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Martha L. Blakeslee

Quiltmaker

           

Michigan State University Museum

Martha L. Durkee Blakeslee is the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Beardslee Durkee, the mother of Emma Quarton and the grandmother of Betty Quarton Hoard.
The later quilts by Martha Blakeslee include many shirtings of reds, clarets, indigos, cadet blues and blacks popular at the turn of the century. Colored prints with a white resist design were also commonly used.

Martha L. Durkee Blakeslee was married to Frank Blakeslee of Birmingham, Michigan. They owned a Dry Goods store in the 1870s.

Was the maker a woman, man or a group?

Female

When was the quiltmaker born?

10/8/1847

Date and place of death.

February 24, 1923

Quiltmaker's maiden name:

Durkee

Father's Name:

Durkee, John Franklin

Mother's Name:

Durkee, Mary Elizabeth

Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

Blakeslee, Frank

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

Owner of Blakeslee Dry Goods, on Maple Road

Number of female children:

At least 1

How did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

From Relative

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