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Re: Location in Brunswick co Va
Posted by: REX PHILLIPS (ID *****3283) Date: April 12, 2012 at 11:43:56
In Reply to: Location in Brunswick co Va by ross smith of 793

Ross- So many of the Creeks etc. changed names through the years and some have even disappeared. I checked Topozone for counties around Brunswick (Greensville,Southampton, Sussex; Isle of Wight as well as Brunswick) and none of them have a stream or swamp by those names today.

One method I have used to pinpoint an area or location of a piece land was using the VA Land patents. For instance if you were looking top pion point Francis Wray's land patent of Sept. 1728 you could go to the U. of VA Library site
( ) and click on Images and Indexes and in the menu box select Wray. You can narrow the date down in the boxes to say 1700 to 1750 or you could just leave it open and see all the Wray land patents on file. When you see the Francis Wray land grant of Sept.28, 1728 on Jeneto Creekyou can click on the http image URL and see the microfilm image of the actual hand written land patent. Sometimes they are a little hard to read but I can generally read well enough to find what I am looking for. Usually it will either give some landmark, ie Nottoway or Meherrin River etc., or some Creek and then names of the adjacent landowners. If I cannot pinpoint the location by the info in that patent then I use the names of the adjacent landowners and enter them in the box at the Va Land Patent site and do the sdame routine. I have had to repeat this process several times until I was satisfied that I had it pinned down well enough.

My email is if I can help

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