Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ELIZABETH ABBOTT MAHONEY

Eliza, a native of Ireland, was born in 1847. While crossing the Atlantic on her way to America, she met John Fitzgibbon Mahoney (sometimes spelled Mahony). This shipboard romance resulted in a marriage that lasted 50 years. Eliza brought a "Tree of Heaven" plant with her to America from Ireland.

Together, John and Eliza came to the Prescott area in 1870. John served as City Engineer of Prescott for nine years, as superintendent of the Quartz Mills of Tonto Basin, and at the Crystal Ice Plant.

Eliza braved the perils of the Indian days and was a faithful wife, a beautiful mother and a seamstress. They had three daughters: Lizzie Kizer, Margaret Poulson and Susan Crose. Lizzie and Margaret are also represented in the Rose Garden.

Eliza's home at 320 South Granite stood at the place where the flagpole now stands on the grounds of the Prescott Junior High School. Eliza died on March 13, 1916.

Donor: Mrs. W. Poulson


Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.