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Amanuensis Monday: Will of Alexander Grant

Monday, April 19th, 2010


Today I’m again participating in John Newmark’s Amanuensis Monday geneblogging meme. I’ll refer you to John’s excellent TransylvanianDutch blog for background info on this meme and to Wikipedia for the definition of Amanuensis.

Alexander Grant, a candidate for the father of my David Miller Grant

Several references in Philadelphia-area church records hint that David Miller Grant, my third-great-grandfather, may have been born to Alexander Grant and his wife Eleanor. David named two of his children Alexander and Eleanor; he is also said to have been born in Philadelphia in 1801.

With this in mind, I went looking at the Philadelphia City Hall for a copy of Alexander’s will when I attended FGS several years back. He appeared in the index book and the clerk in the Register of Wills office was kind enough to retrieve the original packet for me. I had hoped that Alexander’s will might mention his children, but alas no luck. It does, however, give Alexander the title “Mariner”, which seems relevant since David and his son Alexander captained steamships on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Here’s my best attempt at a transcription.

No. 42

Will of Alex. Grant, dec’d

Recorded in Will Book
No. 6 Folio 570


In the name of God Amen I Alexander Grant, Mariner, Do hereby make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments, heretofore made by me –

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife, Eleanor — Grant, All the Estate, Real, Personal or Mixed, which I now have or possess, or which I may have and possess at the time of my death. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Wife Eleanor Grant, my sole heir and lawful Executrix of this my last will and Testament. Given under my hand and seal at Philadelphia this eighth day of July A.D. 1812.

Alexander Grant

[unreadable] in the presence of

J. Ormrod, sworn Apr. 11th 1818

Sam’l Ewing sworn the 1st day of April 1818

Eleanor Grant the sole Executrix … [unreadable]

Philadelphia April 1st 1818 then personally appeared Samuel Ewing and on the 11th day of April 1818 did personally appear John Ormrod the witnesses to the aforegoing Will and on their Solemn oaths according to Law did depose & say that they did see & hear Alexander Grant the Testator in the said Will named sign seal publish and declare the same asĀ  & for his last Will and Testament & that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory & understanding to best of their knowledge & belief.


Sam Bryan Regis…

Eleanor Grant the sole Executrix sworn the same day & Letters Testamentary granted unto her.

Amanuensis Monday: Friedrich Jourdan’s Declaration of Intention

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Inspired by John Newmark of the TransylvanianDutch blog, I’m going to try an Amanuensis Monday post today.

Friedrich Jourdan

I’ll be transcribing the declaration of intention for my great-grandfather Friedrich Jourdan. I’ll follow John’s convention and indicate by boldface the entries used to fill in the blanks on the form.

Triplicate (To be given to declarant)

No. 10333

United States of America
Declaration of Intention (Invalid for all purposes seven years after the date hereof)

State of Pennsylvania
County of Erie


In the Common Pleas Court of Erie County at Erie, Pa.

I, Friedrich Jourdan now residing at 47 Orchard St., Erie, Erie County, Pa. occupation Retired, aged 76 years, do declare an oath that my personal description is: Sex Male, color White, complexion Fair, color of eyes Gray color of hair Gray, height 5 feet 3 inches; weight 130 pounds; visible distinctive marks fourth finger on left hand deformed race German; nationality German.

I was born in Walldorf, Germany, on Feb. 8, 1864. I am widower. The name of my wife or husband was Amelia. We were married on unknown, at Redwood, Jefferson Co., N.Y.; she or he was born at Theresa, N.Y., on Aug. 28, 1867, entered the United States at {blank}, on {blank}, for permanent residence therein, and now resides at Deceased. I have 4 children, and the name, date and place of birth, and place of residence of each of said children are as follows: Amelia 7-3-88, Elizabeth 11-29-90, Emma 9-17-94, Margaret 6-11-03. All reside in Erie, Pa., except Emma resides in Twinsburg, Ohio.

I have not heretofore made a declaration of intention: Number {blank}, on {blank} at {blank}; my last foreign residence was Walldorf, Germany. I emigrated to the United States of America from Genoa, Italy; my lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N.Y. under the name of Friedrich Jourdan, on Feb. 27, 1901 on the vessel SS Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse.

I will, before being admitted to citizenship, renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignity, of whom or of which I may be at the time of admission a citizen or subject; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to reside permanently therein; and I certify that the photograph affixed to the duplicate and triplicate hereof is a likeness of me.

I swear (affirm) that the statements I have made and the intentions I have expressed in this declaration of intention subscribed by me are true to the best of my knowledge and belief: So help me God.


Subscribed and sworn to before me in the form of oath shown above in the office of the Clerk of said Court, at Erie, Pa. this 24th day of May, anno Domini, 19 40. Certification No. 7x-24877 from the Commisioner of Immigration and Naturalization showing the lawful entry of the declarant for permanent residence on the date stated above, has been received by me. The photograph affixed to the duplicate and triplicate hereof is a likeness of the declarant.

Clerk of the Common Pleas Court.
By {Signature} Deputy Clerk.