Lesson 4: What Did the Widow Get?


Be mindful during your research of the property and the probate process that the laws differed between locations, and these laws have changed over time. You may tend to find the dower law was in effect at one time and that inheritance laws replaced the dower law at a later time.

The documents included in this lesson illustrate those that supported dower law in North Carolina in the 1890s. However, you will find differences from place to place and from time to time.

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