map) to match the contours of the creek and river?
Working with waterways over a 300 year period is usually very hard as the
banks have shifted over time. In such cases, you may just have to guess at
what the original contours were. I assume that you are using the "meander"
lines and if that is laid against the maps of today then the acreage will
likely be much less than the original. You might try moving the "meanders"
out into the creeks/rivers of today until you acreage comes close to that
named in the patents. I don't know that I would try for exact acreage but
you might get a fair idea of the original land boundaries this way.
Hope this helps -
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