Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Antebellum #7 and John Hankinson

This week I finished Antebellum #7 Chimney Sweep. Barbara B's instructions for vertical row piecing made this block easy to assemble.  

In keeping with adding the names of my 2nd gr-grandparents, this block is in memory of John Hankinson, an English immigrant. According to the 1841 & 1851 England censuses, John, a brick layer, his wife, Alice, and their children were living in Liverpool. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1851. For more than twenty years (1854-1876) John was listed in the NYC Directories as a mason with his business at 464 Greenwich St. and residence at 36 Renwick. Both are in the area of the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan.

I chose to copy this inking that Barbara had posted on her blog a while ago. 

Would you believe the first time around I didn't leave space for a seam allowance? What was I thinking?? This is version #2 :)

The Hankinson family plot is in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. Interred there are John Hankinson (1821-1885), his wife Alice King (1819-1904), three  children (small white stones): Richard (1851-1860), William Henry (1854-1856) and Betsey (1839-1859); also, a grandson Walter (d. 1915) and my gr-grandfather, Frank Hankinson (1856-1911) though his name is not inscribed on the monument.

MARCH 15, 1885
AGED 64 YRS 11 MOS 30 D'S

When John died the attending physician was Samuel S. Purple, a founding member and past president of the NY Academy of Medicine and for many years the editor of the NY Genealogical and Biographical Record. After all these years the Purple name continues to haunt me. My grandmother Maud Hankinson Davis states her mother was Mary Purple but I haven't yet been able to make that connection. 


So back to Chimney Sweeps for a minute . . .

Here's a little piece I made in 2004 based on a doll quilt that was documented by HQPNJ.

In 2006 Barb V. and her friend, Mary, were co-chairs of GSQs Friendship Quilt. I had to provide the red fabric for my block so this is what I chose. 

A wonderful assortment of reds and one lucky winner :) 

Happy August!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Love the inking you did in your block!
    Interesting family history. I have soent a lot of time with family history this week--scanning and uploading photos of ancestors and their graves, gathering and organizing stories. I have been a great collector of family history for years. It is time I started getting it organized!

  2. The plaid you used is wonderful. Is it the same one you used before? It's great. The inking is lovely. Forgetting the seam allowance is something I would do...once, twice. Or even more. Hahaha

  3. I forgot the seam allowance once or twice ! Not serious...we are doing another block ! Pffff...:)))
    Yours is beautiful with plaid fabric !
    Happy August !

  4. Maybe I missed it but could you explain how you do the inking?

  5. More lovely inking - you certainly have a gift for it! The plaid in your block is very special & looks so authentic. Being able to locate the gravesite markers for ancestors is so important

  6. pretty block and bird inking. Oh that pesky seam allowance! lol
    That was a favorite project with Mary. She used a red and white toile on the back - it was FABULOUS. It is a great sig block.

  7. I have to say that "Chimney Sweep" is one of my favorite blocks. Yours is gorgeous and your inking is absolutely amazing. I would love to take a class in calligraphy. Wish you lived closer! I enjoy reading your historical references too.