MOORE, Clydus Gassaway, 1896, 1976, Keys, img 6359
Clydus Gassaway Moore, November 19, 1896 - January 28, 1976, is buried at Keys Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. Her burial is marked on a double marker with Audie Ellis Moore, October 19, 1892 - August 1, 1971.
WHITTEN, Martha Julia, 1879, 1956, Keys, img 5359
Martha Julia Whitten, August 25, 1879 - April 29, 1956, is buried in Keys Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. She is named on a double marker with Amos Lee Whitten, January 31, 1878 - October 18, 1945.
LODEN, Dewdrop Martin, 1902, 1986, Keys, img 6521
Dewdrop Martin Loden, March 19, 1902 - February 6, 1986, is buried at Keys Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. She is named on a double marker with Ellis Loden, September 27, 1898 - April 16, 1979.
BRADLEY, Fannie, 1863, 1945, Keys, img 5344
Fannie Bradley, March 30, 1863 - October 6, 1945, is buried at Keys Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi.
This brief information will make further documention of these four individuals easier. Having the maiden name from the cemetery grave marker along with the spouse's name will be of tremendous help in the research. Online census reports and SSDI will probably contain additional information --- and then the fun of doing the research in the family documents and archives of the Itawamba Historical Society will start.
It is interesting to me that relatives of these four women will have access to images of a quilt square which their ancestor probably pieced, signed and embroidered her name, and then probaby helped the other ladies of the community to quilt. Who knows, the fabric from which the lady pieced the quilt square may have been scaps from some project she had sewn for herself or her family. Textiles with names upon them can be a treasure trove of local information. I'm looking forward to seeing Joe Nell Wood's research on each of the squares --- and am so glad that one of the major cemeteries in the community where this quilt is thought to have been made has been inventoried.
Don't overlook Friendship Quilts to help write the local stories of your community. I cannot image the thrill of finding images of needlework with my grandmother's name upon it.
As I prepare the photographic images of each quilt block, I'm checking the names on the online cemetery indexes available at Itawamba County Mississippi Book of the Dead.