Grace Hubbard Fortescue (Bell) (1883 - c.1979)

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Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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About Grace Hubbard Fortescue (Bell)

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Grace Hubbard Fortescue, née Grace Hubbard Bell (1883–1979) was a New York socialite who took the law into her own hands and killed a defendant charged with the rape of her daughter, an act that earned her a one-hour sentence for manslaughter.

Life

Grace Hubbard Bell was born November 3, 1883 in Washington DC. Her father Charles John Bell was first cousin of inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who married her mother's sister. Her grandfather Gardiner Hubbard was the first president of Bell Telephone Company. Her mother was Roberta Wolcott Hubbard Bell (1859–1885). The family lived in Twin Oaks in Washington, DC. Newspaper reports indicate that Grace could be classified as a prankster when a youth she and her friends stole a trolley car for a joy ride through the streets of Washington and on another occasion she blocked traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue by joining hands with friends and roller skating down the avenue.

She married U.S. Army Major Granville "Rolly" Fortescue (1875–1952), one of the sons of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt. Her husband was first cousin of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The marriage was not financially successful as she would have wished. She was the mother of three daughters: Marion Fortestcue who married Daulton Gillespie Viskniskki in 1934, Thalia Fortescue Massie (1911–1963), and Kenyon Forestcue Reynolds (1914–1990), better known as actress Helene Whitney.

Outwardly, the Fortescues appeared to be wealthy country gentry. In reality, financial affairs became a primary concern for them after Granville's final retirement from the army. With the exception of a short stint as a fiction editor for Liberty magazine in 1930, he did not have steady employment, preferring to wait for the fortune his wife would inherit at the death of her parents.

Murder trial

Main article: Massie Trial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massie_Trial

A graying woman of fair complexion, standing at 5-feet 6-inches (168 cm) tall and weighing 134 pounds (61 kg), Grace Fortescue was charged with murder and convicted by a jury of manslaughter after the death of Joseph Kahahawai, one of the defendants in the alleged rape of her daughter.

Also charged and convicted with Fortescue were two sailors, Edward J. Lord and Deacon Jones, as well as Fortescue's son-in-law, Thomas Massie who participated in the abduction and murder of Kahahawai.

As of January 8, 1932, a criminal record indicates that while in Honolulu, Grace Fortescue lived on Kolowalu Street in Manoa Valley, a short distance from her daughter's home on Kahawai Street.

Attorney Clarence Darrow defended Fortescue, Jones, Massie and Lord and obtained a commutation of their sentence of ten-years imprisonment for manslaughter to one-hour in the executive chambers of Territorial Governor Lawrence M. Judd.

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Death: June 24 1979

Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, USA

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Grace Hubbard Fortescue (born Bell)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington, DC

Death: June 24 1979 - Palm Beach Co, FL

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born Hubbard)

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

Children: Thalia Bell Fortescue, Marion Viskniskki (born Fortescue), Helene Reynolds (born Fortescue)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington DC, United States

Death: 1979

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born Hubbard)

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington, DC

Death: 1979

Parents: Charles John Bell, Grace Bell (born Hubbard)

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

Daughter: Thalia Massie (born Fortescue)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington, DC

Death: 1979

Parents: Charles John Bell, Grace Bell (born Hubbard)

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

Daughter: Thalia Massie (born Fortescue)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington, DC

Death: June 24 1979 - Palm Beach County, Florida

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (geboren Hubbard)

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Children: Marion Viskniskki (geboren Fortescue), Helene Reynolds (geboren Fortescue), Unknown

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Birth: Nov 3 1883 - Washington, DC

Death: June 24 1979

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born Hubbard)

Siblings: Helen Adell Ripley (born Bell), Gardiner Hubbard Bell, Charles James Bell, Robert Wolcott Bell

Husband: Granville Roland "Rolly" Fortescue

Children: "Thalia" Grace Bell Massie (born Fortescue-Massie-Uptigrove), "Rion" Marion Viskniskki (born Fortescue-Viskniskki), "Helen" Kenyon Reynolds (born Fortescue-Reynolds)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Death: June 24 1979 - Arlington Co., Virginia, USA

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

Children: Thalia Massie gesch Uptigrove (geb. Fortescue), Marion Viskniskki, "Rion" (geb. Fortescue), Kenyon Reynolds, "Helen" (geb. Fortescue)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Death: June 24 1979 - Arlington Co., Virginia, USA

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

Children: Thalia Massie gesch Uptigrove (geb. Fortescue), Marion Viskniskki, "Rion" (geb. Fortescue), Kenyon Reynolds, "Helen" (geb. Fortescue)

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born HUBBARD)

Siblings: Helen Adine Bell, Gardiner Hubbard Bell, Charles James Bell, Robert Wolcott Bell

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born Hubbard)

Siblings: Helen Adine Bell, Gardiner Hubbard Bell, Charles James Bell, <Private> Bell

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Birth: Nov 3 1883

Parents: Charles James Bell, Roberta Wolcott Bell (born Hubbard)

Siblings: Helen Adine Bell, Gardiner Hubbard Bell, Charles James Bell, <Private> Bell

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Birth: 1883

Death: 1979

Husband: Granville Roland Fortescue

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Grace Hubbard Fortescue's Timeline

1883
November 3, 1883
Washington, D.C., United States
1911
1911
Age 27
1912
May 9, 1912
Age 28
1914
July 4, 1914
Age 30
1979
June 24, 1979
Age 95
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Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States