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 October
For the previous posts transcribing January through September, please click on these links.
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal - January
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – February
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – March
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – April
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – May
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – June
Amaneunsis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – July
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – August
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal - September
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’ve added whatever photos I have of the family members named in this list. (See below)
ADDITIONAL NOTE: I REDACT THE YEAR OF BIRTH & PART OF THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
PATRICIA ANN Oct 3 [my mother]
ETTA MILNE died Jan 26 ‘90 Oct 4 ‘87 [grandaunt]
MYRA SEIGLE died Dec 29, ‘38 Oct 4 ‘59 [great grandaunt]
* BARBARA WIDMER Oct 8
* FRANCES LENNEBACKER Oct 19
* LEANDER WOOD Oct 21 died aged 67 Sept 4, 1942
RAPHAEL HUNTER Oct 24 ‘90 71 90 [great granduncle]
* DOROTHY JANE TITUS Oct 28 ‘14
* FANNY ROEHN Oct 27 ‘85 ‘66
MARILYN SILER Oct 30 ‘40 [probably connected via Raphael Hunter, great granduncle, who married Lucy Della Siler]
* CHAS PURCEY 3rd Oct 17 ‘41
* MARTHA Oct 6 ‘40? Sept 23, 75
* HAROLD COKER Oct 2 1889 Sept 28 ‘75
SARAH JANE PERKINS Oct 9 ‘79 [possible 2nd cousin once removed]
That’s a total of 16 names, (including the names that are 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.
EIGHT of the names are still waiting for me to find their connections. I have them in my Legacy database as unlinked individuals. Were they friends of my grandmother & grandfather, neighbors, or are they all family?
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 month I have photographs of two of the people on the list. Of course I have lots of pictures of my Mom, who is still living. And I have pictures of my great grandaunt Myra.
PICTURES OF MY MOM
PICTURES OF MY GREAT GRANDAUNT MYRA HUNTER SEIGLE
That's Myra with 5 of her sisters. She is in the front row, far right.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Etta Milne, the second name on this list, was the second child born to my great grandparents, Andrew Charles MILNE and Susan Anne GILLESPIE. It is their son, Joseph who married my grandmother, Florence. Florence is the author of this wonderful journal. Until I began doing family research, my mother had no idea that their were 4 children in her father’s family. Only two children lived. Margaret “Etta” Milne was born 3 Oct 1887 (same birth month & day as my mother, as a matter of fact) in Detroit, Michigan. Little Etta died at the age of 2 years, on 26 Jan 1890 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. Her cause of death was diptheria. How sad.
Here is her obituary from the Detroit Free Press.
Transcription of obituary: “MILNE, At Cleveland, January 26, 1 a.m., Etta, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Milne, formerly of Detroit. Funeral from depot in Detroit on Monday, January 27, 3 p.m.”
I do not know where Etta is buried. Since her funeral was “from the depot” in Detroit, she may be buried in that city.
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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