Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
HANNAH I. SHIVERS POSTLE REES
Hannah, daughter of Sarah Ann Roberts and David W. Shivers, was born on January 2, 1853, in Missouri. David and Sarah and their four daughters left Missouri in the late 1850s for Kansas and then moved on to California.

The family moved again and eventually arrived in Prescott in 1864. David recognized the ranching and farming potential of Del Rio. On April 2, 1867, Robert Postleís partner, Jose Delgado, quit-claimed his tract of land to Shivers, and the family homesteaded in Chino Valley.

On September 10, 1867, Hannah married her Del Rio neighbor, Robert Postle. Robert had homesteaded the tract of Del Rio land, which was the original site of old Fort Whipple. Theirs was the 12th wedding performed in Yavapai County.

Hannah and Robert had three children: Ann (who died in infancy), Robert David and Alice. The Postlesí estate flourished, and their influence in the community grew. But on April 9, 1871, at the age of 34, Robert died, leaving 18-year-old Hannah a widow with a three-year-old son and an infant daughter dependent on her.

Hannah remained on the homestead and, no doubt with the assistance of her father, continued to operate the farm. She was determined to establish a permanent home for her children on the Del Rio land their father had seen as the promise of security.

She lived out the requisite period of time there to prove title to the land in her own name and was issued a patent from the United States. She was one of the first women in Yavapai County to receive a land patent and have a deed issued in her own name not just as Robert's widow.

A four-year veteran of the Civil War sought adventure in the West and traveled with a group of cavalry en route to Prescott. His name was Samuel Rees. His roving days were over when he met, fell in love with and married Hannah Postle. By an act of the Arizona Territorial Government in 1879, daughter Alice Postle and Robert Postleís names were changed to Alice and Robert Rees.

Samuel and Hannah remained on the Postle ranch and became the parents of three sons: David, Samuel and Carl (known as Todd). Hannahís tenacious devotion to her home continued to reward her, her husband and young family with a comfortable living and tranquil life.

When Robert David was fifteen, he contracted a severe fever, and Hannah nursed him through his life-threatening siege. But Hannah herself then became ill and was taken to her sister Sarah Annís (then Mrs. John Fisher) house in Prescott to be cared for. She died at Sarah Annís house on November 9, 1886.

Without Hannah, Samuel did not fare well as a farmer and a single parent. Hannahís sons went to live with friends and relatives. Alice was reared by her motherís sister. The Postle/Rees ranch ran into debt and, as the result of a mortgage foreclosure in 1886, was acquired by John G. Campbell and his partner, James Baker.

Hannah was buried in an unmarked grave in Citizens Cemetery. Her sister, Sarah Ann Fisher Goldwater, and her daughter-in-law, Renette Hill Rees, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Terry Munderloh
March 2007


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