100 Years in 100 Days: Two Members of the North Union Shaker Colony
100 photographs that define Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights Patch is celebrating the 100 years of Shaker Heights history by creating an online scrapbook. Each day for 100 days, we'll feature a photograph that helps tell the story of Shaker Heights.
Today's picture features two members of the Shaker colony: Susan Liddell and Maria Pilot.
According to the 1900 census, Liddell was born in Ohio around 1824. Her mother was from Ireland and her father was from Virginia.
The 1870 census says Maria Pilot was born in New York around 1813. She was enumerated in Warrensville, Ohio - the name of the township where the colony was located - and she worked as a weaver.
The information below comes from Louis Baus' scrapbook "Shakers and Kirtland."
One of the most popular members was Susan Liddell. Mostly at Union Village, she was sent among to unravel certain problems...Maria Pilot entered the society on Oct. 1858 and stayed until 1889 when she transferred to Watervliet,O. when the colony here abandoned the house. She died 10 years (sic) later April 6 1898.
Sources - ancestry.com, "Shakers and Kirtland" - clevelandmemoryproject.org
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