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From: (Shirley Norton)
Subject: Re: Question about Deeds
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 98 18:16:00 -0600
I agree with Beverly, but I do have a widowed female ancestor who bought
46.62 acres in Douglas Co. IL. on 17 January 1851. The land that was in
her late husbands name wasn't divided up between the 13 heirs until after
her death, along with her land. About four of her children passed away
before she did and the share of the deceased heir went to that heir's
children. Both male & female heir recieved the same share.
> In 1865 a 15 year old male was pretty much considered a man.
> You will notice on Wills of that time women were given the right to
>on the property as long as they lived or until they married then the land
>reverted to the estate and was devided among the heirs not the wife. Woman
>rarely owned property.
> If she lived in her sons home she probably was his housekeeper.
> Women didn't have many rights in 1865.
> You have never needed to be a citizen of this country in order
> to buy and own land.
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