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

Westminster, Vermont sampler 1828 from Stephen and Carol Huber

Louisa Wright (1818-1846)
Family register sampler, 1828
Westminster, Vermont

Silk thread on linen. Sight size: 17" square. Framed size: 21" square. In an early black painted pine frame, possibly original.
Louisa's colorful Vermont family register, stitched when she was ten, features a meandering floral vine, stitched with crinkled floss, acting a as border on three sides of the sampler. An inner sawtooth border frames the genealogy of Salmon (Solomon) Wright, Ruth Reed, and their nine children. Below this information, Louisa has stitched the most well-known sampler verse, beginning with "Jesus permit thy gracious name..." At bottom, a basket of flowers at left represents the birth information stitched above, and a willow tree with a black casket (or monument?) symbolizes the family's death details from the right-hand column. The sampler maker passed away in 1846, and another hand has stitched her death date upon the linen, as well as that of her father who died eleven years later. A bold diamond band anchors the lower portion of the sampler. Another sampler in a private collection, stitched in 1837, names Westminster and features the same meandering border as well as the sawtooth box surrounding the maker's name.

Salmon, or Solomon Wright (1766-1857) was born in Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts. He married Ruth Reed (1776-1866) who came from Bradford, Vermont. Solomon's father, Captain Azariah Wright, commanded a company of militia in Westminster, Vermont during the Revolutionary War, and the family line stretches back several more generations to the mid-1600s in Massachusetts history, and much can be found about them in local history books. From A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts by George Sheldon we learn that Louisa's great-grandmother, Elizabeth Arms Field Wright (1695-1772) had 14 children, kept a school in Northfield, worked as a tailor, made clothes for the Indians as well as other settlers, spun and wove cloth for wages, all while raising her large family.

The Wright family listed on the sampler resided in Westminster Vermont, with the sampler maker passing away unmarried at age 28.
The sampler is in excellent condition with bright colors and no thread loss. It has been conservation framed.


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