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Mary Zumbrun

Quiltmaker

        Union City, Darke County, Ohio (OH), United States    

Mother of Olive Zumbrun Blocker, the grandmother of Mary Blocher Hershberger, and the great-grandmother of Carolyn Oberman, with her husband Joel.
Mary Strock Zumbrun made quilts and comforters strictly for her family's use. They were a farm family in Ohio and during the last half of the 19th century when she and her husband were raising a family of eight girls and two boys. A lot of bed coverings were needed. Making quilts was an almost continuous year-around work with another quilt going in the quilting frame as soon as one was finished and came out. All the daughters as well as their mother quilted every day as farm work and chores permitted. But as the daughters grew into their teens and the mother's health was poor- no doubt from childbearing - she more and more did most of the quilting. This I know from reading one of the daughter's (my Grandmother) 1893 Journal which tells much about their daily life.

Was the maker a woman, man or a group?

Female

When was the quiltmaker born?

6/21/1849

If the quiltmaker was married, what was the wedding date.

Date and place of death.

7/11/1914

Educational background:

Probably very little schooling

Religious affiliation:

Church of the Brethren, formerly called the Dunkards. German Baptist.

Occupation (if retired, former occupation):

Housewife

Where was the quiltmaker born?

Union City, Darke County, Ohio (OH), United States

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Strock

Father's Name:

Phillippe Strock

Father's ethnic/tribal background:

Farmer

Mother's Name:

Henrietta Strock

Mother's ethnic/tribal background:

Housewife

Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

Joel Zumbrun

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

Farmer

Number of female children:

9

Number of male children:

2

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