Earle Tract I (Bradford's Rest)

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The Earle Tract (I) is a large swath of land, a part of Bradford's Rest. Much of the westernmost part of Aspen Hill was at one time part of this Earle Tract, specifically the Bel Pre Woods subdivision.

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Location

Many, if not all, of the Earle Tracts in Bradford's Rest were developed as the Bel Pre Woods subdivision.

Deed Description

A note on these deeds<ref>Copies of deeds are found online at Maryland State Archive/Maryland Land Records. An account there is required and direct links are not possible. The account is free of charge (as of April 26, 2010).</ref>: the astute researcher will note the similarity between the slopes and distances of many of the lines of each deed to the other. For example, North 56 degrees West is a bearing with the exact same slope of line as South 56 degrees East, though of course the headings are precisely opposite. Yet the astute researcher must take care as to the origins and end-points of such similar lines. For example, one pair of lines which seem so similar as to be identical may indeed be parallel lines, rather than two different descriptions of the same line.

Liber JLB 184, Folio 162

October 17, 1905, transferring from Nicholas M and Mrs Bettie M Howes, to George H Earle, Jr.

(one "perch" = 16.5 feet)

1. Beginning for the same at the end of the 39th line of {Bradford's Rest} and running thence reversely with said line North 72 degrees East for 25 and 65/100 perches (423 feet), to the West edge of the Brookeville and Washington Turnpike

2. Bounding with the Turnpike, 20 feet from the centerline, North 9 degrees East for 31 and 75/100 perches (524 feet) to the second line of the Bernard Gilpin (from Hezekiah Swearingon Nov 24 1810)

3. Along that line, these 8 following courses:

(a)South 59 degrees West for 96 and 40/100 perches (1590.6 feet) to the end of that line

(b)North 56 degrees West for 100 perches (1650 feet)

(c)South 25 degrees West for 170 perches (2805 feet)

(d)South 78 degrees East for 58 perches (957 feet)

(e)South 21 degrees West for 154 perches (2541 feet)

(f)West 87 perches (1435.5) to a stone near a small bounded black oak

(g)South fifty and 50/100 perches (833.2 feet) to the west line of Hermitage

(h)Reversely with the same line "as heretofore located by two and a half degrees allowance North 87.5 degrees East" for 141 and 80/100 perches (2339.7 feet) to the public road leading to Veirs' Mill

4. North 3.5 degrees West for 1 and 80/100 perches (29.70 feet) to a large flint stone (a corner of Cassell's land

5. Bounding on Cassell's Land and running parallel to, and 1 and 80/100 (29.70 feet) perches from, the west line of Hermitage (so as to include a 30 foot road, at South 87.5 degrees West for 53 perches (874.5 feet) to a stone

6. Still bounding on Cassell's land, the 2 following courses:

(a)North 21.75 degrees East, 231 and 50/100 (3819.7 feet) perches to a stone

(b)South 71.25 degrees East, 69 perches (1138.5 feet) to a stone by a small branch and on the 40th line of "Bradford's Rest"

7. Reversely with the 40th line of Bradford's Rest, North 25 degrees East, 118 perches (1947 feet) to the beginning.

All courses and distances by 3.5 degrees allowance 1879. Containing 175.25 acres and 24 square perches of land, more or less.

Liber JLB 184, Folio 163

October 17, 1905, transferring from Charles H Parker and wife Annie M Parker, to George H Earle, Jr.

1. Beginning for the same at a stone now planted in the South edge of the new road leading from the Baltimore road, through the lands of the late Charles Abert, to the Brookeville and Washington turnpike, on the sixth line of a conveyance made March 19, 1853 by Charles Abert and wife to Presley W Dorsey and which is recorded among the Land Records of said Montgomery county in Liber JGH 2 folio 231 and running thence reversely with the said conveyance South 15 degrees East, 142.7 perches (2355 feet) to a pile of stones at the root of a marked pine tree at the end of the 5th line of said conveyance

2. Still reversely with said conveyance South 34 degrees West, 185 perches (3052.5 feet) to the end of the 4th line of said conveyance, at the end of 140 perches (2310 feet) on the 8th line of a conveyance ... originally made to Charles Abert for part of "Bradford's Rest"

3. Then with the said conveyance to said Charles Abert, South 32.5 degrees East 127.7 perches (2107 feet)

4. East 2.3 perches (38 feet) to a pile of stones

5. Still East 87 perches (1435.5 feet) to a pile of stones

6. North 21 degrees East, 154 perches (2541 feet) to a pile of stones

7. North 78 degrees West, 58 perches (957 feet) to a pile of stones

8. North 25 degrees East, 170 perches (2805 feet) to a pile of stones

9. South 56 degrees East, 100 perches (1650 feet) to a pile of stones

10. North 59 degrees East 22.8 perches (376.2 feet) to a stone now planted in the South edge of the new road aforesaid

11. Then bounding on and with the South edge of said road North 62.5 degrees West, 301.7 perches (4978 feet) to the stone at the Beginning.

All bearings requiring 3.75 degrees allowance 1890.


319 and 1/8th acres "more or less", said to be the same lands as transferred from Reuben B Detrick et ux June 4, 1902 in Liber TD 22, folio 208 etc.

Liber JLB 184, Folio 496

January 22, 1906, transferring from Worthington Dorsey, widower, Mary E Wolfe, widow, and Virginia A Dorsey, unmarried, to George H Earle Jr.

Bradford's Rest.

1. Beginning for the same at a stone standing on the North side of the road leading from Rockville to Baltimore, said stone being 437.75 perches (7222.8 feet) from the beginning of a tract of land conveyed to Charles Abert by Caroline H Earle {dated March 6 1849, Liber STS 3, folio 774} and running thence and bounding on said road, South 68.5 degrees West, 73.5 perches (1213 feet)

2. Thence, still with said road, South 70.5 degrees West, 27 perches (455.5 feet) to the beginning of the divisional line betweeen the lands of Allan B Davis and Presley W Dorsey {June 9, 1867, Liber EBP 4, folio 239} and running thence with said line

3. South 7.75 degrees 205.6 (3392 feet) perches to the end thereof and to the 4th line of said deed from Earle to Abert, thence with said line

4. South 32.25 degrees East, 60 perches (990 feet) to the end thereof, thence

5. North 34 degrees East 185 perches (3052.5 feet), thence

6. North 15 degrees West, 154 perches (2541 feet)

7. Thence by a straight line to the Beginning.

200 acres "more or less" the same land deeded on Se[ptember 2, 1895, transferring from John W Ridgeway to Dorsey, Dorsey, and Wolfe (Liber JA 51, folio 36).

History

Note that with these two purchases on October 17, 1905, Mr Earle acquires title to most of those parts of Aspen Hill in Bradford's Rest which lie west of Marianna Drive. This marks the beginning of an era of aggregation of smaller holdings into rather large single-owner holdings. In terms of total acreage, Mr Earle's closest rival was the Rannie estate.

Deeds

R. Rowland Moore and Margaret G T Moore, to Benjamin H. Miller, June 12, 1902, Liber T.D. 22, folio 258.

Benjamin H Miller and wife, to Nicholas M Howes, February 2, 1903, Liber T.D 24, folio 451 etc.

Nicholas M and Mrs Bettie M Howes, to George H Earle, Jr, October 17, 1905, Liber JLB 184, folio 162.

George H Earle III, Ralph Earle (trustees, survivors and executors of the will of George H Earle, Jr) and the Real Estate Trust Company of Philadelphia, to J B Shapiro and Maurice Shapiro, August 13, 1953, Liber 1827, folio 82. Also refers to Liber 184, folio 287, of November 23, 1905, transferring from William Stone Hutton et ux to George H Earle, Jr.

J B Shapiro and Maurice C Shapiro to Lord Fairfax Development Corporation, Aaron Development Corporation, Canton Development Corporation and Davenport Development Corporation, May 19, 1960, Liber 2736, folio 257. Refers also to Liber 1827, folio 82 (see above); Liber 2625, folio 592, of July 17, 1959, transferring from J B Shapiro to Charles Haugh; Liber 2693, folio 302, of January 7, 1960, transferring from J B Shapiro to Montgomery County Board of Education. Many other deed references. Huge.

Other Interesting Earle Deeds

"Description of the South Portion of the Earle Tract" (Piece or parcel No. 2 as of July 28, 1953) Liber 1827, folio 84. Mentions 184/162, 258/250, 218/100, 184/496. At this point in time, Mr Earle's heirs (Philadelphia Land Trust Company, Inc etc) own most of Aspen Hill west of Georgia Avenue.

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