Archive | July 2015

Where Did All of That Money Come From?

This is blog post is to fulfill my promise regarding the newspaper clippings that I found in the letter of Mrs. E.L. Chapman (see previous post, dated 21 November 2014).

After her death in 1918, Mary E. Day left over $14,300 in bequests to various people and institutions, in spite of having never had any type of career. But who was Mary and where did she get all of that money?

Mary E. Day was born 4 Nov 1847 to Mary C. Griggs and Isaac C. Day in Killingly, Connecticut, where her father, Isaac was a Congregational Minister. She had one brother, Albert who was born 17 May 1849. By 1860 the family had moved to Providence, Rhode Island and her mother and father were running a sizeable boarding house with real estate valued at $1000.00. It appears that she lived all of her adult life with her father and brother, after the death of her mother in 1874. By 1900, Isaac and his adult children, Mary and Albert lived at 20 Whitmarsh Street in Providence. After the death of their father in 1906, Mary and her brother, who worked as a treasurer for an Iron and Steel Corporation his entire career, continued to live in the same family owned home in Providence. Albert died 13 Jun 1913. Both Mary and Albert never married. I suspect that Mary, the last living survivor in the family, inherited everything and kindly arranged for its donation when she died.

She died 31 Dec 1918 in Providence, Rhode Island at the age of 71 and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence along with her parents and brother.

Day Bequests