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 a Deposition concerning a marriage included in the Revolutionary War Pension File of Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His widow, Mary (Hazard) Oatley (1765-1857), applied in 1838 for a pension based on Joseph's Revolutionary War Service (File W. 21862).
One of the documents in this Pension File is a deposition written by Matthew Waite as dictated by Thomas Vernon, Minister of the Gospel, and Stated Supply of the Presbyterian Church in South Kingstown in 1838 (accessed on www.Footnote.com):
The transcription of this document is:
South Kingstown December 7th 1838
I hereby certify that I find Recorded on the Record Books of Marriage of the Revd Joseph Torry formerly Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this Town the following marriage viz,
Thomas Vernon Minister of the Gospel & Stated Supply of the Presbyt Church in South Kings..
I Thomas Vernon above named Depose and Say that I hold the Place of Stated Supply of the pulpit in the Presbyterian Church in South Kingstown in the County of Washington & State of Rhode Island and that the above is a true Extract from the Records of said Joseph Torry with the Exception above named as Certified by Me.
Thomas Vernon, Minister of the gospel,
& Stated Supply of the Presbyterian Church S.K.
The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantation
South Kingstown December 7th ???? 1838 There personally appeared the Revd Thomas Vernon & Made ????? affirmation to the truth of the above Certificate & Deposition by him Submitted that the Above Named Extract was made by Me in his Presence and Signed by him in my Presence I also Certify that the Deponents Carracter for Truth and Veracity is Good --
Matthew Waite Justice Peace.
This deposition provides a date of marriage (29 January 1781, although it may have been written wrongly in the Record Book as 1780), the names of the couple (Joseph Oatly and Mary Hazard), the bride's father's name (Stephen), the place of marriage (Presbyterian Church of South Kingstown) and the minister (Joseph Torry).