The King Family, circa 1750.


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6. Kate S MINARD [87787] was born on 06 Mar 1861 in Topsham Vermont USA and died on 10 Jan 1895 at age 33.

Kate married Fayette L EDDY [87786] [MRIN: 29213], son of William EDDY [87788] and Louisa JAMES [87789], on 20 Feb 1877. Fayette was born in Oct 1855 in Vermont USA and died before 1903.

General Notes: In re EDDY'S
(Surrogate's Court, Rensselaer County. July, 1903.)
The fact that a man who had not for some years cared for or supported his minor children made no provision for them in his will, but left his entire estate to a married woman, with whom he was living at the time of his death. Is not ground for setting the will aside, where there was no proof of undue Influence.
In the matter of the probate of the will of Fayette L. Eddy. Probate decreed.
John W. Roddy, for petitioner.
George B. Wellington, for Perry A., Florence, Ralph, and Fayette Eddy, minors.
McClellan & Albertson, for William Eddy.
HEATON, S. Application for probate contested by special guardian of infant children on the ground of undue influence. Testator's wife died in Vermont about six years ago, leaving her husband and five minor children. The husband left Vermont and his children, and some time after was living in Troy, in the same house with the sole legatee, who was a married woman, and who was known by the neighbors as his wife. It does not appear that testator contributed to the support of his minor children after the death of his wife. He had a little real estate in Vermont, and about six weeks before his death he made a sale of such property, and executed a deed at his house in Troy. At the same time he made the will in question. The lawyer who was asked to come to the house and transact the business was one who had been employed by the sole legatee to procure for her a divorce from her husband that she might marry the testator, and it has been urged that, because such lawyer drew the will, there is an additional presumption of undue influence beyond that claimed to arise from the fact that the will cuts off the testator's minor children, the natural recipients of his bounty and objects of his parental care and solicitude. The proof offered by the proponent is satisfactorily convincing that the execution of the will was the free, uninfluenced act of the testator, and unless the fact that no provision is made for his minor children, and that everything is given to the married woman with whom he was living, is by law made affirmative evidence of undue influence, the will must stand.
No matter how morally desirable it might be to have a statute that should prevent a parent from making a will which failed to provide adequate support for his minor children, yet the statute does not prohibit such action, except to the extent of about $300 in value of property required to be set off without regard to the terms of the will. Meretricious relations are insufficient to prove undue influence.
It is said that it is against public policy to allow a father to make a will which does not provide for the support of his minor children, since he can be compelled by law to support them during his life. The same reasoning would prevent a husband making a valid will which did not provide for the adequate support of his wife, and yet the statute permits a husband to take from his wife by will all his personal estate, except the set-off above mentioned. In re Mondorf's Will, 110 N. Y. 450, 18 N. E. 256. In this case the father had not supported his minor children for six years prior to his death, so that it cannot be said that his parental love had been overcome in his last days by the influence of the sole legatee. Under the evidence in this case, where there is no proof of any influence exerted by the sole legatee, and no suspicious circumstances shown, the mere fact that a father, who had not cared for or contributed to the support of his children in life, failed to provide for them in his will, does not raise a sufficient presumption of undue influence to require the rejection of the will.
Probate decreed.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 7 M    i. Perry Waldo EDDY [63083] was born on 04 Aug 1887 in Vermont USA and died in 1948 in Burlington Chittenden Co. Vermont USA at age 61.

   8 F    ii. Florence EDDY

   9 M    iii. Ralph EDDY

   10 M    iv. Fayette EDDY

   11 M    v. William EDDY

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