Mary Alice Catlett was born during the Civil War, the third of the family. Father John Pinkney Catlett was a horse and mule trader in Anderson, South Carolina, who never enlisted in the Confederate army (Tennessee-born and rumored to be a Union sympathizer.)
Mary Alice married into an important Carolina political family. In 1879 she wed David Mitchell Vance (1852-1926?) of Asheville, North Carolina, son of Confederate General Robert Brank Vance and nephew of North Carolina's Civil War Governor Zebulon Vance.
"No person shall ... hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same."
One could see the need for such an Amendment summarized in two opinions published in Evansville, Indiana newspapers in 1867 and 1868:
Eventually Zeb Vance returned to political office.
The pattern in the quilt, while unusual, is something of a regional phenomenon. Those four lobes are pieced or appliqued around a typical post-Civil-War favorite design of wheels with spiky points and skillful patchwork in solid fabrics.