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ALICE IRBY AVIRETT QUILT
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ALICE IRBY AVIRETT QUILT

This quilt was probably made by Alice Irby Avirett, my grandmother, or someone in her family, sometime in the early 1900’s.  She had five sons for whom she made their pants, suits, vests, etc.  It consists of rectangles which were pieced on the sewing machine.  The material in the quilt is  material that would have been used for menswear, i.e. suits, pants, vests, etc.  It is probably wool and is of various patterns which was usual for the times.  The backing is a good striped cotton and the interior appears to have been a kind of cotton material which was used for under garments in several layers.  It is a very heavy quilt weighing approximately eight (8) pounds and the size for a single bed.

Alice Irby Avirett was the daughter of Benjamin Irby, of Nottoway County Virginia, and Sarah Virginia Munroe of Quincy, Gadsden County Florida.  They were married in 1872 in Gadsden County and lived in Virginia where Alice was born in 1881.  She married Abner Avirett of Decatur County Georgia in 1910.

Sarah Virginia Munroe was the daughter of William Munroe of Gadsden County and Cornelia Mary Fitzgerald, daughter of the Reverend Freeman Fitzgerald and his wife Elizabeth Williams Fitzgerald of Nottoway County Virginia and Gadsden County Florida.

Benjamin Irby was the son of Richard Irby of Nottoway County Virginia and Frances Virginia Fitzgerald, daughter of the Reverend Freeman Fitzgerald and his wife Elizabeth Williams Fitzgerald of Nottoway County Virginia and Gadsden County Florida.
William Munroe, Mary Cornelia Fitzgerald, Frances Virginia Fitzgerald, Reverend Freeman Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Williams Fitzgerald were all pioneers who lived in the Territory of Florida.

Abner Avirett was the son of Abner Avirett and Mary Eliza Towers and the grandson of William Nathaniel Avirett and Achsah McGriff, daughter of William McGriff and Sarah Speight McGriff.  William Nathaniel and Achsah Avirett lived in the Territory of Florida also. Mary Eliza Towers was the daughter of George Morton Towers and Frances Rumney DuPont Towers and the granddaughter of Sophia Auld Rumney. Mary Eliza, her parents and grandmother lived in the Territory before Florida became a state.

In all, Alice and Abner Avirett were descended from 15 Florida Pioneers. They all lived in Gadsden County, Territory of Florida, before Florida became a state in March 1845.

Researched and compiled by Ann Avirett Cooper 
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