Quilt with a label, pictured in Jinny Beyer's 1985 book The Scrap LookCollection of Diana Leone. 105" x 106"
"Presented to Ann Elizabeth Ayers by her mother Janey 1867 made and quilted by her Grandma Bonsall in 1830."
That's a pretty quilt, I thought as I was leafing through the book. "I bet it was made in New York."
That's enough information to see if I was right in my initial reaction. I couldn't find the quilt today. I'd hope Diana's family still owns it.
Ann Elizabeth Ayers (1833-1915) died in Morristown, New Jersey, while living at 4 Franklin Place, today still a neighborhood of large, Queen-Ann-style houses. Well, Morristown is only about 40 miles from New York City so I was pretty close. And I might even have been on the money as some genealogical research indicates.
Ann was about 34 in 1867 when "mother Janey" presented her with her grandmother Bonsall's quilt.
The New Jersey Ann Elizabeth Ayers indeed had a grandmother named Bonsall, her father John's mother. It gets confusing though. There is no Janey Bonsall in Ann Ayers family. Her mother was Eliza Ennis Bonsall (1807-1880), who also lived in New Jersey. Of course Janey could be a nickname.