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Object Name Sampler
Title Sarah Turner sampler
Catalog Number 1950.37
Creator Turner, Sarah Thomas
Date 1827
Material(s) Linen/Cotton/Canvas/Silk
Dimensions H-13.5 W-11.75 inches
Description This is a small sampler on linen grown with green and brown thread. It has a linen ground, cotton embroidery, and silk black embroidery. The alphabet is on the top with "A IIII WSEB" under it. Under that is the alphabet again in lighter color with the numbers 1-9 in darker color. There is a decorative design under that with, "T Was in this genial month that we Declared our nation to be free And long we trust in its return Well evry patriotic bosom born July 4th 1827." The piece is Z spun-ground and Z spun plied embroidery. The YPI is 30 warp x 30 weft and is selvedge at right edge. The piece is sewn onto a piece of canvas.
Notes Sarah Thomas Turner (10/11/1811 - 2/1853) was born in TN and died in Simpson Co. Kentucky. She married Stanly S. Wilkerson and died shortly after giving birth to her 10th child. The following information was provided by a descendent via the telephone named Pat Meguiar. Her first child was named James and was born in Nov. 1828. The donor was Sarah Turner's great-granddaughter. Sarah is buried in the Turner family cemetery in Simpson County, Kentucky. According to file notes, the donor said the sampler was woven by Sarah and her mother. Sarah's mother was named Elizabeth Martin Turner. Elizabeth's father was John Martin Jr. (c. 1720-1773) from Hanover County, VA. Rev. John Martin Sr. came to Kentucky from England (oral tradition). He studied theology and was licensed by Hanover Presbytery August 25th, 1756. John was sent as an evangelist to the Cherokee Indians in South Carolina. He was presented with beadwork by Attakullakulla and Old Hop, noted Cherokee chiefs. The beadwork is currently owned by Pat Maguiar of Portland, TN. According to Pat who is a descendant and contacted KHS (JF), the bead work is currently touring the country and will be displayed at the Smithsonian in 2005. Maguiar says this beadwork is the earliest example of beadwork from the Cherokee Nation (see file for photograph of beadwork). John Martin married a lady named Susan and they had several children. One of their daughters was the maternal lineage of president Lyndon Blaine Johnson. Pat Maguiar also owns the family Bible, having belonged to Sarah's mother Elizabeth and has offered to share photocopies of the family history. The photocopies are in the accession file. JF mailed Mr. Meguiar (605 Old Galitan Rd., Portland, TN 37148-1688) a digital image of the sampler for his records on 12/08/2004.
Sarah's father was named Martin Turner. He died in 1826 and was a Baptist preacher who moved the family from Sumner County, TN to Kentucky in 1809. (Thomas Turner was Martin's father).
Collection Oeta A. Lynn Collection
People Turner, Sarah Thompson
Turner, Sarah Thomas
Turner, Sarah T.
Subjects Immigration
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS