Two years later in the month and year of November 1892 the court appointed his son Alfred Royal, age 30, his guardian and given full power to administer his father's estate. Royal at the age of 78 was declared incompetent. His son stated that his father had lost his memory and was incapable of transacting his own business. He didn't realize the value of money or property and needed someone to see to the preparation of food, clothing and care.
Two months later, Royal died on January 7, 1893 leaving an estate of 40 acres, livestock, equpment and a detailed list of assets for a total alue of $1466.25. Four of Alfred's sibling contested their father's will stating that he was not in his right mind when he signed it on October 9, 1892. The will was signed by three non-family witnesses. The outcome is unknown.