Elizabeth A. C. Levy,

Elizabeth A. C. Levy,

Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, 1828

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sampler size: 16¾” x 17½” • framed size: 22" x 21" • sold

This praiseworthy sampler was made in western Maryland and features a fine brick house shown in three-quarter view and set on a lawn interspersed with trees and dogs. A splendid wreath with the words, “Love / God a / lone” was worked above the house, large alphabets and eight lines of verse complete the sampler. It is signed, “Elizabeth A C Levy worked this sampler in the 13 year of her age Janry 11 1828..” The precise use of her name allowed for her identification and specifics about the family history.

Elizabeth Ann Christina Levy was born in 1816, the daughter of Elizabeth (Stempel 1782-1802) and Jonathan Levy (1782-1815) who lived in Frederick County, Maryland. They were married there in 1805 and Elizabeth was the last of their six children. According to a family historian, Jonathan was the son of David Levy (1741-1804) who was from a Jewish family in Europe, the son of Abraham and Sarah Levy of Germany, via London. David emigrated to America in 1756 and later was the quarter-master of a German Regiment during the Revolutionary War. He ran a tavern and hardware store in Frederick, Maryland. David and subsequent generations intermarried but it seems that at least David remained Jewish throughout his life.

In 1834, Elizabeth married John Weaver, a carpenter. They had 7 children in Maryland and, by 1850, the family removed to Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. She died in 1891 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Xenia with many family members. 

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a tiger maple frame with a cherry bead.

 

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