Tamer Doughty,

Tamer Doughty,

Washington, Dutchess County,
New York, 1825

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sampler size: 12¼” x 17½” • framed size: 14½” x 19¾” • sold

This handsome sampler, worked by Tamer Doughty of Washington, Dutchess County, New York in 1825, shows the specific and desirable hallmarks of samplers made at Quaker schools: many alphabets and lettering neatly worked in the classic block-letter format and the four lines of verse, “Count that day lost / Whose low descending sun / Views from thy hand / No worthy action done,” which is often found on samplers made at these schools run by Friends.

The history of Quakers in Dutchess County, New York extends back to 1728, with a Monthly Meeting established in 1742. One of the well-regarded Quaker schools was the Nine Partners Boarding School, established in 1796 in the village of Mechanic, which is now in the town of Washington. Samplers were an integral part of the curriculum of Nine Partners School and it is certainly possible that young ladies who had been educated at that school went on to teach – needlework and other subjects – at other schools affiliated with various Friends Meetings in the immediate area. While Tamer Doughty was not from a well-documented Quaker family, she obviously attended a Quaker school. Interestingly, her father, Nehemiah Doughty, is buried in a Quaker burial ground in nearby Poughquag.

Tamer was born in 1810, the daughter of Nehemiah (1780-1851) and Catherine (Dennis) Doughty (1778-1864). The Doughty family was recorded in the American colonies by 1639 and in New York state by 1741.  Nehemiah was a miller and merchant in Beekman and the lands that he owned are specifically noted in The Settlers of the Beekman Patent Duchess County, New York An Historical and Genealogical Study of all the 18th Settlers in the Patent by Frank J. Doherty (Pleasant Valley, NY, 1999).  In 1828, Tamer married Albert Flagler (1799-1890), a wealthy farmer who was also from an early family in the area and who had first been married to Tamer’s older sister, Mary. Tamer and Albert had three children and lived in Washington throughout their lives. She died on November 7, 1869.

The sampler is worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame. 

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