By: Dorothy Cozart
Anna Catherine Hummell Markey Garnhart, (b. 1773, d. 1860) created a number of remarkable quilts during her life in Frederick, Maryland. In determining the relationship of two widely-separated quilts, locating a third, and unexpectedly finding a fourth probably made by Catherine, I discovered that not only did descendants treasure these quilts, taking them along as homes were established elsewhere, but also families remembered much lore about the maker. The same photograph, as well as oral and written information about her, remained in the family histories, although living descendants no longer knew their kinship to each other. From family sources I have documented much information about both the maker and her known extant quilts.