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A.F. and L.F. (Addie Ferguson and Lizzie Ferguson)

We believe the initials A.F. & L.F. are those of Addie Ferguson and her sister-in-law Lizzie Ferguson. They have been identified through association with other quilters or with Rev. Strachan. The Dixon Tribune reported on October 19, 1900, that Lizzie Ferguson was a representative to the Christian Endeavor Convention with Mary Kirby and Millie Fischer, both known quilters. Rev. Strachan performed Lizzie’s marriage ceremony at the home of her sister-in-law Mrs. A. Ferguson.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ferguson and Catherine Adelaide (Addie) Cripps Ferguson were both born in Canada in 1853. It is likely that the Ferguson and Cripps families immigrated in the 1870s. Addie Cripps married Lizzie’s brother Alexander Ferguson, a carpenter in Silveyville, in 1877 and was widowed in 1891. Lizzie was an unmarried schoolteacher and in the 1900 census is enumerated in Addie’s household. She married schoolteacher George C. Richards in December 1900 at the age of 47. The Dixon Tribune reported on December 28, 1900, that they “so successfully guarded their secret and launched their bark on the sea of matrimony and brought utter surprise into Dixon’s social circles.” The Tribune also stated that the “bride has spent much of her life in Dixon and is a lady of much intelligence, a Christian character and numerous qualifications that have endeared her to a host of friends in the community who congratulate her upon new relation in life.” George and Lizzie moved to Sonoma County where they were poultry farmers.

Catherine Adelaide Ferguson died in 1937 and is buried in the Silveyville/Dixon Cemetery. Elizabeth Ferguson Richards died in San Luis Obispo, California in 1941.

Judy Coy, San Anselmo Historical Museum