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Tumblety's Will

Post by Karen on Sat 27 Feb 2010 - 14:45

Here, in its entirety, is Francis Tumblety's will (as found in the New York Times):


TUMALTY WILL IS UPHELD.


Cardinal Gibbons and Archbishop Ireland to Get $10,000 Each.
Special to The New York Times.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Jan. 11. - The State Supreme Court this afternoon sustained the first of the two wills of Francis Tumalty of Baltimore, who died in St. John's Hospital, St. Louis, May 27, 1903. It granted a request for dismissal of the suit to break the will brought by James P. Tumalty and other kinsmen on the ground that Francis Tumalty was of unsound mind when he made it.
These bequests are contained in the will:

Cardinal Gibbons, $10,000 (Fenian Sympathizer)
Archbishop Ireland, $10,000 (Possible Fenian Sympathizer)
Mrs. Thomas Brady, 29 Frederick Street, Windness, Liverpool, England, $10,000
Mrs. Jane Harris, Vallejo, Cal., $10,000
Mrs. Mary Fitzsimmons, Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., $5,000
Mark A. Blackburn, former coachman, $5,000
Mrs. Jane Moore and Mrs. Barrett, Gibb Street, stated in the will to be his nieces, $5,000 each.

Source: The New York Times, January 12, 1908

Note: Tumblety couldn't have hated all women since he left money in his will to five of them.
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Post by Karen on Sun 8 Apr 2012 - 7:30

TUMBLETY HEIRS ARE WARRING FOR COSTS.
Aftermath of Sensational Case of Dead Doctor.

An aftermath of the Dr. Francis Tumblety will case is the action brought by John W. Kelly, through his son, Attorney James W. Kelly, against Attorneys Edwin A. Medcalf and George B. Draper and eleven heirs of Dr. Tumblety who are represented by Messrs. Medcalf and Draper, to recover $40.35 advanced by Mr. Kelly for the purposes of the will contest.
Mr. Kelly alleges that he put up $192.32 for the purposes of the contest and has received back but $151.97, while there is $625 in the Central Bank in this city to the credit of the heirs. In their answer Attorneys Medcalf and Draper and James Kavanaugh, one of the eleven heirs named in the complaint, set up that there has been no accounting of settlement in the litigation.
Dr. Tumblety was a famous Rochester character years ago. He came near being involved in the investigation of the plot to murder President Lincoln, shortly after the Civil war and, in later years, was picked up by Scotland Yard in connection with the Whitechapel murders. He died in apparent poverty in a Jesuit institution in St. Louis. The priests notified his relatives and the St. Louis Surrogate that Dr. Tumblety had left a will and a considerable estate in stocks and bonds. A contest of the will was instituted, but was compromised and dropped.

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Friday August 27, 1909, Page 14

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Post by Karen on Thu 21 Jun 2012 - 22:20

RICH GIFTS FOR PRELATES.
Big Estate of Dr. Tumilty Is Soon to Be Distributed.

Supposed Pauper, Who Once Lived Here, Left Cardinal Gibbons and Arch-bishop Ireland $10,000 Each.

By the will of a supposed pauper, Dr. Francis T. Tumilty, who died in St. Louis in 1904, two distinguished Catholic prelates, Cardinal Gibbons and Arch-bishop Ireland, are beneficiaries in the sum of $10,000 each. Owing to the death of Michael Fitzsimmons, one of the contestants, the will will soon be probated.
Old Washingtonians remember Tumilty, who was one of the most picturesque of the many vagabonds who have at different times made this city their stamping ground. He started life as a newsboy in Rochester, and later entered the employ of a physician as an office boy, where he picked up a smattering of medical knowledge. For some years after he traveled about making much money as a doctor, but was regarded by members of his own profession as a quack. When he turned up in Washington he said that he held a commission as a colonel in the United States army, and that he was attached to the staff of Gen. McClellan.
He appeared everywhere and claimed to enjoy the friendship of many prominent government officials. His coat was well plastered with decorations, which he said had been bestowed upon him by European sovereigns, who were grateful for his services in the leading continental hospitals.
But the day of reckoning came, and Tumilty, unable to bear the storm of ridicule which was raised against him, fled to St. Louis.
He returned to Washington, however, in time to become associated in the public mind with the Lincoln conspirators. Herold, who was convicted on the charge of being a confederate of Booth in the assassination and was hanged, was said to have been Tumilty's valet, but this the "doctor" stoutly denied.
Once again the "doctor" was to come before the public in an unenviable light. This was at the time of the Whitechapel murders, twenty years ago, when Tumilty, because of his predilection for collecting feminine anatomical specimens, became an object of suspicion to the detectives of Scotland Yard. Sufficient evidence to justify his detention could not be secured and he was eventually released. An effort was made to arrest him on another charge, but he disappeared before this could be done and later reappeared on this side of the Atlantic.
From the extreme of ostentation, Tumilty passed to the extreme of niggardliness, his habits and apparent necessity leading to the prevalent belief that he was a pauper. He was found dead in the grounds of a small hospital, where he had been a charity patient, and was supposed by the officials of the institution to be penniless. In reality his check was good for $130,000, and he possessed diamonds which, it is said, were valued at the time at $25,000. His entire estate amounted to about $200,000.
The beneficiaries of the will are Mrs. Thomas Brady, of Liverpool, England, a niece; Mrs. Jane Haynes, Vallejo. Cal., a sister; Mrs. Patrick Barrett and Mary Fitzsimmons, of this city, nieces, $10,000; Mark A. Blackburn, formerly coachman and valet to Dr. Tumilty, $5,000, and Cardinal Gibbons and Archbishop Ireland, $10,000 each, for charitable purposes.

Source: The Washington Post, Tuesday April 16, 1907, Page 13

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