Mary Fowler

American Samplers

Mary Fowler, age 10


Danvers, Massachusetts


This handsome green linsey-woolsey sampler shows young Mary Fowler's handiwork as she practiced stitching the alphabet and numbers. There are six different fonts represented, pleasingly arranged and surrounded by a basic strawberry border. The few linsey-woolsey samplers that were done come generally from the coastal towns of Massachusetts and New Hampshire; indeed Mary lived in Danvers, a small town north of Boston and near Salem. 

Size (W x H): 14 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin, eyelet, free-form cross

Media: Silk on linsey-woolsey


The Fowler Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler of Ipswich, Massachusetts Ten Generations 1590-1882 by Matthew Admas Stickney (Salem, 1883) provides the full history of this family, which began with Philip Fowler who was born c.1590 in England. He embarked from London and sailed to New England, landing in May 1634 and receiving a land grant in Ipswich the same year. Six generations later, our Mary Fowler was born 6 July 1780 to Nathaniel Fowler and Anne Stevens Fowler. Siblings included Anna (1775), Sarah (1777), Nathaniel (1783), Philip (1786) and Harriet (1791). Father Nathaniel was a cabinetmaker and joiner who died in 1792 at the age of 38 from lockjaw, contracted after he suffered a broken leg. 

Mary married in 1807, as the third wife of Capt. John Daland. They had only one child, Mary Ann Daland, in 1809. Our Mary died in 1836. 


Mary Fowler's Sampler
this wrought in Danvers July
th 20 1791 Aged 10 year

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(This sampler was added to the site on November 13, 2015)