The Wood family of early Randolph County was a prominent one. Jane’s father John Wood was the son of David Wood (1759-1830). David’s brothers Ruben Wood, Esq., (c. 1755-1812) and Zebedee Wood, Esq., (1745-1824) were scholars, were involved in the legal profession, and were political leaders in Randolph County, as well as the state of North Carolina. Both men attended North Carolina’s Constitutional Conventions in 1788 and 1789, and in 1791 the brothers were elected to represent Randolph County in North Carolina’s General Assembly. Although Ruben Wood’s burial site is unknown, Zebedee Wood, Esq., was buried at Shiloh Methodist Church near Julian in Randolph County.
Martitia Wood was the youngest of ten children, with her oldest sister being Jane Wood (1802-1827), twenty-four years her senior, and the maker of another quilt in the MESDA Collection (acc. 5939.6). Martitia married Wesley A. Coe (1823—1899) in 1846 and they lived in Guilford County, North Carolina. She died in 1857 at the age of thirty-three. Her obituary read, “Though she was not a member of the visible church, yet she lived in the fear of God, and in her last hours gave good evidence of her acceptance with him. She has left a kind and affectionate husband and three lovely children together with many warm friends to mourn their loss.”
DESCRIPTION: Martitia (Wood) Coe’s quilt was pieced and appliquéd in a Whig Rose variation pattern. It features Turkey red, green, and white cotton fabrics.