GOFF v. GOFF

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GOFF v. GOFF
1926 OK 880
253 P. 1014
124 Okla. 63
Case Number: 16615
Decided: 11/09/1926
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

GOFF
v.
GOFF et al.

Syllabus

¶0 1. Executors and Administrators--Conclusiveness of Decree of Distribution not Appealed from. A decree of distribution made by the county court in probate, having jurisdiction of the settlement of an estate, on a hearing as provided by sections 6463, 6464, and 6466 of Revised Laws 1910, distributing to the heirs at law their respective share of the estate of the decedent, is conclusive as to the rights of the parties named in the estate, unless reversed or modified on appeal, and the decree is not subject to collateral attack.
2. Same--Surviving Husband of Indian Allottee Concluded by Decree. Record examined; held, to be sufficient to support judgment in favor of the defendant.

Geo. C. Beidleman, for plaintiff in error.
R. E. Simpson and A. L. Emery, for defendants in error.

STEPHENSON, C.

¶1 Misey Grayson, a duly enrolled Creek freedman, who had received her allotment, died on July 13, 1917, leaving Wesley Goff, husband, and Ellis Clifford Goff, minor son, as her heirs at law. Her husband, Wesley Goff, did not appear on the Creek rolls. The latter commenced his action in ejectment against Ellis Clifford Goff, a minor, for possession of an undivided one-half interest in the allotment of the decedent. Among the several defenses pleaded by Ellis Clifford Goff was one to the effect that the entire allotment was distributed to him in an administration proceeding of the estate of the decedent, in the way and manner provided by probate procedure; that Wesley Goff was an interested party in the proceeding, and that he did not appeal from the order of distribution. The trial of the cause resulted in judgment against the plaintiff, who has appealed the cause here. He assigns as error for reversal that the judgment is contrary to law. The petition for the appointment of the administrator named Wesley Goff as one of the heirs of Misey Grayson. A petition styled, "Petition for share of estate and motion for orders" was filed in the administration cause on behalf of the minor, setting forth that he inherited the fee simple title in and to the allotment of the decedent, and prayed that the entire allotment be delivered to him as the owner. The petition described the allotment. A date was fixed by the county court for a hearing on the petition. Notice of the hearing was served on Wesley Goff, who appeared by his attorney at the hearing had on June 17, 1918.