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Land records follies: Yes, “more or less” is pretty much it.

The description begins:

A parcel of real property containing 49.5 aces, more or less, being described as follows: Commencing …

and then it ends:

…to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 88 1/2 acres, more or less.

As noted above, “more or less” is the operative phrase here.

Notice to the World. But of What?

This is my favorite entry, ever, in a land records index, even better than those entries in 19th Century handwriting that looks like they were written in very artfully arranged but faint human hairs.

Yes, that’s right:  Three entries for “Illegible Name.”

Personally, I’ve never scanned an index for entries for “Illegible Name.” […]

Weird Tales (from the land records)

Flem and Eula Snopes own a house at 10 Flem Snopes Drive in Jefferson.   Flem owns a corporation, Snopes Realty, Inc., which has rental properties in other parts of Jefferson.

In the land records of Yoknapatawpha County there is a deed of trust to Merchants and Farmer’s Bank.  It begins: