Quilt inscribed "Ann M. Holmes."
The quilt seen above is clearly inscribed with the distinctive, double-looped "A" used for the other inscriptions of Ann's name on quilts. But Ann's is not the only name inscribed on the Holmes family collection of quilts.
The quilt above contains the inscribed name of Ann's sister, "Lorena M. Holmes." Lorena (1861-1927), referred to in the family as "Lola", never married. She lived for many years with her sister.
The Holmes family appears in Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy's transcribed Minutes for Goose Creek Meeting. Ann's and Lola's mother was reported in 1839 for being "mou" (married out of unity) to their father, Elisha. Elisha was recorded for the same transgression. Interestingly, his "acknowledgement" was accepted and he was retained as a member.
In March of 1865, during the Civil War, Elisha Holmes entertained 8-10 confederate soldiers under the command of John S. Mosby for a month without charge, although one Quaker "was careful to point out that Mosby's guerillas remained in his neighborhood of Goose Creek Friends 'without consent of the families where they lodged.'" Still, Friends "suffered with great grace, swallowing their Union sentiments and providing the soldiers with the best their larders could provide." John H. Alexander, author of Mosby's Men noted "the motherly instincts of the good housewives stirred [...] as they saw the boys enjoy their pies and jam; and I am sure the eyes of the demure maidens flashed quite naturally as they served apples, nearly as rosy as their cheeks, to the soldier boys." (Chamberlin and Souders, 323, 380.)
It is likely Elisha's daughters (and quilt inscribed identities) Ann and Lorena were present at the time of this occupation. In 1865 Ann would have been 23 years old; Lorena was just five.
As mentioned earlier, Ann married in 1880 but Lorena never did. At the time of her death in 1927, Lorena was not a member of Goose Creek Meeting. However, she left "a legacy of $500 in her Will, also a legacy of $500 to be used by proper authorities of the graveyard at Lincoln, Loudoun Co., VA, especially both Hicksite and Orthodox Friends, as a general fund for its upkeep. Not being a member of this Meeting, her gift is greatly appreciated."
Ancestry.com, records accessed April 13, 2014.
Chamberlin, Taylor M. and Souders, John M. Between Rebel and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.
Find A Grave Memorial #40296012.
Labaw, Rev. George Warne. A Genealogy of the Warne Family in America. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, 1911.
Personal conversation between Mary Holton Robare and Holmes family descendent, Loudoun County, Virginia, April 11, 2014.
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