the war was won. Like many Loyalists he sailed for England after the colonial victory at Yorktown.
John Ross Key's only daughter Ann Charlton Key (1780-1855) married lawyer Roger Brooke Taney here in 1806. Her husband, brother Frank's school friend, became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, forever blamed for the Dred Scott decision of 1857 stating that no Black person could be a citizen of the United States.
Mary died less than 3 months after her son's murder. Sickles, freed by a pioneering claim of temporary insanity, continued to serve in Congress and as a Union General during the war.
He and Teresa remained married until she died of tuberculosis at age 34 in 1867.
Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key is credited not only with the quilt above but a second hexagon quilt in the collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
"The maker of this quilt top, Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key cut these scraps of paper from letters written to her by her husband Francis Scott Key."
"John Baltzell Key 1879 made by his grandma M L Key aged 74."
The Lloyds were slave holders. Mary Lloyd's home Wye Plantation was home to 1,000 slaves at one point. Frederick Douglass was born on a Lloyd plantation in the 1820s.
Read about one woman who escaped:
We haven't room to pursue later Key generations but consider Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald...."The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars,