Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan
68” x 78”
MSUM 7245.1, Gift of William F. Brickley
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State
|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
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