“T’ is for Thelma … Thelma Weaver that is!
Two squares have the same fabrics and same stitching. But the two quilt blocks have two different names; Thelma Weaver and Berneice Scott. There must be a connection, more than the matching calico of the squares.
The search for clues was successful. Thelma Weaver’s mother passed away in 1931, leaving Thelma, her sister and her brother motherless. In 1933 Thelma’s father, Raymond Weaver, married Joyce Scott, the older sister of Berneice Scott.
Thelma’s half-brother, Donald was born in 1936 to Raymond and Joyce. His obituary reported that he “served on the town council and was the Mayor of Blockton for 10 years.” When he died in 2012, Thelma was still alive and living in Nebraska.
Vesta Bernice (Scott) Waugh Graham was born October 4, 1923. She grew up in Athelstan where she attended school and church. She graduated from the Athelstan High School in 1941. Vesta Bernice died December 28, 1993 and is buried in Athelstan Cemetery, next to her husband. (Note: spelled Berneice on the quilt square, Bernice in her obituary.)
Who stitched both of these squares? I really don’t know. There are four possibilities.
- I don’t have a birth date for Thelma, so I don’t know how old she was in 1934. She probably wasn’t old enough to make the squares (but that’s an assumption on my part).
- Bernice was 11 years old; she may have made the squares. Yet again, my gut feeling is that the stitching is much neater than an 11 year old girl would have done.
- Joyce Scott Weaver may have done the squares for her step-daughter and younger sister. But in 1934, Joyce was 17 years old and the step-mother to three young children. I doubt she had much time for stitchery, adjusting to being an instant mother.
- Which leaves China Scott; being Bernice’s mother and Thelma’s new step-grandmother, and at an age (55) where she could have mastered the even, precise stitching on the squares.
These two squares may leave a few more mysteries to untangle, but at least I discovered how they’re connected, where their lives crossed 80 years ago.