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19 July 2011

Devise Versus Bequeath

Technically in a will a "devise" refers to real property and to "bequeath" means to give personal property to someone. For the genealogist the difference is usually not consequential, but it never hurts to be aware of the distinctions sometimes made in legal terms.

Thomas would "devise" his farm to his son Thomas and bequeath the household goods and farm equipment to his son Benjamin.

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