Family History


Galbreath heirs  v.  Stites heirs - 1816

After David's death there was some dispute over property in America as evidenced from the following newspaper article :-

The Kentucky Gazette 6 Jan 1817

Scott Circuit Court July Term 1816,  In Chancery

Jonathan Robinson, complainant vs. The heirs of John Stites, defendants.

This day came the parties by their attornies and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, that the heirs of David and Cornelia Galbreath late Stites, are non-residents of this Commonwealth, it is ordered that unless the heirs of the said David and Cornelia Galbreath do appear here, on or before the third day of the next Term and answer the Complainantís bill, the same will be taken for confessed against them, and that a copy of this order be inserted in some authorized paper agreeable to Law - a copy from the records in my office. Attest, Benj. S. Chambers."

         This seems to have been a loaded decision in favour of the American side of the family, presumably the Stites, as it would have been nigh impossible for the English heirs to receive the news by boat, and to then travel to America by boat before the next term. Also Cornelia's brother Abraham Stites was a lawyer in Georgetown, Kentucky, and it is possible this decision was "arranged" in favour of the American side of the Stites family. 

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