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This page was last edited on 17 September , at This page has been viewed 2, times via redirect Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike unless otherwise noted. County Facts. County seat:. February 25, Parent County s :. Lincoln . Neighboring Counties. Location Map. Statewide registration for births and deaths started in General compliance by Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
Some records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City. Cemeteries of Chaves County, New Mexico online and in print. Tombstone Transcriptions Online. Tombstone Transcriptions in Print Often more complete. Family History Library WorldCat. In the interim, Shell assigned its interest in the lease "down to but not below the depths to which assignor owns such lease" to Dr.
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Sam Dunn Dunn. Dunn correctly recorded this assignment in Chaves County on November 16, In addition, Shell subsequently transferred record title to Dunn, filing this assignment with the State Land Office on June 15, Although this assignment appeared to transfer the entire lease, Dunn knew he was not receiving the deep rights. Dunn died later that year. On January 29, , Dunn's estate quitclaimed its interest in the lease to the Slaytons. Paul Slayton, an independent oil producer, and his wife acquired all the Dunn estate properties in New Mexico, including 96 wells, of which approximately 25 were producing wells.
The Court of Appeals agreed with the Slaytons' argument that a purchaser should be required to search the records pertaining to each prior owner of a particular property only for that period of time such prior owner had title. Since Shell had relinquished all interest in the lease prior to Angle's recordation of her interest, the assignment from Shell to Angle would not have appeared of record during the time period Shell had title.
This approach is taken by a minority of jurisdictions and has become known as the Massachusetts view. We agree with Judge Neal that the approach taken by a majority of jurisdictions that have considered this issue is the better reasoned view; namely, that a property owner should not be divested of title by a subsequent purchaser when the owner has done all that the law requires him to do. An interest in an oil and gas lease is considered in New Mexico to be an interest in real estate. Rock Island Oil and Refining Co. Simmons, 73 N. Section requires instruments affecting title to real property to be recorded in the proper county clerk's office.
Partial leases, therefore, can only be filed in the county where the property is situated. NMSA , Section provides that an instrument recorded in accordance with Section "shall be notice to all the world of the existence and contents of the instruments so recorded from the time of recording.
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Romero v. Sanchez, 83 N. Subsequent purchasers are charged with such notice.
NMSA , Section provides in pertinent part that an unrecorded instrument shall not affect the rights or title to property of a purchaser without knowledge of the unrecorded instrument.