Family fights to save historic Oakwood property

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Moses and Betty Daniels Henry's descendants are pictured in front of the Freestone County courthouse (from left) Zavinah Washington, Las Vegas, fifth generation; Angela Luckey, Grand Prairie, third generation; Cecilia Canada, Seattle, fourth generation; Kyana Saline, Seattle, sixth generation; and Lateef Saleem, Seattle, sixth generation.

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What if you were told that you were heir to more than 100 acres of land of which you had never heard? And what if this land – which you knew nothing about – was being taken by the State of Texas for back taxes? Family members of Moses and Betty Daniels Henry were told just that. Now, the family is fighting back.
“We are prepared to pay the base tax amount as a family,” said Angela Luckey, of Grand Prairie. Luckey is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Moses.
“We're hoping the judge will grant us a TRO on the tax lien to allow our family attorney to look at tax records,” she continued. A TRO – or Temporary Retaining Order – will grant the family the time it needs to come up with the money.
The total amount owed on the property is $104,000 – just $40,000 of which is taxes. The remainder is from penalties and interests.

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