Zeruah Bearss,

Zeruah Bearss,

New Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 1773

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size: 11” x 5½" • sold

Signed, “Zeruah Bearss is my name in my twelvth year I wrote the same in the year 1773,” this is a very good, pre-Revolutionary, Connecticut sampler that appears never to have been framed. Interestingly, the linen fabric is comprised of three different pieces that had been sewn together before the sampler was made. Colonial American samplers have become increasingly difficult to find and we’re delighted to be able to offer this one, which is also a very well-documented example. 

Sources including, A Contribution to the Genealogy of the Bearse or Bearss Famlyin America 1618-1871 by John Bearss Newcomb (1871) delineate Zeruah’s family and ancestry. She was born in 1761, the third of seven children of Benjamin and Abigail Bearss, and named for her paternal grandmother, Zeruah (Newcomb) Bearse (1698-1789). They lived in New Fairfield, a town just north of Danbury in Fairfield, Connecticut. 

Their emigrant ancestor was Augustine Bearse who sailed at age 20 on the ship Confidence of London in 1638, settling in Barnstable, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was a prominent citizen of the area, serving as surveyor of the highway and a grand juror. The road from his house, north of Plymouth, to Hyannis was named after the family and remains Bearse’s Way. On November 12, 1778, Zeruah married Joseph Boughton. Ongoing research may reveal more regarding her later life. 

Worked in blue linen on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition and unframed.

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