The St. Paul Daily Globe, April 3, 1880, p. 2
HAVING SIGNED AWAY HER DOWER.
The Courts Decide That She Can't Come in and Get it Back Again.
A decision was rendered by Judge Brill on yesterday in the matter of the appeal of Sallie [Desnoyer] from the judgement of the probate court. The plaintiff is the widow of the late Stephen Desnoyer and brought suit to recover her dowry in the estate.
Judge O'Gorman considered the prayer of the petitioner and rendered an adverse decision to the claim.
The case was then carried to the district court, and after reviewing the case at length Judge Brill sustains the finding of the lower court. The questions of law considered were as follows: The deceased, Stephen Desnoyer, and Sallie Johnson, his former housekeeper, were married in May 1873. They lived together as man and wife until the time of the death of the deceased, which occurred in 1877.
At the time of their marriage the parties entered into an agreement to the effect that during the term of her life Mrs. Desnoyer was to have the income and charge of certain real estate and an annuity of $500 per annum, on condition that she release all right of dower.
In giving his opinion Judge Brill reviewed the conditions of the agreement, and concludes with the decision that it must remain binding.
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