1902 - MISSING HEIRS LOCATED - Bible Assists in Revealing Dead California Resident's Identity - The Relatives of Salem Charles, Who Left $142,000 Are Discovered in New England.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., July 19. - The mystery surrounding the identity of the man known as "Charles Hill," who died at the Good Samaritan Hospital here on May 17, leaving $142,000 in cash, has been solved. His real name was Salem Charles and his home was at Brimfield, Mass.
The story of the search for heirs by the Public Administrator and his attorney, Leon Moss, is interesting. After following up innumerable alleged "clues," all of which came to naught, Administrator Kelogg found among the old man's effects and old family Bible, on the fly leaf of which were written sentences almost faded and rendered illegible by age. The writing was magnified and the name of "Charles" and "Brim--, Mass.," were deciphered. Attorney Moss went to Brimfield, Mass., and without disclosing his identity found a family named Charles which had been prominent in that locality for 200 years. After a thorough investigation Moss became convinced that he had found the family of the deceased.
There are eight direct heirs to the estate, the most prominent of whom is Salem Darius Charles, Chairman of the Board of Street Commissioners of Boston.
The old man, Salem Charles, always had been an eccentric character, and no reason has been found for his change of name. He is said to have made his money by importing cloth while residing in Texas before and during the civil war.
The New York Times
New York, New York
July 20, 1902
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