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Rachel Stevenson Wash Morgan (1835-unknown)

Quilt square with blue, tan, and brown fabric representing a garden gate.
Rachel Stevenson Wash Morgan, "The Garden Gate"

Rachel was born in Newton, Mississippi. Her parents were Charles and Harriet Stevenson. In the 1879 census, her parents were living near the David Houston family. They had received land from the Houstons. Perhaps the Houstons were the enslavers of the Stevenson family. Rachel was first married to Solomon Wash (1832-1870). They had three children: Orange (1860-?), Anna (1865-?), and Murray (1868-?) She married Cato Morgan 16 October 1873. The service performed by R. M. Currie, and witnessed by H. Stephenson.

Rachel and Cato Morgan had one child, Joe Cato Morgan.

Her quilt square is “Garden Gate.”


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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