The beautiful handstitched quilt that Sidney & Bessie Barton received on their anniversary really contains a story about a community of folks that lived, worshipped and socialized together. On the quilt are the names of 174 individuals who lived in the Oklahoma City area in the mid-1960s, and attended the same church congregation. I have decided to share the names and images from the quilt publicly, so that the families of all the individuals named on the quilt can have access to the clues that are stitched onto it. I have left the names in the groupings in which they are stitched on the quilt, to preserve any clues that those groupings may give; although, there are several same surname individuals and groups on the quilt that may be related to one another.
Names on the 50th anniversary quilt:
Mrs. N.G. Reinauer
Charlie Louise Gibson
Mrs. L. R. Conklin
Mary Burns Cook
Clara Lee Winders
Mr. T.J. Billings
Ma Belle Swanda
Mrs. A. G. Robinson
Mr. A. G. Robinson
Grace Dell Bird
Ida B. Cuningham
James B. Bristol
Mary Jo Bristol
Anna Grace Kelloge
Otis Hall Bealmesr
Joyce Ann Smith
See images of each quilt square at:
Questions this quilt leaves me with:
* Which church congregation did the Bartons attend, exactly?
* The only relatives I can identify easily are Roy and Alice Bianchi. Are there other relatives’ names on the quilt?
* I wonder about the same-surname individuals. How are they or are they related to one another? They are unlikely to be my relations, but the hard-core researcher in me is itching to look into it and find out who they are.
* What sort of relationships & interactions did my great-grandparents have with these folks? I am not sure there are many resources to find out these types of details, but I am curious.