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Sampler with undulating flower border; seven different alphabets separated by decoratively stitched bands; crowns, floral motifs, and flame or Irish stitch fill in rows after alphabets and verse; verse (from Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man) reads: “Reason’s whole pleasure, all the Joys of sense/ Lie in three words; health, peace, and competence”; this followed by maker’s information “Amacettee Younger was born Aug. 30th 1811/ Work’d her Sampler In her 14th year”.
Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in 1811, Amacettee Younger (1811-1826) was the daughter of John W. Younger (1773-1858) and Mary Agatha Dearing (1777-1855). Amacettee completed her sampler in 1825 at the age of 14 years old, only one year before her death in November 1826. At the time she worked her sampler, there were several schools for young girls in Shelbyville, including the Shelbyville Academy, established in 1798, and Science Hill Female Academy, which began in 1825.