Friday, March 29, 2013

Josiah Lockhart - court proceeding in Pennsylvania July 1834

Following is a decision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania regarding a land dispute involving Josiah Lockhart. Given the date I am assuming this is the Josiah Lockhart mentioned in the will of Josiah Lockhart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1809. He left most of the inheritance to his only son, Josiah Lockhart. I believe this is the same Josiah Lockhart who later died in Puerto Rico in December 1841 leaving a widow and 3 or 4 children at home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was the representative of the U.S. government in the Virgin Islands at the time, I think they were still a Dutch possession. Not sure what land this suit is regarding but I am curious to find out more about this.




Taken from Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania By Pennsylvania. Supreme Court, William Wynne Wister, Frederick Watts Pages 371 and 372

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  1. I think I understand the decision the court made on this case. Previously the issue was decided for the plaintiffs against Josiah Lockhart. But the supreme court ruled that Josiah was right to object to the suit the plaintiffs brought against him because two of them no longer had any right to the land. The lower court had rejected Josiah's objection to the lawsuit because the other plaintiffs did have a right to sue him. The supreme court reversed the decision not to sustain the objection, which means that his objection was deemed valid. Not sure if the plaintiffs with a right to sue re-filed the lawsuit without the plaintiffs with no right to sue and if they won or not.

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