Yancey v. Hopkins

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First page of the opinion Yancey v. Hopkins, in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, by William Munford. New York: I. Riley, 1812.

Yancey v. Hopkins, 15 Va. (1 Munf.) 419 (1810),[1] was a case where the Court determined whether a deputy sheriff committed fraud in selling the plaintiff’s land.


Lund Hopkins, sued Richard Faris and Powhatan County Deputy Sheriff, Robert Yancey, for fraud. Lund was the son of John Hopkins, who possessed about 400 acres of land, Lund contended that while he was a minor and could not sue, the sheriff without notice or authorization, sold his father’s land in order to pay a tax, which was nonexistent or if it did exist, was nominal in nature. Hopkins contends that the 400 acres was bestowed to him, save a portion given to his mother for dower, and that the court should allow him to receive his entitled land rights.

The Court's Decision

On September 27, 1804, Chancellor Wythe “being of the opinion that the sale of the land which the plaintiff claim … was a fraud” determined “the indenture among the exhibits between Waddy Thomson, of one part, and the defendant Robert Yancey, of the other part, be cancelled.” He also called for the defendants to give Hopkins the land and pay him profits based on a sale report made by the Commissioners. The Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling.

See also


  1. William Munford, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, (New York: I. Riley, 1812), 3:47.