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TITLE TWELFTH.
Of Titles of Real Property.

CHAPTER 265.

OF CONVEYANCES.

AN ACT to amend Chapter 83 of the Revised Code of the State of

Delaware, as amended and published in 1893, entitled “Of
Conveyance."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met, (with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members elected to each House of the General Assembly):

. Rev. Code amended

Section 1. That Section 6 of Chapter 83 of the Re- Sec. 6. Chap. vised Code of the State of Delaware be and the same is :3 hereby amended by inserting in the first line thereof after the word “tenements” and before the word "executed” the words “or any other written instrument entitled to be recorded,” and also by further inserting in the sixth line thereof after the word “officer”, and before the word “duly” the words “or a vice president,'.

Section 2. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act be and the same are hereby repealed.

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OF CONVEYANCES.

CHAPTER 266.

OF CONVEYANCES.

AN ACT for the relief of Elizabeth Ann Guest.

Preamble

WHEREAS, Samuel Guest, a citizen of the State of Delaware, residing in the town of Middletown, Delaware, died on or about the Twenty-fifth day of March, A. D. 1910, intestate, and without issue, brothers or sisters, father or mother, heirs or known kindred, but leaving to survive him his widow, Elizabeth Ann Guest; and

WHEREAS, the said Samuel Guest at the time of his death was seized and possessed of certain real estate in the Town of Middletown, New Castle County, State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the said Elizabeth Ann Guest is now in possession of the said real estate; and

WHEREAS, in conformity with previous legislation with respect to escheated property, it is now the intention of the legislature to vest the whole right, title and interest of, in and to said real estate of said Samuel Guest in the said Elizabeth Ann Guest, his widow. Therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That all of the right, title and interest of the State of Delaware, whether vested or in expectancy, of, in and to all those certain lots of land, with the buildings thereon erected, situate in the Town of Middletown, Delaware, One on the Southerly side of Lake Street,

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OF CONVEYANCES.

bounded on the North by said Lake Street; on the East by lands of Middletown Academy; on the South by a Twenty feet wide alley; and on the West by lands of Eleanor Scowdrick, said property being more fully described in deed from John Price to said Samuel Guest, dated June 1st A. D. 1891, and of record in the Office for the Recording of Deeds &c., at Wilmington, in and for New Castle County, in Deed Record “M”, Volume 15, Record Page 335; the other on the Northerly side of Lockwood Street, bounded by lands of Francis Taroni; lands of Colonel Joshua Clayton; lands of George F. Brady, and the said Lockwood Street, said property being more fully described in deed from George F. Brady and wife dated January 14th A. D. 1879, and of record in the Office for the Recording of Deeds &c., at Wilmington, in and for New Castle County, in Deed Record “M”, Volume 15, Page 583; and any and all other real estate within the County of New Castle aforesaid, of which the said Samuel Guest died seized and possessed, be and the same is hereby granted and relinquished, remised, released and forever quit claimed unto the said Elizabeth Ann Guest, and to her heirs and assigns, so that neither the State of Elizabeth Ann Delaware, nor any person in trust for the said State, or for its use, shall or will, can or may hereafter have, claim, challenge or demand any right, title, interest, title,* property, claim or demand of, in, to, or out of the same, but that the State of Delaware from all estate, right, title, interest, property, claim or demand, of, in, to or out of said real estate, or any part thereof, as against the said Elizabeth Ann Guest, her heirs and assigns, is and shall be forever excluded and debarred.

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OF DEEDS.

CHAPTER 267.

OF DEEDS.

AN ACT to Make Valid the Record of Certain Deeds.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met:

prior to Jan. 1,

tified to in

Record of Deed Section 1. That the record of any deed dated prior to 1913, pot cere" the first day of January, A. D. 1913, and which was duly proper manner signed and sealed by the parties therein named as gran

tors, notwithstanding said deed had not been properly acknowledged or the acknowledgment or the private examination of any married woman party thereto had not been taken and certified in conformity with the requirements of the laws of this State in force at the time of its execution, shall be and the same is hereby made valid and effectual in law, as if said deed had been correctly acknowledged and certified, and the said record or any office copy thereof shall be admitted as evidence in all courts of this State and shall be valid and conclusive evidence, as if said deed had been in all respects acknowledged and the acknowledgment certified in accordance with the then existing law.

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OF WILLS.

CHAPTER 268.

OF WILLS.

AN ACT making the mutilating or destroying of Wills or the with

holding of them a misdemeanor.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

destruction of

Section 1. That if any person or persons shall wilful- Mutilation or ly add to, alter, deface, erase, obliterate, mutilate, blot, a will blur, steal, hide, conceal, destroy or misplace, with intent to conceal any instrument of writing purporting to be or in the nature of a last will and testament and intended to take effect upon the death of the testator, whether the said person or persons shall have been given custody or possession thereof by the testator, or shall have obtained custody or possession of said purported last will and testament in any other manner whatsoever, said person or persons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by fine or imprisonment or both at the discretion of the Court.

Misdemeanor

todian of a will

Section 2. That it shall be the duty of any person or Duty of a cus, persons having the custody or possession of any instrument of writing purporting to be a last will and testament and intended to take effect upon the death of the testator therein named to produce and deliver the same to the Register of Wills for the County in which he resides within ten days from the time he receives informa- To deliver to

Register of tion of the death of the said testator, and any person or Wills within persons wilfully failing to deliver said instrument of writing to said Register of Wills as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by fine or Penalty imprisonment or both at the discretion of the Court.

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