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Object Name Coverlet
Catalog Number 1989.18
Date ca. 1830
Dimensions H-91.75 W-33.5 inches
Description This is one section of a red and blue wool and linen overshot coverlet. There are alternating blocks of table and diamond design. The pattern could be a variation of the Tennessee Flower.
Notes The coverlet was woven by the donor's great grandmother, Mrs. Peter F. Genoway in Missouri before 1840. she raised the sheep and processed the wool weaving it into the coverlet. She brought it with her when they moved to Bellevue in Campbell County, KY.

The donor's great great grandfather came from France with Lafayette at the end of the Revolutionary War. He dropped the French sound from his name and changed the spelling to "Genoway." His son, her great grandfather married and took his family to live on a farm in the central part of Missouri. At the end of the Civil War they came by oxcart to the Cincinnati area. From the donor: "At that time, Bellevue, in Campbell County, KY. consisted of three houses. Great-grandfather build the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh houses. He became general store-keeper, "notary public" and "justice of the peace." His son, the donor's grandfather, Peter Francis Genoway, spent his entire life in Bellevue and some of the family lived on the same spsot of ground until 1929.
Collection Janet P. Milliken Collection
People Genoway, Mrs. Peter
Genoway, Peter Francis
Subjects Textiles
Weaving
Wool
Blankets
Search Terms Woven
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS