Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I have been researching the deeds to the property that my brothers and I own in Tennessee. We have one deed in Scott County and three in adjoining Campbell County. I thought I would give you an update on how that is going. This is not going to be simple to follow but I've tried to make it as clear as I can. As I have told you before, the deeds are all metes and bounds property descriptions and the property has never been officially mapped. Neither has much else up on the mountain.Some of the surrounding land was bought up years ago and combined into a deed that covers 20,000 acres. That deed claims a block of land about 10 miles by 10 miles then lists "exceptions" that it does not own but there is no way to sort through 200 pages of exceptions that are just listings of metes and bounds with nothing else to reference by. Sound like a mess? It is. I can't understand how the state allowed that deed to be assembled in that manner but they did. This process left a hole in the map near the county line that was attributed to our Scott County deed as parcel 2. Our deed was never mapped, it was assumed that the surrounding maps were correct and we were what was left. Believe it or not this created some problems. The state map of parcel 2 shows an elongated 11 sided figure. Our deed calls for a four sided figure. The other issue is no one involved knew exactly where the county line was. I was researching the family history last year and saw that my great Grandfather Calvin Allen had a private act of the legislature done that "moved" his property (our other 3 deeds) to Campbell County. No one ever redrew the county line on the state map. This means that our Campbell County property show up on the official map as if it is in Scott County. But Scott County never noticed that and added another parcel map below ours thinking that that land might belong to someone else. Taxation hates a void on the map so they just assume that a void belongs to a neighboring landowner and tax him accordingly. Well. the owner of a neighboring property with a vague description bought 2 acres of land 10 years ago somehow parcel 4 on the map was thought to be part of his land. He wrote us a while back wanting to come to a boundary agreement.Bear with me folks and remember this is the simplified version!
After several trips to the Scott and Campbell County Court Houses, an
historic USGS Topo map of the area as it was in 1953 before it was
strip mined, finding original deeds that were more accurate than our
current versions that had some errors, and help from the mapping
supervisor for the State of Tennessee, I am making sense of where our
property is and how it fits together. Boundaries are closing up when I
draw them out and survey points (calls) are lining up with the
topographic descriptions. I think we will need to have a survey done to
get anything changed on the books and hopefully we can get together on
that. It is a relief that I can at least see where things are going and
have confidence that our deeds that have been in the family over 100
years should stand up.