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Re: What is a Beck of Land
Posted by: Frederick Perkins (ID *****8413) Date: August 27, 2007 at 08:43:13
In Reply to: Re: What is a Beck of Land by Donald Porter of 924

I apprecioate the information defilning a perch. I thought it might be something like that, but what confuses me is the following taaken from the will of Capt Francis mauldin, Cecil Co., MD.

" Beginning at the easternmost side of said swamp, at the bay shore about two perches from said swamp, on dry or fast ground running from thence with a straight line until it makes it four perches wide from the swamp of fast
land and then running as the swamp goes four perches from the said swamp on fast land till it comes within one perch of a Spring called Graneys Springs, then altering the course and going one perch below the spring until it goes two perches to the Eastward of said springs and from thence with a straight line to a oak tree marked with six notches"

I thought Francis was defining the metes and bounds of a large track of land near Chesapeake City, but measurements in termsof a few perchesseems to be
an extreme filne tuning. Maybe not!

Can you make any sense of this use of the term "perch?" Where did you find the defilnition. I have looked thru all kinds of handbooks wilthout success.

Can you make any sense of the use of perch in the above mentioned will?

Your heelp is appreciated very mcuh Fred


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