Honoring American Independence
Wooster, OH 1826
Elizabeth's sampler is inscribed: Elizabeth Keister - born 4th October 18 - - Penn. Wooster (she was
born in 1811 in PA but the family recently moved to Wooster, OH). She also inscribed: Sept. 8th 1826 50th year
of American Independence declared 4th July 1779 (OOPS! She must have had the canvas upside down when she stitched
Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, the oldest of six children born to John Kiester and Susannah Tates. This sampler
was stitched by Elizabeth, at age 15, shortly after she and her family moved to Ohio. She married to John Hunter
and had two children. She died at age 56 and is buried in Apple Creek, Wayne County, Ohio
This charming sampler is published in Ohio Is My Dwelling Place: schoolgirl embroideries by Sue Studebaker
(fig. 200). Another sampler by Julia Ann Forbes, also from Wooster dated 1827 shares several design elements and
was no doubt made at the same school.
Silk on linen; 18 ½" x 20 ½" framed.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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