Quilt for Amanda

A quilt made for Amanda Treadwell by family members, now held by the Daughters of the American Revolution

The 19th century memory quilt made by the family of Amanda Treadwell and donated to the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, DC.

Amanda Treadwell (1836-1854) was the daughter of Walter Treadwell (1797-1870) a farmer who lived on Lyons Plains Road in Weston, CT, and was the brother of my 3rd great grandfather Ebenezer Nichols Treadwell.  (Walter and his neighbor Hanford Nichols donated the land and built the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Lyons Plains Road next to their houses).

After Amanda’s early death at age 18 in 1854,  over a dozen relatives contributed to a quilt in her memory. It possibly took them from 1854 to 1870, according to the quilt’s listing on the Quilt Index, a compilation of historical quilts.

The cotton hand-sewn quilt is red, green, and yellow, and is designed in the traditional “turkey tracks” pattern. Each relative contributed some of the squares and then signed their names on the back in indelible ink.  Her sister Louisa wrote, “And the dead for Christ shall rise first / In memory of Amanda Treadwell / who fell asleep March 11, 1854.”

The signatures of my 2nd great grandfather Aaron Treadwell and my great-grandmother Selina “Lina” Elida Treadwell Gould‘ (1852-1934), are among those preserved on the back of the quilt. The date 1864 is next to Lina’s name; she was 12-years-old at the time. (I recently received this photograph of Lina Treadwell at a young age from a distant relative on Ancestry.com. )

Selina Elida Treadwell Gould

 

The quilt, known as the Treadwell Family Quilt, was donated to the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, DC.  The next time I’m in DC, I’ll try to see it.

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