Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Jemima, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Frances Emerson Hayden, was born on March 24, 1860, at Nelson, Virginia. On October 10, 1889, she married Wilford Hayden, and the couple came to Phoenix, Arizona that same year. They lived in the 40th Street and Buckeye Road area for a time before being flooded out in 1891. They then homesteaded on Hayden Road in today’s Scottsdale area.

Jemima and Wilford had six children: Augusta Lee Hayden Starkey, born March 16, 1891; Hugh Ware Hayden, born August 19, 1893; Mildred Ethel Hayden Evans, born July 7, 1895; Wilford Edward Hayden, born March 29, 1897; Ruth Elizabeth Hayden, born November 9, 1898; and Helen Margaret Hayden Meeker, born April 26, 1927.

Jemima was a busy mother, homemaker and farmer’s wife. She drove a buggy to deliver milk and butter to various restaurants in Phoenix. She helped organize the First Methodist Church in Scottsdale in 1924 and was a member of the Scottsdale Public School Board.

Jemima's granddaughter Ruth wrote, “ Mama Hayden was a woman ahead of her time. She was active in the community. She was education oriented.” Grandson Ray wrote, “She always had roses in her yard on Hayden Road, as long as I can remember.”

Jemima died on January 5, 1937, and was buried in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jemima's daughters, Mildred Ethel Hayden Evans and Helen Margaret Hayden Meeker, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donors: Grandchildren Ruth Evans Cordes and Raymond L. Evans
April 2005

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