SENATE BILL NO. 323
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE GOVERNOR AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO CONVEY TO GARY W. LAWSON CERTAIN LANDS AND INTEREST IN LANDS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
WHEREAS, by deed April 10, 1970, Gary Lawson acquired the interest in property located in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware, of Harry J. Swain, Jr. and Faith L. Swain, his wife, said deed being of record in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, in and for Sussex County, in Deed Book 653 at page 115; and
WHEREAS, one of the predecessors in title of the said Gary Lawson was John J. O'Loghen, Ellen Francis O'Loghen and Mary V. O'Loghen, who acquired title to the property by deed of Hugh C. O'Neil and Elizabeth O'Neil, his wife, dated March 7, 1921, and of record in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, in and for Sussex County, and Deed Book 227 at page 337; and
WHEREAS, Mary V. O'Loghen departed this life intestate in January, 1930, survived by two heirs, John J. O'Loghen and Ellen Francis O'Loghen, to whom her interest descended under the intestate laws of the State of Delaware. Letters of Administration were granted on the estate on May 13, 1947, and a Final Account passed on May 13, 1947; and
WHEREAS, John J. O'Loghen departed this life intestate on or about June 28, 1952, and the Petition for Letters of Administration indicates there were no heirs surviving the said John J. O'Loghen; and
WHEREAS, based on information available, the said Ellen Francis O'Loghen predeceased the said John J. O'Loghen; and
WHEREAS, the property of which John J. O'Loghen died seized may have escheated to the State of Delaware since there were no heirs surviving; and
WHEREAS, the said Gary Lawson has entered upon the premises relying upon the conveyance to him and has made valuable improvements upon the said premises by reason of which the value of said property has been substantially increased; and
WHEREAS, it would be an injustice for the State of Delaware to claim the premises now in the possession of Gary W. Lawson.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (Two-thirds of all the members elected to each branch thereof concurring therein):
Section 1. The Governor and the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware are hereby authorized, empowered and directed to execute and deliver, in the name of and under the Great Seal of the State of Delaware, a deed quitclaim conveying to Gary W. Lawson, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, all of the right, title and interest of the State of Delaware in the following described tract of land:
All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware, lying on the East side of the road from Clendaniel's Mill, being 170 feet by 340 feet, containing 1.3 acres of land, more or less, with all improvements thereon.
Section 2. The conveyance of the above described land shall be without consideration to the State of Delaware.
Approved April 8, 1974.