Fanny Wyman

American Samplers

Fanny Wyman, age 14

1799

Massachusetts

Description:

This is a large, well executed sampler. A wide border of open-blossomed flowers on leafy vines and a low basket of fruit surround the verse and alphabet in the Danvers style. The Danvers style is an enduring one and there was more than likely one specific teacher responsible for imparting this highly detailed level of needlework and design, including the unique underscoring sprinkled throughout.

Interesting to note is that the text is all depicted in black, creating a striking contrast to the floral border.

Size (W x H): 22 x 24 3/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin, chain, outline, French knot

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

There is an abundance of genealogical information as the Wyman family can trace their roots directly back to Frances Wyman, born in England in 1618. Frances immigrated to Massachusetts by 1630. The Frances Wyman house (restored on its original 1666 foundation) is a National Landmark and one of the three oldest houses in Massachusetts.

Fanny was born on January 29, 1786 to Frances and Lucy Wyman in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts. We believe she married Moses Cass, a merchant and slightly younger man, in July 1819. We found one record that indicated Moses Cass was a ship captain, which may explain why they disappeared for a while and reappeared in the 1850 US Census, living in Roxbury, Massachusetts, with several grown children, Lucy (27), Maria (25), Francis (29), Valentine (23). Lucy married William Stickney. Valentine married Adeline B. and they had three children, including a daughter they named Fanny W. who was six at the time of the 1860 census. Valentine died in 1870 of apoplexy.

Verse:

Next unto God dear Parents I Addrss _ _
MyseLf to you in HumbLe ThankfuLness
For all your care and Pains on me Bestowd
And Means of Learning unto me Allow'd
Go on I Pray and let me stiLL _ _ Pursue
Those Golden Paths the vuLgar never knew

Signature:
Fanny Wyman is my Name and with my
Hand I Have Wroght the same in the 14 year
Of my age _ Danvers December 24 _ 1799

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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)

Additional Information

This piece is nearly identical to Beulah Puritan's sampler, dated 1812, currently in the collection of the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

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