Maria Clark,

Maria Clark,

Westhampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, 1815

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sampler size: 15½” x 14½” • framed size: 18¾" x 20" • sold

Eight-year-old Maria Clark, living in Westhampton, Massachusetts, made this appealing sampler in 1815. A nice religious verse, many alphabets and a good assortment of little motifs and animals embellish the sampler well. Maria was born in 1807, the eldest daughter of Nathan and Louisa (Edwards) Clark and one of their eight children. The family descended from William Clark (1609-1690) who was born in England and arrived in Massachusetts in 1630. 

The file of research that accompanies the sampler includes a copy of the 1856 Will of her father, Nathan Clark, mentioning Maria, who was married at the time.  If her younger sisters didn’t marry, they were bequeathed a sum of money, a home in the family house, and six pounds of wool, annually. 

In 1838, Maria had married Thaddeus Edwards (1795-1890) and they removed to Skanealetes, outside of Syracuse, NY where they had two children. Thaddeus was a saddle maker. Maria died at age 83, in 1890 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery. 

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in very good condition with some very slight areas of loss to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled, figured maple frame.



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