Saturday, February 13, 2010

Block 38. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 38 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

FARRAR, Clinton, Block 38

On the 1930 census of Beat 2, Herman C. Farrar, 27, is enumerated as a truck driver for a milk company along with wife Joesie I. 23, daughters Willie M., 5, Mary R., 3, and son Paul W., 2.

According to Kermit McFerrin, Clinton Farrar was a farmer, an auto-mechanic, and a truck driver. He is buried at Center Star Cemetery.

FARRAR, Irene, Block 38

Jossie Irene McNutt Farrar was the wife of Herman Clinton Farrar.

See information from the 1930 census above at Clinton Farrar.

Kermit McFerrin states that Irene McNutt Farrar worked in the Tupelo Hospital in the nursery for several years during the 1950s-60s. She was the mother of three: Willie Mae Farrar, Mary Ruth Farrar, and Paul Wayne Farrar.

McNUTT, Roy, Block 38

Roy McNutt, 2 year old son of William A and Lessie McNutt, was named on the 1920 census of Mantachie.

William Roy McNutt, son of William A. and Lessie A. McNutt was born 1917 and died in 1936. He is buried at Stephens Cemetery next to his father according to Burton-Cruber.

McNUTT, W.A., Block 38

William A. McNutt is listed on the 1910 and 1920 census of Mantachie as a farmer. In 1910 his household consisted of W.A. McNutt, 35, wife Lessie, 23, and daughter Irene. They were enumerated as living along the Cotton Gin-Aberdeen Road.

In 1920, William A. McNutt, 45, wife Lessie, 33, daughters Jessie, 13 and Winnie, 9, and son Roy McNutt, 2, were named.

The 1930 census lists the family as William A. McNutt, 54, wife Almeda, 42, and son William Roy, 13.

W.A. McNutt 1878 - 1959 is buried at Stephens Cemetery next to son William Roy McNutt.

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

Embroider or have your name embroidered on the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt being prepared by members of the Itawamba Historical Society. For a donation of $10 per name, you may obtain one of the quilt squares and embroider the names upon the quilt --- or, if you wish, your donations of $10 per name will insure that one of the volunteers on the quilting committee will stitch the names on the quilt. Telephone the Society at 662-282-7664 for information or come by the Society Office, Corner of Church Street and Museum Drive, Mantachie,

You do not have to be a member of the Itawamba Historical Society to participate in this project --- but you are cordially invited to membership for the low price of $25 per year.


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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