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Plunket, Agnes McMullen
Place Made:
Lexington Rockbridge County Virginia
Date Made:
silk on linen
H: 20 3/4″ W: 16 1/2″
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MAKER: Agnes McMullen Plunket (1819-1896) was the daughter of James Plunket (1793-1866) and Margaret (Peggy) McMullen (1797-1868) of Lexington, Virginia. They were married in Rockbridge County on July 4, 1815. James Plunket was a boot and shoemaker. Agnes Plunket never married and lived her entire life in Rockbridge County. She died at seventy-seven years old and is buried at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia.

DESCRIPTION: Alphabet and numeric sequences fill the upper portion of this sampler. The verse – “Remember all thy grace/And lead me in thy truth/Forgive the sins of riper days/And follies of my youth” – was written by Isaac Watts and based on Psalm 25. There are at least two other Lexington, Virginia samplers that relate to Agnes’s with wonderful motifs such as birds, pine trees, and tall baskets of fruit.

Credit Line:
Gift of Anna Marie and David Witmer