I can't forget that not only does the lot(we call it a section even though it's not) have substantially more acreage than recorded, but that the large lots(we used to fall them something like farm lots . . . way back when), that were sold off through the years (from 1797 to about 1890's or so), also suffered this enigma.
This almost certainly means that there was collusion(unlikely), or that the reporting(measuring method) was purposeful. To what end, I don't know.
Virtually all acreage in this lot is farmable/tillable, so this isn't a case of only counting useable land.
In this county, through the years of rummaging through long-forgotten records or records that were "misplaced", I've seen a number of surprising things that make me wonder where all the equipment came from.
Most records do not indicate the use of surveying equipment(either by relatively accurate bearings/with declinations, angles or distances(measured to links)), and those that do, seem to be work performed by the more note-worthy surveyors.
Almost a hundred surveyors in the early 1800's . . . including the time when the original townships were still being laid out. So we kinda need to include those surveyors too.
Lots and lots of surveyors, going hither and yonder. Many surveyors are mentioned only a few times before their name disappears, once and for all, from the recorded survey books.
There's no way, I can believe that they all had surveying "equipment". I've seen too many instances of measurements to 1/4 chains, single degrees or whole rods(with no links). I envision many settlers measuring things for whatever reason and I wonder if the bulk of these many surveyors made due with what they had . . . equipment-wise.
I've run into too many instances of relatively precise measurements that are far from accurate . . . but none-the-less . . . precise.
This entire lot and all the large lots that were split off, early on is just another example of this.
I wonder if the logistics of having enough equipment for nearly 100 "surveyors" was near-impossible and explains the lack of more precisely described notes(and more precisely described measurements) for the less proliferate "surveyors"?