Gitty Ann Stevens,

Gitty Ann Stevens,

Elgin County, Ontario, Canada, 1842

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sampler size: 18" x 16" • framed size: 20¾" x 18½" • sold

An appealing sampler with an unusual aesthetic, and likely partially unfinished, this is signed, Gitty Ann Stevens Sampler Wrote AD 1842,” and came to us with a wonderful family history. A photo of the family home that Gitty Ann lived in as an adult, built by her husband, has remained with the sampler and provided the basis for the research that told us even more about her [click "read more" to see a photo of the family home with notes]. The composition of the sampler includes three buildings – the small log cabin flying a flag – alphabets and several sampler motifs that float about. 

Gitty’s ancestors were early Dutch settlers of New York state, and information about the family is published in Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady for 1662 to 1800 by Jonathan Pearson (Albany, 1873). Gitty – the nickname for Gertrude – was the daughter of Ann Maria (Clement) and Alexander Stevens, and was named for her paternal grandmother Geertruy (Van Eps) Stevens. The family lived in Schenectady and at some point removed to Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada where Gitty was born in 1827. She married James Nelson Leek (1818-1859) and they remained in Malahide, living in the house that was photographed. Their two daughters, Caroline and Delphine were born in 1846 and 1849 and Gitty died in 1852. 

Worked in silk and linen on linen, it is in very good condition with some slight loss to the narrow red stitching. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame. 


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