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Harry Gaines

Member From: 1779 - 1779

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  • Additional Info: ​ ESCHEATOR.Thenameofanofficerwhosedutiesaregenerallytoascertainwhatescheatshavetakenplace,andtoprosecutetheclaimofthecommonwealthforthepurposeofrecoveringtheescheatedproperty   Escheat/- is acommon law doctrine which transfers the property of a person who dies without heirs to the crown or state. It serves to ensure that property is not left in "limbo" without recognized ownership. It originally applied to a number of situations where a legal interest in land was destroyed byoperation of law, so that the ownership of the land reverted to the immediately superiorfeudal lord.
    1779 Assembly-The name of Harry Gaines appears in the list of Dec. 3, he probably succeeded Abraham Penn, who had become an escheator (see more information).
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1779 Henry

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