Ethel Lois Strachan was born November 7, 1903 in Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Andrew C. Strachan and Margaret Ethel Strachan. According to the family genealogy on, she appears with her parents in the June 24, 1906 census in Arcola; the June 1, 1911 census in Portage La Prairie, Gladstone District, Manitoba; and the June 1, 1921 census at Gladstone, Neepawa, Manitoba.

According to, at the age of 22 years, Ethel Lois emmigrated to the United States "Pre-Examination at Winnipeg, Manitoba." She is listed as a single, teacher of Canadian Scotch heritage. Her physical attributes were recorded and include the following details: 5'4', 120 lbs. med. complex, brown hair, blue eyes. Her residence was listed as Manitoba but her destination was Kingston, Rhode Island where she was to join her fiance, Dr. Basil Elijah Gilbert, PhD. It is noted that she intends to reside permanently in the United States and obtain citizenship. There is also a notation that Ethel Lois had a congenital dislocation of the left hip. Ethel Lois married Dr. Gilbert (son of Ira Charles Gilbert and Minerva Christina Clarke) on September 1, 1926 at Manitou, Manitoba. Ethel Lois and her husband, Basil Gilbert, appeared in the census of April 1, 1930 in Kingston, Rhode Island. In 1930, Basil is listed as 37 years of age and his mother and father were Canadian English born. Ethel Lois was 26 years old in 1930 and was the mother of a daughter, Margaret Lois who was at the time 1 1/2 years old. The records also states that the family was living on College Road in Kingston Village where they were visited by Ethel Lois' mother Margaret Ethel Glen Strachan. From the genealogical record, it appears that Margaret Ethel Strachan crossed into the U.S on July 11, 1939 to visit her daughter until April 1, 1940. At the time of this entry, Ethel Lois' sister, Evelyn Strachan is listed as Margaret Ethel's relative--daughter--living in Brandon, Manitoba. Andrew C. Strachan, Margaret Ethel's husband and the father to Ethel Lois and Evelyn, had died just two years earlier in 1937 at the age of 65.

In the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for Narragansett, RI, Basil and Ethel Lois Gilbert are residing at R.F.D. Kingstown Road, South Kingstown, Washington County. The house they were living in was valued, at the time, at $10,000, and was also shared by their 4 children: Margaret Lois (age 11), Helen Marie (age 8), Robert Ira Campbell and Donna Jean (age 2). The Gilbert household at this time was also home to a 27 year old single woman Mary E. Loger of Connecticut.

Donna Jean Gilbert Sciola, the youngest of Basil and Ethel Lois' 3 chilldren was the owner of the Rev. Andrew C. Strachan's crazy quilt when this project commenced in September 2014. To learn more about Mrs. Donna (Gilbert) Sciola, click here. On November 18, 2015, Donna Sciola donated her grandfather's quilt to the South County Museum in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The Gilbert's home, which still stands today, is next door to the Lorezo Kinney family home, who tends the famous--in Kingston, Rhode Island--Azalea Garden.