Robertson County Survey Book, 1824-1890s & Mansker Station Survey

When doing my research at the Robertson County Archives in Springfield, Tenn., I ran across a treasure amongst their holdings. I was researching property deeds in the early 1800s for my Lawrence Clinard, and happened upon their Robertson County Survey Book 1824-1898 of Tennessee Land Grants. To learn more about Tennessee Land Grants visit:

RC Survey Book No. 1824-

I opened it to find my Lawrence along with his sons, Joseph and John in the survey book…

Clinard, Lawrence, Miller, John, 1825 2 surveys

Clinard, Lawrence, Miller, John, 1825 2 surveys

Survey, Ben. Rawls, Andrew Clinard

What’s so great about this survey book is you have the tract drawn out, along with the property description, neighbors on the property boundaries, sometimes mention of land grants and their numbers, and the chain bearers that helped carry the chains for the survey. These were usually family, friends or neighbors so gives you some relationship identity. The surveyors are Anderson Stewart and Thomas Shaw. I’m pretty sure that the Millers were related to Lawrence’s wife, Rosina Miller, but have not been able to prove it yet.

Here’s some old survey information to help you do your calculations…

When deciphering the survey description, the little hand pointer is the “beginning” corner.

1 Acre = 43,560 square feet – 1 Acre = 160 poles

A pole used for surveying was a wooden poled that was 16.5′ long. It was also sometimes called a perch.

A surveyor’s chain was made of 100 links and measures 66 feet long.

There are exactly 640 acres in a square mile and many of the land grants were in parcels of 640 acres

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Mansker Station Heritage Days & Bowen House survey

A few years ago, my mother and I visited Historic Mansker Station in Goodlettsville, Tenn., for their spring Heritage Days. This special event fit perfectly with my survey book discovery as they were re-enacting a surveyor plotting off the land for the Bowen House as they would have done it back in the early days of Tennessee.

So when you look at the original survey plats, this is what it would have looked like… Their surveyor is pictured in the red coat – you can just imagine him as Anderson Stewart, surveyor for Robertson County in the 1800s with his elegant handwriting and detailed drawings… His assistant is in the burnt orange jacket.

manskers, Master and Jr Surveyor

manskers, surveyor & Jr

manskers, surveyor & crew  manskers, surveyor compass on pole

The chain bearers stretch the chain between two points for the surveyor to get his measurement. They then drive a stake and move to the next section.

manskers, surveyor, chain holder

Manskers, master surveyor, pole:stake

manskers, surveyors compass face

They had to post guards around the perimeter as Indians were still a menace then. They would have been trekking through the wilderness – there were no cleared fields at that point. Can you imagine the ticks and chiggers they must have suffered from after a day of surveying???

manskers, surveyors:guard kneeling

manskers, Jr Surveyor

manskers, kneeling guard

Keeping a safe perimeter around the Bowen House while they survey…

manskers, guards:Bowen house

After we watching them working on the survey a while we headed up to the Bowen House for a tour. This was our first time to visit.

manskers, Bowen house

Now, back to those survey book pages.. I’m sure you’ll want to know if your ancestor is in the survey book so here are the index pages.

RC Survey Bk Index 1

RC Survey Book Index 2

RC Survey Book Index 3

RC Survey Book Index 4

RC Survey Book Index 5

RC Survey Book Index 6

RC Survey Book Index 7

RC Survey Book Index 8

RC Survey Book Index 9

RC Survey Book Index 10

RC Survey Book Index 11

RC Survey Book Index 12

RC Survey Book Index 13

RC Survey Book Index 14

RC Survey Book Index 15

Clinard, Lawrence, 47 aceres, 1826

Clinard, Lawrence, 50 acres, 1825

Clinard, Lawrence, 56 acres, 1826

Clianrd, Miller, Duncan, 1825 surveys

Cothran, henry, 48 acres, 1826, Clinard cb

Cothran, Henry, 50 acres, Clinard chain, 1825

Dulin, John, 64 ac, 1839, Clinard cb

Hollis, W.T, 289 acres, Clinard cb

Martin, GW, 15 ac, W Clinard, Farmer cb, 1858

Miller Survey Book index

Miller, John, 6 ac, pg. 175, 1828

Miller, John, 14 ac on Millers Cr., 1833

Miller, John, 50 acres on Brushy Fork, 1825

Miller, John, 50 acres, Millers cr, 1825 (2)

Miller, Joseph, 3 surveys, pg 191, 1829

Miller, Joseph, 10 ac adj Clinard, 1826

Miller, Joseph, 75 acres, pg. 153, 1827

Miller, Joseph, 95 acres, 1841

Miller, Joseph, 100 acres, 1829, pg. 192

Miller, Joseph, 100 acres, 1831, pg 202

Miller, Joseph, 200 acres, p. 191, 1829

Miller, Joseph, 242 ac, 1839

Miller, Joseph, 970 ac, 1840

Miller, Joseph, pg. 226, 1,000 acres

Miller, Jospeh, 100 ac, 1829, pg. 192

Parker, John, 228 acres, 1831, Clinard cb

Rawls, Benjamin, 80 acres, 1826  Binkley, Jacob Jr., 100 acres, 1826, Hinkles cb

RC Survey Book Joseph Bradley

That’s all for now! Hope you find a nugget of your history amongst these pages. If anyone knows anything about the surveyor in Robertson County, A. Stewart, let me know. I can’t seem to find any details about him.

Categories: Family History: CLINARD, NC to Robertson Co, Tenn, Family History: MILLER, NC to TN, Robertson County History | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Robertson County Survey Book, 1824-1890s & Mansker Station Survey

  1. Judy

    Hello, Thank you so much for doing all of this as we have the same Clinards in our family. My line is with Jefferson Davis Clinard, his daughter Annie Avon Clinard-Dozier is my Great Grandmother and his father is John Clinard Jr > John Clinard Sr > Lawrence Clinard > Johann Philip Klinard-Clinard. Would love to see photos of them & their gravesites along with the Doziers. My Great Grandparents are Benjamin Lenard & Annie Avon Dozier in Springfield and his parents were Lenard Cheatham Dozier & Barbara Ann Batts – Dozier (his 1st wife was Virginia J. Stark). Thanks much,

    Judy Garrett-Escoto

    Sent from Judy’s iPad

    • Thanks so much for responding Judy! I don’t have much on your branch so could use your input. I’ll input your info into my tree tomorrow and see what I’m missing on your branch. If you read back through my Clinard blogs you will find where your John Clinard Sr was in the War of 1812 and his son received a land bounty pension. I’m currently working on our Clinard and Robertson County men in the War of 1812 for a series of blogs, so stay tuned! I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of our Clinard cousins through my research and look forward to corresponding!

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