Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Alvina Maria, daughter of Andrea de Albelino y Josefa Vasquez and Apolonio Rodriguez, was born on February 3, 1853, at Half Moon Bay, California.

Alvina was a great-great-granddaughter of Juan Antanasio Vasquez and Maria Gertrudes Castilo de Vasquez, who had come to Alta California with the De Anza expedition from Villa de Sinoloa, Mexico, in 1769. Half Moon Bay was originally called San Benito and later Spanishtown. It was located near Rancho Corral de Tierra, the Vasquez family ranch that was a grant from the Spanish government. Approximately 4,200 acres of the original grant remain intact at the present time (2007) and have been purchased by a private foundation and will be attached to Golden Gate National Park.

On September 10, 1870, Alvina married Charles Henry Bennett at Santa Clara, California. Alvina and Charles had 10 children: Charles Wallace, born October 17, 1871; Susan Caroline Modesto Bennett Whiteside, born December, 17, 1872; Emma Christine Bennett, born January 30, 1876; Jennie Christine Bennett, born August 8, 1878; Robert Lorenzo, born January 1, 1879; Alvina Elizabeth Bennett Mackin Clyburn, born April 22, 1883; Bertha Jane Bennett Eckert, born May 14, 1885; Grant Thomas, born December 22, 1887; Birdie Josephine Bennett Maxwell, born May 9, 1889; and Allie Bridget Bennett Johnson, born January 28, 1893.

Alvina and Charles and their first four children came to Prescott in 1876 for Alvina’s health. She had a brother who had been here, and he advised them of the dry climate. They went back to California after a short time but returned permanently in 1878.

Their first home was on the site of the new Banning Creek dam that was being erected at that time. They later moved to what became known as the old Bennett homestead that was located about a mile north of the Banning Creek damsite. There they engaged in ranching and homesteading. The old ranch site is now covered by Lake Goldwater.

Alvina was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prescott. As the mother of one of the larger families in Yavapai county, she was a busy and dedicated mother, homemaker and wife.

Alvina died on July 1, 1923, in Pomona, California, while visiting her daughter Minnie Whiteside. At the time of her death, she had 30 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Alvina’s daughter, Alvina Bennett Mackin Clyburn, her daughters-in-law, Catherine Cecilia Healy Bennett and Fannie Elizabeth Lindsay Bennett, and her granddaughters, Eileen Bennett Seaman and Evelyn Mackin Zuchero, are all commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donors: Robert E. Mackin, great-grandson and Anita Mackin Chronister, great- granddaughter
May 2007

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.