Monday, August 15, 2011

A quilt with connections

This is by far the oldest quilt in my collection.  It was made in 1807 for the marriage of Catherine Baer and John Myers.  I have done some genealogy research on this couple and will continue to research as time is permitted.  But today, I will share with you what I have found and pictures of this wonderful old quilt.

It is quite large.  I have packed it away for moving and forgot to measure, so will add the measurments later.

 The green is a beautiful color and is stiking as the little bit of color in the mostly brown quilt blocks.
 The chinz is in perfect condition, still retaining some of its shine.  I do not believe this quilt has ever been washed. It was made for a special occasion and probably only displayed once in a while, allowing for its amazing condition.
 The brown fabrics have deteriorated.. this one a little bit.. it is very fragile.
 But this one is almost gone...

 This little tag is hand stitched to the front and says "Sue Masters"
 And this label is on the back,  It is not known when, but apparently after the death of the couple.  Catherine died in 1875 and John in 1877.  The label says they are buried in South Hermatige, but I found them in Honey Brook Methodist Church Cemetery in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  A puzzle that remains to be unraveled.
It was made for the wedding of Catharine Baer and John Meyers which occured on Dec 25, 1808.
Catharine was the sister of John Baer who was a publisher in the colonial days of our country
He published Baers is a link to a site about him.

Catharine and John are not quite so famous. They lived their lives quietly in Lancaster, PA
There is no way to know who made the quilt, Mother of Catherine?  or Mother of John.
I am guessing mother of Catherine due to the comment about her famous brother John Baer.

John and Catherine lived back and forth between Honey Brook Twp, Chester Co, Penn and
Lancaster Co. Penn.  They married in Lancaster Co. and they are buried in Chester Co.

And on another note, I just found a link today for a fantastic quilting event commemorating the War of 1812.
There will be a quilt challenge and a showing of the quilts as well as ongoing historical information. Im looking forward to reading the posts and participating in the challenge.

You can read about it at  Check it out why don't you.

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