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Women Forbidden to Marry

The details of a very usual will were revealed by Judge Wilhelm as part of a suit before the court in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1916.

When the mother of Bertha, Caroline, Louisa, and Sarah Yaissle, four middle-aged women, passed on, she left an estate of $70,000 (approximately $920,000 today) to be split among the four of them.   The only stipulation was that none of the women could ever marry or they would forfeit their share of the estate.

That was not what was being challenged here.  All of the women had remained unmarried up until this point.  But, mom left nothing to her two sons and, since daughter Bertha had since passed on, the boys were before the court seeking claim to her share.

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