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Re: John Langhorne 1736 Warwick, VA; source
Posted by: Alice Gedge (ID *****1960) Date: December 23, 2003 at 07:38:50
In Reply to: John Langhorne 1736 Warwick, VA; source by Alice Gedge of 161

I appologize. I have a copy of the report by Sir John Randolph, I would like to see the other source:

Virginia Colonial Decisions
1Iones vs. Langhorn. Detinue for Negroes Fr Deft.
The case.
Mary Godwin being possessed of several Negroes by her Will disposed of them in this manner, “My Will is that after my Debts and legacies paid my Daughter Mary Rice shall have the use of my whole Estate Real and Personal after she comes to the age of Years, during her natural Life, And if my Dau’ter shall leave heirs lawfully begotten of her Body, that those Heirs shall have my whole Estate &c.”

She married Myres, & Myres and she by Deed Mortgaged the Negroes to the Plt. And had Issue 4. Children, and she is now married to the Deft. Langhorn and has four Children by him

The only Question is, Whether a Thing, of which the Wife has only the use may be disposed of by the Husband, so as to bind the Wife [217] after his Death, For the Deed made by Husband and Wife, is the Deed of the Wife only during Coverture and shall not bind her after the death of her Husband, and I think the Negroes here, of which the Wife had only the use cou’d

1 S.C. in W. G.’s Barradall 15, and printed in Jeff. 37. but not the same report.

[Note by W.G.]


only be sold for the Life of the Husband and after his death the Wife shall be restored to the use of them.

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