|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1840|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1905|
1905-03-07; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"YELLOW MANSION'S BRIDE OF A YEAR BECOMES WIDOW
J. Dundas Lippincott, Scion of Noted Local Family, Succombs to Pneumonia
HISTORIC OLD HOUSE IS DARK ONCE MORE
James Dundas Lippincott, scion of one of Philadelphia's oldest families, and owner of the famous "Yellow Mansion," at the northeast corner of Broad and Walnut, died at his residence shorty after 9 last night.
Mr. Lippincott had been ill but ten days. A week from last Saturday he was seized with chills, which later developed into pneumonia, which caused his death. His strength began to fail yesterday morning and the attending physicians, Dr. Morris J. Lewis and Dr. Robert G. Leconte, notified the family that there was no hope of recovery.
At the bedside of the dying man were Mrs. Lippincott, bride of little more than a year; her parents Brigadier General Frank C. Armstrong and Mrs. Armstrong, and a few friends. Ralph Wurts Dundas, a nephew, was in New York, but a telegram failed to bring him home until after his uncle's death.
Bride Almost Prostrated
Mrs. Lippincott is almost prostrated by her husband's sudden death. During the fourteen months she has been mistress of the famous "Yellow Mansion", Mrs. Lippincott had revived the social activities that once centered in the famous mansion. For eleven years, since the death of Mr. Lippincott's first wife, the old house had been quiet and its owner had lived a secluded life with his mother, Mrs. Joshua Lippincott, who died several years ago.
When Mr. Lippincott announced his engagement to Miss Isabelle Armstrong, daughter of the Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs under President Cleveland, the house was completely modernized. The entire household seemed bright as new when the new mistress assumed her duties.
She at once inaugurated a series of social functions to which only the members of the inner smart set were invited. One of the notable affairs was the May dance last spring, at which a number of debutantes danced on the lawn for charity. Following this, Mrs. Lippincott gave several hundred children of the poor a lawn fete. Since then she has been most active in charitable work.
The Dundas estate, of which the decedent was owner, is one of the wealthiest in the city. A short time ago, the social world was shocked when a new claimant appeared in this city and made sensational charges against the family name. He said he was Arthur Fitzroy Somerset Dundas and claimed to be the son of Mrs. Anna Maria Wurts Dundas, a sister of James Dundas Lippincott. The claim was, of course, contested by Ralph Wurts Dundas, and when the case finally came up in court, the decision was rendered against the plaintiff.
According to his allegations, he was born in Paris in 1880, and his mother left him with an English nurse. He claimed that from 1879 to 1881, his mother was separated from Major Dundas, the latter living in this country and Mrs. Dundas abroad.
WAS GRADUATE OF PRINCETON
James Dundas Lippincott was 66 years old. He lived the life of a gentleman of means, spending much time in study and travel. He attended Princeton University from which he was graduated in 1861.
His first wife was Miss Alice Potter, daughter of Mrs. Thomas Potter, of Princeton. She died suddenly at Bar Harbor in 1894. From that time until Mr. Lippincott announced his engagement to Miss Armstrong, the owner lived a life of quiet and retirement. That was broken, however, and for the past fourteen months the mansion has been the scene of many social functions.
Mr.Lippincott was prominent in clubdom, having been a member of the Rittenhouse, Union League, Art, Radnor Hunt and Country Clubs."
1905-03-09; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"LIPPINCOTT - On Monday evening, March 6, 1905, at his residence, Broad and Walnut sts., JAMES DUNDAS LIPPINCOTT, in the 65th year of his age. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at St. Stephen's Church, 10th st. above Chestnut st., on Thursday at 3:15 P. M."
Joshua Lippincott (1814 - 1880)
Agnes Dundas Keene Lippincott (1822 - 1902)
Alice Potter Lippincott (1847 - 1894)
Isabel Armstrong Barklie (1864 - 1937)
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 7 Lot 317 to 324
Maintained by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Originally Created by: Meges
Record added: Sep 23, 2010
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