I wanted to try to plot these boundaries. First, I tabulated the corner numbers, the directions, the distance, the marker used, and the neighbor between each marker. I used a table in Microsoft Word to do that. The resulting table was (corrected from original posting):
The next task was to see if there are free Deed Mapping software available on the Internet (because I prefer free to cheap or expensive, realizing that you get what you pay for!). I Googled [ deed mapping software ] and quickly found Deed Mapper (http://www.directlinesoftware.com/deedmapper_42) which costs $99.
There was one free programs that I found immediately: Deed Platter - GenealogyTools.net (http://www.genealogytools.net/deeds/).
I entered the information in the table above into the online form for "Platting Deeds in Metes and Bounds." I added more rows to enter information, and the result looks like this (2 screens):
I did a snip of the resulting platted map of the deed boundaries (after double checking the land description with the table of metes and bounds above), and added the neighbors:
Well, that's close but no cigar here! The line from Corner 21 should go to Corner 1, but it's off by several rods. The surveyor may have made a mistake in transcribing the land description, or I did in entering data into the program table.
Note that in the land description, I converted the minutes of a degree to a fraction of a degree (e.g., 30 minutes = 0.5 degree) and I converted the number of links to a fraction of a rod (e.g., 25 links = 1 rod).
Now I have to do the other four land descriptions, and try to find the land on a map of Gardner, Massachusetts.
The FREE metes and bounds program at GenealogyTools.net works great! Thank you, creator of this tool!!!
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