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Serf tenant rights for a son and a widow?

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Serf tenant rights for a son and a widow?

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 3:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
What would the tenant rights be for a son from a first marriage and a widow from a second marriage?

My great-great-great-grandparents, Josef and Maria (Neuhertz) Potetz, serfs in Neumarkt a/d Raab, had a son in 1822. Maria died in 1833 and Josef married Barbara Preininger eight months later. Josef died in 1839.

In a double wedding at the church in Sankt Martin a/d Raab, widow Barbara (Preininger) Potetz, remarried in 1841 to Michael Laritz, who was marrying for the first time.
The other half of the double wedding was that of Barbara’s teenage stepson (child of Josef Potetz’s first marriage), marrying another teen (Josef Potetz age 18 and Christina Halb age 19).

Who would have inherited tenant rights to the farm in Neumarkt a/d Raab according to the laws at that time? All people involved were serfs (status Jobbagy, in Hungarian).

In this particular case the widow with her young children went to live on the farm of her new husband in Gritsch. The teenage groom (from the first marriage of his father) kept the farm in Neumarkt a/d Raab.

Thank you for any information you have on the rules of inheritance for serfs.
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RichardPotetz 10 Aug 2012 9:53PM GMT 
Mohnbauer 23 Oct 2012 6:30PM GMT 
RichardPotetz 15 Dec 2012 10:16PM GMT 
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