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LeMoyne Star
Rebecca Brickley
Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan
68” x 78”
MSUM 7245.1, Gift of William F. Brickley
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Donor William J. Brickley, provided the following information about Rebecca Brickley, who was born in Pennsylvania on May 3, 1820

This quilt was made by my great-grandmother Rebbeca Brickley, wife of Jacob Brickley, who died of cancer of the breast October 18, 1866, at the age of 46 years, 6 mos. and 15 days.

In 1865 my great-grandmother discovered that she had cancer of the breast. She told the family, "You all want to go to Michigan, so we will go this year so I won't be left behind."

In the fall of 1865 they had harvested the crops and sold the farm in Niagara County, New York. Then they started for Michigan with their possessions in wagons and with cows tied behind the wagons. They left Lockport, New York, in the late fall and travelled all winter to reach Ionia, Michigan, in the spring of 1866.

Great-grandmother made the quilt for my grandfather while she was dying. Grandfather was very choice of this quilt and refused to have it used. His daughter and then I have respected his wishes, and the quilt has not been used. That is why it is 120 years old and in original condition.

Rebecca Brickly and her husband, Jacob.
Photo courtesy of William J. Brickley

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