History of Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri; Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History of Their Townships, Towns, and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri; A

History of Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri; Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources, Including a History of Their Townships, Towns, and Villages, Together with a Condensed History of Missouri; A

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...distinctively brave and unselfish. Many of them were the descendants and representatives of some of the oldest and best families of Kentucky and Virginia, and the other Southern States; and not a few were men of education and information. Conservative, substantial and of sober worth, the early settlers of this county founded a community that has ever compared with credit in intelligence and character with those of the best counties in the State. EARLY PRIVATE SURVEYS---THE PRE-EMPTION LAW. Among the early settlers here, before the Government surveys were made, it was a sort of common law that each was to have the right to 160 acres when he settled, and that no subsequent claim should be permitted to interfere with a farmer once duly located. In this way conflicts of claims and consequent ill-feeling were almost entirely prevented. Some, however, anxious to know where their lines would run when the regular survey should be made, secured private surveyors to run them. In cases of this kind established points on the Clay county line were taken as a base, and the true lines were determined with reasonable accuracy. The principal surveyors who did the work, if indeed not the only ones, were Maj. James Brasfield and Judge Solomon Leonard, both thorough practical surveyors. They did it, however, not as a matter of business or profit, but simply for the accommodation of their neighbors. Nothing was ever charged or ac 1 Says Colton: A not fully advanced state of society, equally removed from the extremes of barbarity and of refinement, seems to be that particular meridian under which all the reciproclties and gratuities of hospitality do most readily flourish and abound. For it so happens that the ease, the luxury and the abundance of the highest...show more

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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 903g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962419
  • 9781236962416