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NamesNoteDateLocationRecord TypeNote
Mary B. CLARK Stitcher: Mary B. Clark. Stitcher’s residence: Gloucester, MA. School or instructress: Unknown1832Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesRecord
George CLARK 1778Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
George CLARK 1847Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
Sally DAY 1780Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
Sally [Day] CLARK 1850Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
George CLARK 1799Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesMarriage
Sally DAY 1799Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesMarriage
George CLARK 1801Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
George CLARK 1877Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
Sally CLARK 1802Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
Sally CLARK 1886Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
John CLARK 1804Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
James CLARK 1806Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
James CLARK 1828Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
Elizabeth CLARK 1816Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
Elizabeth CLARK 1876Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
Mary B. CLARK 1818Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBirth
Mary B. CLARK 1860Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesDeath
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesRecordDate: 1832. Size: 17 h x 17 w. Medium: Silk thread on linen ground. The samplermaker’s father, George Clark Jr., was the son of George Clark (1735/55-bef.1830) and Susanna Stevens (?-1834). The Cape Ann Historical Association provided a deed wherein George Clark (the samplermaker’s grandfather) sold his home and property to his son George for the sum of $1,500 on October 18, 1810.

About Family Tree Samplers
"In addition to being a product of female education in our growing nation, it’s amazing to us how one piece of linen can detail the joys and sorrows of one particular family. Here, stitched in silk thread, are the death dates of young children, sometimes several in succession. And the death’s of mothers soon after the birth of a child sadly touches our hearts. But we can smile over the stitcher’s naive misspellings, and the creative way she squeezed information into the available space. We wish we could hug her for including her mother’s maiden name, or other pertinent information, not available elsewhere. But we can also cry when the maker omits her own name from the register information. Perhaps she had no more room left after listing the names and birth dates of ten or more siblings, or maybe her little fingers were just too tired to take one more stitch. Then our detective skills kick in and we have to surmise which daughter created the piece."
"By making these precious artifacts available in an online database, researchers and descendants can see an actual item created by an ancestor, and sometimes this very piece of needlework is the only documentation that exists for a particular family. There may be errors within a sampler’s genealogy text, perhaps because the information went through several hands: First the mother or father may have transcribed it from the family bible, gave or sent it to the daughter at school, then the instructress drew the letters and numbers with ink onto the linen, and lastly the girl stitched over the ink with her colorful thread. But these artifacts are closer to the truth since they were made in period."

(Introduction by Dan and Marty Campanelli)
Family Tree Samplers. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (From the collection of Dan and Marty Campanelli.)
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