Monday, February 15, 2010

Block 42. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 42 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

BLAYLOCK, C.D., Block 42

C.D. Blaylock was listed as Dillard Blaylock on the 1930 census of Beat 2 showing his family living on Tupelo-Kirksville Road. The family was enumerated as Dillard, 28, a farmer, wife Mertie, 27, daughter Geraldine, 11, and son, Ray, 1; mother Maggie Blaylock, 62, grandfather Williams Carothers, 91, aunt Bettie Carothers, 60, aunt Nannie Carothers, 59, and aunt Oma Carothers, 54.

According to IHS member Kermit McFerrin, C.D. Blaylock was a farmer, truck driver, and member of the Mantachie Methodist Church. He was married to Mertie White Blaylock. They had two children, Geraldine Blaylock McMillen, and Ray Blaylock. C.D. Blaylock is buried at Center Star Cemetery.

BLAYLOCK, Mirtie, Block 42

Mirtie White Blaylock, according to Kermit McFerrin, was the wife of C.D. Blaylock of Mantachie. Mirtie Blaylock is buried at Center Star Cemetery.

See entry for C.D. Blaylock above for information about Mertie Blaylock.

TAYLOR, T.B. Mr., Block 42

Thomas Taylor, farmer, age 26, is listed with wife Vera Taylor on the 1920 Mantachie census.

On the 1930 census, Thomas B. Taylor, 36, a farmer, is listed in Mantachie along Tupelo-Guntown Road. His household then consisted of wife Dewey V., 31, Thomas L., 9, Sylble J., 9, Imogene W., 4, and Nelta F., 10 months.

TAYLOR, Vera Mrs., Block 42

Dewey Vera Taylor was the wife of Thomas B. Taylor.

On the 1920 census, Mrs. Thomas Taylor is identified as 21 year-old Vera Taylor. On the 1930 census, she is identified as Dewey V. Taylor, 31, wife of Thomas B. Taylor.

See additional information at Mr. T.B. Taylor above.

WADDLE, Mr., Block 42

This may be T.A. Waddle of Mantachie. In 1900, Alonzo Waddle, 43, a farmer, and wife Dora, 33 is listed on the census along with daughters Ethel, 11, Mary, 9, Lizzie L., 7, and Bennie, 2.

On the 1910 census, this Mantachie family included T.A. Waddle, 54, wife Dora, 43, daughters Ethel, 10, Mannie, 18, L.L., 17, Benny, 12, and sons Leton, 6, Claron, 4, and Yancy, 1.

Burton-Curber lists Alonzo L. Waddle 1885 - 1961 buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Next to him is Mattie L. Waddle 1887 - 1935.

See information at Yancy Waddle (Block 41) for more about this family.

WADDLE, Mrs., Block 42

This may be Dora Waddle, wife of T.A. Waddle of Mantachie. See information listed above at Mr. Waddle.

See information at Yancy Waddle (Block 41) for more about this family.

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

Place your name on a friendship quilt or place the names of your ancestors on a memory quilt --- the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt Project of the Itawamba Historical Society is accepting names which will be embroidered on a new quilt. Donations of $10 per name will help the Itawamba Historical Society continue to fulfill its primary goal --- the preservation of Itawamba County's history and heritage.

Please be a part of this time-honored tradition of friendship quilt fund raisers.

For more information about the Society or about the quilt project, contact the Itawamba Historical Society, PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855, telephone 662-282-7664, or visit the Society at the corner of Church Street and Museum Drive in Mantachie.


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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