It was first assumed that the church women’s league quilt committee made this, as the church records show Jessie was a chairperson in this league. While the church held many fundraisers and made many “fancy work” projects, this quilt was not mentioned. Equally confusing was the mention of a Red Cross chapter in the church since 1933. The church records were researched with no mention of this fundraiser.
The next phase of research included taking Jim’s original list, checking it against the quilt, and trying to locate just the Owasco area names. This seemed like an formidable task, as there are 80 women‘s names. I derived more information from Ancestry.com and the 1940 Cayuga County Census, which assisted with all the family connections, as well as residency in 1940. I was able to pair each lady’s name with the family members they honored. Mothers, sisters, daughters and wives are all found with a connection to a man who completed a draft card. The Owasco Reformed Church membership records also confirmed 68 church members. But the quilt encompasses more than the Owasco community, as family names from Auburn, Niles, Moravia, Van Buren, Skaneateles, North Syracuse, and even Rochester are featured. Find A Grave photos provided service records from bronze memorial plaques found on tombstones. Some newspaper obits provided more data about service records. Having now a completed alphabetical list of names and connections, I searched for veteran records.