Cordelia Fowler,

Cordelia Fowler,

Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1849

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sampler size: 10¾” x 14” • framed size: 12¾" x 16" • sold

Erastus Fowler and his wife, Temperance Merrill, were both born in Connecticut and had removed to Ohio when they married in 1817. Many Connecticut families relocated to this area - the Western Reserve, part of the Northwest Territory - when Connecticut offered land there. The Fowler family had been in Connecticut since the 1630s, beginning with Rev. John Fowler (1622-1676).  Erastus Fowler was a farmer who was also listed in a business directory as a shingle manufacturer. Cordelia Fowler was born, as she stitched on her sampler, on September 3, 1831; she was the 9th of their 12 children. 

Cordelia was 18 years old when she made this delightful blue on white sampler, which remains partially unfinished. She may have been a teacher at this point and if so would have made her sampler as a prototype for her students. In 1857, at age 26, she married Edwin Emerson Lafferty and they remained in Lenox, where they had three children. Cordelia died in 1914 and is buried in East Lenox Cemetery.

Her sampler features rows of alphabets, numbers, and several complex sampler motifs. It was worked in blue silk on linen and is in excellent condition, conservation mounted into a molded and painted black frame. 



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