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Varney Andrew Stephens

Posted 2018-07-09 by Judy Wight Branson
The Arizona Weekly Journal Miner, Prescott, Arizona
Wednesday, September 28, 1904, page 7, column 4

The Passing Of An Old Pioneer

Death of Varney A. Stephens Wednesday.

Came to Arizona in Eighteen Sixty Four and Resided Here Ever Since

Varney A. Stephens died on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, at 2 o'clock
at the age of 84 years.

He had been in ill health for several months, and for some time had
been unable to recognize anyone, even his own relatives.

He is survived by a widow, three daughters and a son, being Mrs. W. N.
Kelly, Mrs. B. H. Weaver of Prescott, Mrs. W. C. Potts of Jamestown,
California and John Stephens of Prescott.

Mr. Stephens was one of the old timers, having come to Arizona in
1864, when new comers had to blaze their own trails as well as to
prepare the way for those which afterwards followed them.

He was born in Kentucky but came with his parents to Missouri,
afterwards removing to Texas whence he came to Arizona.

Like all the early Arizona settlers he had many thrilling experiences
with Indians who molested, and murdered the settlers of northern
Arizona until 1872, when General Cook cleaned them out, and since then
they have not given any trouble in Northern Arizona.

In 1865, W. N. Kelly arrived in Prescott, and formed a partnership
with Mr. Stephens, and in 1865 Mr. Kelly married his partner's

The first business engaged in by the firm of Kelly and Stephens was
freighting and afterwards they engage in the stationery business
finally adding clothing, and they continued in business until the big
conflagration of 1900 when their building and entire stock of goods,
as well as a mineral cabinet, the most valuable in the territory,
belonging to Mr. Kelly, were consumed by the fire, and Mr. Stephens
did not afterwards engage in business.

The funeral was delayed until Sunday in order that his daughter, Mrs.
Potts might arrive from Jamestown, California. It took place at 4
o'clock on the afternoon of that day and the procession which followed
the remains to their last resting place was one of the largest seen in
Prescott in many months.

Transcriber's note: Mr. Stephens is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in
Prescott, Arizona.

See Also: Arizona Gravestone Photo Project

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