Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. This topic was started by John Newmark of the TransylvanianDutch blog.
For today’s Amanuensis Monday post, I would like to share a page from the probate file of Frank J. McCormack, my late great grand uncle. He died in Kankakee, Illinois on 9 Dec 1917. His older brother, Arthur A. McCormack was the administrator of Frank’s estate. FYI, Frank’s wife (Cora) died a year and half earlier.Here is the transcribed contents of the probate file with the handwritten portions in red;
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Kankakee County The County Court
In the Matter of the Estate of . . . . . . . . . . } In Probate
Frank J. Mc Cormack deceased
I, the undersigned, hereby acknowledge the receipt of $219 77/100
Two Hundred Nineteen 77/100 DOLLARS
From Arthur A. Mc Cormack, Administrator of the estate of Frank J. Mc Cormack deceased, in full satisfaction of my distribute share of said estate, and all demands against said Arthur A. Mc Cormack as such administrator, and I hereby enter my appearance at the hearing upon the final report of the said administrator hereby waving all notices of such hearing, and I consent to the immediate discharge of the said Arthur A. Mc Cormack from said office of administrator as aforesaid, by the Court, and I hereby request that said estate may be declared closed.
Date this 20 day of August , A. D. 1919
William E. Mc Cormack
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1. Kankakee County, Illinois, Frank J. McCormack probate file, Probate Court, Kankakee.