Update 7/28/22 to original post (7/12/22)
Original post at below link.
I am (name deleted for privacy.) Someone from Ancestry.com emailed me your latest blog regarding the search for your possible half-sister “Folly”. George Bishop Pulsifer was my paternal grandfather. Unfortunately, I never got to meet or know him. Five years ago, at the age of 62, I found out the man that brought me up was not my biological father! My mom is living today and had confessed to this affair with George Bishop Pulsifer’s son (name deleted) back in 1953. My biological father (name deleted) was murdered at the age of forty and George died in 1967 and his wife (my paternal grandmother) passed in 1997. So, my chances of meeting my biological parents and grandparents were lost.
My story is long but, because of DNA through Ancestry.com and tests for an ill sister, I finally get some answers. Anyhow, getting back to your search, I know through two genealogy websites I subscribe to, the free genealogy site FamilySearch.org and a couple of newspaper websites, I have found biological cousins and lots of information to fill in some gaps regarding my family. I found on FamilySearch.org a marriage license for a George B. Pulsifer age 21 from Maine and living in Los Angeles to a Hazel Rosetta Stevens age 23 also from Maine and residing in Los Angeles dated March 24, 1923. I know my grandfather was in Los Angeles attending school and working as a photographer after his Navy service around 1921 and came back to Maine in 1925. I asked my newly found paternal cousins if George had been married before my grandmother ___ and no one seemed to be able to answer me. There are other George B. Pulsifer’s out there but not with the same middle name “Bishop”. In my discoveries, there were two George B. Pulsifer’s in Maine and two in the Boston area. My grandfather moved from Maine to Norwood, Massachusetts in 1950s. I’ve had to really scrutinize any information I’ve found. I actually thought I might have had another aunt or uncle out there through George Bishop Pulsifer. If your theory is correct, that changes everything.
I’ve researched Hazel Rosetta Stevens and she did indeed move back to Maine and remarried. I can dig out that information for you later if you wish. Maybe “Roberta” is actually “Rosetta”? My family was visiting and staying with me these last few weeks and I watch my grandkids today. I’m willing to help out in any way possible in your search. I can surely relate to how you feel regarding this matter. I’ll attach a screenshot of this Marriage License I found in a separate email.
Thank you so much _____for the above information!
So, was teenager George Hodel’s “fling” with the “older woman” in fact Hazel Rosetta Stevens? (As ____ points out “Rosetta instead of Roberta”?) Was her daughter my half-sister?
Unquestionably, a lot of the pieces appear to fit. She was not a professor’s wife, but rather the wife of his good friend and co-editor on George’s home, Fantasia Magazine. As seven years his senior, Hazel was definitely, “an older woman.” Assuming the “affair” occurred during her courtship, or after her marriage to G.Bishop Pulsifer (Married in Los Angeles on March 24, 1923) then Hazel would have been age 23 and George just 16.
Was the pregnancy the reason that broke up her marriage and caused her to go East and have the child?
This age difference would definitely qualify in her attributed statement, when George sought her out back East, “Go away George. This has been a terrible mistake. You’re just a child. Get out of my life.”
1923 Los Angeles Marriage Certificate G. Bishop Pulsifer to Hazel Rosetta Stevens
Stay tuned. I’m sure there is a lot more to come.
7.29.22- It took a whole day but here is that “more to come”:
The granddaughter of G. Bishop Pulsifer and provider of this information is Deborah Douglas, who has permitted me to use her name and here is her second email from this morning:
Good morning Steve,
You may use my name and email in your updated blog. I have been researching further regarding George Bishop Pulsifer and Hazel Rosetta Stone. I spent time over the last few days browsing through the subscription newspaper websites I belong to and found proof through articles that George (my grandfather) was indeed married to Hazel. I will send you these articles separately through email. Hazel’s maiden name was “Morrill” and married three times. Her first husband was Harold Elwood Stevens and he died while in the service on 17 February 1923. Hazel then married George in Los Angeles, California on 24 March 1923. This was a short period of time after losing her first husband unless they divorced before Harold died. Why did Hazel go to Los Angeles is my question? Hazel returns home in August 1925 to Minot, Maine. George also came home in 1925 to Minot, Maine. I have an article I need to find for the exact dates regarding George’s return. I found after many hours of searching, a newspaper article dated 4 July & 5 July 1929 a divorce notice that was finalized between George B. Pulsifer of Minot, Maine from Hazel R. Pulsifer from Worcester, Massachusetts.
Hazel married a third time to L. Warner Stone. Mr. Stone died 10 December 1955. Hazel R. (Morrill) Stone died 2 April 1991. I have yet to find any mention of a child or children from Hazel. Hazel’s mother’s obituary of 1991 mentions she had five grandchildren. Hazel had a brother Harold W. Morrill from Mechanic Falls, Maine; and a sister Eva Donahue from Rockland, Maine. The next goal is to find out which grandchildren belonged to what parents.
Will send newspaper articles and keep you posted. Thank you for prompting me to research further regarding my grandfather George and get some answers I had for a few years now.
Again, a huge thank you to Debbie Douglas for this additional information. I am feeling more and more confident that Hazel R. Morrill (Stevens/Pulsifer/Stone) is very likely the “older woman” that teenager George Hodel impregnated.
My own follow-up on Ancestry.com shows her born in 1898, which makes her actually nine years older than George. Also, when my father had me search her name back in 1996 he gave me the search city as “Worcester, Mass” which multiple newspaper articles list as Hazel’s 1920s residence. Further, one of the newspaper articles provided by Debbie Douglas shows her divorce from G. Bishop Pulsifer in 1929- reason- DESERTION.
The next step now is to see if we can find any mention of Hazel having any children.
SKH Note: No mention of children. Just “nieces and nephews.” If she was the mother of George Hodel’s child, she may have put her child up for adoption at an early age?