Sarah Ann was a very fine embroiderer. She created a wonderful wreath of delicate free stitched flowers secured at the top with a bow. The bottom of the sampler, nestled in the curve of the wreath, is a vignette of a young piper, a shepherd perhaps, leaning against a tree. This vignette is similar to one stitched by Mary Linstead found in Glee Krueger's book on the Theodore H. Kapnek Collection, A Gallery of American Samplers, page 53.
Sarah Ann has placed her signature in a traditional Norfolk lozenge band. Note the band with deer and trees that is also common on Norfolk samplers. The verse is placed at the top of the sampler and is the same one as stitched by Ann Hanshaw, another Norfolk sampler found on this website. In both alphabets, the V precedes the U.
Size (W x H): 14 3/4 x 22 inches (oval frame)
Cross, couching, double running, stem, satin, back, cross-over-one, eyelet
Media: Silk on linen
Sarah Ann Dady was christened 10 September 1797, the daughter of George Dady and Ann Moore. In the 1806 Poll book, grandfather George Moore was listed as an innholder at St. Peter Permentergate, Norwich.
Sarah appears to have married a man with the same name as her father, George Dady, 8 February 1827 at St. Peter Parmentergate. Husband George was most likely a worsted wool weaver. Their daughter Sarah Ann was christened 25 May 1828 at St. Peter Parmentergate. Son George was born in 1831. They christened second son Thomas Moore Daly at St. Peter Mancroft in 1832.
After the birth of Thomas the records get a bit wonky. Evidently, by the 1841 Scotland census, Sarah Ann is now married to William Haylett Roe. However, death records for first husband George are for October - December 1842. The census records list the family, with Dady children Sarah, George and Thomas. Thomas Moore Dady died in Norwich between July and September 1849. For the 1851 Census, widowed Sarah Ann Dady Roe is a Victualler, living with Sarah A Dady (22 years), George Dady (20 years) and two assistants.
Tis prudent Care must reer the Youthful mind
By love supported and with Toil refined
Tis thus alone the Human Plan can rise
Unprop'd it droops and unsupported dies
S A Dady
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)