I've started on a new
When I first acquired the quilt I made a halfhearted attempt to find the quilters. I went through some microfilmed censuses at the local library but found no clues as to their identities. Now however, we have indexed census records, so this should be a snap I thought. The first step would be deciphering the names, the second, trying to assign an approximate date to the quilt.
|"Mifs" M. Leighton's Signature|
I quickly discovered the magnitude of this task. With surnames like Cook, Campbell and Wilson, and only a first initial in most cases I came to the conclusion this would take months to figure out unless I ran out of patience first. Then I came to Mrs. T. McGouldrick. The 1900 census shows 96 persons with that surname, 72 of them in Pennsylvania, including several with the forename Thomas. 1910 still finds the family concentrated in PA. There is a Mrs. Myra Allen, another name on one of the blocks, living in Pittsburgh at the same time as a Thomas McGouldrick lived there. Quite a few of the other surnames also show up in Pittsburgh, and add in the 1910, and still more are there.
I'm not ready to say the quilt was absolutely made in Pittsburgh, but the chances are good which goes to show, sometimes that one clue can make all the difference, as in the instance of Mrs. T. McGouldrick.