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 and the third installment in my series on my great grand-uncle Frank J. McCormack, 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 and the typed portions underlined;
Estate of Frank J. McCormack
To Geo.W. Bresee , Dr. ___________________
Oct. 21 Marker and lettering monument 24.00
IN THE COUNTY COURT of Kankakee County, Illinois
In Probate May ( ), A. D. 1919.
Geo. W. Bresee (an unintelligible six worded statement goes here)
that the annexed claim against the Estate of Frank J. McCormack,
deceased amounting to the sum of Twenty-four 00 Dollars
is just, after allowing all just credits and is now due and unpaid
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8
day of May A. D. 1919
F. L. (unintelligible)
______________________________________ George W. Bresee 
Rock Co Wisconsin
Here is a copy of the actual file;I believe that this document indicates that someone, maybe Arthur, bought and paid for a marker/monument for his late brother, Frank and perhaps Frank’s wife who was already dead and buried. The problem is, as the link indicates, there is NO marker/tombstone/monument today. Perhaps there was one back then.
I hope you learned something and thanks for stopping by!
1. “Frank J. McCormack,” Obituary, 10 Dec 1917 (Monday), Kankakee (IL) Daily Republican, Pg. 6, col. 7, digital image.
2. “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPK7-PM2 : accessed 23 Sep 2013), George W Bresee, 1910.
3. Kankakee County, Illinois, Frank J. McCormack probate file, Probate Court, Kankakee.