Guide to the Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey, June 8, 1739

Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey C0353


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Fairfax, Thomas Fairfax, Lord, 1693-1781
Creator Warner, John
Title Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey
Dates: June 8, 1739
Physical Characteristics 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract A land survey performed on behalf of Lord Thomas Fairfax and written on June 8, 1739 by King George's County surveyor John Warner.
Collection Number C0353
Language English

Historical Note

Colonial land surveying in America was an activity generally performed for the purpose of transfering land ownership from the British Crown to private ownership. Surveyorship was a legitimate and respected trade and could be learned through apprenticeship, with much of its activities originating from land surveying of the British Isles. Successful land surveyors were accurate, precise, and detailed with their surveys. Basic surveying methods used many different kinds of surveying tools, but most popular was a tool called Gunter's Chain, which was in use in the United States for three hundred years. Surveyors and chainmen swore oaths to be fair and accurate when it came to performing the high-stakes task of land surveying. The trade has never waned and continues into the modern day, albeit with up-to-date land surveying technology.

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Scope and Content

A land survey performed on behalf of Lord Thomas Fairfax and written on June 8, 1739 by King George's County surveyor John Warner, likely as a part of the "battle of the maps," which was an effort made by Lord Fairfax and other local Virginia families to lay official claim to parts of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Fairfax succeeded in 1745, thanks to Warner's surveys conducted at the behest of London's Privy Council.

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Arrangement

This is a one item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds several other collections on historic Virginia, including the Randolph H. Lytton Historical Virginia collection.

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Index Terms

Geographical Names:

Fairfax (Va.)
Fairfax County (Va.)
Fairfax County (Va.)--History.
Virginia--History--18th century.

Subjects:

Land surveys

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey, C0353, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

The donor is unknown.

Processing Information

Reprocessing completed by Amanda Brent in June 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in June 2019. This collection used to be a part of the Virginia historical documents collection, C0034.

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Bibliography

Farr, Jason E. "The Unlikely Success of a Provincial Surveyor: George Washington Finds Fame in the American Frontier, 1749-1754." Blackwell Publishing, 2012. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9781118219935.ch2 (Accessed June 5, 2019).

Pospishil, Michael. "Surveying (Colonial.)" The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/surveying-colonial/ (Accessed June 5, 2019).

"Surveying." Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/surveying (Accessed June 5, 2019).

Wise, Donald A. "Arlington's County Surveyor Office." Arlington Historical Society. http://arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Wise_ArlingtonsCountySurveyor_1980.pdf (Accessed June 5, 2019).

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Contents Lists

Box Folder
1 1 Lord Thomas Fairfax land survey, June 8, 1739
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