Legal Definition and Related Resources of Descendants

Meaning of Descendants

The primary meaning of the word is children to any degree and is generally used as equivalent to issue . See Redmondv New Jersey Historical society , 28 A.2d 189, 132 N.J. Eq. 464.

Descendants Alternative Definition

Those who have issued from an individual, including his children, grandchildren, and their children to the remotest degree. Amb. 327; 2 Brown, 30, 230; 3 Brown, 367, 1 Rop. Leg. 115; 2 Bouv Inst, note 1956. The descendants from what is called thq “direct descending line.” The term is opposed to that of “ascendants.” “Descendants” is a good term of description in a will, and includes all who proceed , from the body of the person named; as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Amb. 397; 2 Vern. 108, note 2; 2 Hilliard, Real Prop. 242. There is a difference between the number of ascendants and descendants which a man may have. Every one has the same order of ascendants, though they may not be exactly alike as to numbers, because some may be descended from a common ancestor. In the line of descendants they fork differently, according to the number of children, and continue longer or shorter, as generations continue or cease to exist. Many families become extinct, while others continue. The line of descendants is, therefore, diversified in each family.

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Descendants are those who are the issue of an individual, such as children, grandchildren, and their children, to the remotest degree.

Descendants are those who are the issue of an individual, such as children, grandchildren, and their children, to the remotest degree.







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