Monday, February 1, 2010

Block 9. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 9 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

HILL, Lorine, Block 09

No information could be determined for Lorine Hill.

McFERRIN, Gordon, Block 09

According to Kermit McFerrin, Gordon McFerrin was the son of T.L.McFerrin of Lee County who moved to Mantachie in 1918. A veteran of World War 2, Gordon McFerrin was a merchant, land owner, and a great servant to his community. He never married. Gordon McFerrin is buried in Mantachie Cemetery.

The SSI Death Index lists Gordon M. McFerrin, born November 23, 1909, died September 17, 1999.

See also Gorden McFerrin, Block 2.

SHEFFIELD, Ruth Mrs., Block 09

Ruth Alice Boren Sheffield was the wife of William Ezell "Zeke" Sheffield. Both Ruth and Zeke are buried at Lee Memorial, Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi.

The 1930 census of Mantachie shows Ruth A. Sheffield, 25, in the household of her husband, William E., 35, a ginner, along with son Joe P. Sheffield, 4 months.

See additional information at Mrs. Z. Sheffield and at Ezell Sheffield, Blocks 31 and 40.

Ruth Sheffield was the mother of IHS member Joe Sheffield.

WATSON, Johnie Lee, Bock 09

Johnnie L. Watson, 19, is listed as the daughter of John A Watson, a farmer in Mantachie, on the 1930 census.

See information at J.A. Watson, Block 5 and at Jonnie Lee Watson, Block 7.

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

For information about the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt Project of the Itawamba Historical Society, contact the Society at its office in Mantachie at 662-282-7664 or by visiting the Society's complex at the Corner of Church Street and Museum Drive in Mantachie, Mississippi.


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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