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Marion, Harriet Kirk ||Palmer, Catherine Couturier Marion
Place Made:
Mount Pleasant Plantation Berkeley County South Carolina
Date Made:
HOA: 97 3/4; WOA: 92 3/4
Accession Number:
MAKER: This quilt was made by both Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer (1807-1895) and her mother Harriet Kirk Marion (1782-1856). Catherine was one of eight daughters born to Francis Marion (1777-1833) and Harriet (Kirk) Marion . Her father, Francis Marion, was born Francis Dwight. In 1799 he changed his name, at the request of his great-uncle Francis Marion, known as the Swamp Fox. Catherine was born at Mt. Pleasant Plantation in St. John’s Berkeley, South Carolina where she married John Gendron Palmer (1807-1840) in 1830. Catherine and John Palmer lived at neighboring plantation Cherry Grove (1807-1840).

DESCRIPTION: Quilt with pieced top. Central portion consists of hexagonal pieces arranged to form star and hexagon pattern. Wide border of floral polished cotton; border has mitred corners and varies in width from 11 1/4″ to 11 5/8″ wide; backing of border is marked for cross-hatching but only quilted on parallel lines; cross hatch quilted on the back but not through to the front of the pieced top. This quilt is inscribed on the back in ink “John G. Palmer from his grandmother Mother”. It is dated in a separate attached label “1840”, the year John G. Palmer was born.

RELATED OBJECTS: In the MESDA Collection are three other quilts that descended in the Palmer and Marion families. Made by Harriet Kirk Marion, is a crib or child’s quilt (acc. 2534.1). Harriet also contributed a square to an album quilt (acc.2534.3) made by her daughter Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer. Catherine was responsible for another chintz applique quilt in the MESDA Collection, a palampore tree of life design also made of chintz applique(acc.2534.2).

HISTORY: The provenance of this quilt is solidly documented. This mosaic quilt was made by mother and daughter, Harriet Kirk Marion (1782-1856) and her daughter Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer (1807-1895). On the back of the quilt it is written in ink – “John G. Palmer, from his Grandmother Mother”. John Gendron Palmer (1840-1856) was the youngest son of Catherine Couturier Marion Palmer. He died at only sixteen years old. This quilt descended through the family line of his brother, Joseph Palmer (1835-1898). It passed to Joseph’s daughter, Kate Palmer Logan (1870-1944) and then went 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