DMK Heritage

On another website, a question was asked:  Why would land have been resurveyed in 1755 with an exchange 122 acres of land?

1. Theories brought forth:  A dam was built.  In 1755 in the American colonies?  Big enough to flood 122 acres?  England did not do infrastructure, if done by an individual the land would still be theirs, just under water.

2. Erosion?  Over time or a huge flood?  But the land would still be his.

How about a little historical knowledge:  Processioning.

Queen Anne in 1705 started this practice for settling the Titles and Bounds of Lands; and for preventing unlawful shooting and ranging thereupon. It was refined in 1748.  That once in every four years the bounds of every persons land shall be processsioned, or gone round, and the land marks renewed, in manner following, that is to say, the court in every county . . . shall direct the vestry of each parish with their County respectively, to divide their parishes into so many precincts, as to them shall seem most convenient for processioning every particular persons land in their respective parishes; . . . and to appoint two or more intelligent honest freeholders of every precinct to see such processioning is performed and to take and return to the Vestry an account of every persons land. And, . . . cause the accounts returned by the freedholders. To be registered in particular books to be kept for that purpose by the clerk of that Vestry and to prevent mistakes or omissions, the Church Wardens shall examine the same in the presence of the vestry.

Severe fines, were provided for the failure of any Court, Vestry, Church Wardens or other party to perform any duty directed of them. Any disagreement over boundaries was referred to the Court and a survey was conducted at the expense of the person or persons not agreeing with the processioned boundary.  Having your land processioned was not an option.

Now doesn't the history of the area at the time make more sense?

Written by Doris Christian — May 24, 2013