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At his death in 1831, Seth Nims' eldest daughter Lucinda (b.1784) got her father's property. The instructions were that she would hold the property "so long as she shall remain unmarried." It was rare for women, married or single, to own land and buildings in the years before the Civil War. In 1844, after the death of her mother, Lucinda rented out one-half of the property, described in this document, to her brother Edwin (1791-1852), keeping for herself a lifetime hold on the homestead.