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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Hunt, Martha Stockton
Place Made:
Guilford County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1850-1859
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 101; WOA: 54
Accession Number:
3116.1
Description:
The initials “MSH” on this coverlet identify its maker, Martha Stockton Hunt (1837-1903), and prove that it was made before her marriage in 1859. Its undulating border pattern mimics the border of an earlier coverlet (MESDA Acc. 3116.2) that came with it and which may represent the work of Martha’s grandmother, Elizabeth (Perkins) Stockton (1778-1857).

MAKER: Martha Stockton Hunt (1737-1903) was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, on July 21, 1837 to Nathaniel Hunt, Jr (1795-1882) and his wife, Sally Bell (Stockton) Hunt (1802-1878). Her parents were Quakers and active members of Springfield Monthly Meeting. Her grandfather, Nathan Hunt (1758-1853), had been a prominent leader among Piedmont North Carolina’s Quaker community. On September 27, 1859, Martha married Dr. John Milton Tomlinson (1836-1920), and they resided in the Archdale area of northern Randolph County.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund