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Martha Pearsall (Hichborn)

Also Known As: "The Heliotrope Belle", "Martha Hichbourne-Blaine", "Mrs. P.S. Pearsall", "formerly Blaine"
Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadephia , Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 20, 1933 (56)
Washington, Washington , D.C., United States
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adm. Philip Hichborn and Jennie Mary Hichborn
Wife of Lieut. Paul S. Pearsall
Ex-wife of James Gillespie Blaine, Jr.
Sister of Philip Simmons Hichborn

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Martha Pearsall

Martha, born at Philadelphia, November 17, 1876. Adopted her nephew, Philip S. Hichborn, Jr.

"Martha Hichborn, Philip Hichborn’s sister, also had a sad life. It was in her home that Philip took his life. Martha married, against her will, the divorced Republican senator James G. Blaine of Maine.  That marriage soured and she later remarried a man named Pearsall. When she died in 1933, she left her entire, and considerable, estate to her chauffeur. (8)"


  • (8) “Milestones,” Time Magazine, 1 May 1933. 


  1. # New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 (Google eBook) William Richard Cutter. Lewis historical publishing Company, 1913 - New England.  Page 772
  2. PHILIP S. HICHBORN, DESERTED, A SUICIDE; Rear Admiral's Son, Whose Wife Eloped, Shoots Himself in His Sister's Home. Special to The New York Times. (); March 28, 1912. WASHINGTON, March 27. -- The climax to the two elopements of Mrs. Philip S. Hichborn with Horace S. Wylie came about 5 o'clock this evening, when Philip S. Hichborn went to the home of his sister, Mrs. P.S. Pearsall, the former wife of James G. Blaine, Jr., and shot himself through the head.
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 91748856
  4. 1920 census: "seems to be at 1102 16th St. A widow with two servants and a roomer, no occupation."


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Martha Pearsall's Timeline

November 17, 1876
Philadelphia, Philadephia , Pennsylvania, United States
April 20, 1933
Age 56
Washington, Washington , D.C., United States
Age 56
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States