A few weeks ago a man by the name of Slevin died, leaving a widow and a fortune of $100,000. It seems a very simple thing to announce a man's death, but in that life and death was hidden a secret carefully kept for over 30 yean, which last revealed and in the revelation brought justice to a poor deserted wife, and exposed a life of duplicity almost without a parallel. In 1860, Patrick Slevin landed in New York from Belfast with his wife and two children. Patrick had no trade, but he was an industrious, handy man, and always found something to do to support himself and family. On the 8th day of August, 1854, he went out to his work as usual, but from that day to this he never came back. Years rolled on, pretty hard ones for Mrs. Slevin, who had to work hard every day to maintain herself and children. The most remarkable feature of the whole romantic story was that this couple should have lived within two blocks of each other and never met. When Patrick left his wife he changed his name to Thomas Kelly, and as Thomas Kelly he started in the produce business in New York, but his home was in Brooklyn. His business prospered, and in 1863 he met Bridget Reilly and married her at St, Peter's Roman Catholic church in Barclay street in this city. He occupied a fine residence in Brooklyn, and was regarded by his neighbors as an upright and prosperous man.
A few weeks before his death, while he stood on Broadway watching the police parade, a man who came with him in the same ship stepped up to him and tapping him on the shoulder, said, "How are ye, Slevin?" Slevin turned on him savagely and said, "That is not my name," and walked away. But his friend, angered at his reception, did not lose sight of him, and followed him to his Brooklyn home. Slevin died very suddenly a few weeks after, and his friend told a newspaper reporter of Slevin's change of name and of his desertion of his wife. The original Mrs. Slevin saw the account of her husband's death. Friends took up her case; she established her right, and only a few weeks ago received $85,000.
Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Sentinel, July 25, 1894.