Hand-sewn cow


 This item is important to me because of its history and significance. This small stuffed cow was made by my great grandmother, Chloie, for me and my siblings when we were kids. Chloie taught her daughter, (my grandma) Patricia, to sew when she was a young girl. Then just a few years back, my grandma taught me how to sew. Seeing a trade being passed down through generations is something special to me, especially since my grandma Chloie died when I was about 8 years old. Learning something from older generations makes me feel like a part of my family heritage. Another thing that this cow reminds me of, which relates to my family's story of immigration, is that for several generations before me my family consisted of farmers. Roughly 6 generations ago my family immigrated from Ireland and England, and settled in Ohio and Indiana as farmers. Sadly, there are a lot of gaps in knowledge about much of my family's history (as people pass away and old stories are lost), but the knowledge I do have - I treasure. 

Place(s): Ireland, England, Ohio, Indiana

– Emily Wilcox

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more