Section 9-15-48

Claims of title to swamp and overflowed lands.

All persons claiming title to any swamp and overflowed lands in this state under any alleged purchase or through any chain of title may submit their claims to the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources together with such evidence of purchase or claim, whereupon the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources shall have such claim examined and investigated as he may see fit; and, if it is found that the state has parted with its title to such lands in a legal and effective way, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources shall so determine and shall certify same to the Governor and the State Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; but, if the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources shall determine that the state has not parted with its title to such lands in a legal or effective way but that equity and justice shall be better served by a settlement with the claimant, he is hereby empowered to settle and adjust such title upon such terms as he may consider just and proper. Upon such adjustment he shall certify such adjustment to the Governor and the State Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the Governor shall cause a patent to be issued to the claimant, under the seal of the state, to the lands covered by such certificate, and such patent shall vest a fee simple title in the grantee named in such patent.

(Acts 1939, No. 581, p. 949, §16; Code 1940, T. 8, §248.)