This section is from the book "The Law Of Real Property and Other Interests In Land", by Herbert Thorn Dike Tiffany. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise on the Modern Law of Real Property and Other Interests in Land .
A tenancy of this character occurs when the estate is limited to a man and the heirs of his body by a certain wife named, and she dies without issue. The husband then becomes tenant in tail after possibility of issue extinct, since there is then no possibility of the estate being carried on by his issue. It also arises in case of a gift in tail to a man and his wife, or to two in Land, 194; Low v. Burron, 3 P. Wms. 262), cannot now exist in any states in which the statute on the subject thus ignores the possibility of special occupancy.
2. 1 Stimson's Am. St. Law, Sec. 1335; 1 Washburn, Real Prop. 94 note.
3. Consequently, what is sometimes called a "quasi entail," arising when property was limited to a man and "the heirs of his body" for the life of another, in which case the heirs of the body took as special occupants (see Leake, Prop.
In Maryland and South Carolina, the right of special occupancy is recognized by the statute. See 1 Stimson's Am. St. Law, Sec. 1355.
[Sec. 37 persons who may become man and wife, if one of them dies without any issue of their marriage. This estate can arise only in the case of a limitation in special tail, and no one can be the tenant thereof except the original donee or one of the original donees. The duration of such an estate is for the life of the tenant only, and, like other life estates, it is liable to be merged in a greater estate. If differs, however, from other life estates in the fact that the tenant is not liable for waste.4
II (A) Estate for Years.