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Quilt

Artist/Maker:
Coe, Martitia Currie (Wood)
Place Made:
Randolph or Guilford County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1840-1857
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 85 1/2″ WOA: 70 1/2″
Accession Number:
5939.7
Description:
MAKER: This pieced and appliqué quilt was made by Martitia Currie (Wood) Coe who was born in 1826 to John Wood (1780-1851) and Eleanor (Walker) Wood (1775-1834) in Randolph County, North Carolina.

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.

History:
After Martitia died at the young age of 33, the quilt passed to her daughter Eleanor “Ellen” Coe McCulloch (1853-1934), wife of Thomas Fillmore McCulloch (1851-1941). Their daughter Annie McCulloch Coble (1880-1957), who married John Frank Coble (1879-1952), next received the quilt, and from Annie, the quilt passed to their son, Rev. Joseph Fillmore Coble (1911-1900). Rev. Coble married Virginia B. Brittingham (1916-2008), and the quilt ultimately descended in their family to the donor who gifted the quilt to MESDA.
Credit Line:
Gift of Dawn Cook in honor of the Wood, Coe, McCulloch, and Coble families.