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NY Emproidery by Niver from Huber

Julia Ann Niver
Crawford, New York c.1833

Julia worked this charming silk embroidered picture with a completely filled in background featuring a large tree between a huge pot of flowers and a center hall house. It is inscribed at the bottom: Wrought By Julia Ann Niver. She also worked a sampler dated 1833, now in the Cooper Hewitt Museum, with a town scene of Crawford NY depicted at the bottom.

Born in 1823, Julia Ann Niver was the daughter of Elizabeth Rumsey (1795-1863) and Ephraim Niver (1789-1879). She had an older sister, Rachel Ann (1819-1898). In 1849, Julia married David Smith (b. 1823), a farmer. The couple had a son, Charles W., born in 1853, who also became a farmer. Julia lived until at least 1900, at which time she was seventy-six, widowed, and living with her son, two farm laborers, and a domestic servant.


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