Ward v. Smith, 600.

Citation25 S.E.2d 463,223 N.C. 141
Decision Date05 May 1943
Docket NumberNo. 600.,600.
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
PartiesWARD. v. SMITH et al.

25 S.E.2d 463
223 N.C. 141

SMITH et al.

No. 600.

Supreme Court of North Carolina.

May 5, 1943.

Appeal from Superior Court, Columbus County; Leo Carr, Judge.

Action by David Ward against V. E. Smith and another for trespass. From a judgment for plaintiff, the defendants appeal.

No error.

Civil action for trespass.

[25 S.E.2d 464]

The plaintiff alleges that he is the owner and in possession of a 30-acre tract of land in Columbus County, described by metes and bounds in the complaint; that the defendant has trespassed thereon, after being forbidden, and that plaintiff is entitled to injunctive relief and damages for the trespass already committed.

Upon denial of liability and issues joined, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff.

From judgment thereon, the defendants appeal, assigning as error the refusal of the court to dismiss the action as in case of nonsuit.

A. B. Brady, of Chadbourn, and H. L. Lyon, of Whiteville, for appellants.

Varser, McIntyre & Henry, of Lumber-ton, for appellee.

STACY, Chief Justice.

The plaintiff claims title to the locus in quo by adverse possession for twenty years. It is in evidence that he first entered upon the land in August, 1920; that he occupied it thereafter continuously, under known and visible lines and boundaries, making such use of it and taking such profits each year as it was susceptible and capable of yielding at the time. There is no pretense that the plaintiff had any paper title to the land. The trespass of which the plaintiff complains occurred on December 11, 1941, when the defendants entered upon the land and plowed up about three acres of strawberries. This action was instituted immediately thereafter.

The defendants, on the other hand, acquired a deed for the property in May, 1941, and they show title running back to November 26, 1920. The defendants also offered evidence tending to show possession and use of the property by their predecessors in title. The cross-examination of the plaintiff indicated some equivocation as to the character of his possession and his claim of ownership. However, the conflict in the evidence has been resolved by the jury in favor of the plaintiff. It was sufficient to carry the case to the jury.

Indeed, the case is strikingly like that of Locklear v. Savage, 159 N.C. 236, 74 S.E. 347. It was tried under the law as there laid down, and the result must be upheld on authority of that case. It is stipulated in the record that the court correctly charged the jury on...

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