Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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some Surry/IOW patents

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Some patents are reasonably located… some are randomly placed because I simply don’t have enough clues to place them… so don’t hold my feet to the fire over accuracy.

These guys make Thomas Jefferson seem like a “young” pup…

Click to open a new window and zoom in… and click some more…. and if it still isn’t zoomed in enough use “Cntl +” or “Command +”


Written by anderson1951

December 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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  1. […] you can see from this map of deeds, there were no Collins deeds in the area where they are known to have settled, near Drum Hill in […]


  2. The map has a notation referencing “Hening I, p 373” To which book by Hening is this notation referring?



    September 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    • The statutes at large: being a collection of all the laws of Virginia, from the first session of the Legislature in the year 1619 : published pursuant to an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, passed on the fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and eight, Volume 1

      page 373… a notation is made that this is the first time “Surry County” is listed…

      Marc Anderson



      September 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

  3. Have you mapped any of the Three Creeks area of Virginia. I had Denton ancestors in that area of Meherrin River, and Jones in Three Creeks.


    BJ Anhaus

    November 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

  4. Any clues to where “Cabbin Branch” is located on the Blackwater River? I am trying to find Patents circa 1722 for John Branch who received land on both sides of Cabbin Branch and on the south side of the Main Blackwater River in IOW/Southampton VA.

    Branch, John. grantee.
    grant 18 February 1722.
    Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.
    Description: 200 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp, and on both sides of the Cabbin Branch.
    Source: Land Office Patents No. 11, 1719-1724, p. 167 (Reel 10).


    Dawn King

    January 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm

  5. Can you write about your methodology on making these maps? Do you draw the boundaries in Autocad and then superimpose on the USGS maps? I am just guessing here. Do you ever compare to the property boundaries on present day tax maps? Thanks!! Dawn King


    Dawn Branch King

    January 5, 2017 at 8:52 am

    • I make the base map and scale to 1″ = 1 mile.

      I re-draw the “platt” at 1″ = 5,280′ scale (1 mile).

      I compile the artwork in Adobe Illustrator (which allows me to arrange the various elements including text).

      Then I copy the Illustrator file into Photoshop and flatten and re-size for the website image.

      base maps:,35.787346,-77.36248500277708,35.968165&q=&date_from=0&date_to=9999&scale_from=&scale_to=

      free deed mapper



      January 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

    • Dawn
      As an aside, I noticed a reference to a John Branch in one my other Posts you may be interested in…

      Speaking of this “King’s Branch” and my quest for the location where Francis England actually lived…

      I can’t locate a transcript of his will and this abstract is no help:

      Francis England of Blackwater in Isle of Wight. Leg.-daughter Anne Branch, wife of George Branch and her sons, George, Francis and John Branch. Wife Joyce, Extx. Overseers, John Gutridge and John Pearson. — Book: 2-144 — Prove Date: June , 1677 (the Chapman abstract is similar)

      But the will of his widow provides a tantalizing suggestion that it was on the former “Sweet” land (as shown on my map- note the below reference to “Henry King’s line”, which is now “Davis’ Branch”)…

      See here towards the end of the Post for the context…



      January 6, 2017 at 4:52 am

  6. Hello again. I examined this page for a period of a week or so about 2 or 3 weeks ago and was able to zoom in to great detail by clicking on the map, then clicking on “View full size.” My pointer then turned into a magnifying glass and I was able to zoom and scroll around. Now, after I click on “View full size,” my pointer doesn’t turn into a magnifying glass. I’ve tried enlarging other ways, but no luck. Has your page viewing changed somehow?


    Rene Jordan

    July 25, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    • When the image finishes loading… then use Cntr key and + key to enlarge. You can do this several times.

      You may need to right click your mouse and choose “open in new window”.

      Hope this helps… (these images are huge)



      July 26, 2020 at 9:03 pm

  7. Hi Marc,

    This is a personal request. I’d send it by email, but I don’t find one on your website. A cousin and I have been working on our early IOW/Surry County Jordan line for several years. We’ve accumulated quite a bit of data, but there is one thing we’d like to add to this: the exact locations of our Jordan’s tracts of land.

    There is more than one Jordan family group in this area, but ours is the Richard Jordan I to Richard Jordan II to Richard Jordan III to Joseph Jordan line. Your map of Christopher Reynolds Sr. in early IOW County clearly shows one of our Richard Jordans next to him, but we’re especially interested in the Surry Co. tracts. Patents and deeds show this family on Blackwater River and Johnchecohunk Swamp.

    Could we possibly prevail upon you to print out portions of your maps showing these particular Jordan tracts that you have plotted that also show their immediate neighbors (if that’s even possible with your software)? And, of course, we would be happy to pay for your efforts.

    Thank you so much for your consideration of this task.

    Rene Jordan


    Rene Jordan

    September 23, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    • I do not have access to the software for me to modify the maps…. perhaps in the near future while I figure out an alternative…



      September 26, 2020 at 7:47 am

      • We appreciate your response, Marc. Thanks.


        Rene Jordan

        September 27, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    • Rene
      See my latest Post…



      November 21, 2020 at 8:32 am

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