Monday, January 3, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Probate Record for Nehemiah Younger

On Christmas Day I received an email from a Younger researcher (and I cannot thank him enough) advising that my 4th great-grandmother, Delinda Weeks, was the daughter of Nehemiah Younger. I had no idea what her maiden name was or who her father was so I was very excited. The sender also told me that the proof could be found in Nehemiah's Will and Probate records from Washington County, Pennsylvania and even emailed me copies of the records. 

This is one page from the probate record showing that Delinda and James Weeks authorized Job Weeks to act on their behalf in collecting her inheritance. Nehemiah's Will also notes that Delinda was married to James Weeks and that he was the son of Job Weeks but this is the page that leaves no doubt that Nehemiah's daughter, Delinda, was my Delinda. In addition to knowing that James' father was Job Weeks, I also know that James and Delinda lived in Pope County, Illinois before moving across the Ohio River to Livingston County, Kentucky. 

Know all men by these presents that we James Weeks and Delinde Weeks his wife, formerly Delinde Younger and Daughter of Nehemiah Younger deceased of the County of Washington and State Pennsylvania have ordained, constituted and appointed our trusty friend, Job Weeks, our true and lawful attorney in fact in our names and for our use and benefit to ask, demand and receive all money or property that may be legally coming to us from the Estate of Nehemiah Younger her Father & do hereby authorise our said Attorney to pay any receipt or receipts that may be necessary upon the reception of such money or property to the Executors of the said Deceased Nehemiah Younger and to do anything that we could legally do in and about the promises were we personaly present ourselves, with power of substitution. And we do bind ourselves our heirs [??] forever to notify and confirm whatever our said Attorney may legally do in and about the promises as fully and simply as if transacted by ourselves in person. In testimony, wherof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our Seals this fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one.

James Weeks
Delinde Weeks
[both signed by mark]

State of Illinois
Pope County
Before me personally appeared the above named James Weeks and Delinde Weeks and acknowledged the above power of attorney to be their act and did for the purposes there in mentioned. Given under my hand and seal this 15th day of February 1821 at Golconda, Ill. 
James E. Willis

[Note: Her name is spelled Delinda in Nehemiah's will and other documents but appears to be spelled Delinde in this document.]

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme at GeneaBloggers which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. It was created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.


  1. Don't you just love happy, out of the blue surprises. I have had a few myself.

  2. Linda - you always write the most interesting blogs! What a great Christmas gift that email was.

    I've shared the Ancestor Approved Award with you today. You can stop by Http:// to claim it.

    Thanks for all the great blogs.

  3. Linda,
    I just found your site and was very excited to read your information. I just discovered Delinda Weeks last name a few days ago and was so excited! Delinda Younger was my 3rd great grandmother. My ancestors was Rosie Murry daughter of John E. Murry and Mary V. Shaw. Mary was the daughter of John W. Shaw.

    I live in NH and have for the past 25 years but visit the pope county area every year for the summer. I have actually visited the court house of golconda and livingston county. These are the areas where most of my family are from and still live today. I would love any additional information you would be willing to share and was wandering if you have any idea if our Delinda Younger is any relation to the Younger Gang? From what I have read it looks like the Younger Gang descend from the Humphrey Younger of Maryland. I noticed Delinda had a brother named Humphrey. Genealogy can be so exciting at times! Thanks for sharing your site, I am enjoying it!
    Nancy (Wlley) Pichette