Harriet was born to Solomon & Susan Snap Fry in Clinton County, Missouri, near what is now Kansas City. Her father spent his first three years in Virginia and migrated to Kentucky where he may have met his wife. Harriet's census information at one point indicates her mother was Kentucky-born but most references say Indiana. The Frys married in Indiana in 1826 and settled in Clinton County. Harriet, the third of eight children was born May 4, 1831. Harriet's father was a prosperous farmer, the 1850 census shows him with assets of $20,000.
Harriet married farmer George Doniphan Hockaday in May 1850 when she was 19 and he was 31. Born in Greenup County, Kentucky east of Lexington, George's mother's brother was famous Missouri pioneer Andrew Doniphan, also a Kentucky native.
Harriet's Kentucky roots are apparent in the quilt. She may have had two Kentucky-born grandmothers, a mother-in-law and a mother. Many of Missouri's early settlers were Kentucky immigrants.
Below a few elegant Kentucky quilts to show you the stylistic similiarities.
Here is her grave under the name Katheryn Frizlen:
"My great grandmother, born in the Platte Purchase [up by the Nebraska/Iowa/Kansas border] in Missouri in 1838, was taken to Bardstown, Kentucky when she was 10 to be educated at the St. Joseph's school. Her family had been among the Catholic founders (from Maryland) of Bardstown. She did beautiful needlework. "