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The Dower Right of Hannah Jones in the 18th century.

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David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to understand what my ancestor Hannah Jones' 18th century Dower right gave her.

 

Answer:  Your ancestor Hannah Jones' was given this right because she was a widow.  The dower right was her legal portion given from her husband's estate.  This portion of the estate was her possession during her lifetime.


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