The Shelburne Museum owns a quilt in a familiar design. We might call it Carolina Lily or Cleveland Tulips but the maker inked her name for the pattern on the reverse.
The Peony and Prairie Flower No 6 " Somewhere she also put her name and the date "Parnel R. Grumley, 1847."
The Shelburne's quilt was found in a New York antique shop in the 1930s by Margaret Thorne Parshall of Millbrook, New York, who donated it to the museum. Somehow she knew the maker was from North Greenwich in Washington County.
Parnel Rebecca Grumley is an unusual name so we can find her in New York records. She was born in Connecticut in 1820 and married on October 14, 1847 in North Greenwich, Washington County, a town near New York's border with Vermont. This elegant quilt must have been made for her wedding. Did the #6 mean there were five others or more?
Parnel Grumley (also spelled Grumbley) married Juline Pierce (1809-1879), again an unusual name, also spelled Julius or Julian.
Juline was a farmer in Hamilton, Madison County, over 100 miles from Parnel's home in Washington County so how they met is only one question of many.