Jay Johns Journal
of John Jay Johns
Families of MO
Friedrich Gauss Page
of Letter from Gauss
Waldo Dunnington Article
"Great Grandfather Johns' Diary" has
been kicking around my family for as long as I can remember.
I know it as a large stack of loose photocopies of typewritten sheets,
more than one inch thick, usually kept in a manila folder.
There are several copies of it, as it was photocopied and sent to
many people. The copy I am looking at now is marked "Chambless",
and has obviously been through several iterations of the copy process.
Where did it come from? A note inserted
after page 7 of the typewritten copy reads as follows:
The notes made by Ann Durfee Gauss before 1932
were later typed by Florence Johns of San Antonio, Texas.
These cover the dates from September 23, 1860 to June 17, 1881 with
the exception of the volume mentioned above. After June 17,
1881, the entries were transcribed in their entirety by Florence
Johns during the 1960's after she typed the notes mentioned above.
It will be noted that dates on this page skip a period
of over two years, from 19 January 1874 to 8 April 1876.
It is felt that someone connected with the family may have these
books because everything else is in consecutive order.
These pages were typed from a copy that Anne D. Gauss made of
the portion of Diary of John Jay Johns, leaving out some items
that she seemed to think were not important to the context and
she performed a very fine service.
Recently (Jan. 9, 1999), I found the missing
pages mentioned above. One volume of the Journal has been
in the Missouri Historical Society Archives all this time.
It was donated to them by F. Winston Johns, son of George Sibley
Johns, known as Winston in some of the Florence Johns letters.
Florence Johns suspected that he had the journal from these dates,
but declined to send them to her or Minna Gauss Reeves.
As for me, I am typing this as faithfully
as I can to the copy that I have. Notes in parentheses()
are part of the typewritten record. I suspect that they
come variously from John Jay Johns and Anne Durfee Gauss, although
Florence Johns may have made some of them. I have made a
few notes in square brackets marked with my initials and the
Susan D. Chambless, January, 31, 1999.