The Criswell Quilt was made in 1852 for the marriage of Mary McClellan Criswell and Jesse Jackson Smith in Chester County, Pennsylvania. More than sixty family members and friends each made an applique block for the quilt. Learn about this and other signature quilts on this blog created by Two Bits Patches.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I sent an email to my aunt in Tennessee telling her about the work I was doing with the family heirloom quilt. She sent an email back - she had an old photo album with pictures of the Criswell family, was I interested in looking at it?
Was I ??!! I didn't know these photos existed. I had some from my maternal grandmother's father's family but none from her mother's family. We organised to post the album to Australia.
While I was waiting I tried to imagine what photos the album would contain. Would there be any wedding photos? What would Mary Smith nee Criswell look like? Would she be as lovely as the Long sisters from Kansas City? Maybe she would even look a little like me.
The album arrived the other day. It is quite heavy.
Full of promise
The album front-piece
The recipients of the CCCQ
Mary McClellan Criswell
Well .... I'm happy to say that I don't look much like my g-g-g-grandmother. I don't know how old Mary was when this was taken, I hope she was a schoolgirl in this photo and not a bride-to-be. Not the most flattering hairstyle.
There are about thirty photos in the album, fortunately all labeled in my grandmother's handwriting. I like this photo of Mary's daughter Alice Smith.
I wish I know what colour the dress fabric was. The dress must be homemade because little sister Hannah Mary has the same material.