Ruckman v. Cory
129 U.S. 387 (1889)

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Ruckman v. Cory, 129 U.S. 387 (1889)

Ruckman v. Cory

No. 1199

Submitted January 8, 1889

Decided January 28, 1889

129 U.S. 387

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

Syllabus

B executed and delivered to C his bond in 1855 or 1856 to convey to him a tract of land for a consideration named. C entered into possession, borrowed money of R., paid the consideration money in full, and made valuable improvements on the place. At C's request, the conveyance was made to R, in 1858, to secure him. Four years later, R, having in the meanwhile been paid in full by C, conveyed the property to a woman without consideration and then married her. After some time, the married couple separated. The wife then brought ejectment to recover possession from C (who during the whole time had remained in possession), and obtained a verdict and judgment on the verdict for possession. Thereupon C took a new trial as of right under the laws of Illinois, and in 1883 filed his bill in equity against the wife to compel a conveyance of the land to him.

Held:

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