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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 Ancestry.com, 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

Ancestry.com. 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.

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Muscadine, Cleburne, Alabama; Roll: 9; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0136; FHL microfilm: 1240009

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