Elizabeth Taylor, Family Record,

Elizabeth Taylor, Family Record,

Stoughton, Norfolk County,
Massachusetts, 1814

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sampler size: 16½” x 16¼” • framed size: 20¼” x 20” • sold

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor worked her handsome family register sampler in 1814 in the town of Stoughton, south of Boston. She was born on May 31, 1804 as the second of four children of John and Elizabeth (Bird) Taylor. In 1822, at age 20, Elizabeth married Moses Bullard (1796-1871) of Medfield, a small town also in Norfolk County. Their three daughters and one son were born in Medfield between 1823 and 1830. Published sources for this information include History of Medfield, Massachusetts 1650-1886 (Geo Ellis Publisher, 1887) and Bullard and Allied Families The American Ancestors of George Newton Bullard and Mary Elizabeth Bullard (Detroit, Michigan 1930). The Taylor, Bird and Bullard families have histories that reach back many generations in Massachusetts and the file that accompanies this sampler has a great deal of this information.

Elizabeth used her sampler to document the births of the family, but also to memorialize the early deaths of parents, in 1807. Two small urns with their initials (“I” was used to indicate “I” and “J” in the 18th and early 19th centuries) were worked along the bottom of the sampler, each with a tree and an oversized and folky bird.

Worked in silk on tan, unbleached linen, the sampler is in excellent condition, conservation mounted into its spectacular and original half-spindle cherry and curly maple frame.

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