Friday, April 15, 2011

James' 10 acres

This image comes from the General Land Office Primer, published around 1921 and available as a PDF file on the BLM site. The portion of the image with the red would represent the 10 acre parcel discussed in issue 31 of Casefile Clues. The entire square in this image represents an entire section of real estate, one mile on a side--640 acres.

James' property was 10 acres, the west 1/2 of the parcel shown in this image. The deed we discussed in issue 31 was described with a metes and bounds description, but it could have been described also as the

west half of the west half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter.

The parcel in the diagram is the west half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter. The acreage of the parcel in the diagram is 20 acres. James' 10 acres, represented by the red mark was only the west half of that.

It's not necessary to plot parcels out in all cases, but when a family has multiple land dealings and sells off pieces to family over time, it can be helpful. If that's what happened in the Rampley family, we'll have maps in a follow up issue.

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