Boston, Massachusetts 1742
Mary stitched this very rare Boston band sampler at age thirteen, inscribed: “MARY PINCKNY IS MY NAME/ AND WITH
MY NEEDLE I WROT/ THE SAME BUT IF MY SKILL/ IT HAD BEEN BETTER I WOU/ LD HAVE MENDED EVERY LETT/ER O May My Humble
Spirit Stand/ Amongst Them Clothd In White The/ Meanest Place At His Right Hand/ In Infinite Delight, and, MP FINISHED
THIS SAMPLER/ IN THE 13 YEAR OF HER/ AGE 1742.”
Mary Pinckny (1729-1765) was one of four children born to John Pinckny (c.1688-1738) and Elizabeth Gretian (c.1699-1733).
Mary married Captain Martin Gay (1726-1809) of Hingham, MA, in 1750 and they had seven children. He was a metal
smith and son of Reverend Ebenezer Gay, the noted theologian, and great-great grandson of Governor William Bradford
of Mayflower fame. He was a loyalist and went to Halifax in 1776, then to England and returned to Boston in 1792.
Mary’s sister Frances' (1726-1777) sampler now hangs in Gore Place in Boston. She
married John Gore (1718-1837), painter and merchant. One of their twelve children was Christopher Gore, Governor
Silk on linen; 21 3/4" x 13 1/4" framed.
Exhibited, MFA Boston 2010 &11
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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