Thursday, February 11, 2010

Block 33. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 33 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

PEARCE, Ronald, Block 33

This may be the Ronald R. Pearce shown on the 1930 Lee County census as a 35-year-old filling station worker who lived in the household of the manager of the filling station, Horace B. Lawhorn, 33.

PEARCE, Ruby, Block 33

Ruby Pearce, age 22, is shown on the 1920 census in the household with her parents, Dave and Francis Pearce, of Mantachie. This farming family consisted then of Dave, 56, wife Francis, 55, daughters Ruby, 22, and Mittie Jane, 16, and sons William, 27, and Marvin, 20.

Ruby E. Pearce, 32, was the daughter of David, 60, and A. Pearce 65, farmers on the Tupelo-Guntown Road. Listed on the 1930 census with her and her parents were brother Alford R., 35, and sister Nettie J., 26, a school teacher.

SANDLIN, A.E. Rev., Block 33

Augustus E. Sandlin is listed on the 1920 census of Cardsville, Beat 3, Itawamba County. Then he was 59 years old and headed a household that included his wife Margaret E., 64, daughter Allie J., 30, granddaughter Anna Nell, 8, and grandson Bradford, 6.

In 1930, Augustine E. Sandlin, 69, is listed in the household of his son-in-law, Hiram G. Pearce, 52. Others in that Itawamba County Beat 3 household on Cardsville-Tupelo Road were Ellanora M. Pearce, 47, and Arley S. Pearce, 17.

The Reverend Mr. A. E. Sandlin 1861 - 1940 and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Sandlin 1855 - 1928 are buried in Sandlin Cemetery according to Burton-Cruber.

SANDLIN, Ezra Mr., Block 33

The 1920 census of Cardsville, Beat 3, of Itawamba County includes Ezra Sandlin, age 26, farmer, and wife Mary A. Sandlin.

SANDLIN, Ezra Mrs., Block 33

Mrs. Ezra Sandlin is identified on the 1920 census of Cardsville as Mary A. Sandlin, age 21.

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 Itawamba Historical Society invites you to take part in the tradition of friendship quilts as a fundraising activity. You can subscribe names to be embroidered on the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt or you can obtain tickets for the raffle of the finished quilt. Send donations for names and raffle tickets ($10 per name and $1 per raffle ticket) to The Itawamba Historical Society, Quilt Project, PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855.


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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