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Commissioner that vacancies
exist as shown on the survey plat and as described in the boundaries description.
The applicants submitted an exhaustive title search and followed the evolution
of each relevant property line from the original patents through subsequent
deeds, surveys, and equity court cases to the present. The Deputy Commissioner's
independent title search confirmed all of the applicants' assertions and
the relevant property lines through time.
The granting of the Land
Patent to the applicants achieved the primary goals of the land patent
law: to provide a simple, convenient, and prompt method for promoting
the private ownership of vacant land or reserving that land for public
use; to eliminate uncertainties caused by the existence of vacant land;
and to benefit the community by expanding the tax base.
ROADS IN DORCHESTER COUNTY, 1690-1755
by: Pat Melville
As in other counties, information
about roads in Dorchester County appears as short entries in the court
minutes, as recorded in (Judgment Record) in series C704. The books contain
the administrative and judicial minutes and the recorded criminal and civil
proceedings of the county court. Normally the clerks placed the minutes
at the beginning of the record for each court term, followed by proceedings
of the cases being heard. In Dorchester County the minutes are interspersed
in clusters throughout the records for each court term. In addition, few
judgment records from the colonial period have survived. Surviving materials
cover the years 1690-1692, 1728-1729, 1733-1734, 1742-1745, and 1754-1755.
The earliest entries involved
complaints of John Makeebe, Jr., overseer in Fishing Creek Hundred,