This 1838 coverlet is in the Pinehaven collection. It dates back to some of Lorenz' earliest work.
A wider view of how Lorenz placed his name and date in the corner block of most of his coverlets.
Here's more of his story. It appears that Lorenz arrived first in Greene County (early 1830's perhaps), traveled to Indiana where the weaving of a existing coverlet was shared with another weaver, Henry Adolf. By 1834, Lorenz is known to have moved to Montgomery Co. Ohio. He settled in Germantown and spent the rest of his life there.
This "half Jacquard coverlet" is 84" x 36". A full coverlet is two pieces of this size joined in the middle.
It is likely that Lorenz loom was just over three feet wide.
Lorenz claim to fame, the works of art he created on his loom, were made in two pieces and sewn together at a center seam. A "half coverlet" - the usual item that came off his loom - was probably 84" by 36". When two were joined, the whole coverlet was 84" by 72".
These coverlets, I understand, were often split into their original two sections and shared with different family members.
Lorenz usually dated his coverlets in a corner block and further weaved the date of creation just below his name. Not every coverlet is signed and dated, however.
The invention of the Jacquard loom and Lorenz' birth both came in the same year (1801) and same place (France). Perhaps it was destined that the two should be associated.
Lorenz lived in a house at the southeast corner of E. Market Street and S. Cherry Street (the modern address is 103 E. Market Street). A plaque affixed to the front of the house dates it to "circa 1834". Census records show he and his family in Germantown on the 1840 census though the name is shown as "Lawrence".
An historical plaque on Peter Lorenz home. He lived here from the early 1830's till his death in 1876.
His wife, Sophia, lived until 1905.
The Lorenz House is located at 103 E. Market St, Germantown Ohio. This view faces southeast.
A rear view of the Lorenz House facing northeast.
At that recording, one "free white men" younger than age 5 was noted; three age 20-29 and one age 30-39. The "free white woman" were two under age 5 and one age 30-39. Those "employed in manufacture or trade" were shown as four. Also the "free white persons" under age 20 was listed as three and five between 20-49).
By 1850, the census recorded names. Peter (age 49), Sophia (39, his wife) and their children-to-date: Josephine (14), Ann M (12), Phillip M (9), Charles W (8), George E (5), and Henry C (3). Also noted were Peter's parents: Phillip (74) and Margaret (73).
On the 1860 federal census, the family added John (5). Margaret had passed away five years earlier (Phillip, now 84, is still listed). Some records show the family name as "Sorrenz".
By 1870, the census listed just four people living there: Peter, Sophia, John A and, probably a boarder, Rosa East (16). This census lists Peter Lorenz as a 69 year old retired weaver. His real estate was valued at $2500 and his personal property was valued at $1200.
Many of the Lorenz family are buried at the Germantown Union Cemetery.
It is located on W. Market Street, west of the downtown business district.
A trip to the Germantown Union Cemetery, offers firm dating for the Lorenz family. For some, actual dates appear on the stones; for others, the number of years, months and days of their lives was used to arrive at dates. They are (in order of birth):
Phillip b. 08-01-1775 d. 07-12-1860 (84-11-10)
Margaret b. 01-30-1776 d. 01-12-1855 (78-11-12)
Peter b. 03-29-1801 d. 06-02-1876 (75-2-3)
Sophia b. xx-xx-1810 d. 10-09-1905
Josephine ca 1836
Ann M ca 1838
Phillip M ca 1841
Charles W 01-26-1842 d. 01-11-1898
George E ca 1845
Henry C ca 1847
A wide view of the Lorenz plot.
Peter, his wife, Sophia, and one son, Charles, are noted on the main monument.
Charles shares the main monument with his parents.
John is the last born child of Peter and Sophia Lorenz. He is also the longest surviving member of the family.
Peter Lorenz' parents, Margaret (l) and Phillip share old-style markers that are fast fading.
Margaret, who died in 1855 at age 78, was survived by her husband for another five and a half years.
They were born during the years of the American Revolution.