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

Huber sampler by Caroline Barry

Caroline F. Barry
Antique needlework sampler
Baltimore, Maryland c.1810

Caroline F. Barry worked this typical Baltimore House sampler c. 1810 while attending a school in or near that city. Her parents were John Barry and Elizabeth Messersmith. During the Revolutionary War her father was imprisoned. Was he a Tory, captured by the enemy, or committed a crime? It is left for us to wonder.

Not much is known about Caroline’s life. She never married. In the 1860 census she was living with her brother Samuel M. Barry and his wife and three of his children. Also included in the household were two maids from Ireland. In the 1870 census she and her brother (his wife died the previous year) were living with Ann M. Brown, who may have been a relative, and a black cook from Virginia Mary Tate.
Both Caroline and her brother died that same year.

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