Edward and Catharine Barker write that Catharine's former husband, Simon Hiley, now deceased, left a considerable estate, including slaves. After Simon's death, Catharine collected a third of the estate as her widow's dower; the remainder was to be divided between her and her two children, Robert and Drucilla. Robert died in 1846, while still a minor, leaving Catharine, his mother, as the only person entitled to his share of the estate. However, Alfred Turner, Catharine's son-in-law and Drucilla's husband, has been named administrator, and as such he has taken possession of the property and refuses to settle. Catharine and her new husband, Edward Barker, now sue Alfred Turner, asking for a settlement of the estate.
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