WESTCOTT Philip Noyes

WESTCOTT Philip Noyes

Male 1884 - 1926  (42 years)

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  • Name WESTCOTT Philip Noyes 
    Born 23 Apr 1884  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Old Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Black Hall 
    _UID 7035395348DA492F88EE273B0E3A5E2C7550 
    Died 22 Jun 1926  San Francisco, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (OBIT: Philip Westcott, son of author, is suicide at 42

      Grandfather, former Mayor of Syracuse, and uncle killed themselves

      Philip N. Westcott, 42, a native of Syracuse, and a son of Edward N. Westcott, author of "David Harum," committed suicide in San Francisco yesterday, according to the Associated Press dispatch to the Herald today.

      He lived here until about 15 years ago when he removed to the Pacific Coast. He was found in his room at the University Club where apparently he had shot himself with a revolver.

      News of the tragedy was telegraphed to A. Howlett Durston here by Edward M. Eddy, a friend, asking instructions concerning funeral arrangements.

      The victim was the last survivor of the writer of the famous homespun story of the Onondaga and Tully Valleys. He was the third in the line of Amos Westcott, once mayor of Syracuse, to die by suicide.

      His grandfather, who was mayor here in 1860, killed himself July 6, 1873.

      His uncle, the Rev. Frank N. Westcott, for nearly 30 years a rector at Skaneateles, died by suicide in Columbus Hospital, Milwaukee, June 25, 1915.

      Philip Noyes Westcott was the last of the family in direct or collateral descent. He was widely known on the Pacific Coast as a clubman, a golfer, a crack shot, a hunter and a man of means.

      He lived on the proceeds of the novel finished by his father on his deathbed here.

      Like his forebears, he was a man of brilliant intellect, lively temperament and exceeding personal charm. His death is inexplicable, according to his friends, although it is reported from San Francisco that he complained several days of being ill.

      His father was ill for several years and wrote "David Harum" to pass the time of his invalidism. He died before it was published.

      The Rev. Mr. Westcott, half-brother of the author of "David Harum," also turned his gifts to the literary field. He wrote "Hepsey Burke," brought out as "a sister of David Harum."

      Philip Westcott had an older brother, Harold, who died more than 10 years ago, and a sister, Violet, the first wife of Victor Morawetz, of New York. She died several years ago.

      The success of publication of "David Harum" afforded adequate means for the family after the father's death in 1899.

      The family plot is in Oakwood Cemetery here, but it had not yet been arranged that the body of the last son be returned here for burial.

      [Syracuse Post Standard June 23, 1926, page 6])
    Buried Aft 22 Jun 1926  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery 
    Person ID I118314  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2018 

    Father WESTCOTT Edward Noyes,   b. 27 Sep 1846, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1898, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother DOWS Jane,   b. 7 Dec 1843, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1890, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1874  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F22611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1884 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Link to Google Earth
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    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery - Aft 22 Jun 1926 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
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    Philip Noyes Westcott
    Philip Noyes Westcott

  • Sources 
    1. [S7263] Book-DOWS-The Dows or Dowse Family in America, p.163.

    2. [S7261] Book-Babcock Genealogy, p.442.

    3. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #88497943 9/15/2011.