Memorial to George Washington
and Alexander Hamilton
By Harriot Wales age 14
Walesville, Oneida Co.
New York 1809
Memorial honoring two founding fathers of the United States. Although George Washington and his aid Alexander
Hamilton were of very different temperaments, their combined talents were a formidable force in the American Revolution.
This extremely rare Washington/ Hamilton silk embroidered memorial has a , well documented provenance. It was
worked by Harriot Wales, daughter of Jonathan and Jerusha Babcock Wales of Walesville, NY, in 1809. Harriot was
born 1795 in Windham, CT, and in 1797 migrated, with her parents at age 2, to Walesville, NY. Harriot married
Anson Smith, c.1811, son of Amos Smith (a revolutionary War veteran) of Westmoreland, Oneida Co, NY. Harriot and
Anson conducted a tavern at Walesville - later known as Walesville Hotel which had been built for them by her father.
Harriot and Anson lived all their married lives (over 60 years) in the Walesville Hotel. They are buried in Westmoreland
cemetery with some of their children.
Harriot's memorial hung in the parlor of the Hotel for 60+ years and was passed down through their daughter Julia
Ann (Smith) Howes to Julia's granddaughter Dalla F. Smith who lived in Utica, NY. In 1973 it was bought by Don
Ladd of Hampton, CT who was distantly related to Harriot the maker.
Silk and watercolor on silk; 15 ½" x 20" sight, 22 ¾" x 27 ½" framed.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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