Rose Garden PhotographsAnnie J. (Moore) Roberts was born on March 15, 1862 in Enterprise, Clarke County, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Mary (Page) and Joseph F. Moore. Her formal name was Julia Anne Roberts, but she went by Annie.

She was fourteen years old when she married George W. Roberts on December 28, 1876 in Clarke County, Mississippi. In 1877, they moved by covered wagon to North Marshfield, Coos County, Oregon.

In 1881, their daughter, Manie Allizine Roberts, was born. Manie married Cyrus Lindell and then, Edwin William Forrest.  Manie died May 16, 1954 in Los Angeles County, California.

They came to Prescott in 1891 and remained there until their deaths. George was a barber at 166 S. Montezuma Street. Annie and George lived at 406 S. Montezuma. He died sometime between 1913 and 1916.

After her husband's death, Annie was one of the first members of the First Church of Christ Scientist. She became a certified healer-practitioner at her home at 434 S. Cortez Street and was highly respected in the community. 

Annie died on December 5, 1945, and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery (I.O.O.F) in Prescott.  Her obituary says, “During the many years that intervened, Mrs. Roberts made a host of friends, earning for her a deep affection among white and colored folks alike. Her affiliation for more than 40 years with the Christian Science church in this community and the fine Christian work that she carried on during those years, not only made lasting friends for her, she created a loving bond between her and her church. Her keen interest and mental alertness in all matters, expressed an innate capacity far beyond her limited opportunities in life.”

Her Arizona death certificate lists her name as Mrs. Julia Anne Roberts.

Donor:  Helen Heap
Photo Location:  RGC MS-39, Box R, F-Roberts, Annie (Moore)
Updated: 12/5/2014, Gretchen Hough Eastman and D. Sue Kissel