1774 American Needlework Sampler by Ruth Hovey, Oxford, MA w/ Genealogy
Ruth Hovey was born in Oxford, MA (small Worcester County town, South of Worcester, MA, near the Rhode Island border) in 1763. In 1785, she married Sylvanus Towne, also of Oxford (it was his second marriage), and they had 4 children. She died in 1837. Sylvanus, who was born in 1750, fought in the Revolution with Crafts ` Cavalry Company, at the Battle of Saratoga, served as a justice of the peace, a Col. Of the Militia and businessman in Oxford. A packet of genealogical information is included with the sampler.
The sampler is in excellent condition, remarkable, given its age. The colors have held up extremely well, and the lines that are hard to read on the photos are complete, just some of the lighter colors (such as the beige) blend with the darkish linen backing. There are no rips, tears or holes, stitch loss is at a minimum and there is one small (1/4") stain at the lower left (in the "U" of Ruth) and a very small (also approx.. ¼") thin spot in the linen backing, above the "M" in the next to the last line.
Item ID: WPA 291
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