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					Camp Crowle
The Land
A compilation of deed history from 1859 by Thomas C. Bowling

Copies of the deeds referenced in this are in the camp files and obviously the originals are on file in the August Count Court House.

In 1859 David N. Kincaid sold or transferred a tract of land to H. Hugh Kennedy (D.B. 80, p.729). The title to this land passed to an heir, Andrew Kennedy, who sold or transferred this parcel to George H. Guinn in 1865 (D.B. 89, p.403). In turn, George Guinn sold the land to Mattie Cameron in 1896 (D.B. 146, p.90). February 1900, Mattie Cameron and John H. Cameron sold or transferred this property to F. X. Northrop (D.13. 131, p.474). December 1909, Northrop sold or transferred this tract of land to J. K. Lockridge which was known as the "Home" or "Northrop" farm. From this "Northrop" farm J. K. Lockridge sold, gave or otherwise disposed of several pieces during his ownership of this land. The land across, or East, of the Calfpasture River went to Clemmer Miller 18A, Beck - 2A, and Robert Armstrong - 18A. The land remaining on the West side of the Calfpasture River East of the County Road remained as a single parcel and the land West of the road back to a line that was in dispute with the U. S. Government, remained as a parcel, the two containing some 214A. This second parcel West of the road, J. K. Lockridge sold or transferred two small parcels, one containing 5 acres to Edith R. Norris (D.B. 205, p.111) and a second containing 3 acres to James A. Fulton (D.B. 205, p.11O). The Norris property is at this writing owned by Richard E. Szlasa and the Fulton property by the "Ye Old Hunter's." This was the status of the land owned by J. K. Lockridge, some 206A when by a decree of March 22, 1923, special commissioner's were appointed to make public sale at auction this land belonging to J. K. Lockridge. On the 28th day of April, 1923, at noon, the Citizens Bank of Highland, Inc., purchased the land at auction for $6,525.00. After all due process, this remaining land (206A) was with special warranty of title deeded to the Citizens Bank of Highland, Inc., on the 23 of February 1924. The Citizens Bank of Highland, herinafter referred to as the CBH, sold 193.80 acres of this "Northrop" farm that the CBH had acquired (D.B. 216, p.148) to W. L. Crumlmlett (D.B. 228, p.118, dtd 18 May 1926). CBHI held for itself 12.20 acres. From D.B. 228, P. 118 To Wit: “Beginning

at a point in the middle of the public road on a line of the lands of William McCue's estate and with said road, S 12z W 20 poles to a point in the middle of said road; S 35 W 35.64 poles to a point in the middle of said road, corner with James A. Fulton; and with Fulton's line, leaving said road N 74 N 44 poles to a stake, corner with Fulton's Land; leaving Fulton, N 6% E 50 poles to a stake in the McCue line; and with said line S 70Z E 24 poles, to two locust stumps, McCue's corner S 81% E 71 poles to the beginning containing 12.20 acres more or less. The right to fish and bathe in the river and to pass over the land hereby conveyed between the public road and the river, is hereby reserved in favor of any and all owners of the 12.20 acres, or any part thereof, as well as the same right which was heretofor granted to Edith R. Norris and James A. Fulton, And the privilege of piping water from the spring West of the road on the land hereby conveyed is also reserved in favor of the said owners of the 12.20 acres.” The same day, 18 May 1926, CBH sold to J. Martin Perry a lot of land containing 2-2/5 acres (D.B. 226?, p.267) this conveyance being the Northern-most portion of the 12.20 acres kept by CBH. also, the balance of the "Northrop" farm was sold to W. L. Crummett this date. In this conveyance by CBH to J. Martin Perry certain rights are reserved. From the deed recorded for J. Martin Perry To Wit. "There is granted also the right to fish and bathe in the river and to pass over the remainder of the tract owned by W. L. Crummett (from which this tract is taken) and which right is reserved in the deed from the party of the first part to N. L. Crummett, between the public road and the river, and there is reserved the right to pipe water from the spring on the lot hereby conveyed to two similar lots adjoining and near it on the Western side of the public road by a three-quarters inch pipe for the domestic purposes of the owners of said lots." In 1929, on the 26th day of August, the stockholders of CBH , by resolution agreed to enter into a consolidation or merger with the First National Bank of Highland into a new bank to be called First & Citizens Bank & Trust Co., and appointed a committee to liquidate all assets of the CBH which were not taken over and did not become a part of

the assets of the resultant bank. The realestate of CBH did not become a part of the assets of the said resultant bank. The issue here is the balance of the 12.20 acres of land held by CBH after the sale to J. Martin Perry. November 23, 1933, the CBH, J. N. Hevener, R. Lee Gumand Edwin B. Jones, members composing a liquidation committee for said bank, sold to Agnes Crummett 2-3/5 acres (D.B. 261, p.8) bounded by the J. M. Perry lot on the North, the public road on the East, a lot still owned by the bank on the South and by the W. L. Crummett line on the West. From the deed by CBH's liquidating committee to Agnes Crumrnett, "As appurtenant to the land hereby conveyed the party of the second part shall share with the other lot owners the bathing and fishing privileges reserved in the deed made by the Citizens Bank of Highland to W. L. Crummett and the right of piping water from the spring on the Perry lot according to the reservations made by the said bank in its conveyance to J. M. Perry." September 14, 1935, the CBH's liquidating committee (D.B.271, p.419) sold to J. D. Crowle and J.W.H. Pilson all of the remainder of the reservation of the 12.20 acres kept by the CBII in conveyance to W. L. Crummett (D.B. 228, p.118), in which deed there was reserved, inter alia, 12.20 acres of land more or less by metes and bounds, and the conveyance now being made is all of the remainder of the said reservation after the conveyance of two lots thereof by said bank to J. M. Perry and to Agnes Crummett. "The sale being in gross; together with the right to the grantees, their heirs and assigns, as appurtenant to said land to use jointly with the owner of the adjoining farm, now owned by William L. Crummett and his assigns, the water of a spring on the side of Walker Mountain lying to the west of and near to the western line of the parcel of land hereinabove described and conveyed, the waters of which spring at the present time are being used by the said William L. Crummett, James A. Fulton's heirs and Edith R. Norris jointly, and to conduct the said water from the said spring by a pipe line laid and to he maintained by the parties of the third part; the use of the water hereby conveyed to be enjoyed in such

manner that those persons entitled to its use and enjoyment shall have equal rights in and to said water, it being always understood that - except for the use of the said water for domestic purposes by the said Wm. L. Crummett and his family at their residence on the said adjoining farm - only surplus water from said spring may be conducted by pipes to points on the farm now owned by the said Win. L. Crummett; together also with and as appurtenant to the land hereby conveyed the right to use the Calf Pasture River flowing through the land of the said Wm. L. Crummett and his assigns for fishing and bathing purposes, with all necessary rights of ingress thereto and egress therefrom. And as appurtenant to the land hereby conveyed the parties of the third part shall share with J. Martin Perry, Agnes Crummett, Edith R. Norris, J.A. Fulton's heirs and their assigns the bathing and fishing privileges reserved in the deed from the Citizens Bank of Highland, Inc., to William L. Crummett, and the right to pipe water from the spring on the lot now owned by J. Martin Perry, according to the reservation made by the said bank in its conveyance to the said J. Martin Perry. And for a further description of the said appurtenances reference is here made to the deed from The Citizens Bank of Highland, Inc., to Wm. L. Crummett, dated May 18, 1926, and duly of record in said clerk's office in D. B. 228, p. 118, and to the deed from said bank to J. Martin Perry, dated May 18, 1926, and duly of record in said clerk's office in D.B. 226, p. 266." June 24, 1939, J. D. Crowle purchased from the widow of J. W. H. Pilson her 2 undevided interest in and to all that certain lot or parcel of land, together with all buildings thereon, rights, easements and appurtenances thereto (D.B. 293, p.43). 1943, November 30th, the children and sole heirs at law of W. L. Crummett (D.B. 322, p. 350) sold the "Northrop" farm to Thomas B. Wehn and Leta R. Wehn (his wife) with reference to the 12.20 acres extracted by the CBH along with the water piping and cross over of land for bathing and fishing. October 6, 1944, Thomas 13. Wehn and Leta R. Wehn sold to John D. Crowle the property from the Western line of the original Crowle property to the western line of

the Wehn property. Effectively meaning the extensions of the lines from the road to the back edge of the old "Northrop" farm line - the line with the U. S. Government - this being in gross and not by acre. Upon the death of J. D. Crowle, Jr., the "Camp Crowle" property was conveyed by will to John Travers Bowling (W.B. 143, p.574) and upon the death of John Travers Bowling the "Camp Crowle" property passed to his children Elizabeth M. Bowling and Thomas C. Bowling (W.B. 150, p.47). January 31, 1974, Elizabeth M. Bowling conveyed title unto Thomas C. Bowling an undivided one-half interest in all those certain parcels of land "Camp Crowle" (D.B. 620,169). January 31, 1974, Thomas C. Bowling and Sandra S. Bowling, his wife, made a deed of gift to Elizabeth M. Bowling all of that certain tract or parcel of land with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situated in Pastures District, Augusta County, Virginia, more particularly described according to a plat and survey, made by R. E. Funk, C.L.S., dated November 29, 1973, as follows: Beginning at an iron on the north side of Route 600 and corner to Ye Old Hunt Club, thence with same N 67º 33' 50" 327.29 ft. to an iron under the power line, thence by two new lines N 30º 29' 30" E 158.00 ft. to an iron under the power line, thence S 69º 30' 50" E 352.80 ft. to an iron on the north side of Route 600, thence with the road S 38º 10' W 175.00 ft. to the beginning, containing 1.26 acres. Said plat is attached to and recorded along with this deed. This is a portion of the same property which was devised to Thomas C. Bowling and Elizabeth N. Bowling by their father, John Travers Bowling, whose will is of record in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Augusta County in Will Book 150, Page 47, the interest of Elizabeth N. Bowling having been conveyed to Thomas C. Bowling by deed dated January 31, 1974 and recorded immediately prior to the recordation of this deed.


				
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