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Sampler

Artist/Maker:
Martin, Elizabeth F.
Place Made:
Caroline County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1800-1805
Medium:
silk on linen
Accession Number:
5800.6
Description:
MAKER: Stitched by Elizabeth Martin (b.1791) in Caroline County, Virginia between 1797 and 1803. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Martin (1756-1837) and Mary (Flippo) Martin (b.1760). John served in the Revolutionary War from 1775 until he was injured and taken prisoner by the British in 1781 at the battle of Ninety-Six in South Carolina. In 1782 he married Mary Flippo. Elizabeth’s family moved to Tennessee before her 1818 marriage to John Hornsberry in Wilson County. Elizabeth’s geneological sampler lists her father and mother as well as siblings Joseph, Sarah, Mary, John, and Benjamin. This sampler was most likely completed before her sister Sarah married Benjamin Graves in January of 1804.

DESCRIPTION: A marking and family register sampler featuring two upper case and one lower case alphabet sequence as well as one numerical sequence. Family geneological information is listed in the following inscription:

“John Martin born Febuary 8th 1756 Mary Martin born August 18th 1760 Joseph F. Martin Born Febuary 10th 1783 Sarah B Martin born July 12th 1784 Mary Martin born June 4th 1786 John Martin born April 1st 1789 Elizabeth F Martin born January 30th 1791 Benjamin Martin Born July 21st 1793 and departed this life Febuary 5th 1794”

Sampler is signed “E F M” in large upper case letters. A sawtooth border is stitched along the bottom. Stitches include cross, eyelet and vertical long stitches.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund