Received some really good insight and comments into the Anne Rampley article-issue 9. I won't repeat them all here, but they did get me to thinking about the case and Anne's situation. In fact, it got me thinking beyond even the comments the reader made. As we've hinted before in other issues, often times the records we search are really only the tip of the iceberg. It is always important to keep in mind how family dynamics, economics, common practice, and the law all play together to "make things happen."
UPDATED PARAGRAPH-In her original Bill of Complaint Anne did not ask for any specific type of relief from the Court--she just asked that either her property be partitioned off, or if that could be done, then sold. She did not request any specific remedy.
It really is important to view each document or series of records in the context in which they were created. It is important to not make conclusions on one record or document when it is the only record or document of that type we've ever seen. How can we know what is atypical and what is not?
We will see what happened to Anne's farm in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. It wasn't equitable to partition it out amongst the heirs and the judge only really had one choice. Anne didn't express any preference in her petition either.
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