Ladies Aid Society Friendship Quilt- 1897 with index of names

1897 Redwork Quilt- Ladies Aid Society

1897 Redwork Quilt- Ladies Aid Society

A 1897 Redwork Friendship quilt was found in Arizona at a local Goodwill store in the summer of 2012 that originated in Mars Hill and Blaine Maine. The finder contacted me, shared photos and was willing to sell it to me since it has connections to Aroostook County- the home of many of my ancestors.  Some of the same family names on the quilt are also mentioned in the Robert Fulton’s Diaries.

As I research each name, I will add information  about those who signed the quilt. Please contact me if you have new information or photos about any of the 61 quilters.

Update: The quilt has returned to its original home and is now owned by the Central Aroostook Historical Society.

Click on the linked names to see information about each person:
Row *1

Mrs. B A Jones, Houlton, Maine (Robinson)
Belinda Robinson Jones

Mrs. Ella Safford, Leadville, Colo.
Ella Banks Safford
? Amber York

Amy Banks, Leadville, Colo.
Amy Banks Sherman

Mollie L Shaw, Lowell Mass.
Mary / Mae / Mollie Shaw Campbell

Annie R Jones, Houlton, Maine
Ann Jones McKay

Melissa B Rhodes, Mars Hill, Me.
Melissa Wentworth Rhodes


Sarah S McCrea, Blaine Me.
Sarah Lindsay McCrea

Nellie Shaw, Lowell, Mass. Loring St.
Nellie Shaw Gray

Helen Kennedy, Presque Isle, Me.
Helen Gilman Kennedy

Maggie York B, Mars Hill, Maine Ladies Aid, Feb 23, 1897
Maggie Bridges York

Mabel E Lewin, Benton Car. Co. N.B./
Mabel Lewin

Mrs. Jane York, Mars Hill Maine, Mar 2 1897
Jane Irvine York

Mrs. Jennie Dilling, Mars Hill, Maine
Jennie McDougal Dilling


Mrs. James Gilman, Mars Hill, Me. LAS
Esther Harris Gilman

 Mrs. Lizzie York, Mars Hill, Maine, Ladies Aid  
Elizabeth Banks York

Ethel Banks, Mars Hill, Maine, LAS, Feb 23, 1897
Ethel Bridges Banks Clark Peavey

Ida E Cogswell, Centreville, N.B. March 19, 1897 WCTU
Ida Cogswell Laughlin

Mary E Ross, Bridgewater, Maine, Mar 19, 1897
Mary McGownan Ross

Anna Luce, Mars Hill, 74 years, Maine
Rispah Anna Walker Luce

Laura Blanchard, Mars Hill, Maine
Laura Hunter Blanchard


Cora L Rhodes, LAS, Mars Hill, Maine
Cora Rhodes Monteith

Edith E Riley, Mars Hill Maine, Mar 17, 1987, Ladies Aid Society
Edith Riley Longstaff

Jessie Smart, Oakfield, Me.
Jessie Smart Richardson

Mrs. E S Fulton, Blaine Maine
Emma Turner Fulton

Isabella L Bricknell, West Glassville, Carleton co. N.B. LAS
Isabella Bricknell Walton

Mrs. Mary Banks, Mars Hill, Mar. 10, 1897
Mary Cogswell Bank

Mrs. J H Shaw, Mars Hill, Maine
Sarah Dustin Shaw


Ethel L Beckwith, #1 Rockdale Ave , Lowell, Mass.
Ethel Beckwith

Mrs. Ada  Davies, Leadville , Colo
Ada Banks Davies

Olivia A Snow, Mars Hill, Maine
Olivia Wallace Snow

Mrs. C C Sanford, Bridgewater, Maine
Elizabeth Ross Sanford

Mrs. C H Cox, Blaine, Me.
Hattie Lowell Cox

Mrs John L Bricknell , Mars Hill Maine, Aroostook County, LAS
Jesse Hume Bricknell

Susie Blanchard, Mars Hill, Maine
Susan Wood Blanchard


Mrs. E H Tarr, Mars Hill Maine
Joanna Cookson Tarr

Mrs. R W Lowell Blaine, Me.
Sarah Jones Lowell

Tina M Blanchard. Mars Hill, Maine
Tina Blanchard Wilson

Maud Blanchard Mars Hill, Maine
Maud Blanchard

Annie Small Mars Hill, Maine
Annie L Robinson Small

Mrs. Robert Hunter Mars Hill, Me. Mar 16, 1897, WCTU, YBS
Mary Irvine Hunter

Sarah E. Hurd
Sarah Barden Hurd


Mrs. F E Clough Mars Hill, Maine
Francis Frost Clough

Mrs. Mame Lowell Blaine, Maine
Mary Mame Smith Lowell

Alice Reidiker Mars Hill Maine Mar 17 97, WCTU, YBS
Alice Hunter Reidiker

Miss Effie L Shaw Mars Hill, Maine
Effie Shaw Jones

S E  Safford Mars Hill, Maine
Sarah E Bridges Safford

Alwilda R Langley Mars Hill, Maine
Alwilda R Smith Langley

Augusta L Dudley Easton, Me.
Augusta Lucinda Demerchant Dudley


Lucy  Tompkins Blaine
Lucy McPherson Tompkins

Hattie Bridges, Mars Hill, Maine
Hattie Bridges Livingston

Mrs. J A Finnemore Mars Hill, Maine
Sophie Durepo Sayward Finnemore

Mrs. Albert White, Mars Hill, Maine
Mary Knowleton White

Dora Bridges, Mars Hill, Maine
Dora Tarr Bridges

Winnie E Luce, Mars Hill, Maine
Winnie Boyton Luce

H J Bridges, Mars Hill, Maine
Hannah J Wood Bridges




M A Gilman
Matilda A O’Connor Gilman

Maggie A York, Mars Hill, Maine
Maggie A. Bridges York

Mrs. Barbara Collins, Mars Hill, Me.
Barbara Rideout Collins

Miss Rose L Shaw, Mars Hill, Maine
Rose Lenora Shaw Shaw

Ruby Bridges, Mars Hill, Maine
Ruby Bridges Brown Dolloff

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1 Response to Ladies Aid Society Friendship Quilt- 1897 with index of names

  1. Kathy McCrea says:

    That is a sensational find. What good fortune. I’m looking to see if any are relations.

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