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Josie Nious (unknown dates)

Quilt square of Red, Brown, and Cream fabric representing a birds nest.
Josie Nious, "Bird's Nest"

Golson recorded that Albert and Josie Nivens [Nious] were married, and that they were among the slaves Polley freed after Texas received news of the Emancipation Proclamation. I haven’t found the date of their marriage, but she must have died before 1870 when Albert married Anne Reese.

Her quilt square is “Bird’s Nest."


This biographical selection is from The Enslaved People of J. H. Polley Plantation, Whitehall, Sutherland Springs, Texas 1836-1865. The collection is the work of independent scholar, Dr. Melinda Creech. Dr. Creech compiled and presents a biographical sketch of each of the enslaved along with a unique historic Texas quilt for each individual since photos of the 28 enslaved are not available. The collection is available to view in person at the Sutherland Springs Historical Museum.

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