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.
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal - January
Today I’m going to be transcribing her list of names & dates from December. I’m sad to come to the end of my grandmother’s journal posts for birth and death dates. However, there is much more in her journal and I will keep on posting other transcriptions.
For the previous posts transcribing January through October, please click on these links.
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
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal – October
Amanuensis Monday - Transcribing my grandmother's journal - November
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 TH YEAR OF BIRTH & PART OF THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.
* CAROL LENNEBACKER Dec 6
NANCY Dec 8 [2nd cousin]
KATHLEEN Dec 12 [3rd cousin]
KATHLEEN Dec 15 Duplicate name
LYDA TUFTS SEIGLE Dec 14 ‘88 [wife of 1st cousin twice removed]
ED HOGUE Dec 16 ‘06 died Sep 11 ‘73 [husband of 1st cousin once removed]
ALLAN MACNICHOL Dec 25 ‘91 died July 4 ‘61? [husband of grand aunt]
* Nelson’s girl BREHMER Dec 18 ‘31
CORNELIA KING Dec 7 ‘14 [2nd cousin once removed]
NORMAN GOULD Dec 31 ‘12 [my Dad]
JOAN ESTHER MILNE Dec 20 ‘15 [my maternal aunt]
* PAUL PLATZ Dec 20 ‘19
JAMES MORRISON Dec 19 Aug 27 ‘58 [aunt’s husband’s father]
EDNA MORRISON Dec 28 Mar 1 ;67 [aunt’s husband’s mother]
* GRACE SEARLS Dec 23 ‘90 Dec 12, 1960
NORMAN HAROLD GOULD Dec 31 ‘12 Duplicate
* SYLVIA PASKE DEC 31 ‘15
CHAS. KING Dec 31 ‘87 [1st 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.
FIVE 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? Two of the names appear to be duplicates and one name is crossed out.
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 five of the people on the list.
Left to right they are, Lyda Tufts Seigle, Allan McNichol, Joan Milne Morrison and Chas. King
And the fifth person is my Dad. I have many photos of him through the years. Here are a few of them.
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