The first block was Noah and Matilda's, it was more straight forward to figure out. The mystery there was the city (Lawrenceburg) and the significance of the date.
Maybe, it's all pulled together now - and raised other questions.
The answer might be Noah and Matilda traveled back east from Illinois to Indiana to visit their daughter.
First thought was maybe M was for Matilda and S was her maiden name - that didn't fit with wedding dates.
If it was WS, or MS no family members could be found.
Doreen (Aunt Reen) made a fabulous proposal. A big thank you to super sleuth Deb in Florida too.
What if it is M for Millie, and Mille is Amelia's nick name?
Amelia is Matilda's daughter who married Christian Spiegel in 1845. They married in Illinois, but the 1850 census shows them living in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Matilda's inked block says she visited Lawrenceburg in 1851.
Lawrenceburg is near the point where Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana meet. Matilda was born and married in Kentucky so perhaps her visit included other friends and family. Was the quilt a gift?
I think it is interesting Matilda's daughter had her hand in making Matilda's quilt (we don't know how), and my daughter drafted the patterns from the antique. Now I know how I will ink my two blocks! Of course with my daughter's initials in Amelia's block.
The patterns are still available HERE.
What do you think?
How long did Matilda visit on her trip east? Long enough to make a quilt?
Did they make it together?
Did Amelia make it after moving to Indiana and present it to her mother when she visited?
Is it Amelia's quilt and she commemorated the visit of her parents on HER quilt?
It would make a great story!
Have a good week,