Establishing Senia Scott’s Date of Death

Previously on Graham Ancestry, I wrote that I was able to find Jefferson Scott’s date of death in the probate records of his estate. I think I may be able to establish his wife Senia’s death date as well. The date isn’t so obviously found, however, and will require some identification.

Looking through the hundreds of images of Jefferson Scott’s probate records online at, I discovered two claims from doctors that were filed against the estate on 7 November 1901. One, from Dr. L. A. Martin, seeks payment for “services rendered in waiting on and taking care of Mrs. S. P. Scott” from 12 December 1892 to 12 August 1896, three years and eight months, at the rate of $6.00 per month, a total of $264.00.

The other claim is from Dr. M. M. Albright, transcribed below:

Estate of Jesse M. Scott, deceased
To M. M. Albright  Dr

To services rendered in waiting on and taking care of Mrs. S. P. Scott, widow of said Jesse M. Scott, deceased, at the instance and request of said Mrs. S. P. Scott, from the 13th day of August 1896 to the 7th day of May 1901, 4 years and 1 month at $6.00 per month     $294.00

The State of Alabama  }           Before me A. A. Hurst
Cleburne County    }          Judge of Probate

in and for said state and county personally appeared M. M. Albright who being duly sworn deposes and says, that the above and foregoing account is justly due after allowing all proper credits and is unpaid.

Sworn to and subscribed }
before me this 7 day         }
of November 1901.           }      M. M. Albright
A. A. Hurst     }
Judge of Probate     }

Dr. M. M. Albright was specifically Senia’s son-in-law, Madison Merriman Albright. He married Senia’s daughter Nancy Caroline Scott.

Recall from my previous post that in June 1900, Senia was enumerated on the census in the household of her grandson, Newman Albright. Based on the date of that enumeration, I estimated that Senia’s death “occurred sometime during the 16 months between June 1900, the census, and October 1901, the Petition for Letters of Administration”, the first mention of her death. (An aside: quoting myself is strange, yet strangely fun!) The above claim narrows that window further, to May 1901 through October 1901, a period of five months. I believe the claim also gives us Senia’s date of death if we consider it likely that Dr. Albright’s care ended when his patient died.

Therefore, my conclusion is that Senia P. (Malone) Scott died on 7 May 1901, with a margin of error of five months.

Sources Estate Case Files (Cleburne County, Alabama); Author: Alabama. Probate Court (Cleburne County); Probate Place: Cleburne, Alabama. Name: Jesse M. Scott. Probate date: 28 October 1901. 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Muscadine, Cleburne, Alabama; Roll: 9; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0136; FHL microfilm: 1240009

The Estate of Jefferson Scott

I’ve been doing some digging into my 2x great grandmother Sarah Scott’s family. last year added wills and probate records to their collections, and as luck would have it, they have  probate records online for Sarah’s parents, Jefferson M. Scott and Senia P. Malone. I found a lot of information on Sarah’s parents and siblings in these records!

For genealogical research, the most useful page from the probate records was a Petition for Letters of Administration, dated 28 October 1901. This document not only provided Jefferson Scott’s date of death, but also provided a list of his living heirs. (Jefferson is called Jesse Scott throughout the probate records, so I’m just going to roll with that name for the rest of this article.)

Jesse Scott Date of Death

Jesse M Scott’s date of death in the Petition for Letters of Administration.

Per the Petition, Jesse M. Scott died on 18 November 1880 at his home in Cleburne County, Alabama, leaving no will. His estate was “administered by one J.M. Scott,” his son James Monroe Scott. Ancestry has inventory records for Jesse’s estate dated February 1882 showing that property that was “exempt from administration, set apart and delivered to Mrs. S. P. Scott, the widow of said decedent”. It lists such things as “all wearing apparel of the deceased, $10.00. All wearing apparel of the widow, $10.00. Yarn and cloth on hand, $3.00. Books, $1.00. Family portraits and miniatures, $……….”, no value, or perhaps priceless.

Jesse Scott Inventory 1882

Excerpt from Jesse Scott’s estate inventory, 1882.

Except for property that was used to pay debts, Senia Scott inherited a “widow’s dower consisting of 240 acres of land”, per the 1901 Petition.

Senia was enumerated on the 1900 census for Cleburne County, Alabama, as a boarder living with Newman and Lee E. Albright. In fact, Newman was her grandson, the child of Senia’s daughter Nancy Caroline Scott and Madison Albright.

Senia Scott 1900 Census

Senia Scott on the 1900 census for Cleburne County, Alabama.

Jesse’s estate again entered probate following Senia’s death. I haven’t found a precise date for her death. It occurred sometime during the 16 months between June 1900, the census, and October 1901, the Petition for Letters of Administration. Per the Petition, “… said widow, S. P. Scott is now dead and said dower is now subject to administration as assets of the estate of said Jesse M. Scott.”

The reason for the Petition was that James Monroe Scott had been discharged as administrator following the original settlement of Jesse’s estate in 1882 and was by 1901 living in the Oklahoma Territory, and therefore unavailable. Senia’s death had created a need for a new administrator to be appointed to settle the dower. The Petition had been submitted by one W. H. Barnes.

The Petition goes on to say “the names, residences, ages and condition of the heirs and distributees of the estate of said decedent, so far as your petitioner knows  or believes, are as follows, to-wit:”


Heirs and distributees, Petition for Letters of Administration, 1901.


Heirs and distributees, continued in the right margin.

“John H. Scott”. Jesse and Senia’s son, John Henry Scott, then residing at Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama.

“Nancy Albright”. Daughter Nancy Caroline Scott, who had married Madison M. Albright. Also then residing in Muscadine.

“Sarah Graham, residing at Watts, Ark.” Daughter Sarah Scott, who was then the widow of Jesse F. Graham. Watts is a populated place in Searcy County, Arkansas.

“Mary Anderson, residing at Roberty, I.T.” Daughter Mary Ann Scott, who had married Lewis James Anderson and was then living in the Indian Territory (today part of Oklahoma). Mary and Lewis can be found on the 1900 census residing in Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. On the census page, the name given of the nearest incorporated town is Utica Town. I haven’t discovered the location of Roberty.

“John Willis Lee Scott, residing at Idor, Ala.” The city of Ider is located in DeKalb County, Alabama.

“J. M. Scott, residing at Shawnee, O.T.” Son James M. Scott, who resided in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Territory.

“John W. Scott, whose residence is to petitioner unknown, Martha Jane Brown, Rosewood, Ala., Mary Elizabeth Killgore, Sackville, Ga., the last three named are the heirs and duly heirs of Thomas Scott, deceased”. William Thomas Scott was the eldest son of Jesse and Senia. He was killed serving the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, though the details of his death elude me. His wife was Elmina P. Little and the three named above were their children.

“…the children and duly heirs of Eliza J. Pounds, dec’d, to wit: Neuman Pounds +  Lou Pounds, each residing at Camanchia, Texas…” Eliza was a daughter of Jesse and Senia who had married Andrew Pounds.

“…and the children and duly heirs of Sene Emiline Barnes, dec’d, viz: Jesse Barnes, Bennett Barnes, Ida Barnes + Sarah Barnes, each residing at Chualla, Tex. All of said  heirs are  over the age of 21 years, except the two last named, and are all of sound mind.” Sene was a daughter of Jesse and Senia who had married James M. Barnes. The petitioner, W. H. Barnes, was likely related to James.

Pettition for Letters of Administration - Jesse Scott 1901

The full Petition for Letters of Administration, 1901. Click to expand.

Sources Estate Case Files (Cleburne County, Alabama); Author: Alabama. Probate Court (Cleburne County); Probate Place: Cleburne, Alabama. Name: Jesse M. Scott. Probate date: 28 October 1901. Wills, 1867-1937; Minutes, 1869-1944; Author: Alabama. Probate Court (Cleburne County); Probate Place: Cleburne, Alabama. Name: Jesse M. Scott; Probate date: 8 February 1882. 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Muscadine, Cleburne, Alabama; Roll: 9; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0136; FHL microfilm: 1240009 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 8, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; Roll: 1852; Enumeration District: 0115; FHL microfilm: 1241852

Century Minus Ten

Came across this short article from the Appeal-Democrat celebrating the 90th birthday of Alvin Graham. Alvin is my first cousin once removed, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts. Sounds like he had a great celebration!

90th Birthday: Graham

Posted: Sunday, September 6, 2015 12:39 am

Alvin J Graham

Yuba City resident Alvin J. Graham recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, Dora, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born Aug. 20, 1925, in Marshall, Ark., he and Dora have been Yuba-Sutter residents since 1947.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and is a retired building contractor.

A member of Christian Life Assembly Church in Gridley, he enjoys working in his garden, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

Sources “90th Birthday: Graham ,” Appeal-Democrat [Marysville-Yuba City, CA], 6 September 2015. Retrieved on Saturday, 13 February 2016.

Frankie Lathum’s Obituary

I transcribed this obituary from an issue of The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri. I left the capitalization and spelling exactly how it appeared in the original publication.

Frankie Lathum Service Monday

MATTHEWS – Frankie Lathum, 60, farmer on route one, died of a heart attack, shortly after being admitted to the Missouri Delta Community hospital in Sikeston Saturday[1].

He was born[2] in Marshall, Ark., Nov. 9, 1906.

Surviving are his wife, mrs. Irene Lathum[3]; one son, D.J. Lathum[4], Memphis, one stepson, Thomas Jordan, St. Charles; three stepdaughters[5], Mrs. Ernest Bowien, West Memphis, Ark., Mrs. Fred Harris, Matthews, and Mrs. Bert Hembree, Las Vegas, Nev., three brothers, Steve and Eber Lathum, both of Matthews, and Joe Lathum, Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Halstead, Marshall, Ark., and Mrs. Lee Oliver, Cape Girardeau; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday[6] in the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, with Don Glover, officiating.

Burial was in the Chinquatin cemetery[7] in Marshall.


1. “Saturday” was Christmas Eve, 24 December 1966.

2. Frankie was born to parents Frank Lathum and American Ann Watts.

3. Frankie’s second wife, Irene Polk. Her obituary was transcribed here.

4. DJ is the only child of Frankie and his first wife, Nona Elizabeth Graham.

5. The step-children are all from Irene Polk’s first marriage to James Thomas Jordan. The three step-daughters, listed under their married names, are as follows:  Reba Lee Jordan (Mrs. Ernest Bowien), Ruby Mae Jordan (Mrs. Fred Harris), and Barbara Ann Jordan (Mrs. Bert Hembree).

6. “Monday” was 26 December 1966.

7. A misspelling of Chinquapin Cemetery.


The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Frankie Lathum Service Monday”,published Wednesday, 28 December 1966. Retrieved from on Friday, 10 July 2015.

A Gathering of Grahams

Forty-five years ago today, this brief article appeared in The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri recounting a gathering of Grahams. I’m not sure of the occasion – no obvious anniversaries or birthdays were on 19 October 1970, the date of the visit. Maybe they just missed each other’s company.

Visits Uncle

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Albert Graham[1] and family of Harvey, Ill.[2], visited his Uncle Jasper Graham. Others visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Graham[3] were Mr. and Mrs. Blane Rains[4], of Oran, Denver Graham[5] of Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Graham[6] and family of Oran.


1. Albert John Graham, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts, and his wife Mary Ellen Treat, daughter of James Carter Treat and Mary Margaret Watts.

2. I didn’t know that Albert and family lived in Harvey for a time! Now I’ll have to visit the library again to page through the old phone books.

3. John Jasper Graham, Jessie’s brother, and Silas Danner Copeland.

4. Blain Rains and his wife Junia Barnes, daughter of Harmon Barnes and Alcidine Watts.

5. Denver Etridge Graham, son of Jasper and Danner.

6. Dempsey Graham, son of Jasper and Danner, and his wife Lillian Harris.


The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Visits Uncle”, published on Thursday, 22 October 1970. Retrieved from on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

Jana Sue Rains Obituary

This morning I learned of the death of Jana Rains. Jana was a third cousin of mine. We corresponded briefly in 2013 after she discovered the article here at stately Graham Ancestry about her great grandmother, Minnie Graham. That article inspired Jana to create her own WordPress journal where, I hoped, she would write about her Rains and Melton families, alas, she never did. She was, however, active on Find A Grave, and managed several memorials for lost relatives. My condolences to Jana’s family.

Jana Sue Rains

Jana Sue RainsMay 10, 1967 – October 12, 2015

Jana Sue Rains, age 48 of Everton, Arkansas passed from this life on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas. She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on May 10th, 1967 to James Rains and Elsie (McGuffin) Rains.

Jana graduated from Rio Linda High School in Rio Linda, California where she was a member of the band and played First Chair in trumpet. Jana attended the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove. She was a beautician. Jana was a very free hearted person and enjoyed being the family party organizer. She became caregiver to her parents after their health failed. She loved caring for her family and her nieces and nephews held a very special place in her heart.

Jana is preceded in death by her nephew, Richard Olt.

Survivors include her parents; sisters, Marsha Rains (Ernie) Verduzco of Olvey, Sharon (Dave) Nichols of West Sacramento, CA, Lanita Kay (Mark) Longboy of Mt. Vernon, MO and Ronda Rains (Leslie) Turner of Bellefonte; brothers, James L. (Lorna) Rains Jr. of Forsyth, MO, Jon Rains and Roger A. Rains, both of Ozark; nieces, Tamy (Buddy) Keen and family, Melinda Gallardo, Grace Nally and Sherolyn Nally.

Arrangements by Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Jana will be 10:00 AM Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove, Arkansas with Bro. Dorvin Ricketts officiating. Burial will be in Nubbin Hill Cemetery, 5036 Kimbrell Creek Road, Leslie, Arkansas. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.


Roller-Coffman Funeral Home. “Jana Sue Rains,” published on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Retrieved on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.

Obituary for Loreda Graham

I was alerted to the passing of Loreda Graham via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family group on Facebook. Here is Loreda’s obituary, copied from the web site of Clinton Funeral Service of Clinton, Arkansas. My condolences to cousin Alpha Graham and family.

Loreda Graham

Alpha and Loreda GrahamLoreda Catherine Graham, 79, of Marshall passed away Friday August 28, 2015. Born January 22, 1936 in the Watts community of Searcy County to the late Lester and Ida Belle Thompson Bohannon, Loreda was a homemaker. She was most importantly a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, She enjoyed catching fish and eating them. She was an experienced seamstress and made many handmade quilts. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, but her greatest love was her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Alpha Graham; children Sheila Bixler and husband Ben of Alread, Roy Gene Graham and wife Dinah of Marshall and Cathy Carter and husband Ricky of Leslie. Grandchildren include Matthew Cotton, Nathaniel Cotton, Jessie Craig Graham, Jeremy Lee Carter, Christy Nicole Mosher, 6 step-grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and 2 step great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving Loreda are her two sisters, Leola Judd of Brighton, Colorado and Joella Hagar of Sutter, California.

Pallbearers are Phil Graham, D.J Lathum, John Coppersmith, Greg Griffith, Brian Klunk, and Donnie Bert Watts.


Loreda was related to me in a number of ways. First, her father Lester Bohannon was the son of Patrick Bohannon and his third wife Mary Frances Graham, my great great aunt. This connection means Loreda was my second cousin once removed. Loreda married Alpha Graham, my first cousin once removed, and her own second cousin. I haven’t yet worked out the Bohannon relationships, but I’m certain there are many – Alpha’s grandmother on the Graham side was Mary Matilda Bohannon,  my great grandmother.


Clinton Funeral Service. “Obituary for Loreda Graham.” Retrieved on Thursday, 3 September 2015.

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