Janet called this morning to report that her presentation on mourning motifs and texts in Tennessee samplers was well received at the DAR symposium.
She has elected to stay an extra few days to research some elusive Tennessee girls in the DAR's vast genealogical library.
The exhibit continues through August 30, 2008. Four Tennessee samplers/embroideries are included in the exhibit:
1850 Mary E. Halfacre
Isabella S. Wallis Slate, teacher
Franklin, Williamson Co.
23 1/4"V x 24 3/4"H © TSS 008
1851 Isabella S. Wallis Slate
Union Academy, teacher
Douglas, Williamson Co.
7 1/4"V x 9 3/4"H © TSS 018
These two samplers have descended in the same family. Isabella was Mary's teacher at Union Academy. Isabella made the small motto sampler as a gift for Mary and personalized the poem with her name.
1857 Rachel Frances Spears
Rogersville Synodical College, Rogersville
Hipshire Hollow, Hawkins Co.
16”V x 17”H © TSS 143
1868 Annis Franklin Kyle
Salem Female Academy, North Carolina
Rogersville, Hawkins Co.
39 1/2”V x 27 1/4”H © TSS 144
These two pieces have descended in the same family and hang in the same room. Although Rachel (called Frances) and Annis were not related to one another when they completed their needlework, the families have since intermarried. These two artifacts are good examples of a traditional sampler that was done in the Backcountry under local supervision and a Berlin cross stitch that was completed at a young ladies' academy.