MAKER: Dennis Cosley was born in Berkeley County, Virginia on June 20 1816 to William Cosley (1781-1840) and Tabitha (Lucas) Cosley (1787-1831). At fifteen years old he apprenticed at a woolen factory in Frankin County, Pennsylvania. By 1840 he worked in Hagerstown, Maryland at the woolen factory of George Seibert, leaving to teach school only a year later. He married Margaret Cromer (1816-1852) of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania that same year. After teaching for four years he moved to Fayetteville, Pennsylvania and made coverlets “of an excellent design and quality”. In 1846 he moved to Xenia, Ohio, where he engaged in the business of manufacturing coverlets, which he successfully continued for the next eighteen years. In 1852, a year after the birth of their seventh child, Margaret Cosley died. Dennis remarried in 1858 to Catharine Landis, of which five more children were born. Dennis Cosley moved in 1864 to Troy, Ohio to operate a woolen mill which burned in 1865. By 1867 he was engaged in the sale of woolen goods, which he did until his retirement in 1890. Dennis Cosley died in January of 1904 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Ohio.
DESCRIPTION: Jacquard coverlet with signed corner block; one side is beige background with navy, red and olive green flowers, grapes and stars; other side has navy background. Centerfield pattern of four roses in oval frame alternating with eight-point star, bordered on three sides with footed baskets of fruit and flowers. Fringe on all four sides – beige, red, navy and green.