Ancestor’s Signatures

When I look at old records associated with family I get excited when I find an ancestor’s signature. Many of them did not have the opportunity to learn to read and write, but they may have been taught how to sign their name. For the majority of our ancestors their signature might be the only personal thing we have left of them. As I write about a person/people I will add their signature(s) here if they are available.

Adlore Joseph Vadnais and Ellen Lucy (Peltier) Vadnais

These are the earliest signatures I have for Adlore (Adlois) and Ellen Vadnais. I found these on a First State Bank of White Bear Lake promissory note. The note is dated June 10, 1912 and is for $50. They purchased their home on Fourth Street on that date.
Adlore’s (AJ) signature on his 1942 WWII Draft Registration Card.
Adlore’s signature in the 1951 St. Mary of the Lake Church anniversary book.
Ellen’s signature on a 1954 oil drilling rig assignment contract.

Eugenia “Jennie” (Baillargeon) Vadnais

Jennie’s signature from her son Adlore’s Minnesota delayed registration of birth record dated 1942.

Francois Vadnais (1826-1902)

Francois’ signature on his 1848 church marriage record.

Rose Delima (Peltier) Derosier

Delima Peltier signature on 1864 church marriage record

Remy Vaudenay (Pierre Remi Vadenay)

Remy Vaudenay signature on son’s 1687 burial record

Harvey Thomas Vadnais

Harvey Thomas Vadnais signature on 1910 Northern Pacific Railway document

Louis Jolliet

Louis Jolliet signature

Edmund Leon Vadnais

Edmund Vadnais signature on 1910 Northern Pacific Railway document
Edmund Leon Vadnais signature on 1940 WWII draft registration card

Paul Peltier

Paul Peltier signature on July 14, 1897 naturalization second papers record

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