Steve, I have a deed of 1854 in Navarro County, Texas, which has the
language quoted below. I am wondering if "brs." is an abbreviation for
"bears", and "in." an abbreviation for "inches" (perhaps
the diameter of the post oak. It may have been the practice to give
two bearing to marker trees from any point or corner in the survey.
Beginning at William S. Cannons S.W. corner. _ Thence South 60 West
Six hundred and Seventy two varas to a Stake, from which a post oak
bears N 30 W 13 varas a mesquite bears N 80 W 22 varas ___ Thence S 30
East thirteen hundred and forty four varas to a stake from which a
Mesquite bears N 30 W 329 varas, a cotton wood bears N 66-1/2 East 250
varas ___Thence N 60 East Six hundred and Seventy two varas to William
S. Cannons S.W. corner ____ Thence N 30 West thirteen hundred and
forty four varas to Said William S. Cannons North West Corner, on
David McCanliss South boundary line
Steve Broyles wrote:
The following is from a Texas patent in 1875:
"BEGINNING at a pile of stone 132 vrs. S. and 260 vrs. W. of the S. E. Cor.
Of L. P. Adamson but now in name of Geo E. White 160 acres a B. J. brs.
S. 38° W. 4 vrs. P. O. 6 in. brs."
vrs. is an abbreviation for varas, the vara being a Spanish unit of about a
yard in length.
I imagine that the B.J. is a blackjack, a kind of tree, that is "witnessing"
the pile of stone. It's located
4 varas to the southwest of the stone. Similarly, P.O. might be a post oak.
But what do brs. and in. stand for? I doesn't seem reasonable that the P.O.
would be six
*inches* from the stone.
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