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Sarah Hale (1823 - 1867) and Susan Hale (1825 - 19
1835-1886, 19th century
215.9 x 160 cm
Gift of Muriel H. Smith in memory of Sarah Maria Weldon, 1976
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Links between ports in Ireland and New Brunswick provided those wishing to emigrate ready opportunities to join kin who had sometimes gone out before them. One such link was between Saint John and the port of Newry, located south of Belfast.

Sarah (Hale) McCord (about 1824-1867) and Susan (Hale) McLean Lockhart (1825-1915), were born in the Townland of Tullyhappy, in the Parish of Killevy, County Armagh. They were brought to St. John County by their parents, Hugh and Ann Jane Hale, in 1835, via Newry. The Hale sisters all but completed this quilt before they left Ireland.

  • What

    This "Patience of Job" quilt contains 3 339 pieces.

  • Where

    County Armagh, a centre of the Irish linen industry and religious sectarianism, is located southwest of Belfast and borders the Republic of Ireland.

  • When

    The finishing hexagons were added by Susan (Hale) McLean Lockhart, more than 50 years after arriving in Saint John in 1886.

  • Who

    Sarah Hale McCord died of consumption on June 12, 1867, leaving a husband and six children.