New job will be fun
It's a jigsaw puzzle type of issue. One of the prior owners was an attorney. He at least had the common sense to have part of it surveyed in 1982. This will primarily be a project tracking the title of multiple parcels that were assembled and then had a couple of pieces deeded away. Several different issues. Including who owns the ground on the opposite side of the US highway that may, in fact, be a portion of what they hold title to if one figures out all of the calls for rods, chains and which tiny stream is Suchandsuch Creek.
This is a case of the 96 year-old passing away and leaving the 73 year-old son the fun of following the parents' wishes in distributing quite a number of farms (including this one) between the four sons, counting him. I have performed a survey for the youngest son, probably 10 years ago, when he was getting divorced from wife #?. I was a classmate of the second youngest and was in high school with the third youngest. The oldest (73) has two sons. Both have worked with me, starting when they were high school. One now is a city administrator and the other is a middle school mathematics teacher and track coach. So, I know far too much about the family dynamics compared to the standard survey job.
The son who is to end up with this tract was a wild and crazy teenager who tried (and did) everything that teenagers should not do. At about age 25 (as he puts it) the Lord came back into his life with a passion. He became a minister, not a farmer, and has headed a church and its private school for nearly 40 years now in some of the roughest territory in the State of Oklahoma. At our recent class reunion he was telling a couple of us about conducting the burial service for an older brother of one our classmates. That had to be a tough job considering the deceased had been accused, but never convicted, of participating in the abduction and murder of two teenager girls a couple of decades earlier. Those girls have never been found.
The attorney involved has already had a fight with the county GIS worker over this, so I won't get any help from that office.
There's no way you could ever sufficiently anticipate the wrinkles and side jaunts such a deal would involve. Reminds me of a tract I worked on for the Surveyor who signed my paychecks before I was licensed. The chain of title of the tract owned by the client we were working for had a hiatus in the deeds, but it could be traced beyond that with the information in the deed description. The adjoiner who was trying to claim some of our client's land had an even more defective chain of title. The tract sort of bubbled up out of nowhere because it went back so far, and no further. People in that area were bad about not recording deeds. Could have something to do with the fact that the only thing the land in that area was good for was keeping there from being a big sinkhole or a lake in the area.
I spent more time in the courthouse looking for deeds that turned out to not be of record than I did going around the tract. No way my boss could charge enough for that work.
Won myself a job today that should be fun (and continue to feed itself for a while), just by doing a few hours of research.
guy emails, says his dad (an attorney) bought the property way back when, “can’t believe he’d buy a tract without road access…” turns out the neighbors to the south recently gated off where they’d previously allowed access to his 300+ acre otherwise landlocked tract.
anyways, chasing deeds back on all sides keep finding references to a public road in a different place. You can see it on street view, but it’s clear nobody’s used it in… a while. BUT there is complete acknowledgement and agreement not only to its existence, but its location AND its function as the access to this particular tract. means my new client will be able to command a significantly higher price from the single family developer to his west who’s been trying to lowball him on account of the whole landlocked issue.
kicker was finding this- the 100 year old quad map. irrefutably the road in question.