Tree That Legally OWNS Itself and has a KID


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topics in entertaining ways. Subscribe! We are glad you are here. Believe it or not, there’s tree that actually
owns itself in Athens, Georgia. According to the legend, this tree has a legal
ownership of itself and all the land within eight feet of its base. It even has a name, Jackson Oak, coming from
its origin – white oaks, the preeminent species of hardwoods in eastern and central
North America. The history of the tree dates back to when
a front-page article appeared in the Athens Weekly Banner on 12 August 1890, entitled
‘Deeded to itself’. The article referred to this particular tree
that’s been located on the property of Colonel William Henry Jackson, the son of James Jackson. James Jackson was a soldier in the American
Revolution, as well as a Congressman, U.S. Senator, and Governor of Georgia, and also
a father to another James Jackson. His son was a Congressman and Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The tree was related to the childhood memories
of Jackson, although many believe that he didn’t grow up near it but became attached
to it after deciding to protect it. He deeded to it the ownership of itself and
the land around it. This transaction happened between the periods
of 1820-1832. The official deed reads:
‘FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION OF THE GREAT LOVE I BEAR
THIS TREE AND THE GREAT DESIRE I HAVE FOR ITS PROTECTION
FOR ALL TIME, I CONVEY ENTIRE POSSESSION OF ITSELF AND
ALL LAND WITHIN EIGHT FEET OF THE TREE ON ALL SIDES.’ WILLIAM H. JACKSON Thanks to his will to protect the tree and
the author who wrote the article, who still remains unknown, the tree is one of the most
famous trees in the World today. Sadly, the tree was felled by a windstorm
in 1942, after it had grown too old and feeble to survive. However, this isn’t the end of the story. Jackson, the tree that owns itself, has a
son. In an effort to preserve Jackson’s wishes,
residents of Athens planted a seedling of the original tree in the same spot. The offspring tree is thriving at the corner
of Dearing and Finley Streets, in its parent’s original plot of land. It is commonly known as the “Son of the
Tree that Owns Itself.” As assumed, the tree legally owns itself,
but according to today’s law, it’s concluded that a deed like that would have no legal
standing. The person receiving the property in question
must have the legal capacity to receive it, and the property must be delivered to — and
accepted by— the recipient.

1 Response

  1. Keep On Learning says:

    Really confused when I read the titles say that tree has a kid but now it makes sense lol

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