Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
EMMA JANE WILKINSON HARRINGTON
Emma Jane was born on November 5, 1850, in Busy Branch, Christian County, Illinois, the daughter of Reuben and Esther Bratt Wilkinson. She left the comforts of a nice home in Illinois to join her husband, George Patterson Harrington, in the mining camp town of Crown King. She had to adjust to very different living conditions both there and later at the Oro Belle mine.

The post office at the Oro Belle was named Harrington in honor of George. "Emma Jane was a lovable petite woman who brought some culture in the field of music and religion."

Her granddaughter Emma Nelson Wenker recalls, "She was always helping the less fortunate, and I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.

"My grandparents arranged for visits from Sky Pilot chaplains and helped with Sunday School. Grandfather was a member of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors when this was still Arizona Territory."

The Harringtons had five children: James Reuben (1877-1963), Esther Rebecca Nelson (1874-1962), George Franklin (1881-1917), Hugh Herbert (March 1890 - July 1890), and Helen Gladys Sweet (1892-?).

George senior died on February 8, 1922, in Los Angeles, California.

One of Emma's daughters was widowed with six children at an early age, and Emma Jane's legacy from her father's estate enabled her to keep the family together.

Emma Jane made frequent trips back to Illinois to care for her invalid mother. She died on November 12, 1926, in Phoenix.

Donor: Elsie P. Nason


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