Sarah (Wells) Arnold


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Sarah Jennie (Wells) Arnold (b.1846 - d. 1909) was born in Ohio and died November, 1909 in Prescott. She came around Cape Horn to San Francisco and then to the Aqua Fria Valley of Arizona before 1869. She married Wales Arnold in Prescott, Arizona Territory on October 24,1869.

Called "Auntie" Arnold, Sarah and her husband went to the Verde Valley, or Fort Lincoln (as it was known at that time). In 1870 they located to the Montezuma Well Ranch in Beaver Creek, facing danger from hostile Indians, who stole their livestock frequently. Following a skirmish at Rattlesnake Tank, the officers found a small Indian girl, two or three years old, abandoned by her tribe. The officers took the child to the Arnolds, who raised her.

Ten years after moving to Beaver Creek, they moved to Squaw Peak in Arizona where they lived on an orchard/ranch which they named Flower Pot Ranch. In 1895 the Arnolds moved and built a home on what is now known as the Fain Ranch.

Burial: Verde Valley Cemetery, located on private property, the Las Espuelas Ranch. Prior permission is required to enter the cemetery.

Sources: Arizona Miner, October 30, 1869; Verde Independent, July, 1974; US Census 1900



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