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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Stockton, Elizabeth Perkins
Place Made:
Forsyth County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1800-1820
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
HOA: 83; WOA: 84
Accession Number:
3116.2
Description:
The undulating border pattern seen on this coverlet resembles that of the later coverlet (MESDA Acc. 3116.1) that came with it stitched with the initials “MSH” for Marth Stockton Hunt (1837-1903). Therefore, this covelet may represent the work of Martha’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Perkins) Stockton (1778-1857), and may have at least partially inspired her work. The central fylfot motif on this coverlet may suggest the Stocktons residence in Forsyth County with its large Germanic community.

MAKER: Elizabeth (Perkins) Stockton (1778-1857) was a Guilford County Quaker whose marriage in 1798 to a non-Quaker, Doughtly Stockton (1776-1855), led to her condemnation by New Garden Montly Meeting. Her husband converted to Quakerism, and the two became active members of Muddy Creek Preparative Meeting in eastern Forsyth County, near present-day Kernersville. The Stocktons operated a large inn on their property, and are buried at Muddy Creek Friends Cemetery.

The probate inventory taken after Doughty and Elizabeth Stockton’s deaths included textile making equipment, such as “one Loom & fixtures,” plus “Twelve Beads & Steads & Cloths” and an extensive list of household textiles, including blankets, coverlets, and quilts.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund