I have scoured the internet and state archives. I am in need of locating this Oak(s) Branch off of Moon Creek in Caswell County, North Carolina. Attached is the original survey map. I have trolled Google Earth and beyond and I am having difficulty locating it.

Samuel Paul land survey map 1778 Caswell County NC

  • Welcome to GIS SE. As a new user, please take the Tour. Unfortunately, this is more of a geography trivia question than a geographic information systems one. A local survey firm might be of more use than the Internet.
    – Vince
    Mar 11, 2018 at 16:35
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    Look into your local history, especially land use changes and parcel ownership. If the creek was fairly small, it wouldn't take much to make it divert it even vanish over the past couple centuries.
    – JoshC
    Mar 11, 2018 at 18:23
  • The Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange deals with questions like this frequently so I am going to migrate this there.
    – PolyGeo
    Mar 11, 2018 at 18:40
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    Your original title mentioned that you are asking about this to solve a genealogy problem so can you provide a few details about the relevance of this question to your genealogy, please?
    – PolyGeo
    Mar 11, 2018 at 20:02
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    I would like to know what "Google Earth and beyond" means. I don't want to spend a couple of hours locating North Carolina resources for you, only to have you come back and say "Oh I looked at all those already". genealogy.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask "Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs."
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 11, 2018 at 20:57

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I don't think this helps much, but looking at the image on nclandgrants.com I think the other name is "Niman Harrison" rather than "Ninian". Unfortunately nclandgrants doesn't have a grant for either name.

I'm guessing the "B.O." in "Oakes Branch to B.O." refers to a bearing object, which is:

"BEARING OBJECT – (PLSS)- A corner accessory which may be a natural object that can be readily identified by its distance and direction from the corner being recorded."

So, some mark or other that was semi-permanent? I'm not a surveyor. I think it could just be a mark in a tree.

Nclandgrants has another entry for Oakes Branch: John Oakes for 100 acres "On Oakes branch a water of Moons Creek"


Sounds like that's the origin of the creek name. Unfortunately the patent doc doesn't offer any more clues, except that it's next to Samuel Paul's land, which we knew already. The survey docs might help if they're available.

Also note there are two branches to Moon Creek - between them they cover a lot of area.

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