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  • Alex Colvin

Alfred Hooper Deed and Plat: A Reconstruction


Land was essential to survival in the agrarian culture in which Alfred Hooper and Elizabeth Suttles lived. But understanding that land requires understanding how they acquired -- and disposed of it -- and where it was located. In this case, that means reviewing the surviving land records. After extracting the 1st set of metes and bounds from this early 19th century deed, I then plugged them into my metes and bounds map drawing software which will render a plat map based on the data I provide. It was not usual for a surveyor to omit a cardinal or compass direction on a deed, in which case, the omission will leave a gap in the simulated plat map. In the Hooper case, I provided an imaginary closure since about 95 % of the map was complete. Exactly where this land was located in Rutherford County is currently unknown. Whether it is discoverable remains to be seen. On the left of the plat map is an image of the 1st page of the original deed from which the metes and bounds were extracted. These images and map are then ported to another editor where they can be arranged in a visual composition.