Van Pelt researchers, can you help me unravel the family story that is captured in this quilt top [photograph and write-up, pages 36 and 37 of Crews, Patricia Cox, [Ed.] c. 2001 ‘A Flowering of Quilts,’ University of Nebraska Press. The commentary says that the album quilt top was made for Mary Van Pelt who may have been leaving on a long journey or marking her untimely death [One inscription reads, “My dear, lie in slumber. Holy angels guard they bed.”
The Van Pelts named on the quilt top [name could be maiden surname or married surname]:
Ann VAN PELT, May 1848, “my mother dear”
C V P
Cornelia VAN PELT, April 1850
Emma VAN PELT, April 1850
Emma VAN PELT
J H VAN PELT
There is a statement, undocumented, that J H Van Pelt was Mary Van Pelt’s sister. Other dates include May 26, 1849, October 4, 1849, July 1854, Aug. 1849, June 1849 and May 30, [illegible date]. The only place mentioned is Havre de Grace, Md; because it is the only place mentioned, one could assume that it is the place to be distant from the home of others who signed quilt blocks.
Other names include:
O. A. BILLS, C. BILLS,
Jane EBBETS, Eliza Ann EBBETS
Anna C HUSTED
Gertrude E. JACKSON
H. H. S.
The 1850 Federal Census lists Cornelia A VAN PELT, age 27 in New York Ward 9, NY, [with M. Van Pelt [husband?] and children Charles, age; Cornelia, age 6; new born Fredrick - Mary A VAN FETT [corrected to VAN PELT], age 30; with Henry VAN FETT, age 48, John VAN FETT, age 65; George, age 3 and Sarah, age 1.
Others located include O. A. Bills, age 35, New York Ward 9; Mary COLLIER, Queen Anne’s, Maryland; Jane EBBETS, age 15, New York Ward 17; and Euphema WARREN, age 30, Danbury Connecticut.
I have scanned VAN PELT web sites and the Effie M. Smith A Genealogy of the Van Pelt Family. Perhaps someone more familiar with the Van Pelt families recognizes the people on this quilt top and recognizes the connections among these people, so can help me unravel the story behind the quilt top [I should have explained earlier, I am a volunteer genealogist for the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska. I have done genealogical searches for a couple dozen quilts to date, but none of them have proved to be as much a mystery as the VAN PELT quilt top.]. Thanking you in advance for your help, Joan