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 May.
For the previous posts transcribing January through April, please click on these links.
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.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
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 & FULL NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
Frederick Gillespie May 4 ‘85 died April 2 ‘41 [1st cousin twice removed]
died July 24 ‘26 Edward Donnelly May 7 ‘82 [husband of 1st cousin twice removed]
Billie Gillespie May 13 ‘16 [2nd cousin once removed]
Betty [1st cousin once removed]
* Lenora May Robinson May 15 ‘32 (see notes below for more info)
* Mabel Le May Brehmer May 27 ‘90 (see notes below for more info)
* Wm. E. Guina May 9 ‘10
* Geo. Robson May ___ 1874 Jan 27 ‘58 (see notes below for more info)
* Elizabeth Collins May 15
Raymond G. Morrison May 25 ‘12
* Billie Speh May 11 ‘39
* Henry Thomas Platz III May 7 ‘42 (see notes below for more info)
Andrew Ritchie Thornton May 1 ‘83 died Dec. 12 ‘43 [1st cousin twice removed]
Joseph [husband of 2nd cousin once removed]
Lawrence Diebel May 11 ‘91 died Aug 1 ‘61 [husband of 1st cousin twice removed]
Joe King May 29 ‘89 [1st cousin twice removed]
Scott [2nd cousin]
Ed Cornelius died May 5 ‘81 May 5 ‘25 [step father]
* Barbara Doworth Gilbertsen
Everette Roe May 15 May 19 1916 died Oct 25, 1976 [husband of grand aunt] died “ 15 ‘59
That’s a total of 20 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.
EIGHT 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.
HERE ARE THE PICTURES I HAVE FOR THOSE LISTED ABOVE
BETTY EVERETT PIERRE ROE (Betty’s father)
RAYMOND G. MORRISON JOSEPH EDWARD KING
JOSEPH “ED” CORNELIUS
I have taken another look online at all of the unfamiliar names. It’s been several years since I’ve done this and with so much new information online, I never know what I may find. It looks like I have several new leads to follow.
Lenora May Robinson May 15 ‘32 – I have located Lenora on Ancestry and find her living in Royal Oak, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) as a 7 yr. old with Harold and Flora Robinson, her parents and Harold, age 9, a sibling. I have also located a photo of her on Ancestry that states it is her graduation photo. This same information states she died in 1978. There is other information online that I will have to continue to look into.
I still don’t know how she ties into the family. Here is a link to the photo: Photo of Lenora Robinson
Mabel Le May Brehmer May 27 ‘90 – I have located several records for Mabel. A 1910 census has her living with her parents George & Kate Le May in Detroit, Michigan. Her husband, Roy Brehmer is also in the household. She is 20 and Roy is 21 and it states they have been married for 3 years and have no children. This gives me more information and I can now go and look for a marriage record and look on other census records for them.
Geo. Robson May ___ 1874 Jan 27 ‘58 – I believe this is the father of the Aubrey Robson seen in the April listings from my grandmother’s journal. Apparently, friends of my grandmother. Could they also be related to us?
Henry Thomas Platz III May 7 ‘42 – I found a birth record for a Henry Thomas Platz born May 7, 1942 in San Diego, CA. (That’s where I live – interesting). Mother’s maiden name KRUG, which is not familiar to me.
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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