Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ELIZABETH HECKERT SHANBERGER

Elizabeth was born October 8, 1818, in the Duchy of Hesse, Germany. She married John Shanberger, a native of Baden, Germany, on August 18, 1839, in Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Prior to the Civil War, they owned and operated a prosperous plantation at Mamelle, Arkansas, in the area now a part of North Little Rock. They were forced to abandon their holdings and seek refuge in Texas on the banks of the Brazos River during the conflict.

On their return to Arkansas when hostilities ceased, they found the plantation in burned-out ruins. Their slaves had left upon being freed, and labor was not available so they decided to move to Prescott, Arizona Territory.

Elizabeth came to Prescott via stage coach from Yuma on April 24, 1879. Her husband had journeyed on to Prescott from Los Angeles ahead of her.

The Shanbergers lived at 225 North Montezuma Street for the rest of their lives. Only two of Elizabeth's four sons reached adulthood. George died as a recruit in the Confederate Army when he contracted measles on the march to Memphis, Arkansas, for training when he was 18. John H. died December 16, 1869, when he was 22 years of age, in Mamelle of influenza.

The Shanberger daughters were Margarethe (born in Mamelle on January 20, 1855, and died February 15, 1878, the wife of James A. Vance); Catherine Sarah (Mrs. Danial Hatz), born March 13, 1852; Younda Louise (Mrs. George Probst); and Elizabeth (Mrs. John Barrington).

Mary (Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Majors) was the Shanberger's granddaughter. Mary's parents were Elizabeth and John Barrington.

Elizabeth brought with her to Prescott starters of the yellow rose which flourished here, and clippings were given to many residents. Once these roses grew as a hedge in front of the Bashford House on the campus of the Sharlot Hall Museum and in the Citizens' Cemetery.

She was an active member of the Methodist Church. She was a true pioneer, aiding in the establishment of one of the early churches and helping the Hatz family raise their youngsters. She gave two daughters to Prescott bachelors at a time when marriageable women were few.

Elizabeth's daughter Catherine Hatz and her granddaughter Bessie Bork are also represented in the Memorial Rose Garden.

Elizabeth died on January 18, 1895, in Prescott and was buried in Citizens' Cemetery.

Donor: Albert William Bork
1997






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