Widows Sue to Get Share of Real Estate

by Laurel | May 2nd, 2013

02 May 1913

Petition for Partition of Valuable Property on Sargeant Street, Holyoke

Judge C. L. Long gave a hearing this afternoon in Probate Court in a petition for partition of the real estate of the late Jeremiah Down on Sargeant Street, Holyoke. The hearing opened at 2:30 o’clock, and seemed likely to occupy the remainder of the afternoon. The deceased died in 1898, leaving a widow, since deceased, and nine children. Two of the latter, John J. Dowd and Michael Dowd, died prior to the death of Mrs. Jeremiah Dowd. The latter had bequeathed his real estate to the widow, in trust, with the provision that upon her death, it should be divided among the nine children.

The widows of two of the sons now sue to have the estate partitioned, in order that they may secure the ninth to which they claim they are entitled.  The estate claims, however, that, as the two sons died before their mother’s death occurred, they never became seized of their share in the real estate, and, therefore, their widows have no claim on the property. Mrs. Mary A. Dowd is the widow of John J. Dowd, one of the sons, and the late Michael Dowd, another son, left Mrs. Nora Dowd as his widow.

The real estate consists of a 10-apartment block at the corner of High and Sargeant Streets, Holyoke. Mrs. Nora Dowd has three children, and Mrs. Mary J. Dowd has 10 children.

William P. Hayes and F. J. McKay represent the two widows and T. J. O’Connor is for the estate. The estate is valued at $29,000.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.


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