Sarah Ann Westcott

American Samplers

Sarah Ann Westcott, age 12

c.1839

New Jersey

Description:

Sarah's sampler is an excellent example and represents the best characteristics of this group: the composition and execution and excellent, the vocabulary of stitches is strong and she included familial event inscriptions. As with all the others, there are alphabets, a religious verse, internal zigzag border pattern and a strawberry pattern border around the outer edges.

Size (W x H): 16 3/8 x 17 7/8 inches

Stitches: Cross, Queen's, eyelet, outline, back, half-Queen's

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Sarah Ann Westcott was the daughter was the daughter of John Bunyan Westcott and Elizabeth (Parvin) Westcott of Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey. John and Elizabeth were married in 1827. After Elizabeth died in 1830, John married her sister Clarissa, and they became the parents of two sons. Interestingly, some records indicate that John's sons were born in Ohio, at the same time that Sarah was still living in New Jersey, perhaps attending an academy.

In 1851, Sarah married Timothy Downham, an oysterman and they lived in nearby Cedarville. Records indicate at least one child, a son Charles born in 1852. After the death of Timothy after 1880, Sarah married David Young, a shoemaker in 1884 at the age of 52.

Verse:

Left side:
John B Westcott
Was Born
July 30th 1806

Center:
Religion Should our thoughts engage
Amidst our Youthful bloom
Twill fit us for declining age
And for the awful tomb

Preserve me from the snares of sin
Through my remaining days
And in me let each virtue shine
To my redeemers Praise

Sarah Ann Westcott Was Born Dec 2nd 1827
Done this work in the 13 year of her age

Right side:
EP Westcott
Was Born
Feb 16th 1804
Died Oct 31st 1830

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