At common law, land could never lineally ascend, that is, it could not pass to the father or grandfather of the decedent upon the latter's death, though it could pass to his uncle, the brother of his father, and might from him pass to the father.27 This rule has been entirely changed in this country, and the statute frequently provides that the decedent's property shall pass to his father or mother in certain cases. Thus, in some states it is provided that, if the intestate leave no descendants, his property shall pass to his father, or to the father or mother, or to the mother, together with brothers and sisters, though in some states the brothers and sisters of deceased are preferred to either of his parents.28