I'm working on Block #4 of my McHenry Crazy Quilt. There is a particular early settler that I'm rather fond of. Why? I have no clue! I've just been compelled to read everything about this man that I could find.
Perhaps it's because he owned such a huge piece of property in McHenry, close to where my parents live.
The man's name is Alexander Hamilton Hanley and this block represents his house:
Anyway, the house was built in the 1860's. I'm trying to find the exact year to embroider on this quilt. It had 14 rooms and a full basement.
Alexander Hanley was born in 1816 and died in 1891. He was born in New York and came to Illinois when he was around 20.
Here is a the 1872 McHenry map:
My parents live in the green area at the bottom of the map and I live in the green area up north near the lake.
I will tell you more about AH Hanley in future posts. For now, here are some closeups of the block:
And this piece too is from the late 1800's:
I still have to add the little button spider and then the text. I hope to have an answer on the actual year that this house was built by tomorrow.