Was Walt Whitman's Nephew
February 1, 1892


He Died In the Bucks County Almshouse After a Life of Dissipation.

Special Dispatch to The North American.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Feb. 1.—James Whitman, a nephew of the famous poet of Camden, Walt Whitman, died at the Bucks county Almshouse on Saturday morning. For some time he had been laboring on a stock farm in the country, having left his luxurious home several years ago and led a life of dissipation. Becoming afflictd with a chronic and incurable diseases [sic] he entered the County Hospital. Not until he was assured death was near at hand did he reveal his identity. After his death his brother in Camden, N. J., was communicated with, who directed that his remains be sent to Camden.

As Undertaker Howard W. Atkinson was having the corpse brought to his residence in Doylestown previous to taking them to Camden, the horse attached to the dead wagon took fright, upset and wrecked the wagon, threw out the ice-box containing the corpse, breaking the box, but the corpse escaped mutilation. The remains were afterwards conveyed to Camden for interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

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