Return the Nash land to the Nash family.
  • Petitioned The University of Virginia's College at Wise

This petition was delivered to:

Sim Ewing
The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Return the Nash land to the Nash family.

    1. O'Donna Ramsey
    2. Petition by

      O'Donna Ramsey

      Wise, VA

The land in question has been in the Nash family for more than 150 years. In the 1940s, Susan Nash Stallard and her husban Lafayette Stallard put the land in the name of their son, Burchell Stallard, to protect it. The land was supposed to be divided out among other members of the family. However, Burchell kept the land in his name and did not give other family members their part. When Burchell died several years ago, a will never surfaced. The land passed to his wife, Iloe. The University of Virginia's College at Wise and it's employees befriended Iloe in order to get money donated to the college. Iloe disliked some members of the Nash family, and when she died, out of spite, she willed the land to the college. Burchell's 99-year-old sister, Evelyn Smith, still lived on the land. The land willed to the college included the land and house where Evelyn lived. Evelyn had spent much of her life taking care of her aging parents. Burchell never gave her the share of land in which she was entitled. She lost the will to live once her family's land had been willed away. She wanted the land to be passed down to her one remaining son, Larry Smith, as it had been passed down for more than 100 years. Evelyn died a few months ago. The college notified the family that they had 30 days to get their stuff off the land. The college is now in the process of trying to auction off the land. It is devastating the family. The college obtained the land by wooing a rich widow. They befriended her and made her feel important. The college's tactics were immoral and unethical. We the undersigned believe the land should be given back to the Nash family, which has owned it and protected it for more than a century. 

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    • linda smith WISE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Well, the litigation and the auction are over. All the loose ends are not yet tied up. Today Larry bought back 31 of the 44 acres of his family's farm. Thank you all for your support. O'Donna is in the hospital as we speak.

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    • Nancy Large BIG STONE GAP, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Belonged to family

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    • Cathy Fletcher WISE, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because linda is a friend and former co- worker and her family should get and deserves this land! they to care of the parents and it is their parents wishes!! Do the right thing!Enough said!

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    • Chris Shell HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Return the land to the Nash Family, pure and simple.

      This sets a terrible precedent, and the school in question should be ashamed.

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    • William Martin PINEVILLE, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have known Larry and Linda Smith for nearly 40 years. I know land is important to them and this land is especially important as Larry's family has deep roots in this property.

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