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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Coverlet by Betsey E. Adams, 1849

On March 27, 2010, I posted several generations of my Adams lineage from Genesee Co., New York and Connecticut. John Adams is my long-standing brick wall. So it was an unbelievable thrill to receive a message that same day from Claire who informed me that Betsey E. Addams is in her line. We compared notes, and although she isn't working on the Adams line just yet, she presented me with the nicest gift, that being several photos of a coverlet made by Betsey at age 19.  Betsey was my 1st cousin, 4 times removed.

We are not sure why Betsey spelled her last name as Addams instead of Adams, but without a doubt, she is the same person. Claire, the owner, wrote, "The size of the coverlet 70" X 90" width. It was (from what I read) sewed together down the middle. The coverlet has in the opposite front corner of the name the same name/date/county but backwards. The condition of the coverlet is pretty good."

On the day I did my blog, Claire also wrote, "I was told by my parents it was a gift to my parents handed down years ago at the time they were married. They have been married 58 yrs. I have been searching on line a couple of weeks now and came across yours today! I too wondered about the Adams family name since my dad thinks he heard that Betsey E Adams was a descendant of ? some Adams in history of ? background!!" That last statement ties into what I've always heard. Our John Adams is somehow related to the President. What I never mentioned was the fact that in our foyer was an etching or drawing, of John Quincy Adams...he was the first thing I saw every time I entered the house. And why in the heck, did we move to Lexington, Massachusetts (a town where John Q. Adams visited)? Is there a connection? I need a detective to figure this mystery.

I am very happy that Claire picked the very day that my blog was posted to do a Google search. Because of that, I now have a 5th cousin, once removed.

Additional information about Betsey's family:

Betsey E. ADAMS (Horace ADAMS2, JOHN ADAMS1) was born NOV 1830 in New York, and died 18 FEB 1906 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York. She was buried in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford, Genesee Co., halfway between Batavia and LeRoy, NY.. She married Orin Joseph DEWOLF, son of Orin Clemens DEWOLF and Nancy Zobedia PERKINS. He was born 14 MAR 1830 in New York, and died 1892 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York. He was buried in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford, Genesee Co., halfway between Batavia and LeRoy, New York.

Children of Betsey E. ADAMS and Orin Joseph DEWOLF are:

2 i. Herbert L. DEWOLF was born 16 MAY 1856 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 4 MAY 1886 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

3 ii. Ada L. DEWOLF was born 1859 in New York, and died 1943.

+ 4 iii. Charles Freemond DEWOLF was born 1861 in New York, and died ABT 12 MAR 1913 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

5 iv. Frank S. DEWOLF was born JUN 1863 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 1943.

6 v. Maryette DEWOLF was born 1865 in New York, and died 10 APR 1887 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

7 vi. Fred L. DEWOLF was born 24 JAN 1867 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 14 APR 1895 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

8 vii. Howard DEWOLF was born AFT 1867 in New York, and died BEF 1900.


Heather Rojo said...

Keep working on that family story! It took me 30 years to prove my Boston/Hawaii connection, and I never gave up. Also, I have some Adamses in my family tree, and I've seen it spelled both ways, too. That coverlet is precious!

Thomas MacEntee said...

A recent episode of Antiques Roadshow had a similar coverlet from about 1830 - I had never seen one before!

Sherry - Family Tree Writer said...

It seems from what I've read and talking to others that people didn't always spell their name the same, and that they might just decide to change the way they spelled it, too. My husband's family had a branch that decided their Deffenbaugh name was too long, so shortened it to Defabaugh. My mother's brother, born in 1908, changed his name from Darrell to Daryl, she said. (I always knew him as Daryl). My husband's family changed theirs from Klein to Kline at some point about four generations back...

Barbara said...

Thanks all for your comments. I agree about the spelling, but her father and grandfather both spelled it as Adams. Fortunately, I have enough info. on Betsey. The search continues.

lindalee said...

You have so many fascinating lines. I love the coverlet and how smart was Betsey to have the foresight to name and date her work. Can you imagine the countless hours it must have taken her to make this coverlet.

Barbara said...

Lindalee, Too much work for me, and I totally agree about the date and name. Gee, I wonder if she made it just prior to her marriage, I'll have to check. Thanks for posting your lovely items on Thursday.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

I love that coverlet. I've only seen reproductions.

Barbara said...

Thank you Kathleen for writing. I would love to see it, but it is about a 7 hr. drive away, darn.