Amanuensis Monday-Letter from James R. Kaye to his sister Barbara J. Kaye Ogilvie, May 10, 1937

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 !


The letter below penned by my grandmother’s, (Adela Ruth Ogilvie McCartney)Uncle Jim (James Ross Kaye), to her mother (Barbara Jane Kaye Ogilvie). Celebrating the birth of Barbara’s grandson, James Ross McCartney (my dad). So now that I have you completely confused I will leave you to read the letter.



JNO. A. DICKSON PUB. CO.                                                           J.R. KAYE, PHD.,LL.D.

Oak Park, Ill. May 10, 1937

Dear Barbara;

The birth announcement of James Ross is just at hand.

Give Ruth my sincere congratulations, also her husband. Tell her how much I appreciate the honor of naming the baby for me, and also her very kind words regarding the baby’s name sake. I shall not forget them.

I am glad the baby’s birthday comes in the same month with mine and so close together. Tell him we will celebrate together, and many times, I hope.
He was born on a good day- the Christian Sabbath and Mother’s Day- what could be better? It was certainly one interesting coincidence the circumstances of his birth and that of his cousin.

I do hope Ruth is doing nicely, and from the baby’s weight he must be a fine healty boy. That he will grop up into all that is fine and best and be to thema great joy and blessing is my sincerest wish and prayer.

That Hattie is still alive is really surprising. She is growing stealy weaker. She cannot say more than a word or two. The nurse has to feed her with a spoon. She would rather not be worried over and want to go. She does not eat much. The nurse said to the housekeeper today that the end may come anytime and would not be surprised if her service would not be needed beyond this week.

Her breathing is such at time that we think it is the end. She will probably lapse into a coma and

pass on quietly. The only thing that has kept her alive is her strong head. But her energies have broken down, and if the weakness of her conditions continues she cannot last long. The right side that is wholly paralyzed includes the right side of her tongue which is much thicker.

I am all right again, and hundred per cent. By the end of this month the second years’ course in Gary will close. Even then have a Bible Conference for three days, as we had last year. People will come in from five or six towns who are pursuing in large classes the course of study based on my works.

In three weeks I complete the ‘four year’ course on the whole Bible with my class here in the Presbyterian Church. Next fall we begin a new course It is a large class.’

I have been intending to send you a copy of the Teachers’ Guide for 1937, but have been away from the Institute so much, doing the work home, and Hattie’s condition has taken up so much attention. That it did not get attended to. I will be at the Institute tomorrow and will have them mail it.

Jean is a great little baby, strong, healthy and pretty. She rules the two houses.

Whenever a decided change occur, or the end, I will let you know at once.

Kiss Ruth and Jimmie for me, and tell him I will come and see him as soon as I can.

Hoping Ruth and the baby will come right along, and wishing you all every good thing,

Your loving brother



Hattie, in the letter is Uncle Jim’s wife. Aunt Hattie lived yet another year and some after the writing of this letter. She died on 13 July 1938 in Oak Park Illinois.

In doing a little research on this letter, I found something rather fun. If the search on Google brought up the correct place (I don’t know Oak Park) the home that James and Hattie shared with their daughter and her husband, Ralph and Marjorie Kaye Doran, it is their daughter Jean that is mentioned in this letter, is for sale. It sure would be nice if it could fall back into family hands, sadly I don’t have the money to invest . 302 Wisconsin Ave., sounds as if it was a wonderful home for the two families.

So many wonderful things to find in letters, I am so blessed to have so many in my files. They have all been put away in a way that should keep them safe for future generations.

Happy Hunting!


Wordless Wednesday (almost) Post Card from Columbus Ohio




Dear Little Jimmie:
I am lonesome without you all, and without you.
You are a darling little baby, and you
have and ideal Momma and daddy to bring you
along through the years, and your Grandma will be a
big help. What a joy you are ,
to them and it will be increasingly so through the years.
You and I will have a joint birthday
party one of these days.

Your loving, Uncle Jim.

Post mark Columbus, Ohio April 25, 1938
James Ross McCartney
Route 5

I wonder if they ever celebrated a birthday together!

James R. Kaye b. May 2 1865
James R. McCartney b. May 10

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Amanuensis-Monday Letter from James R. Kaye to his great nephew and name sake James R. McCartney and the rest of the family.

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 ! 

The letter below was written to my Grandparents and my Dad on the occasion of a visit from their Uncle and Great Uncle, James R. Kaye, the son of Byron and Ellen Smith Kaye of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. This and a few more letters were found in a scrapbook that my grandmother started for my Dad. I have been sorting through them and getting them put away in protective coverings. As time allows I will post more.


 Oak Park, Ill. April 30, 1938


James Ross McCartney aka Jimmie


Dear Ruth, Mac. and Jimmie:

I had such a mighty fine time with you all that I have been lonesome all week, not with standing the fact that I have been swamped with work.

You cannot know what a good time you gave me, and I want you to know how deeply I appreciate it.

I have been seeing You, Mac, out in the strawberry patch. I do hope you have had our good weather and got in all the plants. I am sure the frost danger is past, and trust everything will conspire to give you a bumper crop.

I have been telling the folks that you have everything that could be desired in your little home. It is ideal. I will always be able to picture you in it, and visualize all your movements. There you are Ruth playing with Jimmie, he chewing up the bus and Mac smoking his pipe, and your mother getting the greatest happiness out of the baby. That is what I call ideal.

You will never know little Jimmie how much happiness I got out of being with you those days. It will have an enduring place in memory. You are a darling baby, and no baby ever had finer, more ideal parents and grandma than you, and no one every had a sweeter baby.

I have been telling the folks all about you, Betty, Jimmie and little Jean wanted me to tell them more, and Jean was just as much interested as the other two. She said “Jean see baby-Mimi baby,”




by which she meant she wanted to see Jimmie baby. She calls her brother “Mimi.” They would all love to see your Jimmie.

Now, Jimmie, as I told you on the Columbus picture card, You and I , little pal, will get together some time for a joint birthday party. Won’t we have a good time! The folks will be invited, and will have the privilege of doing all the cooking and baking and join in the eating.

What a happiness it will be to watch your growing life. What a joy you are and are going to be to your Mamma and daddy, because it will be impossible to find a finer boy and a finer, noble man in a week’s ride.

I have given your mother the facts regarding the state of things here, Ruth, and my talk with Winnie.

Kiss little Jimmie for me often.

I am wishing for you all every good thing and every Divine blessing, remembering you all at the Throne of Grace, and that the Good Shepperd will keep you, protect and pasture the little in your home and keeping.

Marjorie and all join in love to you all.

Your loving Uncle,






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Friday Family History-Daniel H. and Elizabeth P. Jackson Jackson Married 177 years ago today

Daniel and Elizabeth Jackson Jackson were married on November 8, 1836 in Knox Co., Ohio.

Daniel H. and Elizabeth are second cousins.  Elizabeth’s parents are Silas and Mary Polly Peterman Jackson and her grandparents are Daniel and Jamima Benjamin Jackson. Elizabeth is my 3rd great-grandaunt and Daniel H. is then my 3rd great-uncle via marriage and my 2nd cousin 5 times removed.

Here are two picture that I found in The History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., Ohio and Indiana. Descendants of Robert and Agnes Washburn Jackson.










Daniel and Elizabeth are the grand-parents of the man who wrote the genealogy above, his name is Oscar Burton Robbins.

Daniel was born in Amity, Knox Co., Ohio on 3 Nov 1814 to David and Prudence Hathaway Jackson. He died 10 Mar 1904 in Whitley Co., Indiana.

Elizabeth was born in or near Benton Columbia (Northumberland) Co.,Pennsylvania along Fishing Creek. Her birthdate is 31 Aug 1814. She was the third child of Silas and Mary Jackson.  Elizabeth died 4 Jul 1863, Whitley Co. Indiana.

You can find pictures of their headstone on Find A Grave memorial number # 44809414

Daniel and Elizabeth’s children are:

2-Mary Prudence Jackson b. 13 Jul 1837, Knox Co. Ohio
+David Jackson Neal
2-Lucinda Armenia Jackson b. 31 Jan 1840, Knox Co. Ohio, d. 12 Aug 1929
+Issac Allen Bradrick
2-Susan Jackson b. 1 May 1842, Knox Co. Ohio, d. 9 Oct 1843
2-William Logan Harris Jackson b. 3 Jan 1844, Knox Co. Ohio, d. 1 May 1905
+Ella Dickerson
2-Silas Albert Jackson b. 14 Jun 1844, Knox Co. Ohio, d. 15 Oct 1926
+Rebecca Rhodes
+Georgia Jay Norris
2-Olive Myra Jackson b. 7 Oct 1849, Knox Co. Ohio, d. 28 Aug 1902
+Justice Clinton Dunfee
2-Sophrina Doty Jackson b. 13 Jun 1852, Knox Co OH, d. 19 Jun 1933
+Dr. C. Robbins
+Simon P. Marsh
2-Lura Abi Jackson b. 26 Jan 1855, Whitley Co. Ind., d. 27 Mar 1937
+Albert W. Kaufman

It is believe that this couple may have had 4 more children that died in infancy, one birth being a set of twins.

I thought I might save you the connection to my children that this couple holds, I’ll bet it is interesting as this is the family which my husband and I connect.  It’s always fun what you run across as you are doing your family history.

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Wedding Wednesday-Willard W. and Ruth Ogilvie McCartney Nov 2, 1935

Willard and Ruth Ogilvie McCartney

Willard and Ruth Ogilvie McCartney

Willard and Ruth tied the knot on 2 November 1935 in Newark Licking Co., Ohio.
The bride was 30 and the groom 24. One thinks that the man robs the cradle, but here that was not the case! (giggling)

Willard (Mac) and Ruth met at a church social. I am guessing this happened before Mac was in Ruth’s Latin class, she was his teacher.

Had Nana not passed away in April of 1985 they would celebrated fifty years of marriage that November. My Dad and Uncle were born in Newark Ohio in 1937 and 1939. They were living in  Mayfield Heights village, Ohio, at the time of the 1940 census.  I believe by 1942 or 1943 they were in Kirtland Ohio where they both spent the rest of their lives.

Grandpa worked for the Ohio Gas company. After  getting married, Nana gave up teaching. After early (forced) retirement Grandpa started farming full-time. They had an orchard, with apples, peaches, plums, pears along with at a truck garden. Nana also had a strawberry patch and she soon became known as the Strawberry Lady. I remember spending time picking strawberries and polishing apples. Among many other wonderful memories while spending time on the farm.

Grandpa passed away 11 yrs after Nana, in 1996.

They are both greatly missed.

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