|Mabel Brown Hibbard Collection
Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Hazen born October 16, 1869, in Marshall, IL, to John Carlisle Hazen and Clarinda Freemen.
John C. Hazen was born 08 Mar 1843 in Ohio. His family relocated to Marshall, IL. John was a soldier in the Civil War,
enlisting in Company F, Illinois 79th Infantry Regiment on 28 Aug 1862. He mustered out on 12 Jun 1865 at Camp
Butler, Springfield, IL. John died 04 Sep 1872 in Marshall, IL. John's father was Dr. John Herrick Hazen, who was a
young soldier in the War of 1812 and was with Commodore Perry during his famed battle on Lake Erie.
Mollie's mother was Clarinda Freeman, born 27 Feb 1847 in Indiana. She and John Hazen married 04 Dec 1866. After
he died, she married Joseph Wishard 27 Jul 1877 and relocated to Kansas. He died in 1891. Clarinda relocated with
her daughter's family in Pawnee County, OK, where she died 31 Mar 1898.
The Browns suffered challenges in Oklahoma that proved to much to keep George and Mary together. Having already
lost one child in Fort Smith, AR, a five-month old son named Clarence, the family would suffer a shocking, traumatic loss
in Kiefer, OK. One of their twins, Ella, was brutally assaulted and murdered in January of 1913 at the age of 9. The
trials wore on for two years and ended with no justice for Ella. George was a drover, or teamster, hauling supplies in the
oil fields. The need to relocate, possibly coupled with the stress of coping with the loss of Ella, tore the family apart. We
do not know the date or location, but George and Mary divorced between 1915 and 1918.
My family said Mary was tired of moving, and that may be so; but I believe she did not want to leave the area until she
saw justice for Ella. That day never came. The trials were widely reported in newspapers. Many described Mary being
at all the trials. She wrote a letter to a Tulsa newspaper to correct them after an erroneous article was printed. It
appears she was a strong woman committed to the truth. She also wrote an open letter to another newspaper
denouncing one of the officers who was involved with the case and was then running for public office. She accused him
of corruption and contributing to the court's inability to bring a guilty verdict. It was reported that when the man accused
of killing Ella was finally acquitted after his third trial, Mary stood up and shouted at the man in the courtroom, declaring
that he did murder her daughter. The townsfolk threatened a lynching, so the defendant had to spend another night in
jail for his own protections. My family was convinced he was guilty.
Mary remarried James Carl Poulson (b. 02 May 1855 in Indiana) sometime around 1918.
Tragedy struck again when George and Mary's daughter, Maude, died unexpectedly in 1928 at the age of 38.
Despite all the tragedy in her life, Mary finally did find happiness. My grandmother's last memory of Mary (her
grandmother) was driving away after a visit and turning back to wave and seeing Mary's young husband playfully turning
the water hose on her.
Mary died in 1932 and is buried in the Old Sapulpa Cemetery next to her beloved Ella. George is buried across town at
South Heights Cemetery next to Maud.
Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Hazen
Born 16 Oct 1869 in Marshall, IL
Married George Washington Brown 15 Jun 1885 in Coldwater, KS
Married James Carl Poulson about 1918
Died 31 Jul 1932 Seminole, OK
Buried at Old Sapulpa Cemetery, Sapulpa, OK
|Oklahoma, I.T.Around 1900 in Cleveland,
George, Mabel, Eva (front) Turner, Mary, Maud
|Right - Mary Elizabeth Hazen
Left - Mary Hazen-Poulson
Right - Jim and Mary Poulson
After George and Mary divorced, Mary
married James Carol Poulson. He was much
younger than Mary, so her grandchildren
grew up calling him, "Uncle Jim." They were
very fond of him, and he brought Mary much
joy in the later part of her life.
(L) Mary in 1918 with her
granddaughter, Melba Louise
Hibbard (daughter of Mabel
Brown and Nort Hibbard).
(R) Mary with Annie Ransom
in an undated photo