What does Amanuensis mean anyway?
To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written by another.”
As many of you know from reading previous posts on my blog, my maternal grandmother left a spiral notebook, which I call her journal. In it she left us a list of 183 family members and their birth dates and some death dates, a list of anniversaries and other various lists or things that were important to her. It’s a treasure that I cherish.
Today I’m going to be transcribing her list of names & dates from February.
For the previous post transcribing January, please click on this link
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal - January
Here is the page from her journal. This journal was begun when my grandmother, Florence L. Bowden, married my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne, in 1906, so it’s very old. I don’t touch it anymore. I have digitized all the pages.
Here is my transcription of this page, with some annotations. I have indicated the family connection in brackets, even though it’s not part of the document. I just thought you’d like to know who these people are to me. And, for any cousins out there reading this, maybe you’ll find it helpful.
In this post I have added photos of some of the family members listed here. The photos are at the bottom of this list.
Arthur Seigle Feb. 1 ‘89 died July 22, 36 [1st cousin, twice removed]
Robert Edward Lee Bowden Feb. 8 ‘63 died Oct 1906 [Great grandfather]
Andrew Charles Milne Feb. 8 ‘56 died Dec. 8, 92 [Great grandfather]
Dorothy Irene Milne Feb. 17 ‘07 died Feb 24, 1920 [Aunt]
* Melville Austin Feb. 21 – 6-13-46
died Apr. 17, 39 Mary Donnelly-Seaver Feb. 20 ‘83 died 4-39 [1st cousin, twice removed]
* Carroll Platz Feb. 26 ‘15
Rosemary Seigle Feb. 28 [2nd cousin, once removed]
Elizabeth Verney Feb. 9 ‘65 3-8-48 [Great grandaunt]
* Sadie Cole Wood Feb. 9 died Feb. 4, ‘53 73 yrs. 360 days
Ada King Feb. 14, ‘65 died 3-17-49 [Great grandaunt]
* Dora Marie Foster Purcey Feb. 12, ‘16
Edna Gill Verney Feb. 21, ‘88 [Wife of 1st cousin, twice removed]
* Margaret Scott Feb. 1, ‘93
Edwina Booth Smullins Milne Feb. 12, ‘13 [Wife of Uncle]
Dennis Lee Morrison Feb. 24, ‘45 11:38 p.m. [1st cousin]
Grace Hunter Fenner Jenkins Feb. 19, ‘74 died Sept. 15, ‘46 [Great grandaunt]
* Margaret King’s Geo Feb. 17, ‘40
Christopher Robert Dattolo [Feb] 14 ‘80 [2nd cousin, twice removed]
That’s a total of 19 names. I am very fortunate to have this kind of list from my grandmother.
I have placed an asterisk * next to the names I have not yet connected to our family. Six of the names are still waiting for me to find their connections. I have them in my Legacy database as unlinked individuals. In the lists from the other 11 months of the year, there are also names that aren’t yet connected. I keep looking from time to time and link them as I identify them.
This time to add a bit of interest I thought I would post the pictures I have of people who are on this list.
Arthur Seigle Andrew Charles Milne Dorothy Irene Milne
Rosemary Seigle Ada King
I’ve enjoyed sharing this with you and will continue to share the items from my grandmother’s journal. This is a great way for me to take another look at these lists and perhaps catch something I didn’t catch last time, or take a new look online for records.
Please contact me if you recognize any of the names with asterisks or if you are related to any of these family members. I’d love to hear from you.
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