MAKER: Elizabeth Sophia Mills was born on November 25, 1805 to Samuel Mills (1750-1847) and Rachel Vore Mills (1785-1849). Her father, a native of Calvert County, Maryland, “well known in the vicinity of Elkridge Landing”, spent the last 30 years of his life in Baltimore, where he died in his 97th year. Elizabeth married John Jones Bennett (b.1790) in 1825 at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Elizabeth and her husband John show up in the 1850 census living in Baltimore with nine of their children ranging in age from twenty to seven years old. Also of note, there are two women living in their household, Catherine Brooks age 32 and Eliza Williams age 24, who are free women of color. Elizabeth died in Baltimore on January 15, 1891.
DESCRIPTION: Pieced and appliqued quilt. White cotton ground, stipple quilted, with sections that are stuffed and corded. Square center section with floral appliques, surrounded by triangles with floral appliques separated by wild-goose-chase inserts, edged with two rows of sawtooth-edge patchwork enclosing a continuous figure 8 patchwork design.