Hannah Sheppard

American Samplers

Hannah Sheppard, age 11

1832

New Jersey

Description:

Hannah stitched her basic marking sampler a year after her father died, and includes initials for herself (HS), her mother Sarah (SS), brothers John (JS) and Josiah B. (JBS) and sisters Ruth (RS) and Mary (MS).

Size (W x H): 11 1/2 x 14 7/8 inches

Stitches: Cross, Queen's, eyelet, satin, rice, long armed cross

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Hannah was born 6 January 1822 in Cumberland County, New Jersey Her father, Jonadab Sheppard III (1787 - 1831) and mother Sarah Brooks (1794 - 1879) were married 3 May 1809. An 1860 U.S. Census from Cumberland County indicates that 38 year-old Hannah was living with Ansel and Ann Sheppard and their two sons.

Records indicate that the Sheppard and Westcott families seem to have intermarried for several generations, thus the relationship of the two samplers.

Verse:

Left:
Short is
the longest
day of life

And soon
its prospect
ends

Center:
Hannah Sheppard
was born January
6th 1822 did this
work in the 11th year
of her age 1832.

Right:
Yet on
this day's
uncertain
date
Eternity
depends

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

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