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Brackenbury v. Hodgkin
Citation:116 Me. 399, 102 A. 106
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Sarah Hodgkin (co-defendant) was the widowed mother of six children, and she lived on a farm in Maine. One day, Mrs. Hodgkin wrote a letter to her daughter, Mrs. Brackenbury, and her daughter’s spouse, Mr. Brackenbury (collectively “the Brackenburys”) (plaintiffs). The letter stated that if the Brackenburys would move to Mrs. Hodgkin’s farm in Maine and take care of her, then they would receive the use and income of the farm. Relying upon Mrs. Hodgkin’s offer, the Brackenburys moved from Missouri to Maine and began performance of the contract. But the relationship among the parties deteriorated. Mrs. Hodgkin ordered the Brackenburys to move out, but they refused to leave. Mrs. Hodgkin later executed and delivered the deed to the farm to her son, Walter Hodgkin (co-defendant), who knew about Mrs. Hodgkin’s agreement with the Brackenburys. The Brackenburys sued the Hodgkins for a reconveyance of the farm so that title could pass to them in accordance with their contract.
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