Wales Arnold


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Wales Arnold (b. 1837 - d.1913) was born April 6, 1837 in Massachusetts. Arnold served in Company F of the California Infantry and came to Arizona Territory in 1863 as an Indian Scout for General George Crook. 

He married Sarah Jennie Wells on October 24, 1869 in Prescott, Arizona Territory.  Arnold was a rancher and farmer. After his wedding in 1869, Wales and Sarah moved to Fort Lincoln, today Fort Verde State Park in Camp Verde, Arizona.

In 1870, they located to the Montezuma Well Ranch in Beaver Creek, which is in the Verde Valley area, facing danger from hostile Indians, who frequently stole their livestock. Following a skirmish at Rattlesnake Tank, cavalry 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, the Arnolds moved to Squaw Peak in Arizona where they lived on a ranch and orchard that they named Flower Pot Ranch. In 1895, the Arnolds moved and built a home in Lonesome Valley, which is known today as Fain Ranch in Prescott Valley, Arizona today.

The Arnolds are buried in the Verde Valley Cemetery, which is 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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