The Story of a Farm 2

I never realized how difficult researching a plot of land could be.  Land is sold, divided, and pieces put together in a patchwork.  It also appears that not all land surveys were accurate and people left land in their wills that they did not own.  It appears that Lavica Brock only obtained the land after a land disagreement.  In the Auditor’s Copy of the land and tax records for Greene County in the year 1881, there is a lot of crossing out and rewriting.  In 1881 on Lavica Brock’s entry it gives a different amount of land that is crossed out, and written the correct acreage in pencil above.  It says “tax claim settled – deed for same filed Jan. 12, 1882 fee B. T. Farber.   For B. T. Farber’s entry, it is written in “settled by parties cert. filed Jan. 12, 1882.”  So what happened here?  In the 1877 entries, a slip of paper was glued in and it said “Ankeney and Lucas land” and “F. A. Brock has left = of his own 6007” and in ditto marks below “not his own = 1446.”  6007 and 1446 refer to the original plots of land from the Virginia Military Survery, which the property was carved from.  Between 1878 and 1880, it is unclear which parts of land are the ones that made up the property.  In 1879 it is under the names of B.T. Farber and C.L. Spencer, who are listed as “assignee of F. A. Brock,” and after the valuation numbers appears “fr. Ann Lucas.”  In the 1880 listing, C. L. Spencer gives a certificate for “F. A. Brock land” to Lavica Brock.  Apparently B. T. Farber then settled with Lavica Brock the next year. 

What exactly happened?  There are so many names associated with this land in such a short amount of time.  From some genealogy research, it appears there were two F. A. Brocks.  The first one was an early settler in Ross Township.  The second one was his son.  The name Lavica appears in several different places – it was probably a name that was used consistently in the family.  She was probably the wife or daughter of one of the first Francis Brock’s sons, as his will names Sarah as his wife and does not mention a Lavica.  We’ll see what further research clarifies.

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