Central Medallion Chintz Appliqué
Attributed to Mary Eliza Hatteridge
Gift of Mrs. Winnie Hay and Mrs. Dick Atkins
McKissick Museum Collection 6.2247
This quilt is a classic example of a needleworker stretching a piece of relatively expensive floral chintz fabric by cutting out certain design elements and appliquéing them on a plainer, less expensive fabric ground, then framing the central panel with alternating strips of light and dark, solid and printed cloth. The bedcover’s center is closely stitched in what is sometimes referred to as freeform “stipple quilting,” while the borders are quilted in a single and triple diamond pattern. With no batting in this quilt, the quilter could showcase her fine needlework skills.
Mary Hatteridge Crook (1816-1869) 6.2247
Mary Hatteridge was born in Wilmington, NC. She was the daughter of Alexander Hatteridge and Ann Blount Lord. Her father was born in Glasgow, Scotland and her mother was a native of Wilmington. She had one younger sister, Agnes.
Mary married Reverend William Crook in 1831. They had seven children: Mary, Agnes, Annie, William Alexander, Charles, William Henry, and Agnes Christopher. Two of their daughters, Mary and Agnes, not yet teenagers, died of unknown causes within a year of each other.
Reverend Crook was a Methodist minister and he pastored several churches throughout the southeast. As a circuit-rider, he and his family moved often, usually every couple of years. They lived in Charleston, SC when their first child was born in 1832. In 1842, he was the presiding elder at a church in Lincolnton, NC. By 1850, the family had moved to Orangeburg, SC and by 1856, he was pastoring a church in Columbia. In 1860, the Crook family was back in Orangeburg County, where he led Bamberg Methodist Church.
Mary’s husband died in 1866. The Daily Phoenix newspaper in Columbia referred to Reverend Crook as “one of the oldest and most laborious ministers of the Methodist Church.” Mary passed away three years later, described as “a most estimable woman” in her obituary. Both are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in York County, SC.