Amelia Grant Edmands, age 11
A splendid family record sampler from the Charlestown, Massachusetts area. It features a neoclassical composition of architectural columns and swagged draperies. A sawtooth border and fine green lawn of small plants and flowers add to the beauty.
Size (W x H): 14 x 17 1/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, satin, upright, gobelin, slanted gobelin, chain
Media: Silk on linen
Amelia's parents were married in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Their marriage and the births of their children were all recorded in the Charlestown Vital Records.
Amelia married Nathan Merrill, a teacher and postmaster, in 1839. They had a number of children, including Amelia A (Dec. 8 1844 - Mar. 8 1845), George Edmands (Dec 19 1846), unnamed boy (Oct 6 1849)
One son, George Edmands Merrill, born in 1846, is included in The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans for his contributions as an educator, as preident of Colgate College and as an author.
John D. Edmands and Ann Jones Oct 1 1809
Caroline A. Edmands Oct. 13 1810
Amelia Grant -------- Feb 23, 1814
Joseph C Davis ---- Mar 20 1816
Mary Bradbury ------- March 12, 1819
Rebecca Cushing -- July 24, 1821
George Davis -------- Sept 15, 1821
Joseph C D Edmands Nov 19 1819 Ae 3yrs
Wrought by Amelia G Edmands Ae 11 yrs
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)
Samplers made in Charlestown, Massachusetts (located just northwest of Boston) frequently display outstanding composition and needlework, leading to the conclusion that at least one teacher of highly unusual talent was active there during the first decades of the 19th century.