Daugher of Simeon Bacon Titus and Eliza Jane Morris. She was the granddaughter of Lenox Titus of the Revolutionary Army.
She started school at age 3, and walked a mile to school everyday without missing. She would later move to Lawrence, Massachusetts and go to school there while living with her grandmother Morris.
When the Civil War erupted, Fannie's brother, James Titus, enlisted in the Company E, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. He would later die of disease at Warren Station, Virginia. Two other brothers, Morris P. and Joseph L. Titus also served the Union during the war. Morris would later be captured at the battle of Cold Harbor and sent to the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp in Georgia. He would be released in 1864 and lived until December of 1900. Joseph was wounded in the head at Cold Harbor. He was sent home on furlough but upon returning to duty, died in a field hospital.
Fanny Hazen offered her services to the Sanitary Commission and the Christian Commission to serve as a nurse but she was turned down due to her young age. She applied to Miss Dorthea Dix for an appointment, but was again told that she was too young. But Fannie persisted in her request and explained that she had lost one brother in the war already and had two brothers, one seventeen (Joseph) and the other eighteen (Morris), in the service, she begged to be allowed to stay in Washington and serve her country. Miss Dix acquiesced and Fannie was sent to Columbia Hospital, Washington, D.C., where she stayed until it closed, June 27, 1865. From the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, her youngest brother (Joseph) was brought to her with his head wound, and she nursed him until he recovered enough to go home on leave. Her service at the hospital during the Civil War was exemplary and lauded by surgeons, nurses, patients and by Dorthea Dix herself.
Fannie's care of a Sergeant Eli Hudson of Pennsylvania resulted in his going from death's door to recuperating to a state of wellness that allowed him to go home. Fannie went home with him and during the process meet her future husband, Charles Richard Hazen, who was a native of Hartford, Vermont. They would marry in her parents home back in Vermont in the very room she had been born in.
Fannie and Richard would have four children:
Alma Martha/Martha Alma Hazen 5/12/1868 -
(m. J. Ernest Conant)
Ernest Willard Hazen 8/2/1872 - 11/23/1873
Elbert Titus Hazen - 7/6/1874 - 5/9/1881
Edmund Roscoe Hazen 6/5/1877 - 1950
(m. Etta Agnus Tayne 9/2/1875 - )
Hazen was at one time the president of the Massachusetts Army Nurses association and a member of the Woman's Relief Corps, Daughter's of the American Revolution, Cambridge Equal Suffrage League and more.
She later lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was given the key to the city in 1924. Here obituary read as follows:
Boston Herald, Monday, January 20, 1930, page 11
Funeral service for Mrs. Fannie Titus Hazen, civil war nurse, were conducted yesterday afternoon in the home, 61 Osgood street, Cambridge, by the Rev. J. Edwin Lacount, pastor of the Epworth Episcopal Church, that city. Burial was in Cambridge Cemetery where taps were sounded by Fred Waugh, past commander of the Sons of Union Veterans." (Courtesy of Tom Ledoux)
Charles Richard Hazen
1833–1916 (m. 1866)
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