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ANCESTOR, descents. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent; an ascendant. In the common law, the word is understood as well of the immediate parents, as, of these that are higher; as may appear by the statute 25 Ed. III. De natis ultra mare, and so in the statute of 6 R. III. cap. 6, and by many others. But the civilians relations in the ascending line, up to the great grandfather's parents, and those above them, they term, majores, which common lawyers aptly expound antecessors or ancestors, for in the descendants of like degree they are called posteriores. Cary's Litt.45. The term ancestor is applied to natural persons. The words predecessors and successors, are used in respect to the persons composing a body corporate. See 2 Bl. Com. 209; Bac. Abr. h.t.; Ayl. Pand. 58.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Unlike the general container-contents relationship, every pair of descendant and ancestor instances is created at once.
Here the story takes on its first footnote: Another one of Fausett's ancestors, John Fassett Sr.
The extinct giant moa has been believed to be the ancestor of the kiwi, but the research suggests the fossilised bird and emu evolved from the common ancestor.
Most previous analyses date the Y chromosome common ancestor to between 50,000 and 115,000 years ago and the mitochondrial DNA common ancestor to between 150,000 and 240,000 years ago.
If your ancestor saw active service then the regimental war diary is well worth consulting.
Private Division and Panache Digital Games have deployed Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for PC on the Epic Game Store.
That is, up until now, since scientists have recently identified a complete skull of a 3.8-million-year-old early human ancestor, now widely believed to be Lucy's own ancestor.
When Christians first came to Korea, the Catholics in the eighteenth century, they saw their religion as antithetical to Confucianism, and insisted that Christians should not do the ancestor ceremonies.
( The Telegraph reported that a recent study of Markle's family tree revealed that one of her ancestors was beheaded after King Henry VIII ordered his people to do so.
The work then delves deeply into how to relate with ancestors, and also how to engage in "linear repair work," and provides very clear instructions for how best to accomplish this.
Jegede who insists that only the reality of 'good death' can be taken into account when a deceased person becomes an ancestor (Jegede 2010, 352).