Martha J. Woodberry,

Martha J. Woodberry,

Beverly, Massachusetts, 1825 

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sampler size: 16” x 12” • framed size: 18¼” x 14¼” • price: $1400.

A handsome and neatly worked sampler, this was made by Martha Jane Woodberry of Beverly, Massachusetts. This historic, coastal town was originally part of Salem and was first established as a town in 1626. Martha’s ancestor John Woodbury (c. 1583-1641) was one of the area’s first settlers, residing there by 1628. Family tradition has it that he arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1624 and became a prominent citizen of the fledgling settlement, along with a handful of other men that included Governor John Endicott.

Martha inscribed on her sampler that it was worked in the “12th year of her age December 24th 1825.” She was the daughter of Asa and Jane (Pickard) Woodberry, born on May 7, 1814. In 1840, Martha married a physician, Dr. Edward Bradstreet, (1813-1844) of Beverly, who graduated from Harvard, class of 1834. They had one child, a daughter born in 1841. Martha died in 1874 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Copies from various published sources, including the vital records of Beverly, are included in the file that accompanies this sampler.

The stitching is remarkably precise, with some of the lettering showing the influence of Quaker sampler design of the period. See below for a photo taken of the reverse, prior to mounting.

Worked in green silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded, black painted frame.

Image of reverse of sampler before conservation mounting.




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