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Object ID # 1959.002.025ab
Object Name Pillowcase
Title Pillow Shams Converted into Pillowcases
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date Late 19th-century?
Made Mary Ann "Minnie" McKay Givens
Place of Origin Arnott, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
Description Embroidered red-on-white "Good Morning" and "Good Night" set of pillow cases, (a&b), c. 1890. The hand-stitched redwork has morning glory motifs. One case has "Good Night", while the other one has "Good Morning". Originally these were pillow shams, but they were altered later on into pillowcases (c. 1930).
Provenance These pillowcases were made by Mary Ann "Minnie" McKay of Arnott, Ontario, around 1890. Minnie married Mr. James Givens in 1898. The Givens family farmed in the Massie district of Grey County. They were originally shams, but later on, Mrs. Givens altered them into pillow cases for her grandsons (Jim, Bud and Don Reid) around 1930. Next owned by Jean Reid (neƩ Givens), Minnie's daughter. Her lifedates were b. 1899-d. 1991.

James R. Givens was born in 1875 and died in 1958. His wife, Mary Ann "Minnie" McKay Givens was born in 1871 and died in 1950. They are buried at Greenwood Cemetery, in Owen Sound.

Collection Textiles, Bedding Collection
Material Cotton/Thread/Embroidery Thread/Dye
Dimensions W-34.5 L-57.5 cm
Found Arnott, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
People Givens, James