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 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 [1]. 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

Kankakee County

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)                 xxxxxx

Notary Public

______________________________________ George W. Bresee [2]
Rock Co Wisconsin

Here is a copy of the actual file;

Marker and lettering monument

Marker and lettering monument [3]

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 ( : accessed 23 Sep 2013), George W Bresee, 1910.
3. Kankakee County, Illinois, Frank J. McCormack probate file, Probate Court, Kankakee.


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