Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Anna was born on August 27, 1834, in Rowley, Massachusetts. She came to Tucson AT in 1889 and to Prescott about 1895.

Her husband Josiah B. Tilton was killed in a hay mow when her children were young. She raised her sons, Bertram (1872), who later became mayor of Prescott and owner of a machine shop and the music store; George Franklin (1862); and Horace.

Anna supported the family by making hooked rugs. She was described as the "grand old lady of Arizona" in Masonic and Eastern Star circles.

The history of Freemasonry in Arizona stated: "The cheery disposition and tact of Sister Tilton were successfully brought to play, and order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and harmony out of discord, prevailed."

She was "perhaps the oldest white woman in this part of the state" at the time of her death.

Anna died on November 15, 1925, in her son's (?)home at 231 South Marina and was interred in Los Angeles.

Donor: Mrs. Eva Tilton

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