Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
NANCY HENRIETTA HUNTER WRIGHT EADS
Nancy, daughter of Shadrack Vanburen Hunter and Sarah Skidmore Hunter, was born on June 5, 1859, in Weatherford, Texas. On June 3, 1875, she married George Washington Wright in Weatherford, Texas.

George and Nancy had eight children: Burrell Lee, born May 2, 1877; James Hunter, born 1882; Oscar, born 1885; Ettie Ellen, born May 11, 1887; George Washington Jr., born July 11, 1889; Annie, born July 12, 1892; William Parker, born February 13, 1896; and another baby born before 1902 who died as an infant.

In 1894, George and Nancy with their six oldest children joined a wagon train that took them to Pine, Arizona, where they became a ranching family. At that time the area of Pine was known as Pine Creek.

William Parker Wright was born in Pine, and some years later the Wright family moved to Camp Verde, Arizona. Here in the Verde Valley much sorrow came into Nancy’s life. On January 27, 1904, Ettie Ellen died of diphtheria, and the following month her husband George died. In February 1905 her son Oscar drowned while trying to cross the Verde River on horseback, and in 1909 her daughter Annie died, also of diphtheria.

The 1910 census shows her living in Dewey, Arizona, and working as a seamstress. On May 17, 1911, Nancy married Grant Eads. Grant was a stagecoach driver on the route from Black Canyon City to Prescott. Nancy’s son Burrell Wright, at age 18, carried mail from Pine to Jerome by stage. His wife, Sarah Goswick Wright, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Nancy's son William Parker worked as a miner, and his wife Edna was a friend of Sharlot Hall.

Nancy came to Arizona as a young pioneer woman and endured many hardships. She died on February 12, 1924, in Mayer and was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Prescott.

Donor: Shawn Ramirez, great granddaughter
March 2010


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