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The liability of the land of a deceased person to be sold in payment of his debts may be, in most jurisdictions, enforced against not only the heirs or devisees of the land, but against persons claiming by purchase, mortgage, or otherwise, under such heirs and devisees.22 Conse177, 32 L. Ed. 899; Allegheny City's Appeal, 41 Pa. St. 60; Borough of McKeesport v. Fidler. 147 Pa. St. 532, 23 Atl. 799; Mix v. Ross, 57 III. 121; Hawthorne v. City of East Portland, 13 Ore. 271, 10 Pac. 432; Dillon, Mun. Corp. (4th Ed.) Sec. 821.
20. Dale v. McEvers, 2 Cow. (N. Y.) 118; Wabash Eastern Ry. Co. of Illinois v. East Lake Fork Special Drainage Dist. Com'rs, 134 III. 384, 10 L. R. A. 285, 25 N. E. 781; Keating v. Craig, 73 Mo. 507; Chaney v. State, 118 Ind. 494, 21 N. E. 45; Provident Institution for Savings v. Mayor, etc., of Jersey City, 113 U. S. 506, 28 L. Ed. 1102.
21. Rev. St. U. S. Sec. 3186, as amended by Act March 1, 1879, 8 3, and Act March 4, 1913, c. 166; Id. Sec. 3207.
22. See Nelson v. Murfee, 69 Ala. 598; Spotts v. Hanley, 85 Cal. 155, 24 Pac. 738; Davis v. Vansands, 45 Con. 600; Myers v. Pierce, 86 Ga. 786, 12 S. E. 978; McCoy v. Morrow, 18 III. 519; Smith v. Gorham, 119 Ind. 436, 21 N. E. 1096; Flood v. Strong, 108 Mich. 561, 66 N. W. 473; Den d Warwick v. Hunt, 11 N. J. L. 1; Hyde v. Tanner, 1 Barb. (N. Y.) 75; Faran v. Robinson, 17 Ohio St. 242, 93 Am. Dec. 617. And cases cited in reporter's note, 43 N. J. Eq. 207.
The court will, however, in particular cases, consider the fact that the land has passed into the hands of a bona fide purchaser, in determining whether the application for sale has been unreasonably delayed. Ferguson v. Scott, 49 Miss. 500; Rosenthal v.
Quently, this liability of the land to sale constitutes, in effect, a lien on the land. In England, however, and in at least one state, the liability is enforceable against the land only so long as it remains in the hands of the heirs or devisees, and consequently there it cannot be regarded as a lien.23