Thanks Greg and I figure that is what happened with copying 11 together, I
think some directions were missed and left off, because they make no common
sense, as in almost straight lines that then double back over themselves (in
the case of the one that comes out 3 acres). I tried changing directions S
for N but it made no big difference, so I think a line or two from the
survey was skipped.
What I don't understand is it not being caught later and wonder about the
problems it may have caused at some point, say someone was going to divide
the land and the description on the deed only reads 150 acres when it should
be 272. I just wonder how that could get straightened out when over 100
years (or more) may have passed.
One man did file a suit that went to the NC Superior Court abt 1915 but it
was over one land line in his deed, he thought wasn't clear but it never
came up that the whole deed read wrong, The deed stated "a stake at James
Herrington's house) and in later deeds they changed that to say "at or near
where James Herrington's house used to stand" (something along those lines
is what it said). The new owner said he couldn't tell where a house had ever
stood, so he didn't know where his line was....... (that was the 320 acre
tract that should have been 272). The court ruled that the deed was clear
enough. I don't think anyone added up the area to figure out that the deed
was in fact way off.
Thanks again, I just couldn't believe they were all so out of wack.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Matthews" <cheekygnome(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2012 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] Trouble with deeds
It isn't uncommon. You have to remember that the deeds were
into the deed books by clerks. They were working off of another
document (either something from the court, the original land owner or
the surveyor) so you had multiple places where errors could have
occurred. I'm sure some documents could have been just as hard to
read then as they are 200 years later. Personally, it seems to me
that the most common place to catch an error is in the direction, ie.
NNE, SW, etc. A deed might say NNE when SSW is meant, or SE when NE
is meant. I don't know if those errors are more likely to originate
with the surveyor or just from clerks rushing to finish copying the
deed, but I can say that sometimes I catch myself getting my east and
west backwards in real life. I know it's left or right, but sometimes
when I'm not paying attention I'll say something is east when I mean
to say west!
Errors in length are easy to imagine. A hurried clerk might mean to
copy "311" and by accident he writes down "31".
If you think about it, there are many many ways that you can probably
imagine errors occurring.
This of course says nothing about problems that arise from declination
which are fairly easy to catch as long as everything else is correct.
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM, Renee <dennis.newman(a)cox.net> wrote:
> I don't have a question about deedmapper but a question in general about
> I am entering deeds from Sampson County, NC for an ancestor of mine, into
> deedmapper. When he died, his land was divived into 11 equal parts.
> When the estate was settled in 1815 the 11 deeds were entered into
> record, one after the other and each deed states that each heir received
> 272 acres and the tracts have been marked with stakes, so I assume they
> were surveyed for this division.
> They are so messed up. I have only 2 that are even close to 272 acres
> (one 273 and one is 287). 2 are well over 300 acres, 1 is at 300, 1 is
> 290, 1 is 250, 1 is 230, 2 are about 150, 1 is only 3 acres (I know they
> left off a corner or two)!! I've double and triple checked myself for
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