For working in East Tennessee, have you seen Troy Keesee's book "The
Wataugah Land Purchases"? There is an excellent discription of some of the
restrictions put on the surveys in that area by the Transylvania Land
Company. I have never seen anything like Sara Hughes's book, however, for
the entire state of Tennessee. The closest thing to it is the page of
Tennessee land terms on http://www.tngenweb.org/tnland/terms.htm
From: john stepp [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: [DMU] RE: A book on Virginia surveying
Are you aware of a similar book on Tennessee (Bledsoe County) or where I
might "look" for information.
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From: "Mary McCampbell Bell" <m.m.bell(a)verizon.net>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 11:17 AM
Subject: [DMU] RE: A book on Virginia surveying
I am so glad you enjoyed the book! I used it to teach in the week-long
advanced land platting class at Samford University as part of the
of Genealogy and Historical Research, and it made all the difference
world for them to understand how the surveyors worked and some of
techniques. We had a student who works in the surveying field and it was
neat to hear him say "This works! This actually works!"
Some of the best information is in the footnotes so I have flags all
the book to bookmark some of them!
From: Steve Broyles [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 7:01 PM
Subject: A book on Virginia surveying
I've just finished reading a remarkable book, one that I thought was out
print but which turns out to be readily available (thanks Mary
It's called "Surveyors and Statesmen: Land Measuring in Colonial
by Sarah S. Hughes.
This is an extremely detailed account (lots and lots of names and dates
places) of how the technology of surveying evolved in colonial
the surveyors became men of standing and influence, the political
in which they were involved, and how their jobs changed as the colony
settled. I can't even begin to describe how much I learned from it! But
warning is in order. It's written like a doctoral thesis and is
so much information that it's a bit like my grandmother's
fudge-- so rich
that a bite lasts a long time!
You can order the book from the
Virginia Association of Surveyors,
8752 Landmark Road, Richmond VA 23228
Voice: (804) 262-1351 | Fax: (804) 262-0511
The price is $25 plus a few dollars for shipping.
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