Book Traces the History of Land One Man Bought Unravelling a History of Hard Work, Hard Time, Love and Lies

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Robert V. Smart releases “All in the Record: One Couple’s Fight to Expose Deceit in Lancaster County, Virginia’

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In 2013, Robert V. Smart and his wife were unexpectedly sued over a land boundary. Their deed was overturned and they lost almost two acres of land. After the trial, Smart began to conduct research into old and new circuit court records and into county land records. He discovered that an inaccurate land survey considered by the jury at trial was pivotal to the jury’s decision. The jury was completely unaware that vital information given to it was false. Smart decided to write “All in the Record: One Couple’s Fight to Expose Deceit in Lancaster County, Virginia” (published by LifeRich Publishing) to bring awareness as to what befell to him and his wife so that it will help others to avoid a similar fate.

This is a true story founded on deeds and surveys archived in the Records Room at Lancaster Courthouse in Lancaster, Virginia. In addition to the recorded deeds and surveys, there are two very important documents arising from a proceeding heard in Lancaster Circuit Court on April 9, 1912. The court documents are now kept at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. A number of exhibits are referenced in the text and shown at the end of this book. The exhibits support the narrative by offering more complete understanding, but careful study of the exhibits is not necessary to follow the story.

“While it has been fascinating for Jena and me to acquire a better understanding of the history of this area through our research, it has been challenging to write this book tying together information contained in records filed at various times during three different centuries. Jena and I hope the results of our research will prove interesting to and will provide useful information for the reader,” Smart says.

“All in the Record: One Couple’s Fight to Expose Deceit in Lancaster County, Virginia” shares what Smart and his wife discovered in this enlightening narrative that will fascinate and educate attorneys, real estate agents, landowners and history buffs. In doing so, they unravel a mystery and highlight a story of hard work, hard times, love and lies. For more details about the book, please visit’s-Lancaster-Virginia/dp/1489722661.

“All in the Record: One Couple’s Fight to Expose Deceit in Lancaster County, Virginia”
By Robert V. Smart
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781489722676
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781489722669
E-Book | 174 pages | ISBN 9781489722713
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Robert V. Smart is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1966. He served two tours in Vietnam with the Navy before transferring his commission to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Early in his NOAA career, Smart was assigned to conduct hydrographic surveys. In preparation for this work, he was trained to accomplish geodetic survey work in order to tie hydrographic soundings to shore. He and his wife have two children.

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