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Frances M "Frank" Tallman
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1847
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1904
Cayuga County
New York, USA

Regiment: 9th New York Heavy Artillery
Company: E
Rank: Private
Enlistment Date: 2 Jan 1864
Enlistment Location: Scipio, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Enlisted in Company E, New York 9th Heavy Artillery Regiment on 02 Jan 1864.
Mustered out on 26 Jun 1865 at Annapolis, Mayland, USA
From The Auburn NY Weekly News and Democrat, Thursday, October 4, 1883

An Attempted Suicide

Frank Tallman Uses a Razor on his Throat Unsuccessfully

At about 6 o'clock Saturday Dennis Carey of the European Hotel got up and called the boys who open the house, and then returned to his bed where he lay awake for some time. He heard one of the boarders who room on the floor above, open the door to his bedroom and enter the closet. At nearly eight o'clock a young attache of the house named Flynne came to Mr. Carey's door and said there was some one groaning in the closet upstairs. Mr. Carey into his clothing and went up meeting young Flynn, who had preceded him and was returning. The latter said "It's Frank Tallman." He went to the closet and there found Tallman a boarder at the house groaning and muttering. A razor lay on the stool by his side and he was bleeding profusely from two ugly deep gashes in his neck near the windpipe and another cut on his wrist. Flynn had called Officer Webber and the three carried Tallman to his room where Dr. Gerin called upon him. Dr. Gerin sewed up the wounds and says he thinks his patient in no special danger. The wounds in the nect were two inches long each, one on either side, but neither had severed and artery nor touched the windpipe. No satisfactory explanation of the cause for the attempted self-destruction is given. Tallman is a single man of about thirty eight years, son of Gideon Tallman of Scipio. He is a painter by trade and steady in habits. He fell from a scaffolding while at work about ten days ago and sprained an ankle which enforced illness upon him.

About a week ago, he went to Scipio, saying when he went he should stay a week, but he returned in a couple days and had seemed a little despondent or blue since then. He was at work yesterday and retired to his room, apparently in his usual health and spirits. J.K. Tallman drove up from Scipio for the father of the young man next morning.

The following note was written by the would be suicidist and left where it could be readily found: "In all this wide world I have not a friend. I am utterly unworthy to be called a man, but I leave this world without hard feeling toward any one. Let the Almighty judge me. FRANK TALLMAN"

TALLMAN, Frank: death notice published ca. 4 June 1904
Author: Roger Post Date: 16 Nov 2003 6:59 AM GMT
Surnames: Tallman
Classification: Death

"TALLMAN - In the town of Fleming, N. Y., Friday, June 3, 1904, Frank Tallman, in the 57th year of his age. Funeral services will be held at the undertaking rooms of S. C. Tallman, No. 25 Dill St. Auburn, Monday June 6, at 11 o'clock, a. m. burial at Union Springs at 3 o'clock, p. m."

- - undated clipping presumably from an Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY newspaper

TALLMAN, Frank: description of funeral published ca. 6 June 1904
Author: Roger Post Date: 20 Nov 2003 1:18 AM GMT
Surnames: Tallman, Yantis
Classification: Death
In Reply to: TALLMAN, Frank: death notice published ca. 4June 1904 by: Roger Post

"A Soldier's Funeral. The funeral of the late Frank Tallman was held at 11 o'clock, this morning, at Tallman's undertaking rooms. Many friends were present, including large delegations from the Grand Army and the Painters' union. Many floral tributes demonstrated the sorrow felt for his tragic death. The services were conducted by Rev. A. S. Yantis of the First Universalist church. The interment was at Union Springs and representatives of the Grand Army and the Painters' union accompanied the remains to their last resting place."
- - undated clipping presumably from a Cayuga Co., NY newspaper

Newspaper story on the suicide of Frank TALLMAN (d. 3 June 1904)
Author: Roger Post Date: 16 Nov 2003 6:11 AM GMT
Surnames: Tallman, O'Neill, Cheesman, Williams, Little, Russell, Meyers, Yantis
Classification: Death

"BRAVE SOLDIER SUICIDES. Depressed by Physical and Mental Ills Frank Tallman Ends His Life. After Having Cut His Throat He Tumbles into the Waters of the Owasco River Gruesome Discovery of Two Young Girls The Dead Man was Prominent in Grand Army and Other Veteran Organizations.

Depressed by physical and mental sufferings Frank Tallman tragically ended his life last evening, on the banks of the Owasco river near the hotel Wasco in the town of Fleming. He cut his throat with a large pocket knife and then tumbled into the water where the body was found early in the evening.

Eight years ago Mr. Tallman was afflicted with mental troubles and for a time he was a patient at the Willard State hospital. Since his discharge from the hospital he has at times suffered from melancholia at more or less infrequent periods, while his general health has not been good. Recently he suffered a severe attack of grip and when nearly recovered he again fell a victim to the disease. Yesterday he was able to be out and gave no indication of unusual depression. He announced his intention of going to Union Springs to visit relatives for a few days.

It was just dusk when two young girls who were rowing on the outlet discovered the body of a man lying in two feet of water on the west bank of the stream some six hundred feet from the Hotel Wasco. The bank at this point is covered with trees. The girls gave the alarm and Landlord Hapeman and employe[e]s of the Hapeman house rescued the body from the water and summoned Coroner O'Neill and Undertake Tallman who is a relative.

The dead man had removed his coat, hat and collar which were laid on the bank. In the coat was his watch and a sealed letter to his wife, Mrs. Augusta Tallman with whom he had not lived since his mental troubles commenced eight years ago.

From appearances the dead man had seated himself on the water's edge after removing his coat and with his knife cut two long, deep gashes in his throat. The wound on the left side completely severed the jugular vein. The other cut upon the right side was not so deep. When exhausted by the loss of blood he fell forward into the stream where the body was found. Dr. Cheesman viewed the remains with Coroner O'Neill who gave permission for their removal to Tallman's undertaking rooms.

Mr. Tallman was 57 years of age and for many years had been engaged as a decorator. He was a veteran of the civil war, having served with distinction in the Ninth New York Heavy artillery. He had been secretary of the regimental association since its organization soon after the close of the war. The following concerning him is from the history of the regiment:

'In the slip of a boy who came down to the defenses in the spring of 1864 no one would have thought there was the future tireless statistician and painstaking secretary of the regiment in the coming years, but such was the case. He was born in Scipio a couple of years later than his enlistment paper would indicate, and though he was not large when the rebels gobbled him at Monocacy, he was smaller still when he saw York state again after a winter's [s]tay with the Johnnies. Looking on his solid figure today it requires a stretch of imagination as well as confidence in Frank's word to realize that he was sent home weighting only 78 pounds. Danville was not a good boarding place.'

That suicide was intended was evidenced by the letter he wrote to S. C. Tallman and the disposition of his effects. At his rooms in Dill street everything was in perfect order. His bank book and valuable papers were put together in a conspicuous place as were also the records and secretary's books of the Artillery association. The letter to Mr. Tallman was as follows:

Auburn, June 4 [NOTE: Cemetery record and separate death notice both give death date as 3 June 1904]
I cannot fight the battle any longer and I take this method to thank you for your kindness to me under all circumstances and may God bless you and your family and my you never suffer in mind and body what I have for several years past. I must not live to be a burden to my friends and relatives. Please notify Lewis and bury me beside my mother at Union Springs. My bank book is in my grip in the bed-room. Goodbye and may God bless you and yours,

Mr. Tallman is survived by four sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Matilda Williams, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Sarah Little, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. Elizabeth Russell, California; Mrs. Frank Meyers, Union Springs, N. Y; Lewis C. Tallman, Hinsdale, Ills; Silas W. Tallman, St. Paul, Minn.

The funeral will be held at Tallman's undertaking rooms on Monday morning at 11 o'clock. Rev. A. S. Yantis of the First Universalist church will conduct the church service and the local Grand Army post will attend in a body. The interment will be in Union Springs.

The letter to Mrs. Tallman was similar in tone to the one to S. C. Tallman. In it the dead man asks for forgiveness if he has ever done anything which wounded his wife and grants pardon for everything which offended him."

- - undated clipping presumably from an Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY newspaper

From The Post Standard, Syracuse, Saturday, June 4, 1904


Cut His Throat and Jumped Into The River


Corpse Discovered in the Owansco River Near Auburn Proved to Be That of Frank Tallman Who Had Been Insane.

AUBURN. June 3. - Early this evening Frank Tallman, 59 years old, committed suicide by cutting his throat and then throwing himself in the Owasco river. The body was discovered by two young girls who were rowing near the Hotel Wascott at the foot of Owasco lake. Tallman was at one time a patient at Willard State Hospital and recently he suffered an attack of grip, which followed by symptoms of a return of his former mental malady. He left two letters. one sealed for his wife, and the other unsealed for a relative who had shown him great kindness. In the letters thanks were given for these acts. Tallman was a prominent member of the local Grand Army.

From The Auburn Bulletin, Monday, June 6, 1904


The Funeral of the late Frank Tallman, who committed suicide Friday, was held at Tallman's undertaking rooms in Dill street at 11 o'clock this morning. Rev. Arnold S. Yantis, pastor of the First Univeralist church officiated. About 60 old soldiers were present, besides members of the Painters union and there was a profusion of flowers. The remains were taken to Union Springs for interment at 1:30, accompanied by seven veterans and two members of the Painters' union, six of the party acting as bearers. The veterans were: C.L. Hickock, Adolph Westlake, Fred Battis, William Bush, Dr. W.J. EmerXs, Mr. Holcomb and T.. Walker. The services at the grave were under the direstion of the G.A.R. assisted by Mr. Tantis. Taps were sounded by Frank Barney.

From The Auburn Democrat Argus, June 7, 1904


TALLMAN - In the town of Fleming N.Y. Friday, June 3, 1904, Frank Tallman in the XXth year of his age.
Family links: 
  Gideon Tallman (1808 - 1893)
  Deborah Eldredge Tallman (1807 - 1858)
  Matilda Tallman Williams (1830 - 1922)*
  Lewis C Tallman (1843 - 1928)*
  Frances M Tallman (1847 - 1904)
  Stella A Tallman Myers (1856 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Quaker Cemetery
Union Springs
Cayuga County
New York, USA
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