Amanuensis Monday – Affidavit of Decease

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted and I didn’t start to post this piece but something else. Sorry for the delay.

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.

It has been almost two years since I made a post under the Amanuensis Monday moniker. This is the affidavit of decease for my great-grand uncle, Frank J. McCormack.

Here is my transcription;




Kankakee County         } SS.


             Arthur A. McCormack,                                , being duly sworn, deposeth

and saith; That                           Frank J. McCormack                                    late of the

Town of                      Kankakee                          in the County of Kankakee and State

aforesaid, departed this life at       the City of Kankakee             , in said County, on

or about the          9th         , day of           December                               A.D. 1917      

and that   he    died leaving              no           last Will and Testament, to the best of

              his                knowledge and belief.

    Arthur A. McCormack     (signature)

 Subscribe and sworn to before me, this       24th     

day of       December       A. D. 1917

       Elmer A. Wilson         

    Notary Public,  in and

for Kankakee County Illinois

Here is the actual file;

Affidavit of Decease - Frank J. McCormack

Affidavit of Decease – Frank J. McCormack

For starters, it really doesn’t tell me anything new about any of the actors. What it does is it confirms several things that I do know, like Arthur’s middle initial “A” and Frank’s middle initial of “J”. Like their father, Michael McCormack, Arthur never used his full middle name and to the best of my knowledge, neither did Frank. By the way, Michael’s middle initial was “M” but he only used about three or four times. He never wrote down what his middle name was. But that is a subject for another post if I haven’t already done so.

I hope you learned something and thanks for stopping by!


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

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