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Blanket

Artist/Maker:
Janney, Mary
Place Made:
Loudoun County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1830
Medium:
wool
Dimensions:
HOA: 86; WOA: 68 3/4;
Accession Number:
3239.2
Description:
Wool blanket woven in two strips of cream colored wool with center seam. One end monogramed at the seam, “MI” in blue wool thread. The crossgrain edges once finished with the same blue wool thread in large stitches, now only partially intact.

MAKER: Mary Janney (1809-1896) was born to Quaker parents, Stephen Janney (1781-1863) and Letitia Taylor, in Loudoun County, Virginia. According to family tradition, Mary carded, spun, and wove wool from her father’s sheep to produce the blanket around 1826 and cross-stitched her initials “MI” in blue thread. In 1832, Mary and her family transferred their membership from Goose Creek Monthly Meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, to Springboro in Warren County, Ohio. There, she married Abaham Baily (1798-1848). The blanket was given to MESDA by her great-great-granddaughter, Janet Marsh Johnson.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. James F. Johnson and Miss Janet Marsh Johnson