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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Ohio Sampler from Huber

Elizabeth Keister
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 the"6").

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.


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