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Bumps in Washington Co NY
Posted by: Karen Biedler Alexander (ID *****6080) Date: May 18, 2010 at 11:18:18
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I am a quilt historian who collects quilts, quilt blocks and unfinished quilt tops that bear signatures. I then research and document them. As you can see, my love of quilt history as well as family history and genealogy team-up very well.

You can see some of my research here:

http://www.quiltindex.org/sqpessay.php

http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplaynew.php?kid=4-15-3D

You can see my signature quilt research on my Quilt History Reports blog, too.

http://karenquilt.blogspot.com/2009/11/researching-signature-quilts.html



Recently I purchased a set of 25 quilt blocks that I date from the 1850s-1860s. Each block has a piece of paper loosely stitched to it with a name rendered in pencil or ink. The names have not been transferred to the fabric. This is not uncommon. Some busy person simply never got around to it.

In doing research within the 1860 U.S. Census Records, I discovered the Waller couple in Washington County, New York, though the husband & wife were actually born in CT.

When I googled <Washington County, NY>, I came up with this link:

http://washington.nygenweb.net/

I found all but one family in the message boards on this website. Thatís why I have contacted you. If you are related to any of these families, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.


The list of names on my blocks:

Brown       John
Bump       Susan Alvira
Clapp       Louisa/Louise W
Clapp       Benjamin D
Clapp       Phebe
Ely       Levi
Ely       Maria
Gilchrist       Andrew
Gilchrist       Julia
Harrington       Francis Marie
Harris       Juliott (sp?)
Harris       Abagail
Harris       Zadoc
Jenkins       Lydia H
Jenkins       Mary
Johnston       Hannah
Lester       L Lavella       
McEachron       Mary Louisa
Lester       Catherine
Waller       Louisa
Waller       Mary E
Waller       Truman
Watson       Geminna (sp?)
Webster       Henry
Williams       Margaret
Williamson       John


Sincerely,

Karen Biedler Alexander
Quilt Historian


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