Metes and bounds descriptions of land tracts surveyed under Francis Jenckins during his tenure as Deputy Surveyor of Somerset County, 1671-1683. Transcribed by Dr. G. Ray Thompson, Ph.D., Salisbury, Maryland, 2005
by John F. Polk, Ph.D.
The Somerset County Warrants Book of Francis Jenckins is actually not a warrants book at all, but primarily a surveyor’s record book. Its principal contents are some 700 metes and bounds descriptions of land tracts surveyed under Francis Jenckins during his tenure as Deputy Surveyor of Somerset County, 1671-1683. In addition, the volume also contains the following items: 14 Surveys made by James Weedon, Deputy Surveyor of Somerset, in 1670-71, store Accounts from Francis Jenckins business in Accomac County, Virginia, 1655-1662, list of patented properties in Somerset, and rents due the Proprietor, in 1685, several items of minor import.
These records contain information on who the land was assigned to, the name of the land, total acres, topographical features: waterways and neighboring properties, and date/page number.