Saturday, January 30, 2010

Block 4. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 4 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

BONDS, Stella, Block 04

Stella Bonds was the wife of William A. Bonds. She is listed as 30 years old on the 1910 census of Mantachie in the household of W.A., 30, and two sons, H.C., 4 and W.A., 1. The family resided on Cotton Gin-Marietta Road.

Stella Bonds is enumerated on the 1920 census of Boyd's Precinct in Monroe County where William was the manager of a farm. The family consisted of William A., 40, Stella, 40, and sons Hollis, 13, Milton, 11, and Lloyd 1.

See additional information at Sybil Bonds, Loyd Bond and W.A. Bonds at Blocks 12, 15, and 31.

BOOTH, Susie Mrs., Block 04

According to IHS member, Virble Booth, the two Booth names on Block 4 were those of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.

Susie Booth was the wife of Lester Booth. Her mother-in-law was Mrs. W.H. (Loula Viola) Booth.

On the 1930 census of Amory, Monroe County, Susie Booth, 25, is listed with husband Lester Booth, 26, and son James M. Booth, 7 months. Lester Booth was enumerated as a produce salesman.

BOOTH, W.H. Mrs., Block 04

According to information in Burton-Cruber, Mrs. William Henry Booth was Loula Viola Booth, 1870 - 1935, who is buried at Hopewell Cemetery.

William Booth, 48, a farmer is listed in the Hampton's Precinct on the 1920 census. William, 48, and his wife Lou, 49, were included in a household with daughter Ada, 22, and sons Lester, 20, James, 17, Will, 15, Alden, 13, and Marvin, 11. William Henry Booth 1871 - 1957 is buried at Hopewell.

BROWN, Reda, Block 04

According to IHS members, Reda Brown was a school teacher.

NANNY, Dr., Block 04. The surname is usually spelled NANNEY.

Newman W. Nanney, a medical doctor, was located in Fulton. Dr. Nanney's family is listed on the 1930 census of Fulton as residing on Robins Street. The household consisted of Newman W., 50, a medical doctor, wife Vivian A., 43, daughters Sybil 22, a high school teacher, Halovee, 19, and Ruth, 13.

ORR, Mrs., Block 04

This is probably Mrs. William L. Orr (Nina I.), wife of Fulton physician. Because there were other Orr families in Itawamba County during the 1920s and 1930s this identification is tentative.

If you have additional information about any of the names on this quilt square, please post a comment below. Your help is needed to "write" the story of this almost eighty-year old quilt.

A stitch in time . . . The 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt

The 1930s Friendship Quilt being featured in this series has inspired the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt as a fund-raiser for the Itawamba Historical Society. A king-sized quilt of fifty-six squares is being prepared and which, when quilted and finished, will be raffled off. You are encouraged to go by the Society's office (Corner of Church Street and Museum Drive) in Mantachie, Mississippi, and subscribe to this quilt. Have your names and the names of your loved ones embroidered on the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt. Names are $10 each. All donations are tax-deductible.
Contact the Itawamba Historical Society for additional information.


Family information from Memories from Itawamba County: A Friendship Quilt circa 1931 --- A Stitch in Time by Terry Thornton with assistance from Members of the Itawamba Historical Society, Itawamba Settlers, Quarterly Journal of the Itawamba County, Mississippi, History and Genealogy. Winter 2009, Pages 143-61.

Square from 1931 Friendship Quilt photographed by Terry Thornton, September 3, 2009, Bond's House Museum, Itawamba Historical Society, Mantachie, Mississippi.

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