I’ve been working through Jerome HOLMES’s 1893 and diary and have found the following:
- 29 Jan “wrote to Arthur B West Springfield”
- 10 Mar “received a letter from the West estate”
- 12 Mar “I wrote for the papers to-day and to Arthur B West Springfield Mass”
From various sources (this, and the 1910 and 1930 census, and ancestry.com): Arthur B. [Bailey] WEST married Ida May PAGE; he was son of Bailey WEST and Ann S. [Sophia] TAYLOR, had one brother: James Henry WEST. Bailey died 1876, Ann died 1898, James died after 1910, Ida died after 1930.
I infer there’s someone named WEST who died before 10 Mar 1893, more likely before that year, perhaps 1892, whose estate Jerome was concerned with. It doesn’t appear to have been someone very closely related to Arthur B. West (not his wife, his brother, or his parents). Perhaps it was some cousin of Arthur’s, whose financial affairs were being taken care of by the Chicopee National Bank, and who somehow or another was connected with Jerome.
Who, though? There’s a Catherine WEST who died in 1892 and was buried in Wampsville, but I haven’t found anything more about her.
There was an Edwin WEST in the 189th New York Volunteers but I don’t know when he died.
I wish I had the 1892 diary.