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[AL] Family Maps of Escambia County
Family Maps of Escambia County, Alabama,” written by Gregory A. Boyd, J.D. provides the most comprehensive study of land records I have seen and could be useful in many ways.
This book covers the whole county showing homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more. As you know, if you do research, land in Alabama is divided into sections, townships and ranges. This is not true in all states, but it makes it somewhat easier to find and identify land. There are 36 sections to a township and land can be bought by the section or any division of a section. A full section is one square mile or 640 acres.
An example would be downtown Brewton. It is in the southwest quarter of section 28 in range 10. The road map in this book has the streets and cemeteries that are located in that particular section and township. The patent map for the same section shows that James Snowden either bought or was given a patent for that particular area in 1858. In fact, James Snowden was the owner of the majority of the section with other owners being Walker A. Snowden (1852), George C. Harold (1883), William Snowden (1825), Jenkin Curry (1891), William Monroe (1891) and Eliza C. Bruton (1851).
It is always a good point to look to the neighbors when trying to make family connections. If one person bought land in a section, it is very likely that his neighbor would have bought land nearby. Use this information when trying to find relationships.