Varney Stephens Residence


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Varney Stephens Residence, corner of Goodwin and Granite Streets.

Varney Stephens was one of the earliest pioneers in Prescott, Arizona, arriving in Prescott in 1864 via Texas. He and his wife, Nancy A. Bell, arrived in Prescott from Jacksonville, Missouri in 1864 and remained there their entire lives. They had three daughters and one son. The Stephens family adopted a Native American girl named Joan/Jo Ann in 1865 after a group of soldiers killed 22 Native Americans, of which only the girl was spared.

Initially, Varney started with ranching but moved to other businesses. In 1870 he helped establish the business of Kelly & Stephens with William Needham Kelly, another 1864 pioneer, in Prescott. (William married Varney's daughter Martina). The business was first engaged in freighting, then in stationery and they finally added clothing. The Prescott Fire of 1900 consumed their store and entire stock. Stephens died on September 21, 1904 and Nancy Stephens died in 1908.

The back of this photo reads: "Cora and Geogie Weaver on the gate post & little Edith in the carriage."  These are daughters of businessman Benjamin H. Weaver; more information can be found on the Weaver family at Sharlot Hall Museum, in the Weaver Family Collection, MS-118.

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