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Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw Benson Faulkner

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Compiled and written by Kimberli Faulkner Hull © Chasing Light Media
Niece by marriage of Hazel Bradshaw Faulkner
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Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw was born on 21 Oct 1918 in Cook County, Illinois to John Bradshaw and Sylvia Thacker Bradshaw.1

Hazel married Earl Axel Benson on 25 July 1935 in Lake County, Indiana.2

The couple had one daughter, Nancy Roberta.3

Nancy Benson and Hazel Bradshaw
Nancy Benson and Hazel Bradshaw. From the photos of Mark Smith, grandson of Hazel Bradshaw Faulkner.
Hazel Bradshaw, ca. 1940s.
Hazel Bradshaw, ca. 1940s. From the photos of Mark Smith, grandson of Hazel Bradshaw Faulkner.

Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw Benson married second to Philip Lawrence Faulkner in February 1949 in Chicago, Illinois.4

1949 Phil and Hazel Faulkner
Philip Faulkner and Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw were married in Feb 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

A personal remembrance from the author…

Uncle Phil was my father, Ernie’s, closest brother. As a little girl, we’d travel to Chicago to visit Uncle Phil and Aunt Hazel from the small town where we lived in Kansas and it was magical. Uncle Phil and Aunt Hazel would take me to Marshall Field’s and spoil me with treasures, followed by a stop at their favorite bakery, where we’d pick up a huge layer cake. As we’d drive through the city in Phil’s big sedan with the windows down, all the sounds, colors, sights and energy of the city would mesmerize me. Phil and Hazel were fun and kind and are truly missed. 

Phil and Hazel Faulkner, ca 1950s
Philip and Hazel Faulkner. Chicago, Illinois. From the photos of Mark Smith, grandson of Hazel Bradshaw Faulkner.

Phil and Hazel lived in the Chicago area until they moved to Florida in 1973.5

Hazel died on 6 March 1976 in Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida and is buried in Illinois.6

Hazel E. Faulkner, Chicago, Illinois, 11 Mar 1976
“Hazel E. Faulkner,” obituaryStar Tribune (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), 11 Mar 1976.

Philip Lawrence Faulkner died at the age of 69 on 29 December 29 1985, in Orange County, Florida. Phil is buried in Glen Haven Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.7

Hazel Bradshaw Faulkner Obituary

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw Benson Faulkner,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/hazel-eleanor-bradshaw-faulkner-1918-1976/ : posted 2021).


  1. Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Cook County Clerk’s Office, Genealogy Records, Birth Index, no. 6039005, Cook County, Illinois, Hazel Bradshaw, 21 Oct 1918. Also, Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922, Hazel Eleanor Bradshaw, 21 Oct 1918. Parents: John Bradshaw and Sylvia Thacker.

  2. Lake County, Indiana, Marriage Record, 11 May 1935-14 Aug 1935, p. 466, license no. 38458, Earl Benson–Hazel Bradshaw, 25 July 1935. License and marriage: 25 July 1935. Return: 1 Aug 1935.

  3. “Nancy Benson Julius,” obituary, News-Press (Ft. Myers, Florida), 30 Dec 2015, col. 3.

  4. Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Cook County Clerk’s Office, Genealogy Records, Marriage Index, Cook County, Illinois, license no. A967FCF6-171E-4864-A04D-C1307D9EDD32, Philip L. Faulkner–Hayel Benson, 19 Feb 1949.

  5. “Philip L. Faulkner, obituary, Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Orange County, Florida), 31 Dec 1985, p. 26, col. 2.

  6. “Hazel E. Faulkner,” obituaryStar Tribune (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), 11 Mar 1976. Also,
    Find A Grave, memorial 195008150, Hazel E Bradshaw Faulkner (1918-1976), Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

  7. “Philip L. Faulkner, obituary, Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Orange County, Florida), 31 Dec 1985, p. 26, col. 2. Also, Find A Grave, memorial 195007906, Philip Lawrence Faulkner (1916-1985), Glen Haven Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).





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