While looking at the census records for the Ziegler's I noticed something that I had not noticed before. My Great Great Grandmother, Annabelle was listed as Mantua maker on the 1860 census. What is a Mantua maker, I asked. So I looked it up a Mantua is a loose gown open in the front to reveal an underskirt worn in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Maybe this is where my mom got her love of sewing!