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

Virginia Sampler from Huber

Elizabeth Short
Surry County, Virginia c.1778

This 18th century Virginia family record band sampler is extreemely rare and important. It seems rather humble at first glance, but the maker, and many of her siblings, and their spouses grew up to be influential in the history of Virginia, Kentucky, and the United States.

Extensive information concerning the adult lives of the children listed on the sampler accompanies the piece.

(Siblings listed on sampler.)

William b. Sept. 30, 1759 - Graduated William & Mary - Thomas Jefferson's private secretary - Much more information in W&M archives

Peyton b. Dec. 11, 1761 - Graduated W&M - Letters from Peyton in National archives to GW and Thomas Jefferson - In the first Kentucky Senate - Instrumental in starting Transylvania University

Martha b. Jan. 22, 1763 - Married to Major Thomas Edmunds - Owned the Farnham Plantation in Sussex County, VA - Husband wounded at Brandywine

Thomas b. Nov. 4, 1764

Elizabeth b. July 15, 1766 - m. Dr. Frederick Ridgley in Kentucky - Revolutionary War Surgeon - He taught at Transylvania medical school - Elizabeth died 1822

Sarah b. Feb.29, (1768-1794)

Jane b. April 14, 1770 - Married Charles Wilkins

(Death date of their Mother listed on sampler)

Elizabeth (our Mother) d. Sept. 28, 1771- Elizabeth Shipwick b.1738 -Wife of William Short IV (1732-1782)

Sampler descended through Elizabeth Shipwick Short's family to the estate of her great-great-great grandson John Flournoy Henry V.

Silk on linen; 21 ¼" x 9" sight.


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