Elizabeth Ann Caughy

American Samplers

Elizabeth Ann Caughy, age 11




Elizabeth's sampler falls into the architectural sub-category featuring the five-bay Georgian house. As compared to others in the Busy Yard sampler group, the floral border does not have a blue bow at the bottom. The trees flanking the house are a stylized palm and a fruit tree.

Size (W x H): 24 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin, cross-over-one, herringbone

Media: Silk, cotton and silk chenille on linen


Born in November 1816, Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth (Dixon) Caughy, who were married in Baltimore in 1800. Patrick was the proprietor of a grocery and dry goods shop in central Baltimore. Elizabeth Dixon Caughy died in 1836 in her 55th year after a short and severe illness (convulsions) and was buried in the Second Presbyterian Cemetery.

On 15 April 1840 Elizabeth married a cousin, John Henry Caughy, and notice of this was reported in The Baltimore Sun. They remained in Baltimore, where John was a clothier merchant. They raised six children, the ages were listed in the 1850 US Federal Census: Michael P. (9), Sarah (6), Henry (4), Dorcas C. (2), Elizabeth (1), Alverda (2 months). John died in 1862. Elizabeth died in 1909.


Elizabeth Ann Caughy's Work Finished in the Eleventh year of her Age.

November 7th 1827

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Companions to our Elizabeth Caughy sampler include Charlotte Coates Boyd c. 1826, Sarah Ann Wigart (Maryland Historical Society), Elizabeth Blyden 1829.

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