Only a few hundred years ago people bought and sold property without the need for deeds, lawyers and surveyors. Property ownership was a matter of common local knowledge.
When a parcel was sold the grantee and the grantor would have a party for all the neighbors.
The grantee would, as part of a local ritual, pay money and take possession of the land.
Everybody would walk the boundaries and from that point on the new owner and his boundaries were simply a matter of common local knowledge. Elders would perpetuate this knowledge
by walking boundaries with their sons, giving them a good hard slap at each corner to be
sure they remembered the location.
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LOCAL HISTORY and TITLE PROBLEMS
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