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:
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.)