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Hightower, Amelia Arnold
Place Made:
Upson County Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
LOA 97 1/4; WOA 84 1/2
Accession Number:
MAKER: Amelia “Millie” Arnold Hightower (1811-1889) was born in Putnam, Georgia to James Hightower (1777-1851) and Betsey Leggett (1783-1859). She was married in 1830 to Tapley Holt in Upson County, Georgia. In 1850 she is listed on the census living in Upson County with two daughters, Nancy (1832-1850) and Caroline (b.1836). Widowed in 1854, Amelia married a second time, in December of 1860, to James M. Calhoun (1811-1875), who was the Mayor of Atlanta during the Civil War and the burning of Atlanta.

DESCRIPTION: Pieced quilt with three fabrics: one is solid green (light, faded); one is white; and one is red with green pattern.

The pattern on front is the “Irish Chain” pattern (also referred to as “double chain” by donor) in which stepped squares are formed by diagonal rows of the contrasting colored fabrics. The interiors of the stepped squares are quilted in the diamond pattern. The border consists of a wide (7-7 3/4″ variable) border of the red fabric surrounded by a narrow border of the green. The red portion of the border is quilted in a modified swag pattern.

This quilt was given by the quilter, Amelia Hightower Holt, to her sister, Elizabeth Leggett Hightower White (1816-1886). It then passed on to a grandson of Elizabeth, John White Gardner (1857-1936) and then to his daughter, Mildred Gardner Kelley (b.1892). It was passed to her sister, Priscella Neal Gardner Hamrick (d.1962), who was the grandmother of the donor.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. Ralph A. Brown