A Land Timeline
Topographic or aerial maps showing the division of land over time is an excellent way to demonstrate how descendants or neighbors ended up with a particular piece of property. On 12 March 1875, Isaac Kirk purchased 339.5 acres of land on the Washington P. Reese Survey in Burnet County, Texas. Russell Creek, a branch of the San Gabriel River, flows through the property when there is enough rain.
The slideshow belowshows the sale of Isaac's property to his son-in-law and sons from 1884 through 1898 when he deeded the remainder to his son Felix in return for the care of himself, his wife, and her sister. The homestead is located in Providence, Texas, now incorporated into the small town of Bertram. Even in the 20th century, the community was a dot on the map. It had a school, post office, and mercantile store. None of the original buildings still stand and a tornado has taken its toll, but Isaac's land is still a working ranch. I could not restrain myself from adding a few pictures. Enjoy!