Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ELIZABETH R. VICKERS (ALDRIDGE) TOWNSEND

Lizzie was born on March 15, 1844, in Tennessee. She married John Bennett Townsend on December 29, 1859, in Texas. They settled in Agua Fria, Arizona Territory, in 1867.

Elizabeth's children were Clara (1863), Dee (1865), Lula or Louisa (1867), Ora (1870), Clancy or Chauncey (1872), and J. B. or Benny (1874). Her daughters Ora French and Clara Vroom are also represented in the Rose Garden.

John was killed by Apaches at Dripping Springs east of Mayer on September 16, 1873. His last words to his wife and children who were going to pick green beans were, "Don't go any farther than the fields." He apparently did not heed his own advice. After his death, Elizabeth moved to Point of Rocks and then to Prescott.

On March 28, 1876, Lizzie married Meredith Aldridge in Prescott, and they had two more children: William (1877) and Jennie (1878). The couple separated six months before her death.

Lizzie died on January 31, 1904, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery.

Donor: Ora Townsend French




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