ancestral property (estate) – acquired by descent, especially when the owner’s family has held the property for several generations

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ancestral property:

1. Property, especially immovable property, that the present owner has acquired from forebears, especially when the owner’s family has held the property for several generations at least. [1]

1. Property acquired by descent. Gray v Chapman, 114 Okla 66, 243 P 522.
     See ancestral estate. [2]

ancestral estate:

1. An estate the title to which has been acquired by descent, and which, under the common-law rule, at least the common-law rule in England, should be kept in the line of the ancestor by whom it was brought into the family, so that descent of the same is limited to descent to lineal descendants of the intestate or, upon the failure of lineal descendants, to collateral relatives who were of the blood of the first purchaser. 23 Am J2d Desc & Dist § 75.

     “There are but two characters of estate known to our jurisprudence.  An estate is either ancestral or nonancestral.  In some jurisdictions, the latter is termed ‘new acquisition’ or ‘purchase.'”  Gray v Chapman, 114 Okl 66, 243 P 522. [2]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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