New Photos of Bridget Sullivan – Lizzie Borden’s housemaid

06 Apr

UPDATE:  According to today’s (4/9/12) follow up article written by Debbie Alard, the donator of the two Bridget Sullivan photos was her “grand niece by marriage”.  I learned this yesterday from Donald Woods, co-owner of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast.  Well, of course by marriage…but the sad news is it is NOT one of the daughters of the 3 nieces named in Bridget’s Will.  Turns out to be a Dianna Porter and from her statements in the article she doesn’t know anymore about Bridget’s post Trial life than we do.  Oh well, so much for the pricking of our happy balloon, let alone the hot air ascendancy of Stefani Koorey’s blog post claim.  lol   Here’s the FRHN article:  CLICK HERE.  (Also, check out my Facebook page for more info.)

Until now, this was the only known photo of Bridget Sullivan:

Now, we have these two:


Just as we were all excited about looking at never before seen photos of Lizzie Borden in her 60’s, now we see Bridget Sullivan in her 70’s.  Check them out:

This is especially cool since we only have the one known photo of Bridget taken back circa 1892.  The niece who donated the pics was the major recipient in Bridget’s Will.  Bridget was blind when she died.  Whatever she knew, she took it with her.

When the niece visits, Lee-ann will have an excellent opportunity to learn first hand what, if anything, she had to say about Lizzie and the case in general.  I don’t believe the niece has ever been interviewed.

Note:  The above certificate, first page to her Will, states she was 69 at the time of writing her Will.  I have images of her complete Will if anyone wants to see it.  :

Here is Bridget’s Will in toto.  Note she cites 3 nieces as legatees:  Margaret McLeod, Mary Sullivan, and Kate Moriarity – all of Butte, Montana and all through the bloodline of her husband’s relatives.  Also note Julia O’Donnell from Anaconda, Montana as the major legatee who inherited all of Bridget’s personal effects.  So this grand-niece must be the daughter of Margaret, Mary or Kate and if she got the photographs from her mother, then Julia didn’t grab fast enough – but then again, she was an out-of-towner.  😉

(Click on images for larger view – use your little magnifying glass feature.)


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10 responses to “New Photos of Bridget Sullivan – Lizzie Borden’s housemaid

  1. Leslie A Brown

    April 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Faye – I can’t get into this to see the Bridget photos. It says “Page no longer exists”. Bummer! Is there any other way to see the photos? LOVE your web site! Fascinating history.

  2. phayemuss

    April 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    From my Facebook page:

    “Well, I discovered it as an embedded video on the Fall River Herald News online edition about 1-1/2 hours ago. It was noted then as having been posted “15 minutes ago”. So I made up the blog and posted it here. I was going back and forth and it was still there an hour a half later. Suddenly it is gone. I’m certain it will reappear with a more extensive article by Debbie Alard tomorrow. Unless, of course, the “niece” had a caveat and objected, doubt that tho. It’s a brief video with Lee-ann holding up two framed photos of Bridget in her 70’s. (she died in her 80’s)…one is with her husband, also named Sullivan, the other is remindful of the pics we’ve seen of Lizzie in Parallel Lives. What I’m interested at this point is what this grand niece has to say….I hope Debbie gets a chance to interview her in depth when she visits Fall River. Lee-ann mentions in the approx 1 minute video that she will be visiting the B&B….cool, huh?”

  3. emma

    June 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    fascinating…I can almost hear her yelling, (in her Irish brogue) “hey you kids, get off of my lawn!”

  4. Margaret Bucholtz

    August 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I am so excited to find your blog. I am related to Lizzie and have just learned of her about 5 years ago. Keep up your great work!!

  5. Glory

    November 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this web site needs a lot more
    attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the information!

    • phayemuss

      November 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Thank you and you’re welcome. 🙂

  6. Brandon Ray Kirk

    January 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Thank you for posting this. You may have already seen this, but I located Bridget in the 1900 Massachusetts census with her husband and a son: On another website, I found a marriage record for she and her husband in 1905 in Montana. Interesting material.

    • phayemuss

      January 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Sorry to disappoint but Bridget never had any children.

      • Anne Miller

        April 7, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        bridget never had kids

      • phayemuss

        April 9, 2015 at 12:48 AM

        Who said she ever had kids? If you read the post carefully, right the beginning (in italics) the source of the photographs are from Bridget’s grand nieces on her husband’s side.


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