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 September.
For the previous posts transcribing January through August, 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 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.
I don't know what the numerical figures in the upper left hand corner mean. Obviously some math done by my grandmother.
I’ve added whatever photos I have of the family members named in this list. (See below)
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I REDACT THE BIRTH DATES & FULL NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
Catherine Forsythe Sept 2 ‘93 [1st cousin twice removed]
* Nellie Smith Anderson Sept 2 ‘94 died
* Edward Ardner Sept 3 ‘13
* Gretchen Sue Hibberlin Sept 2 ‘38
* Bob Searls Sept 12 ‘33
* Mary Margaret Donaldson Sept 12 ‘39
Norman Harry ______ Sept 2 [my brother]
Florence N. Verney Sept 18 ‘85 Dec 21 ‘68 [1st cousin twice removed]
Anne Gillespie Forsyth Fields Sept 19 ‘19 [2nd cousin once removed]
Eleanor Louise Diebel Sept 22 ‘15 [2nd cousin once removed]
* Frances Noggle Sept 20 1919 June 12 ‘59
Dorothy Trestain Milne Sept 12 1913 June 5 ‘65 [wife of uncle]
Shields died Sept 26 ‘24 Sept 26 ‘23 [probably George 2nd cousin once remove]
67 Stella Hunter E. L. F. Pfeiffer Sept 30 1867 died May 6 1947 [great grandaunt]
That’s a total of 15 names, (including the name that is lined out). 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.
This month I have photographs of two of the people listed.
Harry Norman Stella Hunter E. L. F. Pfeiffer
Here is a post I wrote about the Hunter sisters and them being featured on Maureen Taylor’s article for Family Tree.
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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