Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What if the Heirs Appealed the Last Will and Testament? #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Jeannette Holland Austin
A Person Leaves a Will, but the Heirs Appeal the Inheritances

By Jeannette Holland Austin

When George Pleasants died in 1873, he owned a plantation of 465 acres of land whereon he raised cattle, horses, sheeps and hogs. Part of the acreage, however, 324 acres known as the Gibson tract, was bequeathed to his son, James to be used for the sole support of himself and family. The other heirs apparently brought suit against the estate charging that the deceased was not of lucid mind when he died. Six years later, the Appellate Court found George Pleasants to be of sound mind. As the decision followed the last will and testament in the will book, it is presumed that there are no further records. However, to acquire further details, the genealogist must proceed to the probate court and research all possible avenues as a result of this appeal. During the 19th century, the Appellate Courts had the power to repeal decisions of the Circuit Court. The Court of Appeals system was not implemented until 1985. Further information on the court system



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