Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MARGARET ANN MARTIN JACKSON DUMAS
Margaret Ann, daughter of Hudson and Nancy Thorpe Martin, was born in Greenville, Nelson County, Virginia, on January 20, 1834. Margaret married Andrew Jackson, nephew of General Stonewall Jackson, on December 16, 1858, and the couple lived in Broxton County, West Virginia.

In April 1861, Andrew joined the Confederate Army and was made Captain of Company B-19th Virginia Cavalry. Margaret was ordered north in the fall of 1863. All her possessions and property were confiscated, and she was allowed to take only two saddlebags of clothing with her. She went on horseback under a flag of truce through the Confederate lines to her house in Virginia. During his four years of service, Captain Jackson came home to visit his wife three times.

At the close of the war, Andrew and Margaret moved to South Carolina. In 1867, they started west by ox team. After staying in Texas for a while, they headed to the northwest and eventually returned south arriving in Prescott, Arizona, on January 1, 1876. They decided to settle on lower Oak Creek, and Margaret was the first Caucasian woman to live there. Living among the warring Yavapai Apaches, she saw many fierce outbreaks and raids.

Andrew traveled about the country trading and handling stock, leaving Margaret at home alone to tend to the livestock and ranch chores. She related that many times she saw and heard the yelling Indians on the hills nearby, but she was never molested and remained secluded in her small cabin. The couple only had one child that passed away in infancy,

Three years after the death of Andrew, Margaret married David E. Dumas on October 13, 1895. The couple continued to live on the lower Oak Creek Ranch, and in 1896 were joined by Mack Oliver Dumas, Davidís 16-year-old son whom Margaret came to love dearly.

In 1905, the family moved to a ranch at the foot of Court House Rock in the Red Rock Country. Dad and Mother Dumas were known throughout the valley for their warm hospitality. Never was a person refused a meal or bed at the Dumas Ranch.

David died in 1920. Margaret remained on the ranch with her stepson and his wife Lenore and lived to enjoy two grandchildren. She died on January 24, 1925, at the age of 91 and was buried beside Captain Jackson in Middle Verde Cemetery. Lenore wrote that with Margaretís death there passed a most well-loved and remarkable woman of the West.

Donor: Martha D. Bunger, granddaughter
August 2002


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