#### Harold Dendy

##### Member

The deed stated, "......run thence North for 11-3/7 rods....."

I encounter these odd measurements occasionally, and I am stumped as to WHY and HOW a rod is divided into 7 parts. ???

1/7 rod is 16.5 feet divided by 7 equals 2.357 feet per each of the 7 parts. What....how.....why.....where do they get 7 parts?

In trying to decipher the old measurements, how do they come up with dividing a rod into 7 parts? The only thing that I could guess is that it may be equal to one step of about 2.375 feet per step, or 4.714 feet per pace, which is about right for a standard short pace. Therefore, one chain will be about 14 paces. Sound legit? Therefore, one half chain, or 2 rods would equal about 7 paces. One rod would equal about 3-1/2 paces. Odd way of measuring land by pacing for a legal description land record!

I am looking for a better insight on a measurement such as this. Converted, 11-3/7 rod calculates to be 188.57 feet, so here I go with my fancy measuring instruments trying to find a corner marker set at 11-3/7 rods by some method unknown as of now.

What are your thoughts as to how in the world the original measurement was done using sevenths of a rod????