There is no way to be sure if Rachel signed her own name. But I found another item which Rachel did sign.
This is the front page of the thesis that Rachel submitted for her medical degree in 1867. I found it online in the archives of the Drexel University College of Medicine. Do you think the same person wrote both items?
Speaking of signatures, I'm going to the Southern Cross Quilters Retreat in Bendigo in July (HOORAY) and I need to make sixty signature blocks. I will have to sign my name and location sixty times. My handwriting is quite ... unremarkable. I would appreciate some advice on how to make a nice, neat signature.
How do you sign your quilt blocks?