1835 - 1920 Brooke Family's Quilt Top

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Mary Pleasants Younghusband Brooke made this pieced and appliquéd quilt top at her home in Brooke Grove, Maryland, about 1835-1840. In 1910-1920, the donor (Mary Farquhar Green), her mother (Edith Brooke Green), and grandmother (Anna Farquhar Brooke) added the embroidery, lined the top, and hemmed the edges. Although family tradition held that the piecework and appliqué were done in 1797, the roller-printed cottons that were used for the piecework indicate a later date.
Mary Younghusband was born in Virginia and married Roger Brooke V in 1804. It is said that her father, Isaac Younghusband, left her a shilling to buy a piece of rope to hang herself for marrying a Quaker. Mary and Roger had five children. Mary died in 1840.
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National Museum of American History
Brooke, Edith
Farquahar, Anna
Younghusband, Mary Pleasants
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Gift of Mary Farquhar Green
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, linen, silk (overall material)
overall: 75 in x 73 in; 191 cm x 185 cm
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place made
United States: Maryland, Montgomery county
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