Ann Hopkinson,

Ann Hopkinson,

Buxton, York County, Maine, 1814

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sampler size: 15” x 12½” • framed size: 18” x 15½” • sold

Family record samplers became a wonderful tradition for New England schoolgirls in the early 19th century; they recorded and preserved important information regarding the family unit of samplermakers. Some of these samplers closely resemble the look of family information that was often carefully written onto the blank pages of a revered family bible and we believe there is a close relationship – that the design source for these samplers was precisely that. Ann Hopkinson’s sampler is an excellent example.

The Hopkinson family lived in Buxton, a small town near Gorham and west of Portland by 15 miles. The emigrant ancestor, Michael Hopkinson (1610-1648), came to America in 1640, settling in Rowley, Massachusetts. Ann was born on November 21, 1803 to Stephen and Rachel (Lombard) Hopkinson. The Lombard family was one of the original proprietors of Gorham, Maine and much information about the family is published in History of Gorham, ME, by Hugh McLellan (Portland, 1903). Rachel’s father is noted as a Revolutionary War minuteman who  played a pivotal role in the defense of Falmouth, saving the town from the British threat to burn it down.

Ann was the 5th of 7 children born to Stephen and Rachel. Poignantly, Ann stitched that her mother died August 9, 1809 as the last entry on her sampler. Rachel is buried, along with many family members, in the historic Chicopee Cemetery in Buxton.

In 1833, Ann married Naaman C. Watson, another descendant of early pioneers of the area. He held several town offices including Surveyor and Selectman and taught school in the winter months and farmed in the summer season. Buxton Historical Society notes that the town’s one-room school was named after him. They had one child, a daughter, Tabitha. Ann died in 1882 and is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Gorham.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in an early 20th century frame. A file of research and photocopies from various sources accompanies the sampler.



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