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65 U.S. 362

Massey  v.  Papin

THIS case was brought up from the Supreme Court of Missouri by a writ of error issued under the 25th section of the Judiciary act.

The record was very voluminous, as it traced the title to land for a number of years. It is not necessary to follow this.

Mackay was the holder of a grant of land from Spain for 30,000 arpents, prior to 1819. In that year he gave a bond, by way of mortgage, in which he promised to convey fourteen-thirtieths of the land to Delassus, who assigned his interest in it to Leduc. In 1822, Mackay died, leaving a widow and eight children. In 1836, Congress confirmed the claim to Mackay or his legal representatives. In 1842, Leduc died, devising all his property to Hypolite Papin. Afterwards, in the same year, Papin died, devising all his property to his children equally. In 1854, Joseph L. Papin, one of the children, and the defendant in error, foreclosed the mortgage against the heirs and administrators of Delassus. It was sold, and Papin became the purchaser of fourteen-thirtieths of the 30,000 arpents. Papin then claimed a partition, which was resisted by Massey and others, who claimed under the heirs of Mackay. The Supreme Court of Missouri decided in favor of Papin, and the case was brought up to this court, where it was argued by Mr. Blair for the plaintiffs in error, and Mr. Glover for the defendant.

Mr. Justice CATRON delivered the opinion of the court.


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