I thought it'd be good to follow John Newmark's example in his blog, Transylvanian Dutch. For him, Monday is Amanuensis Monday. He says,
In July we were able to visit Fairfield, Illinois, and the Wayne County Courthouse. There we found estate papers for William Taylor (1828-1897), who was my husband's great-great Grandfather. I have attempted to transcribe two of the documents found in the packet [we especially struggled with the list of household items; and I apologize in advance for any errors]. Both of these pages were printed forms, and for clarity, I have formatted the printed text in brown, and the written text in italicized black. Comments within brackets were added by me."A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION. - PRESS STREAM PRINT, FAIRFIELD, ILL.
Petition of Elizabeth Taylor
In the matter of the Estate of William Taylor
deceased, for letters of Administration.
To the Hon. Wm G. Bonham Judge of the County Court of Wayne County, in the State of Illinois:
The Petition of the undersigned Elizabeth Taylor respectfully represents that William Taylor late of the County of Wayne aforesaid, departed this life at his home in said County, on or about the 15th day of June A.D. 1897 leaving no last will and testament as far as your petitioner knows or believes.
And this Petition further shows that the said William Taylor died, seized and possessed
of Real andPersonal Estate, consisting chiefly of 2 Mares & Colts 3 Cows 1 Calf 1 Sow and pigs 1 Wagon Plows Harrow Mower Colt Furniture & etc.
all of said personal estate being estimated to be worth about Four Hundred Dollars. No real estate.
That said deceased left surviving him Elizabeth Taylor his widow, and Melissa Ward wife of WHWard Viola Ingram wife of Ed. Ingram Clara Scott wife of Robert Scott Millie Taylor and Homer H. Taylor his children as heirs. That your petitioner (being Mdm of said deceased,) and believing that the said estate should be immediately administered, as well for the proper management of said Estate as for the proper collection of the assets, by virtue of her right under the Statue she therefore pray that you Honor will grant Letters of Administration to her in the premises, upon her taking the oath prescribed by the Statue, and entering into bond in such sum and with securities, as may be approved by your Honor.
[signed] Elizabeth Taylor
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
Wayne County, ss. Elizabeth Taylor
being duly sworn, deposes and says that the facts averred in the above petition are true, according to the best of h__ knowledge, information and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me
a notary Public
Clerkof the County Court ofWayne County, this 9
day of August A.D. 1897
[signed] Elizabeth Taylor
WIDOW'S RELINQUISHMENT AND SELECTION. - ILLINOIS PRINTING CO. DANVILLE, ILL. 338
Estate of William Taylor Deceased.STATE OF ILLINOIS,County of Wayne
SS. I, Elizabeth Taylor Widow of William Taylor deceased, do hereby relinquish all my claim to the following articles mentioned in the "Appraisers' estimate of specific property," allowed me for my family, to-wit:
ITEMSThe Family Pictures and the Wearing Apparel, Jewels, and
Ornaments of the widow and minor children...Schoool [sic] Books and Family Library ............ 100.00One Sewing Machine...Necessary Beds, Bedsteads and Bedding for Widow and familyThe Stoves and Pipe used in the family, with the necessary
Cooking Utensils...Household and Kitchen Furniture....................... 100.00..... Milch [sic] Cow and Cal [sic] (being one for every four
members of the family)........ Sheep and Fleeces, (being two for each member
of the family)...One Horse, Saddle and Bridle...Provisions for widow and family for one year...Food for the Stock above specified for six months...Fuel for the widow and family for three months...Other Property......................................................100.00
TOTAL ....................................... 745.50
The aggregate value of which, as estimated, is ............. Dollars ($....), and in lieu of the same I desire to retain the following articles named in the "Appraisement Bill of Personal Property" of said ................ deceased, viz:
ARTICLES. VALUE.DOLLS. CTS.1 Hay Rack .05
Old Iron .051 Hay Rake 5.001 Broad Saw 9.007 Shoats 15.001 Bay Filley [sic] 20.001 [?]Sucking Colt 18.001 Yellow Mare 15.001 Cart 1.501 Grain Cradle .201 Bundle wire 1.001 [maybe spreader] .101 Post Auger .152 Pitch Forks .301 Riding Plow 3.001 Black Cow and Calf 30.001 Bay Mare 45.001 Beuro [sic] 4.001 Confert [sic] 4.001 " 2.005 Chairs 2.001 Center Table 1.001 Organ 10.001 Beuro [sic] 1.001 Stand Table .503 Rocking Chairs 3.006 Chairs 1.001 Clock 1.001 Buck saw .081 Barrell [sic] .101 Iron Kettle .251 Wheel Barrow .20Old Iron .101 Grind Stone .251 Wagon 10.001 Shovel .251 Sled .251 Double Trus .251 Mower 6.001 Plow .251 Shovel Plow .501 Breaking Plow 1.001 Harrow 1.501 Rolling Cutter .101 Stove 2.001 " .501 " 3.001 Sewing Machine 2.001 Table 2.001 Sofa 1.50Dishes 2.00
The total value of which, as appraised, is $227.15 Dollars, and the balance, Five Hundred Eighteen & .35 Dollars, ($ 518.35) I prefer to have in money.Witness my hand and seal, this 3rd day of November A.D. 1897[Signed] Elizabeth Taylor