Jane M. White, age 7,

Jane M. White, age 7,

attributed to Shelburne,
Vermont, 1831

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sampler size: 22” x 13¾” • framed size: 25½” x 17¼” • sold

A large and beautifully worked sampler in a vertical format, this was made by an unusually young samplermaker, Jane M. White; as stated in the inscription, she was “Aged 7 Years.” Many plants and flowers, various birds and a pair of small brown dogs are arranged in an appealing and balanced format, centered on a basket of fruit. The inscription is enclosed by a tightly worked garland of flowers.

The sampler was framed later in its life with several sheets of newspaper from Montreal, Canada dated May 1929 and this, along with extensive research, led us to the identity of Jane Mallida White. Jane was born on January 31, 1824, the daughter of Lavater S. White (1799-1876) and Polly (Taber) White (1804-1853) who lived in Shelburne, Vermont, south of Burlington on Lake Champlain.

History of Chittenden County VermontWith Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by W. S. Rann (D. Mason & Co Publishers, 1886) tracks the family’s history in America beginning with Peregrine White (1620-1704), who is noted as the first child born to English parents in America. His birth occurred on the Mayflower while it was anchored in the Cape Cod harbor and he went on to become a notable citizen of Plymouth Colony, active in both military affairs and governance.

The Vermont branch of the White family began with Jane’s grandfather, Nathan White (1763-1826), who lived his early life in Plymouth County, Massachusetts and removed to Burlington, Vermont in 1791. The Boston Traveler announced his death, stating, “In Burlington, Vt by a fit of apoplexy, Capt. Nathan White, of Shelburne, a revolutionary patriot, aged 63.” Jane’s father, Lavater, lived in Shelburne from infancy on and, according to History of Chittenden County, was, “In person and countenance … most agreeable, powerful of understanding, possessed of a keen and ready wit; was amiable, generous, graceful and unaffected. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and was a great reader, his house being all the time flooded with books and newspapers.”

Jane married Rufus Rogers (1818-1876) and they had two children; one of them was a son, Thomas Peregrine White Rogers (1849-1922), named, in part, for his mother’s famed ancestor. Jane died young in 1859 and is buried in the Shelburne Village Cemetery. The history of Rufus Rogers’s family includes many branches and generations who lived in Canada, providing the connection with the early 20th century newspaper.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled maple frame with a cherry bead. 

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