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Linen and cotton sheet, circa 1820-1830

Item

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Title

Linen and cotton sheet, circa 1820-1830

Description

An 'M's & O's' patterned sheet made of linen and cotton. The family narratives for this linen sheet states that it was made in 1816 by Betsy Breckinridge Meredith, sister of John Breckinridge. Family narrative also states the flax was grown, spun, and woven by enslaved people on the Winton Plantation. Enslaved women and men were skilled spinners, weavers, and seamstress on the frontier. Their skilled labor made life easier and more comfortable for their enslavers.

Source

1913.1.27, The Filson Historical Society Museum Collection

Format

Identifier

1913.1.27

Citation

Unknown (Enslaved person in Virginia), active circa 1820-1830 and Meredith, Elizabeth Breckinridge, “Linen and cotton sheet, circa 1820-1830,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed April 13, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5839.