Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    This could belong only to a Roman citizen who was a "man in his own right," (homo sui juris.) Mackeld. Rom. Law, ยงยง 133, 144. In old English law. A household; the body of household servants; a quantity of land, otherwise called "mansa," sufficient to maintain one family. In Spanish law. A family, which might consist of domestica or servants. It seems that a single person owning negroes was the "head of a family," within the meaning of the colonization laws of Coahuila and Texas. State v. Sullivan, 9 Tex. 156.