Amanda F. Goodale's Sampler

At center, an inscribed monument with stepped top surmounted by sphere. Behind monument, weeping willow tree with crooked trunk; above monument and tree are five sprays of flowers, including roses, rosebuds, tulips, carnations, and star-flowers, with leaves; two sprays are tied with blue bows. At lower corners, two weeping willow trees that, like the monument, stand on ground of French knots. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: satin, straight, split, French knot, stem, cross, crosslet. THREAD COUNT: warp 28, weft 26/in.
"To the memory of
Guni Goodale who
was born March 9th
and departed this life
Jan 27th 1832 aged 52.
There remaineth there-
fore a rest to the peo-
ple of God.
Amanda F. Goodale 1832."
Amanda F. Goodale was born ca. 1818 to Guni (1780-1832) and Ann (1776-1864) Goodale in Glastonbury, Connecticut. On July 11, 1848, she was married to Henry Magill (1809-1892), by Rev. Charles R. Fisher. Henry was a farmer. Ann Goodale is living with Henry and Amanda in the 1850 census. Amanda died February 4, 1892 in Windsor, Connecticut.
Her sampler was probably worked at Miss Cornwall’s school in Glastonbury, Connecticut. All the motifs on her sampler can be found on other samplers worked at Miss Cornwall’s school.
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Object Name
Date made
associated dates
Goodale, Amanda F.
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
linen (overall material)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
pink (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
black(faded) (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
memorial sampler (overall style)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 18 1/4 in x 18 3/8 in; 46.355 cm x 46.6725 cm
average spatial: 18 3/8 in x 18 1/4 in; x 46.6725 cm x 46.355 cm
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
associated place
United States: Maryland, Potomac
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
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