Definition of HALF-BLOOD


HALF-BLOOD

parentage, kindred. When persons have only one parent in
common, they are of the half-blood. For example, if John marry Sarah and
has a son by that marriage, and after Sarahs death he marry Maria, and has
by her another son, these children are of the half-blood; whereas two of
the children of John and Sarah would be of the whole blood.


2. By the English common law, one related to an intestate of the
half-blood only, could never inherit, upon the presumption that he is not
of the blood of the original purchaser; but this rule has been greatly
modified by the 3 and 4 Wm. IV. c. 106.


3. In this country the common law principle on this subject may be
considered as not in force, though in some states some distinction is still
preserved between the whole and the half-blood. 4 Kent, Com. 403, n.; 2
Yerg. 115; 1 MCord, 456; Danes Ab. Index, h. t.; Reeves on Descents,
passim. Vide Descents.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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