Amanuensis Monday-A Letter From David Smith to Wm. Smith 18th April 1857

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 ! Letter to Mr. Wm. Smith Bell Street Care Mr. Alec Smith At 3 Union Street Dundee

S.S. “Celt” Plymouth 18th April 1857

My Dear Uncle

According to your request I drop you a few lines after the completion or nearly so of our first voyage to the Brazils. You will have heard no doubt of my removal to this vesell[sic] rather suddenly it was but I have got reconciled to it now. We had a very tedious fine passage outwards but a rather tedious one homewards on account of the N.E. Trade winds being very strong and as we call at the Cape Verde Islands we had to stream right up in the “Teeth” of it, but this is all mere “Log Book” and hover entertaining it may be to a Sailor it must be nothing short of Boring to the Eyes & Ears of a Landsman. My first impression of a sea life were however different, but the romance has got the chill taken off it not, but what I am content with it for I can not see what possible use I could ever have been ashore with my romantic propensities? Our first place of call outwards was Pernambuco there is very little importance as fas I know attached to it, The Governors palace was formely a Jesuits convent, and the principal squares have a gay & lively appearance we were there two days only and were only too glad to get to sea out of the incepaint rain. After a passage of 3 days we arrived in Bahia, the district round is very ?-? [I can not read]cultivated & producees Sugar[,]Coffee[,]Cotton[,]& Tobacco it is next to Rio in importance our stay here outwards is only 2 days but we had to wait 6 coming home as we filled up here there is not much to interest a stranger in except the Churches which are papistic buildings, as all Roman Catholic are, I beleive the country round is very fertile but no opportunity for a reconitre[?]. We come to Rio’Janerio[sic] the most beautiful Harbor ever I saw I had no idea there was reserved for my eyes such a treat, I have visited several parts of the world & seen a few

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specimens of romantic scenery but none have come up to the neighborhood of Rio Janerio [sic], nothing can be finer than the [?] to the waterfalls round Gavia and back to the city by the botanical gardens. The ride along side the aqueduct,which conveys water to the city from the Corcovada ,particularly if commenced previous to sunset affords a view or sereies[sic] of views the most magnificent that can be conceived, every variety of scenery is seen, the city is spread out before & underneath you as in a plain on one side every variety of hill & dale, mountain & valley is perceived covered with the most luxuriant vegetation, and studded at intervals with the beautiful country residences of the merchants, with the range of the mountains behind towering to the sky on the peaks of the Corcovada and Gavia, all these objects illulminated by the glowing tints of the setting sun amidst the fragrant odor inhaled from exotics peculiar only to the Tropics. The various sail boats, the entrance of the harbour disinctly marked by the Sugar Loaf Hill, the white fortifications perched on the heights around the men of war fleet hauling down their colours their bands saluting the departing day with their music its strains wafted toward you by the last faint puffs of the sea breeze and softened by the distance from part of a picture which ( as the novelists say) “is better imagined than described” but here we must stop “Oh my soul come not thou into their assembly. We enter the city, on one hand you contemplate the palace of a voluptious prince surrounded by courtiers & wallowing in luxury, on the other slavery in its most refined and horrible state. The streets are good in generall [sic] bit exceedingly filthy, the people seem to be idolaters to filth and pollution and not less slaves to them than superstition. The murder of a lay subject is seldom

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punished. The last insult to the church most rigourisly. The harbour [sic] is spacious and were the heat less oppressive it might be esteemed the most serviceable in the world of late years the Yellow Fever has been an anual visitant and appears to be severest upon the natives of Britain & the North of Eurpope. There were severall [sic] cases among the shipping while we were there and one slight attach on board of us glad I am in being able to say that some of us felt that we had been saved from the worisome[?sic] pestilence , would that there were light afflictions whom are but for a moment work out for those to whom shall be satisfied with the mercy of Jehovah then shall we rejoice I’ll be glad all our days, although Strangers & Sojourners.

” A pilgrim, through the earth I roam of nothing long possessed And all must part when I go home For this is not my rest”

We expected to be able to leave Southampton about the middle of May. I shall be very happy to have a note from you in the intervall[sic] Hoping that this will be the harbinger of many epistles between us,with Kind love to Aunt & all my cousins

I am dear Uncle Your Affectionate Nephew David Smith

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Friday Family History-Happy Birthday Cousin Glenn A. McCartney Sr.

Today in Friday Family History, I will be sharing with you some exciting things that I have come across in my research. Number one would be a cousin I didn’t know I had, two would be a handy function of Legacy that I have used to create my history weekly and finally a new function on Legacy that I have learned how to use to make my research and documentation that much easier.

First let me introduce you to my 1st cousin twice removed (my grandfathers own cousin).  Glenn Arthur McCartney Sr.,  was born on the 30 of August 1918 in Barberton Ohio. Glenn is the son of Otis Altee and Zetta Pearl Christopher McCartney. His siblings include Geraldine McCartney Reeder, Nancy Evelyn McCartney McGary, William O. McCartney, and Ada Frances McCartney Millbaugh.

We find Glenn residing with his parents and sibling in Barberton Ohio in the 1930 census and again in the 1940 census for that area, although you find him in his Mothers household and his Father in another household across town.  Pearl is divorced at the time of the 1940 census.

Glenn’s beautiful bride is Evelyn Mildred. I do not have a date of marriage or her maiden name. I do not know when they were married, however I do know that Evelyn and Glenn are buried next to each other in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States as husband and wife. You can find their Memorial at Find A Grave.

Glenn is a WWII veteran he was a member of the Army 709th Air Material Squadron. Honorably discharged as PFC on October 19, 1945.

Glenn had at least one child, Glenn Arthur Jr.

We find Glenn next serving 14 year on the Akron police force as a patrol man. Glenn is living in Akron in 1960 shortly before his death on June 5, 1960.

Hats off to a cousin who served twice, thank you.

Now earlier I mentioned some neat tools on legacy that I used.

The first one is the make a calendar function. I set it to record anniversaries and birthdays. When I open it I check for the events on that Friday. Sometimes there or no events on that day and sometimes there are more than one . When I use this function I don’t have to go digging through my files for these folks, they come to me !

The other function that I have found very helpful is the source clip board. I will not go into the specifics of this function, but rather send you to someone who has written a short how to book that I have used (this is unsolicited I paid for my copy of his book and he did not ask me to do this) the books title is Legacy Unlocked by Geoffrey D. Rasmussen. This tool has actually helped me to stay the course. I don’t know if anyone else is like me, but when I happen on records that I am not really looking for I go off in tangents and forget about my original search. This nifty tool helps me keep focused! Check out Geoffrey’s book and see if it is something that can help you with your research!

PS (Sept 5, 2013) The book is not on the shelves yet.  I actually received an email from Legacy and prepaid for the book, but in doing so they had a special if I pre-ordered I would receive a pdf of the book ! Sorry if I have caused confusion for not adding this bit of information earlier.  I can’t wait to receive my hard copy !

Have a wonderful day and again HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUSIN GLENN!

 

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Independence Day- 4 July 2013

I feel I must write on this occasion, but I am not sure what these fingers will produce.  It always surprises me in the end.

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, the last line is drawn in the sand. A line that has emerged for well over one hundred forty-four years before that day in early July.

The Declaration of Independence lists many reasons for the founding Fathers finally standing up and drawing the line in the sand and standing up to what they thought at that time was “of an absolute Tyranny over these States”.

Here follow this list of grievances:

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Read them carefully, do any of these abuses ring true for today? I contend that we in this nation face many of these foes now, but sadly they come from within our own government. I sometime wonder if our law makers even understand the intent and the contents of this document. I would charge you do read Declaration and the Bill of rights! Know what they say. They are easy to read and understand. They are written for the average person to understand. It is not written in the language of Kings and Queens.

I challenge you to learn the history of this Great Nation. Yes mistakes are made. But we the People have the right and the ability to make changes and we must. These very words “of an absolute Tyranny over these States” ring true even today.

Last but surely not least I would thank my forefathers, Josiah Terrill, Daniel Jackson, and John McCartney. I am sure there are more, these men or the only ones at this time that I am aware of. These men either gave of or gave their lives for this very document and belief.  I turn to those who  have since  stood for this Document and Nation to keep it Independent.

You may find the Declaration of Independence at The Charters for Freedom. You can find the The Bill of Rights there as well.

God Bless and Happy Independence Day!

 

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Amanuensis Monday-Revolutionary War Pension Application for Daniel Jackson

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 !

State of Ohio Knox County

on this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our lord one thousand eighty hundred and thirty two Personally appeared in the open court before Judges of the court of common pleas for said County now setting Danial [sic] Jackson a resident of Franklin Township, in the County of Knox and State of Ohio aged Seventy nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following Declaration in orders to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed June 7th 1832
That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named officers and served as here in stated that is to say he the said Danial [sic] Jackson doth declare that he was born according to the best information he has been able to procure on the subject in Morris County in the State of New Jersey on the 26th day of December AD 1753-entered the Service as a volunteer in June AD 1776 under Col Jacob Forde [,] Capt Josiah Hall [,] Lieutenant David Broadwall resided when he entered the Service in Hanover Township, Morris County and State of New Jersey marched to Newark New Jersey and from there was detached from the army and ordered to assist in making a Cheveux de freeze* [sic] to place across the Hudson River at which he continued for until the first of October same year at which time he was marched into the line again and continued to serve until the last of January 1777- and then by a publick [sic] arrangement requiring every able bodied man militia man to serve half the time, he served to the best of his recollection through months of March, May, and July, as a guard on the Jersey Shore between Newark and Brunswick and then on arrangement was made forming what was called minute men in which capacity he served repeated short tours of duty the first three tours when the enemy made attempts to destroy the stores at Morristown and was in the Battle of Springfield.  The 4th tour marches on through Pumpton**  plains [sic] to Smith Clove*** [sic] in the State of New York in pursuit of Tories and robbers on the 5th tour marched to assist the army at the Battle of Monmouth on the 6th tour pursued a party of the enemy near to a place on Hackinsac  [sic] river in Bergen County- averaging two weeks in each tour making three months in short tours- making in all thirteen months- was under the command of [,] Colonels Wm Winds [,] Benoni Hathaway [,] John Munson [,] Jacob Drake and Spencer at different times- and captains [,]Josiah Hall [,] James Ward [,] Moses Munson [,] Job Allan, Stephen Jackson, Ezekial [last name unreadable] Commanded at different times- was acquainted with Genls Washington and Wayne-He also states he has no documentary evidence of his service and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except Benjamin Jackson

He hereby relinquished every claim expect the present to a pension or an annuity and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any staff.

[signature]
Daniel  Jackson
Sworn to and subscribes this day and year aforesaid
[signature]
Alex. Elliott Clk

We Thomas Regdon a clergyman residing in the County of Knox and State of Ohio and Benjamin Stackhouse residing in the county and state aforesaid. hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Danial  [sic] Jackson who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be seventy nine years of age, that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood whare  [sic]  he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn  to subscribed this day and year aforesaid

[signatures]
Alex Elliot Clk
Thomas Regdon
Benjamin Stackhous

Daniel Jackson is my 5th great grandfather, on the paternal side of my tree. Daniel is my husbands 5th and 6th great granduncle. Small, small world ! File part of the documentation on Daniel Jackson found at the National Archives.

*cheveux de frise
**perhaps Pompton Plains NJ
***perhaps Smith Cove NY

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Amanuensis Monday-Letter posted March 25, 1928 from David Ogilvie to his daughter Ruth

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 !

Dresden March 25, 1928

My Dear Daughter-

     It has only been Campbell’s soup once so far, but there is plenty of opportunity yet.  I take supper at Grace’s, that being their big meal.  The other two do not cause me any trouble.  I get just what I want and all of it that I want.

    By this time you will know something about teaching in College, its honors and the troubles.  Doubtless it will be a helpful experience.  You didn’t say how much of a vacation you were to have. Does it last over Easter week, or only over Easter Sunday?  Mother was rather counting on your having an opportunity to go to Kinsman, which would hardly be possible if you have only three or four days vacation.

     You might drop a card  and let me know so that I may plan for it if it ‘s be so that we can drive up there on the 9th or there abouts.

     Florence writes that she thinks that possibly she can go along with us if we go there, or later.

     The last letter I had from Mother was written last Sunday. She was then taking milk & broth alternately and was getting along somewhat  better. Friday had been her worst day.

      It looks as if Spring had really come.  If it keeps on I may try to get a few seeds planted this week.  The furnace has been completely shut off for the last two days and the house is abundantly warm.

     Ward bought a baby cab from Bob Frazier and has given it a coat of paint. It looks just like new and Marilyn Ruth had her first ride in it yesterday. She is still doing finely and making very little trouble.

     Barbara Ellen and Junior were in an Operetta Friday evening that was very pretty and went off exceedingly well.

     I hear the Wheeling train tooting. So I think I had better close and got to bed.

     In the expectation of seeing you soon.

           Your Loving Father

dmo33

David M. Ogilvie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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