Amanuensis Monday – Another page from Frank J. McCormack’s probate file

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 another 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.

Here is the transcribed contents of the probate file with the handwritten portions in red;


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

one hundred nine and 88/100 DOLLARS

from Arthur A. McCormack, Administrator of the

estate of Frank J. McCormack,

deceased, in full satisfaction of my distributive share of 

said estate. and all demands against said,

Arthur A. McCormack as such Administrator

hereby waving all notices of such hearing, and I consent to the immediate discharge of the said

Arthur A. McCormack from said office of

administrator as aforesaid, by the Court and I hereby

request that said estate may be declared closed.

Dated this 29 day of August, A.D. 1919

Robert Addy

Here is a copy of the actual file.

Probate Record #43 - Robert Addy

Probate Record #43 – Robert Addy [1

For a bit of an explanation, Robert Addy was the nephew of Frank. Robert was also the son of the late Delilah Elizabeth McCormack Addy. He is my first cousin twice removed.

I just wonder how Robert was “selected” to receive the money that he did.

Thanks for stopping by!


1. Kankakee County, Illinois, Frank J. McCormack probate file, Probate Court, Kankakee.


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