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Marion, Harriet Kirk
Place Made:
Mount Pleasant Plantation Berkeley County South Carolina
Date Made:
cotton and linen
HOA: 57 5/8; WOA: 44
Accession Number:
MAKER: Harriet Kirk was born August 26, 1782 in Berkeley County, South Carolina to Gideon Kirk (1757-1797) and Rebecca Couturier (1749-1801) at Mount Pleasant Plantation. She married Francis Dwight Marion (1777-1833), the grand-nephew and legal heir of General Francis Marion in 1801. Widowed in 1833, Harriet managed her plantation for the next 23 years.

This quilt is pieced in a variation of the Irish Chain pattern. The chintz border with mitered corners still retains its original glaze.

Written in pencil on a cloth label sewn to the back of the quilt is the inscription: “Quilt made by/Harriet Kirk Marion for her granddaughter Harriet Marion Palmer/1830 St. Johns Berkley [sic]”

Harriet Marion Palmer (1830-1896), the recipient of this quilt, was the granddaughter and namesake of Harriet Kirk Marion. She married Francis Marion Dwight (1827-1876) in 1858 and they moved to Dalton, Georgia. This quilt descended in the Palmer family.

DESCRIPTION: Small child’s quilt made with pieced top and plain linen backing. Center portion consists of small (1 5/16″) squares of printed material, pieced to form diamond pattern (variation of the “Irish Chain” pattern). Wide chintz border. Quilted with diagonal lines throughout; mitred corners; no filler or batting.

RELATED WORKS: Also made by Harriet Kirk Marion: hexagon quilt (MESDA Acc. No. 2534.4). Two quilts made by Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer (MESDA Acc. No. 2534.2-3)

HISTORY: The provenance of this quilt is solidly documented. The child’s quilt was made by Harriet Kirk Marion (1782-1856) for her namesake and granddaughter Harriet Marion Palmer Dwight (1830-1896) when she was born in 1830. Harriet Dwight had no children so it was then passed to her niece, Kate Palmer Logan (1870-1944). The quilt descended from Kate to her daughter Frances Logan Parker and her sisters before it came to the MESDA Collection in 1972.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund