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29 May 2013

Who Does It Say They Are An Heir Of?

An estate settlement for Michael indicated that his deceased sister Mrs. Ernestine Hess had three children, Wilhelmina Smith (her husband's last name), Valentine Hess and William Hess. Just because Wilhelmina, Valentine Hess, and William Hess were children of Ernestine does mean they shared the same father. Valentine and William probably did, but it is very possible that Wilhelmina had a different father. Saying they are Wilhelmina's Ernestine's children does not mean they all share the same father.

Don't read into documents what is not there.

4 comments:

  1. Did you mean to say, "Saying they are Ernestine's children does not mean they all share the same father"? Wilhelmina Smith was reportedly a child of Ernestine.

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  2. Yes I did...I'll make the change. Thanks for catching that!

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  3. But Michael is the Brother of Ernestine so it doesn't matter who the father is, they all inherit from their uncle Michael.

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    1. That's right, they all inherit from their uncle Michael. The intent was to make the point that just because they all inherit from their uncle through their mother does not mean that all three share the same father.

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