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 recipes, 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 March.
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. She was just 18 years old at the time. This journal is very old and falling apart. I have digitized all the pages and have the original stored in a safe, archival box.
Here is my transcription of this page, with some annotations. I have indicated the family connection in brackets, even thought it’s not part of the document. I though 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.
I’ve added whatever photos I have of the family members named in this list. (See below)
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I HAVE REDACTED THE BIRTH DATES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
William H. Gillespie Mar 1 ‘62 died Dec 13, 1912 [great grand uncle]
James Forsyth Mar 1 ‘64 Feb 1, ‘51 [husband of great grand aunt]
* Harry J. Koehn Mar 7 ‘85 May 7, ‘52
Janet Diebel Mar 9 ‘24 [2nd cousin, once removed]
Norman Joseph Verney Mar 8 ‘96 [1st cousin, twice removed]
Clyde Hunter Mar 21 died 1901 [great grand uncle]
Ruth Estelle Duncan Hogue Mar 23 ‘08 8-14-78 [1st cousin, once removed]
* Marion Cole Mar 26
George Verney Mar 30 ‘95 died ‘72 [1st cousin, once removed]
* Jim Scott Mar 7 ‘88 June 1950
Beryl Thornton Strouse Mar 13 1913 [2nd cousin, once removed]
* Margaret – Purcey Mar 2 1943
Margaret King Mar 16 ‘12 [2nd cousin, once removed]
Diane Gould 7lb 6 oz. 11:16 a.m. (redacted for privacy) [Yours truly]
Rickie Morrison 7 1/2 lbs. 12:15 (redacted for privacy) [1st cousin]
Faye Morrison 6 lb 10 oz 10:29 p.m. 19 1/2 in. (redacted for privacy) [1st cousin, once removed]
Mar 5 Joseph Edward Cornelius died March 4, ‘81 [step-father]
That’s a total of 17 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. Four 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.
Wm. H. Gillespie Ruth Estelle Duncan Hogue Diane Gould Hall
Rickie Morrison Joseph Edward Cornelius
It’s fun sharing this with all of you and I can’t wait to do it again next week.
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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