|ELIZABETH BARLOW-MASSICKS PEDLEY|
|Elizabeth, daughter of Mary Ann and Thomas Barlow-Massicks, was born on December 29, 1860, in Hensingham, Cumberland, England. In 1890, she married William Everard Pedley. Elizabeth and William had three sons: Lionel, born October 22, 1892, in England; Eric, born January 2, 1894, in California; and Oswald, born September 1896 also in California.|
William was an engineer, and he and Elizabeth came to the Lynx Creek area of Arizona in 1892. They were later joined there by Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Barlow-Massicks.
Thomas became the owner of the Lynx Creek Gold Company and the Lynx Creek Hydraulic Works. He built his residence that became known as the “Castle” on Lynx Creek where Prescott Valley’s Fain Park is now located.
William became the Hydraulic Engineer for his brother-in-law’s hydraulic company and designed the dam and flume system for the placer mining operation below the Castle.
During her stay in Arizona, Elizabeth acted as Thomas’s hostess at the “Castle” when he entertained his business colleagues and military dignitaries from Fort Whipple. Elizabeth was a member of the Church of England and an accomplished horsewoman who always rode side saddle. Her son, Eric, became an internationally famous polo player.
The family moved to California in the 1890s where William continued to be involved in many hydraulic design ventures.
Elizabeth died on March 9, 1943, at Monterey, California. She was buried at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Donor: Prescott Valley Historic Society