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Whitework Coverlet

Artist/Maker:
Kirkpatrick, Nancy Johnson
Place Made:
Orange County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1854
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
LOA: 107″; WOA: 87″
Accession Number:
5118
Description:
Handwoven cotton 3 panel coverlet. Overall pattern done in candlewicking with inscription along one border in two lines as follows: “A present to Samuel P. Kirkpatrick from his mother Nancy Kirkpatrick/ Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth my dear son, June 1854.”
History:
Rare survival as most textiles of this period are not known to be specific to person, time or place. Coverlet made by Nancy Kirkpatrick for her son in Orange County, NC, and has survived and been handed down through the family.

Nancy Johnson Kirkpatrick (1806-1856), who married Hugh Kirkpatrick, both of Orange County, North Carolina. In 1850 they owned 2,500 acres of land in Efland, Orange County, North Carolina. The home place is still held in trust by several descendants. The Kirkpatrick’s are buried at Hawfields Presbyterian Church, Meband, North Carolina. The quilt descended in the family to Samuel Paisley Kirkpatrick (1832-1911), who married Rachel Susan Miller (1837-1905), then descended to their daughter, Nancy Hall Kirkpatrick, the grandmother of the donor. All from Orange County, North Carolina.

Credit Line:
Gift of Ms. Sara Williams Morgan