Laura Ann Neese (about 1850-1927) was the second wife of Amaziah South (1828-1898) after his first wife passed. According to the Widow’s Pension Application Amaziah died March 11, 1898 in Fulton County, Georgia. Why she waited 21 years to apply for widow’s pension is beyond me, but I hope someone can enlighten me on the matter!
Interesting note: Amaziah’s name on these records is Emeziah A South. If you check on the Widow’s Affidavit you will noticed that Laura made her mark, an “X” inside parentheses on the line with her name. More than likely she was unable to read and write, therefore could not spell Amaziah’s name. I wonder what the “A” stood for? My husband believes it might stand for Atticus, a family name.
These records were found on Ancestry.
I wasn’t able to find the marriage record for Amaziah and his first wife, or a marriage record for Amaziah and Laura. Lucky for me, the pension applications had a copy!
Laura Ann Neese died on August 13, 1927, six years after she applied for widow’s pension. I am still looking for her death record.