Saturday, January 22, 2011

Who May Devise Property--Antje Fecht 1889 Will

I'm still wrapping up loose ends on the 1889 will that was denied in 1900 for unspecified reasons. The image in this post is part of the will section of the Illinois Revised Code, which was passed in the early 1870s and was still in effect at the time Antje's will was written. Based upon what I know about Antje, she met the qualifications to write and leave a valid will, so this section didn't include anything that would have invalidated her will.

However, I'm about 99% certain of the reason--which isn't specifically mentioned in state code. Despite that, reading the code in effect at the time certainly helps undertand things.

I'm working on an illustration for the article that makes the relationships a little more clear as well. It can be confusing to those not familiar with the family when the widow's second husband, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law all have the same last name are are VERY distantly related.

This one's probably going to be issue 22 as there are a few non-writing loose ends that need to be wrapped up before it goes out.

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