at New York's Exhibition a couple of years later.
There is a lot going on here that is difficult to figure out. There are indeed many women in that house: 13 females and two boys and that is just the white people in a slave-holding home.
We can start with Mother Eleanor and her five daughters 3 years old to 25.
In 1856 Ellen Anderson married John McCord Harris (1813-1883), a Richmond, Kentucky doctor.
"The body of the quilt is laid out into stars, each being different in color, and all of them presenting variegations which would be difficult to surpass. The centre of each star is decorated, some by a likeness of the illustrious Kentuckian, and others by an American eagle."
As his great-niece, Ellen must have had access to a good deal of silk printed with portraits of the perennial presidential candidate.
"Around the edge of the quilt, about six inches in width is a raised oak wreath, consisting of the leaves and the acorn."
"In the center of the quilt is a large monument, surmounted by an urn and immediately under the urn is written ----Session 1850--and below this is [a] Latin motto..." 1853.
|A more recent version is now in the collection of the Henry Clay home Ashland in Lexington.|
It looks like the same star centers and maybe the same stars but the brown silk background is a different fabric and the connecting shapes are no longer diamonds but hexagons. The piece is quilted and bound with a purple border.
That needlewoman may be Eleanor Garrison Kremer 1892-1986, daughter of Nannette Harris Garrison and perhaps the maker's great-granddaughter. Genealogy in the 1942 newspaper article is a bit confusing.