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

Huber - Sampler by Melendy sisters
Melendy Sisters
Marcy, Hepsy, & Sarah
Three samplers
Haverhill, MA c.1799

This extremely rare family grouping consists of samplers stitched by three sisters, Marcy b.1787, Hepsibah (Hepsy) b.1791, and Sarah b.1792. The girls were three of the ten children born to William Melendy (1756-1814) born in Amherst, NH and Abigail Badger (1762-1834) born in Reading, MA. In 1788 the family was living in Chelmsford, MA and later moved to Amherst, NH.

Marcy and Hepsy’s samplers are typical of the Haverhill samplers with vertical bands of crosses and lower pictorial panel, while Sarah’s picture of a house with a tavern sign is uncommon and probably an original design. None of the girls married and in the 1850 census the three were living together and the 1880 census indicates Sarah was disabled and living with her sister Elizabeth and her husband Barnabas David who owned the whip factory in Amherst with the girls brother Samuel Badger Melendy.

Silk on linen.


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