Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday. What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:
"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
The subject today is the property statement provided under oath by Thomas Dill (ca 1755- after 1830) on 9 August 1820. The image of the document is shown below:
What this document tells us is that Thomas Dill is unable to work, has no income, and has no family (presumably a wife and children that live with him) in August 1820. He had a number of children, but only one seems to be residing in Barnstable County in 1820 - his eldest son, Ezekiel. Sons Jabez Dill and James H. Dill are probably residing in Boston in 1820. Daughter Elizabeth Dill may be the one who is a schoolteacher in Dedham in 1822 (she's my ancestor).
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