Content Flagler,

Content Flagler,

Clifton Park, Saratoga County,
New York, 1804

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sampler size: 30¾” x 7” • framed size: 32¾” x 9½” • price: sold

A highly unusual sampler worked in a very long and narrow format onto deep green linsey-woolsey fabric, this is signed at the bottom, “Content Flagler Sampler made in the 15 year of my age in the year of our lord 1804.” This size and format are unlike that of any other sampler that we have seen of over the years.

Much is known about Content Flagler and her family, in part from information published in The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty (Pleasant Valley, NY, 1999) and History of Saratoga County, New York (Everts & Ensign, 1878). According to the former, the Flaglers were emigrants from Palatine, the region of southwestern Germany, and among the very earliest settlers of Beekman Patent, an area of Dutchess County that was granted in 1697 and retained that designation until after the Revolutionary War. Zacharius Flagler was a teacher in Germany when, circa 1712, he and his wife and three children, sailed for America. Four generations later, Content was born on May 28, 1788 in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York, the daughter of Richard and Martha (Wilkinson) Flagler and named for her maternal grandmother. Her mother died when she was four years old, in 1792. Poignantly, the epitaph on her mother’s grave reads, “This stone is erected by her daughter and her only child, as a token of respect for a mother whom she was too young to know but whose virtues she humbly desires to imitate.”

Richard Flagler remarried and the family removed from Dutchess County to Saratoga County circa 1800, settling in Clifton Park, just south of Saratoga Springs. Content worked this sampler in 1804 and would have been living in Saratoga at the time.

When she was 23 years old, on May 29, 1813, she married Dr. Laban Hazeltine (1789-1852) who was born in Vermont, where he studied and then practiced medicine. As a married couple, they lived in Jamestown, New York, a town in the southwest corner of the state. Genealogical and Personal History of the Allegheny Valley by John Woolf Jordan (1913) informs us that they had two sons, one of whom became a doctor, as well, practicing with his father. Content died at age 90 in 1878.

The sampler was worked in silk on linsey-woolsey and is in very good condition. It has been conservation mounted and is now in a molded and black painted frame. 

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