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

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