I am not connected with this family, but I am trying to date a signature quilt. There are three names I thought might be traceable, one is a Dr. E. R. SHIPMAN, a Rev. J.A. DETTER and a Rev. William HOWER
A friend recently bought some quilt at an auction and among them was an unfinished quilt top with names on it. This is called a "signature" quilt although the names on each block have apparently been written by one person so they are not actually signatures. I thought for fun I would try to date this quilt and figure out where it came from. Often these quilts were made by churches as a fund raiser, with people paying 10 or 25 cents to have their name added. The names were, in this case, added to 8 large blocks and embroidered in red thread. The center block is a large red 6-pointed star, like a Star of David. This might have been an organization of some kind rather than a church. I have yet to find a reference to a red 6-pointed star that might relate to this quilt. Why it was never finished off as a quilt is unknown. The top was machine pieced which immediately places it after the 1850's. The machine stitches were variable which leads me to believe it may have been sewn on a treadle machine by a not too experienced sewer. The over all quality of the workman-ship was on the poor side. The unbleached muslin used was rather course, but I do not believe it was made from feed or flour sacks. It also had few "black specks" meaning less debris, better quality control. I suspect we might be talking WWI era or possibly WWII, but can not prove this yet. These types of quilts were often used to raise money for the Red Cross or other war time relief groups.
The names that are most common are: Barnes (9), Becker (5), Cahoon (5), Geist (4), Harner (7), Haas (9), Harner (7), Sharer (9), Wagner (6), Williams (6), Wolfgang (7) and Yoder (13). and Hower (7)
In addition I have several other names that appear 2 or 3 times: Albert, Bensinger, Deiter, Deitrich/k, Dinger, Frymoyer, Gower, Herb, Hughes, John, Jones, Joseph, Kessler, Kramer, Lindemuth, Maurer, McCoy, Moser, Shaffer, Morgan, Sprangler, Staller, Swartz, Treon, Turner, Tyson, Parry, Peoples, Rogers, Schreffler, Scott, Sheridan, Wolf and Zimmerman.
There are no other Detter/Deiter listed on the quilt, so I am assuming the Rev. was unmarried at the time he signed the quilt.
If you are familiar with any Rev. J A Detter/Deiter or have connections with any of these other names, I would be most interested in hearing from you, so that I might narrow down a time and place to start searching census and other data.
If you know what denomination this Rev. Detter was affiliated with, or where he might have lived at various times I would love to hear from you.
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