Herbert B. Lebovitz, Levobitz & Lebovitz, Pittsburgh, for appellants.
David L. Robinson, Robinson, Fisher, Long & Rigone, Greensburg, for appellees.
Jones, C. J., and Eagen, O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Manderino, JJ. Manderino, J., concurs in the result.
This appeal arises from a final decree in equity which granted appellees, George T. Boyd and Susan Frances Boyd, a prescriptive easement over the property of appellants, Aaron M. Teeple and Audrey Teeple, and which enjoined appellants from interfering with the use of this easement and further denied appellants' counterclaim.
The facts surrounding this appeal are as follows:
On March 9, 1971, appellees filed a complaint in equity requesting a preliminary injunction to enjoin the blocking of a roadway over which they claimed a prescriptive easement. Appellants filed an answer and a counterclaim, seeking to be reimbursed under a separate alleged right-of-way and maintenance agreement.*fn1
The chancellor took testimony and granted appellees a prescriptive easement, enjoined appellants' interference with its use and dismissed appellants' counterclaim.
Appellants first argue that the evidence was insufficient to support a finding of a prescriptive easement over their property. We do not agree.
This court has previously held that the findings of a chancellor, approved by a court en banc, have the weight of a jury verdict and will not be disturbed on appeal if there is adequate evidence in the record to sustain these findings. See Schiff v. Upper Salford Twp.,
Pa. 420, 321 A.2d 876 (1974). In the instant case, the testimony of June McCutcheon (predecessor in title to all parties involved herein) clearly establishes a prescriptive easement. Mrs. McCutcheon established, through her testimony, the open, adverse and continuous use of the roadway over the servient tenement since her husband purchased the property in 1929. Moreover, J. A. McCollim, prior owner of the servient tenement, clearly ...