Posted by Laura Wallace on November 18, 1997 at 13:39:24:
In response to Yes!, written by Caroline on November 18, 1997 at 09:31:53
The Bennets had two children, a boy and a girl. the boy was Mr. Bennet's father and the girl married a Collins, Mr. Collins' father. Mr Bennet had only five daughters, so the inheritance goes to his cousin.
Does this make any sense?
Yes , that is quite possible. The entail may not specify a name, only that the inheritor should be male.
Again, this is contrary to a "normal" entail setup. Why would a sister and her heirs be favored over a daughter? Think about the monarchy. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth both inherited despite the fact there there were brothers available (i.e., younger brothers of their fathers).
There is a discussion of this on Henry Churchyard's JA info pages. Link below.
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