Coverlets, Cultural Objects

Governor’s Garden Coverlet (indigo, white)

Maker/Creator: Sarah Elizabeth Weddle Hylton
Associated Person: Audna Hylton Harris

Wool, cotton

  • Pattern: Governor’s Garden
  • Colors: indigo, white
  • Dimensions: 99 x 71 inches
  • Panels: three (23 ½, 24 ½, and 23 inches wide) joined together using hand-stitching
  • Pattern is not matched between panels

The indigo and white wool threads form interlocking octagons on this three-paneled overshot coverlet.  The coverlet has seen heavy use with one panel faded,  seams unraveling, and small holes.

Overshot coverlet
Bio Sketch

Sarah Elizabeth “Sis” Weddle Hylton (1850-1934) was the daughter of Levi and Katherine Harter Weddle.  She married  Brethren minister Austin Valentine Hylton (1846-1928) son of Solomon and Celia Edens Hylton. This coverlet was passed down to their daughter Emezetta Audna Hylton Harris (1897-1989) .

Known as “Sis” because of her seven brothers (Harvey, Joel, Samuel Perry, John Calvin, Andrew Jackson , Francis Marion, and Elkanah Adam Weddle), Sarah Elizabeth Weddle Hylton also had two sisters who lived to adulthood,  Martha Weddle _ and Margaret Ann Weddle Slaughter.


In this photograph, Sarah Elizabeth “Sis” Weddle Hylton (left) is standing  with her aunt Elizabeth Harter Slusher. Photo courtesy of Connie Harris Mitchell

Sis Hylton is also pictured with her brothers on p. 41 in Images of America Floyd County  published by the Floyd County Historical Society.