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DAKOTA. - Home of 160 acres, with buildings, or, in a village or city, a house and one acre of land, with Personal Property. - The householder's homestead, as above described, is without limit in value. Besides the following family possessions, the householder may select $1,500 worth of other personal property, which is also exempt: The family pictures, a church pew, a burial lot, a family Bible, school-books and other books worth $100, all necessary wearing apparel of the family, and a year's supply of provisions and fuel.
DELAWARE.-No Home exempted. Personal Property worth $200. - There is no homestead exemption in this State. Local laws regulate exemptions of personal property in various portions of the State, covering the family Bible, library, school-books, pictures, church pew, burial-ground, clothing, and implements of trade (ranging in value from $50 to $75), and from $150 to $200 worth of other property. Sussex county does not give the additional personal property exemption.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. - No Home exempted. Personal Property of the following value: The following property of a householder is exempt from distraint, attachment, or sale on execution, except for servants' or laborers' wages due: Wearing apparel, household furniture to the amount of $300; provisions and fuel for three months; mechanics' tools or implements of any trade, to the value of $200, with stock to the same amount; the library and implements of a professional man or artist, to the value of $300; a farmer's team and other utensils, to the value of $100; family pictures and library, in value $400; earnings not exceeding $100 per month, and one cow, one swine and six sheep.
FLORIDA. - Farm, or House and Lot, and Personal Property. - Homestead of 160 acres of land and improvements, if in the country; a residence and one-half acre of ground, if in a village or city; together with $1,000 worth of personal property. An additional sum of $1,000 worth of property is exempt from all debts incurred prior to May 10, 1865.
GEORGIA. - Real or Personal Property, or both, worth $1,600. - The constitution of 1877 and statutes of 1878 absolutely exempt from levy, except for purchase-money, taxes, or liens for labor or materials, etc., real or personal property, or both, to the value of $1,600, the debtor choosing whatever he desires shall be exempted.
IDAHO. - Home worth $500, and Personal Property. - The head of a family, being a householder, either husband or wife, may select a homestead not exceeding in value $5,000. Exemption extends to chairs, tables, books and desks, worth $200; necessary household, table and kitchen furniture, a sewing-machine, stoves, stove-pipe and stove furniture, clothing, beds and bedding, family paintings and pictures and their frames, provisions for the family for three months, two cows and calves, and two sows and pigs; farming implements, teams, seed-grain and vegetables, etc., worth $200; mechanics' tools, etc., worth $500; instruments of medical practitioners; libra-ries of professional men, and office furniture of lawyers and judges; miners' cabins to the value of $500, and their mining tools and implements $200; earnings of laborers, etc.
ILLINOIS. - Home worth $1,000, and Personal Property. - Lot of ground and buildings thereon, occupied as a residence by the debtor, being a householder and having a family, to the value of $1,000. Exemption continues after the death of the householder for the benefit of widow and family, some one of them occupying the homestead until the youngest child shall become twenty-one years of age, and until death of widow. Insurance money received or due upon burned buildings of the homestead is also exempt. There is no exemption from sale for taxes, assessments, debt or liability incurred for the purchase or improvement of such homestead. No release or waiver of exemption is valid, unless in writing, and subscribed by such householder and wife, if he have one, and acknowledged as conveyances of real estate are required to be acknowledged. The following articles of persona! property owned by the debtor are exempt from execution, writ of attachment, and distress for rent: First - Necessary wearing-apparel, Bibles, school-books, and family pictures of every person. Second - Other property worth $100 to be selected by the debtor. When the debtor is the head of a family, and resides with the same, in addition, other property worth $300 may be selected; though such exemption shall not be allowed from any money due such debtor. A debtor taking the benefit of this act shall make a schedule, subscribed and sworn to, of all his or her personal property, including all moneys on hand and due the debtor; and any property owned by the debtor and not included in said schedule, shall not be exempt as aforesaid. And thereupon the officer having an execution against the same, shall summon three householders who, upon oath, will appraise and fix a fair value upon each article in said schedule, and the debtor shall then select from such schedule such articles as he or she may desire to retain, the aggregate value of which shall not exceed the amount exempted, to which he or she may be entitled, and deliver the remainder to the officer having the writ. The officer having the writ is authorized to administer the oath to the debtor and appraisers. To head of family the sum of $50 is exempt from garnishment for wages.
INDIANA. - Personal property to the value of $600. - There is no specific homestead exemption in this State. On contracts made since May 31, 1879, a householder may claim, as exempt, real estate or personal property to the value of $600. Exempt goods may be removed from one part of the State to another without molestation. In case of debts founded upon contracts made previous to May 31, 1879, the exemption is only $300. A debtor's property must be scheduled and sworn to by the debtor, appraised under direction of the law officer. Exemptions do not affect liens for labor, purchase-money or taxes.