To Harriet
Accept dear girl this block from me
As a pledge of my friendship for thee

Oxford, Oct. 3rd, 1851                       Authelia Smith
Smith, Authelia
Authelia Smith dau Chester & _______ (_____) Smith
b: 1827? CT
md: Benjamin Beach
d: April 1, 1884, age 57

Age calculated to be abt. 24 when signing quilt

Her full name was Esther Authelia Smith, but she went by the name of  Authelia.
St. Peter's Church Records: "Benjamin U. Beach of Cheshire married Esther A Smith of Oxford, June 8, 1856", see Sharpe, page 108
Three of their children were baptized at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, see Sharpe, page 106
Buried in the Congregational Cemetery, see WPA Oxford Cemetery List, page 10

See family at
Attended neighorhood Chestnut Tree Hill School in Oxford (See l887 school picture)
Read B. H. Davis Reminiscenses of the family here.

The Chester Smith Homestead is # 137 in Early Houses of Oxford (available from the Oxford Historical Society, Inc.)  

It  was later occupied by his daughter who married Benjamin Beach, a Cheshire soldier who was killed in the Civil War. 
There are many notes in Elijah B. Treat's diary of days when he "worked at Authelia's" -- apparently a kindness done for the Civil War widow.
Authelia was a near-neighbor of Harriet Crittenden Chatfield.

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