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" Tenant by the curtesy of England is where a man marries a woman seised of an estate of inheritance, that is, of lands and tenements in fee-simple or feetail, and has by her issue, born alive, which was capable of inheriting her estate. In this case, he... "
Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books - Page 124
by William Blackstone - 1791
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Public and Local Acts of the Legislature of the State of Michigan, Part 2

Michigan - 1872 - 1276 pages
...by'thecourtes'y.' her right of any estate of inheritance in lands, the husband shall, on is Mich ęT ' the death of his wife, hold the lands for his life, as tenant thereof by the courtesy: Provided, That if the wife, at her death, shall leave issue by any former...
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