MAKER: Elizabeth Coates (1796-1843) was the daughter of Francis Coates (1769-1847/8) and Charlotte Linton (bef.1774-bef.1846). Her parents immigrated to Baltimore from Ireland around 1792 and were married by 1795. They were among the early followers of Methodism and John Wesley and by 1802 had become active members of the First Methodist Church. Francis Coates owned a grocery store and a bakery in central Baltimore from around 1796-1827. Elizabeth married Baltimore silversmith Hosea Wilson (1790-1819) in 1816. They were married only three years before Hosea’s death in 1819.
DESCRIPTION: The central motif is of flowers in an urn where the inscription “Eliza Coats 1804” reads. Four sawtooth bordered boxes surround the urn enclosing inscribed Bible verses and poems. A strawberry variation border encloses the work on four sides.
RELATED OBJECTS: There are a total of three surviving needlework embroideries stitched by Elizabeth Coates (1796-1843) and they are all in the MESDA Collection. In addition to this needlework sampler, there are two pictorial embroideries, acc. 4034.2 and acc. 4034.3.