Petition for Dower in Wyatt v. Leonard et al, [Law papers].
Summary: Doshia Wyatt, widow of Robert Wyatt, retained Lincoln and sued for her dower. Thomas Wyatt died in 1847 and left all of his property to his son Robert. Robert Wyatt lost part of the land, the Mill Farm, to satisfy a judgment against him in the U.S. District Court of Illinois. Robert Wyatt sold another property, the Prue Farm, to George Brewner. After Robert Wyatt's death in 1852, Doshia Wyatt sued Leonard, the owner of the Mill Farm; Brewner's heirs; and her children's guardian. Leonard contested the petition, claiming that he did not believe Doshia and Robert Wyatt had been legally married. Leonard also claimed that Robert Wyatt had left Doshia Wyatt land in his will, which Leonard claimed was recorded. The parties possibly reached a settlement, as Wyatt dismissed the case, and Leonard paid the costs.