Eliza M. Kellogg,

Eliza M. Kellogg,

Amherst, Massachusetts, age 9, 1831

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sampler size: 12½” x 8¾” • framed size: 14” x 10½” • price: $1600

The Kellogg family in is documented as early as Martin Kellogg (1595-1671) in Essex, England; his son Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg was in Connecticut by 1651, though the precise year of his arrival remains unknown. Eliza Maria Kellogg, Martin’s great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, was born May 19, 1822 as the second child and only daughter to Chester, a shoemaker, and Maria (Bixby) Kellogg of Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New by Timothy Hopkins (Sunset Press and Photo Engraving Co, San Francisco, California, 1903) documents the family’s history. Interestingly, the brothers John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg, founders in 1898 of the health food company that became known for their breakfast cereal, were related to Eliza by common ancestors.

At the age of nine Eliza stitched this delightful sampler, filled with alphabets, numbers, decorative bands, overstuffed baskets, and her inscription in a fully worked surround. The overall composition is indicative of the regional schools of Massachusetts, such as the White Dove School.

Twenty years later, in 1851, Eliza married Hanson Leland Read of Grafton. He was a graduate of Amherst College, class of 1848 and became superintendent of schools in Amherst. Eliza and Hanson had two sons. In 1902 Eliza died; she is buried at the West Cemetery in Amherst.

Worked in silk on linen, Miss Kellogg’s sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a black painted, molded frame.

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