Abigail Rogers,

Abigail Rogers,

Newbury, Massachusetts, 1823

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sampler size: 10” x 8¼” • framed size: 12¾” x 10¾” • sold

A relatively simple sampler, this offers strong appeal. The alphabet was worked in the Roman block letter font favored by Quaker teachers and adopted by others by the 1820s. Two large motifs decorate the lower half of the sampler and it’s the stylized, tiered tree that provided the clue to the sampler’s origin and Abigail’s identity. A group of samplers made in the late 18th century by girls who lived in Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts include this same tree and motifs like this were often continued for decades.

Abigail Rogers was born in Newbury on July 16, 1810 to Capt Samuel and Joanna (Chase) Rogers, who had married there in 1796. The Chase family in America is well-documented in Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase by John Carroll Chase and George Walter Chamberlain (Derby, NH, 1928); Joanna’s ancestor’s were among the early settlers of Newbury, arriving there by 1646.

In 1838, Abigail married Ebenzer Brown, a shoemaker, and they lived in West Newbury, where they had at least five children. Notably, the house that they built circa 1841, at 613 Main Street, is an historic house designated by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and documented as the Ebenzer and Abigail Brown House. The house remained in the Brown family until the early 20th century and is still standing.

Abigail died in 1886 and this was recorded in Massachusetts Vital Records. Many photocopies are included in the research file that accompanies this sampler.

Worked in silk on linen, it is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a black molded frame with a gilt liner. 


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