I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update with each post.
|Date:||24 Feb 1900|
|Location:||Lake County, Michigan|
|Grantor:||Mary J. Burdick of Lake County, Michigan|
|Grantee:||Perry Clark of Colfax, Wexford, MI|
|Witnesses:||Arthur Irons, Justice of the Peace, Lake County, Michigan; Mrs. Hiram Cronk|
|Type of deed:||Warranty|
|Rec’d and recording:||12 Marcy 1900|
|Location of land:||Colfax Wexford Michigan|
|Description:||The SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 4 T23N R10W except a strip of land 4 rods wide off the North side. Containing 38 acres more or less.|
This is the home place, but Mary has reserved some of it. Let’s see, a rod is 16.5 feet, so 4 rods is 66 feet (actually, 1 chain). Since and one side of a “square” 40 acre piece of land is 1320 feet (or 20 chains) on one side, that means that Mary kept a piece 66 feet by 1320 feet, or 1 chain by 20 chains.
I wanted to take a look on the current maps to see how the land is titled now, you can do so on the Wexford County Standard Maps site, if you wish. The entire fractional 80 NE 1/4 is assessed together. The plat says: the northeast 1/4 of the fractional NE 1/4 and the SE 1/4 of the fractional NE 1/4 T23N R10W 67.45 acres.
If you look at the location using Google Maps today, you can see that the land has few trees. The description covers the corner south of 14 mile road and just to the west (left) of 31 Mile Road. If you click the map and back out slightly, you can see 16 Mile road, which marks south line of Section Four. It is pretty easy to imagine the 1/2 section line just south of the fractional NE 1/4 of the section.