Eunice S. Doggett, Mrs. Bump’s School,

Eunice S. Doggett, Mrs. Bump’s School,

 Freetown, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, 1826

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sampler size: 16¾” x 16¾” • framed size: 19” x 19” • sold

A handsome sampler with various alphabets and cautionary religious verse, this is signed, “Wrought by Eunice S. Doggett At Mrs. Bump’s School Freetown 1826.” The maker was Eunice Stebbins Doggett, born on August 20, 1817 in Freetown, Massachusetts to Eunice (Barker, 1789-1851) and Elkanah Doggett (1790-1858). Freetown is a very small community east of Providence, Rhode Island, first settled by Pilgrims in the 17th century. Eunice grew up with three younger brothers. According to the 1850 census, Elkanah had removed his family, including his single, 33 year-old-daughter to Chicago, Illinois; his occupation is listed as “grocer.” Eunice remained single and living in Chicago until her death on January 25, 1905.

Eunice Doggett was an 8th generation immigrant, descending from Thomas Doggett, an Englishman who sailed on the Marey Anne from Yarmouth, England to Boston in 1637. He ultimately settled in Marshfield, Massachusetts, a small town in Plymouth County. The family remained in Marshfield  and slowly migrated south to nearby Middleborough and Freetown until Elkanah removed his family to Chicago. Additionally, through a great-great-grandmother, Joannah (Fuller) Doggett, Eunice descended from Samuel Fuller, a Mayflower pilgrim. Much information is published in A History of the Doggett – Daggett Family by Samuel Bradlee Doggett (Boston, 1894).

Eunice’s sampler was made under the instruction of Pulcheria Cordelia Olivia Olney Bump (1792-1849); according to A History of Freetown, Massachusetts (Fall River, Mass, 1902) “a great injustice would be done” should this teacher’s name “fall into oblivion.” We agree, if only because of her extraordinary name! Descended from the prominent Olney family and living in Providence, Rhode Island, Pulcheria met the Brown University student destined to be her husband, Dr. Thomas Bump. Married in 1818, the couple removed to Thomas’ hometown of Freetown, Massachusetts where they ran a school from “the Paddock house,” and because of her efforts she may be credited for “much of the culture and refinement here today.” Pulcheria taught music, painting, embroidery, and French while Thomas taught Latin. The Olney family descended from Thomas Olney who emigrated from Hertford, England to Salem Massachusetts in 1635 on the ship, Planter.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame.  


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