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Body v. McDonald

79 Wyo. 371, 334 P.2d 513, 10 O. & G.R. 103 (1959)

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Body v. McDonald

Supreme Court of Wyoming

79 Wyo. 371, 334 P.2d 513, 10 O. & G.R. 103 (1959)

Facts

George and Lena Edwards conveyed a tract of land to the McDonalds (defendants), reserving a one-fourth interest in all oil in the land. Approximately two weeks later, the McDonalds conveyed the land to Albert Cheney and Charles Body (plaintiffs), with an almost identical reservation of a one-fourth interest in all oil in the land. The Bodys sued to quiet title in three-fourths of the mineral interest in the land. The Bodys claimed that the McDonalds had no interest in the land. The McDonalds asserted that, while one-fourth of the mineral interests belonged to the Edwardses, the McDonalds also owned one-fourth of the mineral interests. The trial court ruled in favor of the Bodys, finding that the McDonalds retained no interest in the property. The McDonalds appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Blume, C.J.)

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