I have no connection to Abercrombie at all, but I thought this article in latest Rootsweb review most interesting, thought you would too.
"Quilting Together a Story By Sue Caraway email@example.com> I am a quilter with a "thing" about heirloom quilts. I recently purchased a quilt top at my local antique store in Livermore, California that had 14 blocks with embroidered names on them. As I prepared to finish this small quilt, I couldn't help thinking about the names and wondering who these people were. I went to RootsWeb.com and looked up a couple of names. One in particular resulted in only one hit at SSDI (Social Security Death Index) http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/ It was a Polena HOLLAND, who had lived and died in Benton County, Arkansas. With this one small piece of information, I began looking for others who might have been from Benton County. In the space of a couple of hours, I had tied six other names to this county. They were: --Sarah ABERCROMBIE, born 1853, died 1946 --Della CRONE, born 1885, died 1967 --Polena HOLLAND, born 1888, died 1972 --Minnie O. JOHNSON, born 1864, died 1937 --Mary A. LOCKE, born 1851, died 1940 --Callie PAYNE, born 1862, died 1943 --Robert H. PAYNE, born 1856, died 1937 The other names on the quilt are: Doriece ALDRIDGE, Jimmie CRONE, Hazel B. JOHNSON, Mary LOTT, [--?--] McPALMER, Birdia Payne WHITE, Lissa SHIELDS, and Marie STORY. >From this information I was able to estimate the date of the quilt to be between 1905 and 1920. I am going to make a label with this information for the back of the quilt. It is a small thing, I guess, but I know these were "real" people who started this quilt and now I get to finish it. Thanks to RootsWeb for the great resources available to research something as benign as this project."