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Landowners Mapping Project
About the Project:
I wanted to do something to help researchers of ancestors which resided in Henry County Alabama. My answer was to do some mapping work that has helped me in locating affiliated families...and sometimes that elusive maiden name of female ancestors. I have found in my research that it is often helpful to understand not only our ancestors, but their neighbors and affiliated families that resided within their homestead area. These are sometimes the families that immigrated together to a new area and are often the families that our ancestor's children intermarried with. By studying the mapped area of your ancestors, I hope some valuable clues develop from the surrounding entities. Jeffery Palmer
How to Locate Your Ancestors Land in Henry County!
Alabama, like the rest of the Public Domain States, was subject to the Federal Township and Range System for identifying land. We are not going to discuss the how system brought us to Henry County. You can read more about it at: Legal Land Descriptions in Federal Township and Range System. To plot the land you need a land description from the General Land Office for original land patents or a record of sale from the County Court House. Print this Henry County Map for a ready reference which is marked with the Township and Range Lines. This map can be used to roughly plot your ancestor's land. Township and Range lines are 6 miles wide. The crossing of the two lines create boxes that are approximately 6 miles square. Each Township/Range box on the Henry County Map is numbered to indicate which Township and Range cross to create that square. (Example: 7N26E) Township 7 North and Range 26 East.
All Land Descriptions under this system read from the smallest division and go to the Largest, but to use them you have to read from the largest to the smallest or right to left. The following two descriptions are for land bought by Mathew Tolbert Allen on November 1, 1858 at the Land Office in Elba, Alabama.
1) NESW - 10 - 5-N - 29-E - St STEPHENS
Reading from right to left, the first entry is "St. Stephen" which is the St. Stephens Meridian, which is a north-south line that all land in the southern half of Alabama is measured from. All land in Henry County will have St. Stephens in the description. The next part is 29E and is the Range line number (Vertical Line). 5N is the Township line designation (Horizontal line). So on our Henry County Map that you printed earlier, this land is in the square marked 5N29E.
About the Map Pages Layout:
Maps and Land Records by Shirley McLellan and Arline McAlister
Graphics by James D. Allen and Valarie Adams
|This Page was Created October 2007 | Last Modified Saturday, 29-Nov-2014 02:39:38 EST|