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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Groton, MA Needlework Sampler dated 1813 from Huber

Elizabeth Relief Ridgeway
Needlework Sampler
Groton, MA 1813

This richly colored lavishly embroidered sampler was stitched by Elizabeth in 1813, when she was 9 years old. She included a verse with reference to learning and virtue.

Learning improves what nature gives/ Virtue from wisdom strength receives/ May virtue mark out foot-steps here/ And point the way to heaven:

When Elizabeth Relief Ridgeway was born on December 30, 1804, in Groton, Massachusetts, her father, James, was 25, and her mother, Faith, was 22. She had two brothers and five sisters. She died on February 5, 1884, in Nashua, New Hampshire, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried there.

Silk on linen; 16" x 11 ¾" sight.

Note: Her next eldest sister Sarah stitched a sampler when she was nine years old in 1811. The two samplers have many similarities


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