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The Widow Wants Her Dower.


And Asks That Her Dower Be Admeasured.

She Declines the Provisions of the Will and Wants a Slice of Three Farms and Other Farm Lands.- The Children Demur.

Although the will of the late Richard Webb, of Lndon, was sustained by the circuit court a few weeks ago, litigation growing out of it has not yet ceased. The widow, Mrs. Janet Webb, a second wife to whom Webb was married March 27, 1893, has elected to take her dower instead of under the will and filed a notice to that effect with the administrator and commenced a suit in which she made the nine Webb children and George Brenton defendants. Friday A. J. Sawyer, as attorney for seven of the defendants, filed a demurrer to the bill on the ground that it had not stated a cause of action, as multifarious and that the defendants had no joint or common interest.

The will of Richard Webb gave his wife, Janet, all the household goods in the house in which he lived on what is known as the Watts farm in Lyndon, a life interest in the Watts farm and $150 in full for all her interest in the property. This is the provision of the will that she rejected, and elected to take her dower instead.

The bill which she filed in the circuit court in November to which the demurrer is filed, says that the contiguous land in Lyndon, Dexter and in Livingston county belonging to Webb constitutes three separate and distinct farms, besides detached land; that two of the farms, the one in Livingston county and the Watts farm were depleted of fences, the foundation of the barn on the Watts farm had been allowed to fall down and that the only farm of value to a tenant for life is the one occupied by George M. Webb. She says that to bring an action of ejectment, the lands being in two counties would mean a multiplying of suits, and she asks the court for an admeasurement of the dower and that commissioners be appointed to set off her dower by metes and bounds and that the administrator account fora third of the profits of the land until the dower is admeasured.