Jewett v. Shattuck

CourtUnited States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Writing for the CourtSoule, J.
Citation124 Mass. 590
PartiesJohn E. B. Jewett, executor, v. Samuel P. Shattuck, guardian
Decision Date29 June 1878

124 Mass. 590

John E. B. Jewett, executor,

Samuel P. Shattuck, guardian

Supreme Court of Massachusetts

June 29, 1878

Middlesex. Appeal by the executor of the will of Sarah Bailey, from a decree of the Probate Court disallowing one item of his account.

At the hearing, before Ames, J., the only question was, as to the right of the executor to be credited in his account with the amount of a certain fund in the possession of, or due from, the Provident Institution for Savings, at the time of the decease of the testatrix, the executor contending that the amount of the fund was improperly and by mistake included in the inventory of the estate, and that it really belonged, and of right ought to be paid, to one Alice Rowe.

In 1849 the testatrix lived in Cambridge and was the wife of Edward L. Gray. Having no children, they took into their family, without any formal adoption, a child of the age of two years, named Alice, who lived with them until about 1867, and usually went by the name of Alice Gray. The testatrix was in the habit of making deposits in various savings banks, taking the usual deposit books, sometimes in her own name and sometimes as trustee, without naming any cestui que trust, and sometimes as trustee for some person by name. The fund in question in this case was made up of moneys deposited from time to time by her in 1851 and 1852, the account in the deposit book, given her by the savings institution, being headed "Sarah Gray trustee for Alice Gray" and showing that the testatrix had from time to time withdrawn portions of the money. This book remained in the possession of the testatrix up to the time of her decease, and Alice never saw it or had any knowledge of its existence, or that any money had been deposited in the name of Sarah Gray trustee for Alice Gray in any savings bank, until about two years after the decease of the testatrix and one year after the appointment of the executor. She then claimed the book and the fund of the executor, and he, after taking advice of counsel, yielded to her claim, and the fund was drawn out of the bank and paid over to her, under her present name of Alice Rowe. The testatrix, after the death of her first husband, Edward L. Gray which occurred in the year 1857, was married to Samuel Bailey, who died in May, 1877.

One of the by-laws of the Provident Institution for Savings is as follows: "Money put in will be entered in the books of account of the institution, and also, in each...

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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
    • December 28, 1943
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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
    • December 28, 1943
    ...of intent. Brabrook v. Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, 104 Mass. 228 . Cummings v. Bramhall, 120 Mass. 552 , 564. Jewett v. Shattuck, 124 Mass. 590 . Sherman v. New Bedford Five Cents Savings Bank, 138 Mass. 581 . Alger v. North End Savings Bank, 146 Mass. 418. Thus in Gerrish v. New Bedfor......
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    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
    • May 9, 1887
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