Amanuensis Monday-one page from list of pardons, commutation, and respites granted by the President during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1911

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. From The National Standard Encyclopedia

Amanuensis Monday was started on the Transylvanian Dutch Blog. This link will take you to the page concerning Amanuensis and why one should transcribe the records !


List of pardons, commutations, and respite granted by the President (William Howard Taft*) during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1911-Continued  page 246  Report of the Attorney General (George W. Wikerson*)

Name of Applicant:
Claude Fry
District and offense:
United States Army
Date of Sentence:
Nov. 23, 1905. Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances, and confinement at hard labor for 1 year at Fort Riley, Kans. (Unexecuted portion of sentence remitted Feb. 7, 1906)
Recommendation of Attorney General:
[Pardon recommended by the Secretary of War to restore rights of citizenship]
Action of President, and date:
July 6, 1910. Pardon granted to restore rights of citizenship

Name of Applicant:
Esias White
District and offense:
Indian Territory, central. Murder, without capital punishment
Date of Sentence:
Nov. 30, 1904. Imprisonment for life in the United States
Recommendation of Attorney General:
The petitioner, an Indian, was about 15 years of age when this crime was committed. He did not himself fire the fatal shot, but witnessed the murder, and aided and abetted to the extent of holding the gun for his companion, and the fact that he was probably dominated by his companion, who was an older man, the Attorney General recommended that the sentence be commuted to 15 years, the remainder to be served in the Missouri Training School for Boys.
Action of President, and date:
July 9, 1910. Sentence commuted to imprisonment for 15 years, with allowance for good behavior, the remainder of the term to be served in the Missouri Training School for Boys or such institution, penal or reformatory, as the Attorney General may designate.

Name of Applicant:
Frank Minor
District and offense:
District of Columbia Murder
Date of sentence:
Nov. 29, 1884. To be hanged April 11, 1885, sentence commuted to imprisonment for life
Recommendation of Attorney General:
The death penalty in this case was commuted by President Cleveland to imprisonment for life on the ground that the circumstances of the killing showed such provocation as to justify clemency. At the time of the conviction there were no degrees of murder in the District, but the prosecuting attorney stated in his report that in another jurisdiction the offense would probably have been murder in the second degree. Under the new District Code the minimum penalty for murder in the second degree is 10 years. His conduct was good during an epidemic of smallpox in the penitentiary, when he rendered valuable and faithful service. The Attorney General Advised that the sentence be commuted, to expire immediately
Action of President, and date:
July  13, 1910. Sentence commuted, to expire at once.

Name of Applicant:
James R. Kaye
District and offense:
Illinois, southern. Making and having in possession molds for making counterfeit coin.
Recommendation of Attorney General:
Jan. 11, 1908. Two year in the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kans. (Case appealed; judgement affirmed with leave to have case reopened and new sentence reduced to 6 months in the Peoria House of Correction and costs.)
There was no evidence that  petitioner ever attempted to pass any of the spurious coin which he made, and the work was done openly.  It was claimed by him that the molds with which he experimented were for the purpose of making medals to be used in his Sunday school.  Public sentiment in the community where he lived was strongly in his favor, because he was not believed to be guilty of wrong intent. The Attorney General advised a pardon, to take effect upon his release from imprisonment.
Action of President, and date:
July 13. 1910. Pardon granted to take effect  July 17, 1910.

James R. Kaye, is my grandmother Ruth O. McCartney’s Uncle.
More at the end of transcription. 

Name of Applicant:
Lewis Coffey
District and offense:
Kentucky, Counterfeiting
Date of sentence:
October 25, 1898. Five years in the Ohio Penitentiary and $5 fine.
Recommendation of Attorney General:
It was certified that since the release of these prisoners, in 1901 and 1902, they have conducted themselves as honest, law-abiding citizens, having the respect of the communities in which they live. The Attorney General advised pardon to restore their civil rights.
Action of President, and date:
July 13, 1910. Pardon granted to restore civil rights.

Name of Applicant:
Shelvy  Coffee
District and offense:
Kentucky, Counterfeiting
Date of sentence:
Oct. 25, 1898. Three years in the Ohio Penitentiary and $5 fine.
Recommendation of Attorney General:
It was certified that since the release of these prisoners, in 1901 and 1902, they have conducted themselves as honest, law-abiding citizens, having the respect of the communities in which they live. The Attorney General advised pardon to restore their civil rights.
Action of President, and date:
July 13, 1910. Pardon granted to restore civil rights.

Google Books  Congressional edition, Volume 6215

James Ross Kaye

In the year of 1865 the 0n May 3.  James Ross Kaye was born to Byron and Ellen Smith Kaye in Woodstock, Ontario Canada. He and his twin sister Anna Gordon Kaye were the sixth and seventh children of this couple. My second great-grandparents. The extra ordinary feet of having twins carried to term and grow to adult hood in 1865 must have been a joyful thing, but  on  06 March  1865 shortly after beginning his work day Byron Kaye was killed in a boiler explosion at the Eaton & Wood’s flour mill, two months before the delievery of his children. What a bittersweet  moment must have been for Ellen. Ellen had to divide her children among friends and family, just to be able to survive. On 28 September 1880 she is believe to have come from Canada to the United States, Chicago to be exact.

I don’t know very much about their childhood, but the plight of his family must have had an impact on James. I do know from letters written by both of his parents that they were God fearing and dediticated to God. The morning that Byron left for work he had prayed for and over his wife and children to keep them safe and out of harms way. I imagine that this was a daily occurance. Ellen wrote this in a letter to family:

 ” on the morning of the 6th of March we had Breakfast at 7 oclock  we had worship as usual he read the 9th ch of the romans passed some remarks on the lecture the minister gave the evening before kneeled down & commended himself & family to the care of his heavenly father the children had gathered around me to say the Lords prayer “

With this up bringing and of course God’s glorius provisions James could not have but helped be a devoted man of God. He received some of his training at the Chicago Seminary along with his brother, Alexander and his soon to be brother in law David.

He served dutifully his Lord. As stated in the pardon he was trying to figure out how to make to make medals for his children in Sunday school. He was using coinage as models. They were accidently spent by his son and the perusing changers where brought up against him.

After the incident and the pardon, James removed himself from the pulpit, but he never ceased to thirst after his Lord. He made several trips to the Holy land and authored several books, The History of The Covenant, Chart Bible, The Coming Crisis: are approaching the end of the age? (this one I purchased for my father, James’ name sake), and many more.

I have in my possession a beautiful dried flower collection bound in carved wood that he brought home, to his sister Barbara (my great-grandmother), from the Holy-Land.

I never knew this kind of record was available. I guess I never thought about there being Court records pertaining to reprieves and such. This one I stumbled on, so I will tuck the source in my bag of tricks. One never knows who else it might bring to light.

*my note

Happy Hunting!



SNGF-Your Maternal Grandfather’s Paternal Line

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has posted another SNGF assignment! Have fun below find the directions and my contribution to the fun!



It’s Saturday Night, so it’s time for some Genealogy Fun.

Many of us have traced our patrilineal line and had a Y-DNA test done for the line.  I thought that some of you might be interested in tracing another Y-DNA line – that of your maternal grandfather.

The challenge is this:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions:

1) What was your mother’s father’s name?

2) What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother’s father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

4)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

Here is mine :

My mother’s fathers name is Walter I. Terrill  1905-1999 born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He had three sons:
Butler A. deceased (two sons, one deceased)
Chester N. (four sons)
Milton E. (two sons one deceased) actually Milton has already had this done, we are waiting on the results

Grandpa Terrill had two brothers
Butler  E. 1891-1915 never married, no issue known
Royal 1900-1905

Walter’s father is Adelbert S. Terrill 1859-1935 b. Crawford Co., Pa.

Adelbert had the following brothers
Henry Butler Terrill b. 1849 no information at this time
John Terrill 1857-1887 no information at this time
David “Stewart/Stuart” Terrill 1862-1935
had at least one son William Terrill
James Terrill 1870-1872

Adelberts father was David Covey Terrill 1808-1888

David had the following brothers:

Nathan Covey Terrill 1800-1870
Josiah Terrill 1805-1854
Hibbard Terrill 1811-1888
Fernando Cortes Terrill 1813
Butler Ephriam Terrill 1816-1895

We have wives for all the boys above except Fernando. So there is the potential for male heirs here as well.

Thankfully Uncle Milton has had the DNA done. There may at this point in time be no more male heirs. Something we need to fill in !

Happy Hunting and Happy Saturday Night of Genealogical Fun!




Friday This Day in My Family History- Married about 381 yrs ago Robert and Elizabeth Winthrop Feake

Approximately 381 years ago my 9th Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Fones Winthrop  b. Jan 21, 1609/10, Groton, Suffolk, England and died about 1668,
probably at Hallett’s Cove, Newtown,Long Island New York.  Married her second husband Robert Feake on or before January 27, 1631. Elizabeth married her first cousin Henry Winthrop the son of John Winthrop and Mary Forth Winthrop, who drowned shortly after coming to the new world, while swimming in the Charles River.

Henry had gone before her with his father John to the new world. When Elizabeth arrived in Boston Nov 2, 1631 with their baby Martha Johanna, aboard the “Lyon,” which also brought Gov. John’s wife Margaret, she was already a widow.

Robert Feake was born about 1602 London and he died Feb 1, 1660/1 Watertown MA, m.Eliz. by Jan 27, 1631/2. Robert came to Mass. Bay before Oct 19, 1630. By July 18, 1640 Robt. and Eliz. had removed to Greenwich, CT (bought land). On Apr. 9, 1642, when they accepted Dutch jurisdiction over Greenwich, Eliz. signed for her husband
who was ill. Mental illness may have been the reason that their marriage broke up.  In 1647 Robert returned to Boston and then made trip on to England. It is not certain whether Robert ever returned to Greenwich, but he spent most of his remaining years in Watertown, MA, where he became a public charge.

The story goes that when Robert left Greenwich in 1647, he left an overseer by the name of William Hallet in charge. The marriage  between Elizabeth and Robert was disolved sometime after that. Elizabeth  may have then married my 9th great-grandfather William Hallet. It is not certain whether there was actually a marriage between this couple. Their story is one for another time.

Happy Hunting!



Thomas C. Collins son of Samuel and Tamar Kaye Collins a biography/Amanuensis Monday

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Below is a biography for a cousin of mine.  I’ve not stopped to count, but at a quick count I would guess Thomas is my first cousin 3 times removed. His mother Tamar Kaye is my 2 great-grandfathers sister. Byron Kaye was killed in an explosion in Woodstock, Ontario in 1865.  This family seems to have been a family associated with milling in one way or another. It was a mill’s  boilers that exploded that took my grandfather Byron’s life.

Another cousin sent me photo files of this excerpt. I have included a link to the whole book at below.

Collins, Thomas C.
Page 34-35

The late Thomas C. Collins, former mayor of Windom, president of the Cottonwood County Bank at Windom and later president of the Farmers Bank of that same city and for years actively engaged in the milling business, which is now being carried on there by his son, was a native of Canada, born on January 26, 1857, son of Samuel and Tamar (Kaye) Collins, both natives of England, who were married in Canada and who came to Minnesota in 1859.

Samuel Collins was a millwright and an experienced miller. Upon coming to this state he first located at Faribault, where he was engaged in the milling business for a time, after which he moved to Northfield, thence to Owatonna, where he built a mill, which he later sold and then went to Minneapolis, whence, after a sometime residence, he went to Hastings, where he remained until his removal to Windom in 1878. At Windom he became associated with E. F. Drake, the first president of the Omaha Railroad Company, and erected a mill, with which he was connected the rest of his life, his death occurring in 1882, he then being fifty-five years of age. His widow survived him for more than thirty years, the most of which time she spent in Minneapolis, her death occurring at Faribault on November 17, 1914, she being seventy-nine years of age at the time.

Thomas C. Collins was but an infant when his parents came to this state from Canada and was twenty-one years old when they located at Windom in 1878. He had received an excellent education and had also been carefully trained in the mills of Northfield and Minneapolis in the details of the milling business. Not long after the Collins mill was built at Windom he was made superintendent of the same and about two years after his father’s death he bought the mill and continued to operate the same the rest of his life. Thomas C. Collins from the very beginning of his residence in Windom took an active part in the business and civic life of that city and was one of the organizers of the old Cottonwood County Bank, whichhe served as president as long as it existed, and when it went into voluntary liquidation and the Fanners Bank of Windom was organized he was elected president of the latter institution and held that position until death. Mr. Collins also held extensive commercial and realty interests in the city and was otherwise active in business affairs. He was an ardent Republican, had served his party as a delegate to national conventions and was mayor of Windom for two terms. He was prominent in Masonic affairs, having been a Royal Arch Mason, a Knight Templar and a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Osman Temple, of the latter order, at St. Paul. He was likewise a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, of which his widow is still a member, and was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, affiliated with the lodge of that order at Mankato, and of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Woodmen of the World, also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He was an active member of the Episcopal church at Windom and for years served that church as warden. His death on October i, 1914, was therefore deeply felt in all circles hereabout, for he had done well his part, not only in the business life of the city, but in the civic and religious life of the same and his memory will long be cherished in this community.

It was on December 15, 1880, something more than three years after his arrival in Windom, that Thomas C. Collins was united in marriage to Ada Belle Smith, who was born in Livingston county, New York, December 13, 1860, daughter of Lyman Delos and Diantha (Combs) Smith, both natives of New York state, the former born on July 15, 1835, and the latter, April 22, 1833, who moved to Michigan in 1866, thence, in 1868, to Wisconsin, and from the latter state, in 1871, to Windom where they spent the rest of their lives. Lyman D. Smith erected a store building upon his arrival at Windom and became one of the foremost merchants of the town in its early days. He was a Republican and took an active part in local political affairs, for some time acting as a member of the school board. He was a charter member of the Masonic lodge at Windom and was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Smith had been reared a Baptist, but his wife was a member of the Episcopal church, in the beneficences of which she took a warm interest. Lyman D. Smith died on February 27, 1881, and his widow survived him many years, her death occurring on November 22, 1910.

To Thomas C. and Ada Belle ((Smith) Collins, two children were born, a son and a daughter, Richard Delos and Mabel. Richard D. Collins was born at Windom on May 11, 1883, and received his elementary education in the schools of his home town. Upon completing the course in the high school he entered the University of Minnesota, from which he was graduated in 1904. He then became actively associated with his father in the milling business at Windom, under the firm name of T. C. Collins & Son, and since the death of his father has continued to operate the mill. He is a Republican and has served several terms as a member of the Windom city council. On June 1, 1905, Richard D. Collins married Edna Kinyon, of Owatonna, this state. He is a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar at Luverne and warden of the Episcopal church.

Mabel Collins was born on January 6, 1887, and following her graduation from the Windom high school attended St. Mary’s School for Girls at Faribault. She married the Rev. E. Lofstrom, professor of Greek at Seabury Divinity School at Faribault, who died on February 22, 1916, leaving four children, Marjorie, Thomas Collins, Caroline and William Kaye. Mrs. Lofstrom and family reside at Faribault. Mrs. Collins, widow of Thomas C. Collins, still makes her home at Windom and retains her earnest interest in the various social and cultural activities of her home town. She has large property interests, her late husband having had extensive land holdings in Cottonwood county besides considerable real estate in Windom, including that section of the city known as the Hutton & Collins addition to the city, about half of the houses in the north part of Windom having been built on that addition. The family also owns a valuable farm in Amo township. Mrs. Collins’s father also was the owner of a valuable farm and property in Windom.


Cottonwood County Minnesota
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, Minnesota

Their People, Industries and Institutions
With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
John A. Brown