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If Henry B. Kennedy can persuade the circuit court of Wayne county to construe the statements of a love letter into the terms of a will, he will gain a large part of the estate of his late wife, Mrs. Rebecca Barrackman-Kennedy, which, by a decree of the court, has gone to Mrs. Oliver P. Borah, an adopted daughter of Mrs. Kennedy and a former husband, Dr. W. S. Barrackman. Kennedy is in court trying to have one of his wife's letters, written before their marriage, in which she states that she wishes him to have all her property, construed as a will. The case came up for a hearing this term, and the court ruled that the letter referred to should be brought into court, and continued the case for a hearing before Judge Pearce next month. The amount involved is about $25,000.
[Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer, July 2, 1908 - Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]

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