Coutts v. Greenhow
Coutts v. Greenhow, 16 Va. (2 Munf.) 363 (1811),  was a property dispute regarding whether the property should go to children born to the parties before the marriage (illegitimate children) per a marriage settlement or to a creditor to disburse debts.
Coutts owed a debt to Greenhow. To recover that debt, Greenhow attempt to foreclose property that was devised to Coutts' children, who were born out of wedlock.
The Court's Decision
Chancellor Wythe decreed that the creditor should be able to foreclose the property. The Court of Appeals reversed.
- William Munford, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia (New York: I. Riley, 1814), 2:363.