Walter James Amos Pennington died 4 October 1903, seek proof

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in Genealogy Help by Living Scarborough G2G Rookie (280 points)

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Nancy, welcome to G2G forum.

Please see the following record:

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (842k points)
Thank you for your answer  Rueben..  Seek  Walter James Amos Pennington's estate file or will  as documentation proof of death..I am aware of the Furnace  Hill Cemetery record..Believe a stone marks the grave.
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Hi Nancy and welcome!

Is there some hope that Walter lives?  In any case, we need a place to start looking.  Does the FindaGrave memorial Rubén cited give the correct place of death?  If that's the right Walter, would not burial provide sufficient proof of death?  Walter is not listed in the Alabama Deaths and Burials index, nor in indexed Alabama probate records.  There might be unindexed probate images, if anyone is motivated to browse through them.
by Living Tardy G2G6 Pilot (776k points)

Thank you so very much for your response to my inquiry.  This Pennington line is my direct ancestral line and has presented a big brick wall.  I have two important documents to share.  I believe they foretell of impending death? of Amos. 

Arrangement for Dower dated January 29, 1894, signed: Amos PENNINGTON and Syntha PENNINGTON-Lamar County, AL Deed Book 20, page 232

Lamar County Alabama - Deed Book 20, page 232 …Amos Pennington Sr. to M. K. Pennington,

To support, maintain, furnish food and clothing and same for wife, to M. K. Pennington,

80 acres, personal property, except beds, 6 quilts and 5 bed sheets and 1 tablecloth…

Signed: Amos (X) Pennington, SR. Syntha  (X) Pennington…January 29, 1894


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It seems well documented, although there seems to be several duplicates among his relatives.  I think the arrangement for dower is just what you said - it takes care of his wife from his estate during her life.  MK is probably his son Malachi.  Maybe he was the executor?  Have you seen the original court document? 

FamilySearch has scanned images of Lamar County Order Books, but they are not indexed.  There's good chance Amos's estate papers are in there, but it will take a good bit of browsing to find them.

Thank you for your response.  I  have the Lamar county  court document.  

Will check the order books for more information.  Thanks again.

Good luck, Nancy.  I've been poking around in the Order Books.  They seem to be organized by case, in chronological order of filing with the probate court.  Although that sounds great, a lot of the court activity happened years after the death.  I ran across a 1905 entry where the person died in 1865.  Twenty-year lapses are fairly common (e.g., Allen Taylor's estate petition for letters of administration filed 26 Dec 1904, date of death 19 Oct 1884).

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