Margaret Jane Dickey,

Margaret Jane Dickey,

probably Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, 1842

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sampler size: 16½” x 18” • frame size: 20½” x 22” • sold

This is a fine house and lawn sampler made by Margaret Jane Dickey in 1842; the wonderful wide house is flanked on both sides by a black dog, a stylized tree and a fat tulip. The pleasing motifs that provide further decoration show strong influence of the Quaker sampler design that was popular in southeastern Pennsylvania in that period.

Margaret stitched the initials of her parents, JS and SS, in the cartouche along with the year, 1842.  She was born on January 7, 1832, the daughter of Joseph Dickey (1795-1870) and Sarah (Fouser) Dickey (1801-1883). Joseph fought in the War of 1812. After his marriage to Sarah in 1823, the family lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania until some point in the 1840s, when the family removed to York County.

In 1861 Margaret married Samuel Woodward (1821-1889) and they had three children, Isabella, Joseph and Mary Ellen, born between 1862 and 1867. Samuel Woodward was from a prominent Pennsylvania Quaker family with roots as far back as Richard Woodward who was born in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. Margaret Jane died in 1870 and is buried in Slate Ridge Cemetery in Delta, southeast of York.

The sampler is in excellent condition and was worked in linen on linen and it has been conservation mounted into its fine, original mahogany veneer frame.

(image of the reverse of the sampler)

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