When I was growing up I enjoyed going with my grandparents, Olin and Agnes King Warner, on Sunday afternoon drives. I sat in the back seat and enjoyed just being with my grandparents. There were often interesting stories they told and sometimes a special meal or treat like ice cream. I remember one Sunday when we went to the Baiting Hollow Cemetery in Suffolk County, NY. I’m not sure what the occasion was but I remember this particular time because of the story my grandfather told me. There is a big stone dedicated to our Warner heritage with information about the first Warner who came from England to Massachusetts and then down to the Warners who came to Long Island, New York. (We’ve since discovered some errors in that account). My grandfather told of how Daniel loved his wife so much that after her death he quickly declined over the next 6 months and at the end of his life needed to pull on a rope to stand up from his chair.
As in all family stories there is some truth and some error. Daniel died actually 3 months after Eleanor but I am guessing the rest is probably true.
Daniel and Eleanor Howell Warner
Daniel left a will (see previous blog entitled Amanuensis Monday- Will of Daniel Warner) that had 13 clauses and 4 codicils. WOW! Transcribing this will took a lot of time and as I was transcribing it was hard to determine what exactly was said with all the ‘legal eaze’. I did what I’d always been advised to do-transcribe every document. Well, now that I had transcribed it….how do I understand it and make sense of it???
If you have any information about the people mentioned in the will to add to the understanding of this will I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.