But soon my homestead was out of their sight and thought.
West Mount Vernon was founded by the Teutonic Homestead Association and was annexed to Mount Vernon in 1869.
If either husband or wife dies intestate and there are no descendants the whole of the estate passes to the survivor; if there are descendants the surviving spouse has the use of the homestead for the remainder of his or her life, an absolute title to one-third of the other real estate of the deceased, and to personal property limited to $1000 besides wearing apparel.
It is a custom in the South to build a small house near the homestead as an annex to be used on occasion.
A homestead not exceeding $1000 in value may be set apart, provided that it is recorded before the debt against which it was claimed was contracted.