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From: "Steve Broyles" <>
Subject: Abbreviations-- a Texas puzzle
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 13:11:12 -0400
The following is from a Texas patent in 1875:
"BEGINNING at a pile of stone 132 vrs. S. and 260 vrs. W. of the S. E. Cor.
Of L. P. Adamson but now in name of Geo E. White 160 acres a B. J. brs.
S. 38° W. 4 vrs. P. O. 6 in. brs."
vrs. is an abbreviation for varas, the vara being a Spanish unit of about a
yard in length.
I imagine that the B.J. is a blackjack, a kind of tree, that is "witnessing"
the pile of stone. It's located
4 varas to the southwest of the stone. Similarly, P.O. might be a post oak.
But what do brs. and in. stand for? I doesn't seem reasonable that the P.O.
would be six
*inches* from the stone.