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

North Carolina sampler from Huber

Mary Lydia Speaight
Perquimans Co, North Carolina
sampler Dated 1832

This rare North Carolina sampler is beautifully stitched, well designed, and in wonderful condition. It is inscribed; Mary. L. Speaight./ Aged. 12. Years./ 1832. She also included a verse from the “Universal Prayer” by Alexander Pope.

If I am right, thy grace impart,
    Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart
    To find a better way

Mary was born in 1820 (father Jeremiah) in Perquimans County, NC (north eastern shore, on Albemarle Sound). Her first marriage at age 23 was to Samuel Trueblood (b.1816- ) and had two children Ellen Levine (1844 - ) and Samuel Jr. (1845-1833) who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.  At age 31 she married George Berryman.

Silk on linen; 17” x 16 ½” sight.


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