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band or wife, the estate shall go to his or her father. 3. If there be no issue, nor husband, nor wife, nor father, then in equal shares to the brothers and sisters of the intestate, and to the children of any deceased brother or sister, by right of representation : Provided, that if he or she shall leave a mother also, she shall take an equal share with the brothers and sisters. 4. If the intestate shall leave no issue, nor husband, nor wife, nor father, and no brother or sister living at his or her death, the estate shall go to his or her mother, to the exclusion of the issue, if any, of deceased brothers or sisters. 5. If the intestate shall leave a surviving husband or wife, and no issue, and no father, mother, brother, or sister, the whole estate shall go to the surviving husband or wife. 6. If the intestate shall leave no issue, nor husband, nor wife, and no father, mother, brother, nor sister, the estate shall go to the next of kin in equal degree: excepting, that when there are two or more collateral kindred in equal degree, but claiming through different ancestors, those who claimed through the nearest ancestors shall be preferred to those claiming through an ancestor more remote : Provided, however, 7. If any person shall die, leaving several children, or leaving one child, and the issue of one or more other children, and any such surviving child shall die, under
age, and not having been married, all the estate that came to the deceased child by inheritance from such deceased parent, shall
descend in equal shares to the other children of the same parent, and · to the issue of any such other children who shall have died, by right
of representation. 8. If, at the death of such child, who shall die under
age, and not having been married, all the other children of his said parent shall also be dead, and any of them shall have left issue, the estate that came to such child by inheritance from his said parent shall descend to all the issue of other children of the same parent; and if all the said issue are in the same degree of kindred to said child, they shall share the said estate equally, otherwise they shall take according to the right of representation. 9. If the intestate shall leave no husband or wife, nor kindred, the estate shall escheat to the state, for the support of common schools.
Sec. 2. Every illegitimate child shall be considered as an heir of Illegitimate child the
person who shall, in writing, signed in the presence of a compe- certain events. tent witness, have acknowledged himself to be the father of such child; and shall in all cases be considered as heir of his mother, and shall inherit his or her estate, in whole or in part, as the case may be, in the same manner as if he had been born in lawful wedlock; but he shall not be allowed to claim, as representing his father or mother, any part of the estate of his or her kindred, either lineal or
may be heir in
Estate of illegiti. mate child dying
collateral, unless, before his death, his parents shall have intermar-
Sec. 3. If any illegitimate child shall die intestate, without lawful intestate without issue, his estate shall descend to his mother, or, in case of her decease,
to her heirs at law. Degrees of kin
Sec. 4. The degrees of kindred shall be computed according to the puted.
rules of the civil law, and kindred of the half blood shall inherit
of such ancestors, shall be excluded from such inheritance.
Sec. 5. Any estate, real or personal, that may have been given by
the intestate in his lifetime, as an advancement to any child, or other
intestate, so far as it regards the division and distribution thereof
Sec. 6. If the amount of such advancement shall exceed the share share of party to of the heir so advanced, he shall be excluded from
tion, in the division and distribution of the estate, but he shall not be
more as will give him his full share of the estate of the deceased. What gifts to be Sec. 7. All gifts and grants shall be deemed to have been made in
advancement, if they are expressed in the gift or grant to be so made,
Sec. 8. If the value of the estate so advanced, shall be expressed
tate to be con
Where advancement exceeds the
he is to be ex. cluded from further portion.
Value of advancements how estimated.
Sec. 9. If any child, or other lineal descendant so advanced, shall Effect of addie before the intestate, leaving issue, the advancement shall be taken where party so into consideration, in the division and distribution of the estate, and before intestate, the amount thereof shall be allowed accordingly, by the representatives of the heirs so advanced, in the like manner as if the advancement had been made directly to them.
Sec. 10. The provisions of this act, as to the inheritance of the Inheritance by husband and wife from each other, apply only to the separate prop- wife from each erty of the intestate.
Sec. 11. Inheritance or succession “by right of representation,” Where inheri: takes place when the descendants of any deceased heir take the same representation
takes place. share or right in the estate of another person that their parents would have taken if living. Posthumous children are considered as living at the death of their parents.
AN ACT concerning the office of Surveyor General. (1)-[Passed
April 17, 1850.)
The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and
Assembly, do enact as follows:
sioned by Gover
office, and give
Section 1. The Surveyor General shall keep an office at the seat Surveyor Geneof government, which office shall be open every day (Sundays ex- where kept and cepted), from the hours of 10 o'clock A. M., to 4 o'clock P. M. He shall not leave the state, except in performance of his official duties, Not to leave without permission of the Governor.
Sec. 2. He shall be commissioned by the Governor ; but, before To be commissuch commission shall issue, and before entering upon his duties, he nor, take oath of shall take the oath of office, and execute a bond to the state in the bond! penal sum of ten thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful performance of all the duties of his office.
Sec. 3. He shall, when required by law, make an accurate and To make survey. complete survey, by astronomical observations and linear surveys, of the boundaries of the state as declared by the constitution, or as may be hereafter determined by the Congress of the United States and the people of this state.
(1) Stat. 1851, p. 416, Sec. 5, and Stat. 1852, p. 49, Sec. 1, and p. 117, Sec. 1.
Maps of state.
What to be marked on map.
lines between counties.
Sec. 4. He shall make an accurate map of the state.
Sec. 5. When required by law, he shall survey, and, when necessary, designate by plainly visible marks, or monuments, and shall describe on the
map of the state, the boundary lines of the several counties and incorporated cities and towns in the state ; and when a boundary line of the state or of any county intersects with or passes in the immediate vicinity of the coast, or of any lake, stream, range of hills or mountains, or other conspicuous object on the surface of the earth, he shall, by the proper observations, determine the place of such intersection, or the distance and bearing from the said boundary line of such point of said object as may be nearest to said boundary line, and will best serve as a distinguishing landmark. He shall also determine and describe on the map of the state the length and course of every important stream and lake, and of every important range
of hills or mountains, and the greatest elevation or highest peak To run boundary thereof, within the limits of any county. When called upon by the
county authorities of any county, he shall run any boundary line, or portion of a line, between such county and an adjoining county.
Sec. 6. The Surveyor General shall preserve in his office at the seat of government and deliver to his successor all books, maps, plans, drawings, levels, surveys, and field notes, in any way pertaining to his official duties, and shall deliver as aforesaid all instru
ments and other things belonging to his office. May require Sec. 7. The Surveyor General is authorized to require the county county surveyors
surveyors to assist him within the limits of their respective counties, Compensation in the execution of any surveys called for by this act; and the
county surveyors when so employed shall receive from the state the same compensation which they are entitled to demand from individuals of their respective counties for the performance of the like
services. Chief Engineer Sec. 8. The Surveyor General shall be chief engineer and com
missioner of internal improvements, and is authorized from time to improvements
time, when necessary to the discharge of his duties, to employ a comdraughtsmen.
petent person to act as draughtsman, provided that the sum to be expended in this manner shall not exceed two thousand dollars for the current year one thousand eight hundred and fifty. The said sum is hereby appropriated to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. The expenditures of the Surveyor General herein provided for shall be verified by an account signed by the person employed, certified by the Surveyor General to be correct and necessary, and audited by the Comptroller before the same shall be paid by the Treasurer.
to assist him.
to county surveyors.
and commissioners of internal
al reports to Governor on matters
Sec. 9. He shall deliver to the Governor annually, on or before To deliver annuthe fifteenth day of December, his report, which shall contain,
specified. 1st. An accurate statement of the progress
have made in the execution of the surveys enjoined on him by law, and in the preparation of the map of the state.
2d. Plans and suggestions for the improvement of the internal navigation of the state, and for the construction and improvement of roads, turnpikes, railroads, canals, and aqueducts; also, plans and suggestions for the planting, preservation, and increase of forests of timber trees, for the draining of marshes, prevention of overflows. and the irrigation of arable lands, by means of reservoirs, canals, artesian wells, or otherwise.
3d. An estimate of the aggregate quantity of land belonging to the state, and the best information he may be able to obtain as to the characteristics of the same.
4th. An estimate of the aggregate quantity of all lands used for, or adapted to tillage and grazing within this state, and each county of the state, together with a description of the locations in which the same may be situated.
5th. An estimate of the aggregate number of horses, cattle, sheep and swine within the state, and each county of the state.
6th. An estimate of the aggregate quantity of wheat, rye, maize, potatoes, grapes, and other agricultural productions of the preceding year, together with his views as to the presence, cause, and remedy of any diseases, or other mischief preventing a full and proportionate return and increase of the same.
7th. An estimate of the aggregate quantity of all mineral lands within the state and each county of the state, and the quantity and value of each mineral produced during the preceding year, together with a description of the localities in which such minerals may be found.
8th. All facts which may be within his personal knowledge, or which he may learn from reliable sources, and which may, in his opinion, be calculated to promote the full development of the resources of the state.
Sec. 10. He shall address a circular letter to the County Survey- To obtain quarors and County Assessors, instructing them, and it is hereby made a county surveyors part of their official duties, to use their utmost diligence in collecting information relative to each and every matter mentioned in the ninth section of this act, and to transmit to him quarterly, at the seat of government, a report in writing, setting forth the result of their inquiries.