My mother and her brother were 'adopted' in the 1950's from Bethany Orphanage in Bethany, Kentucky. According to my mother's birth certificate she was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 13th 1946. Her brother, William was born in Kentucky Nov 7th 1947. Her father was Frank "Alec" Byrd and mother was Hazel Alice maiden name, Briscoe. Hazel's DOB- 1/8/1925. Frank was in a car accident in 1949 in Sharonville, OH, that killed him. After recent conversations with my mother and countless hours on ancestry, newspaper.com,.familysearch, and so-on, I have come to find out Hazel was committed in 1948 before her husband died and that his father, William Byrd, is the one who had her committed.
In my search I have found the following information - Newspaper articles of Franks death, his grave stone on findagrave,com, my mother Myrtle's birth certificate with Hazel and Frank's dates of birth; marked as married; Hazel residing in Cincinnati for 5 years (1941-1946), a record of Hazel Briscoe being my Uncle William Weeden's mother born in Kentucky and pictures of old records from Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, KY from 1948 with Hazel Bird and Hazel Byrd. As I've learned more, regarding Eastern State Hospital, due to a complete lack of any record after that time, (December 1948). I have never found a death certificate for Hazel Byrd Briscoe nor a marriage license for her and Frank AKA Alec AKA Alex Byrd. I am compelled to continue looking for answers and the truth regarding her life. Even if she passed at ESH and was buried in the mass unmarked grave sites on the property, I am driven to know what happened to this women and honor her memory because it seems the world never knew she existed.
I have considered petitioning courts for adoption records along with my mother. My mother was born in Ohio, was place in an orphanage in Kentucky, and then sent to live with her new family in Indiana in1954 (according to her memory). So which state would have the records? Also, it is unknown if an adoption had ever legally been placed. According to my mothers most recent information from memory that she failed to mention, Hazel had never given up her parental rights, mainly because no one could find her. So William Byrd (Hazel's father-in-law) allowed for a name change to take place because he was apparently legal guardian of my mom and uncle at the time.
I guess the information that I'd like to have is her date and place of death. If a marriage between her and Frank ever occurred and if there is a marriage license. If she was ever discharged from ESH and what her life turned into if she did. I don't know if anyone will be able to help me but I have listed as much factual information below as I can:
Hazel Alice Briscoe DOB- January 8th 1925 Stanton, Powell County, Kentucky
Father-Weeden Elbert Briscoe
Mother-Ethel J. James
Siblings- Roscoe, Charles, Lela, Sadie
Spouse-Alec "Frank" Byrd born on March 29,1919 in Wolfe County, Kentucky and died May 22, 1949 in Sharonville, Hamilton County, Ohio
Father-in-law-William E. Byrd
Mother-in-law- Myrtle Jane Robinson
Children- Myrtle Loretta Byrd born on March 13, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio and William Weeden Byrd born on November 5,1947 in Powell, Kentucky & died on June 24 2009 in Clearwater, Florida.
Possible admittance to Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky in August 1948.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Hazel Briscoe's life as I know it. Also, my enormous gratitude for any information or guidance in finding the answers my mother and I seek.