Abby Cory's Sampler

This sampler by Abby Cory, dating to c. 1799, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 24, weft 24/ in. The same urn of flowers appears on her daughter's sampler. See TE*T13212. The stitches used are cross and chain. The inscription is “Abby Cory her Sampl / er marked in the 12 / Year of her age Taug / ht by Miss Phebe Norris.” Abigail Cory was born Sept 1787, to Benjamin (1741-1821) and Hannah Mulford (1746 -1826) Cory. Abigail married c. 1809 Joseph Hindes (c. 1785 -) in Elizabeth, Westfield Co., New Jersey. They had seven children, Elizabeth (c. 1810 -), Jennette (1815 - 1863), Lydia (c. 1816 - 1878), Hannah Maria (1819 - 1853), Charlotte (c. 1825 -), Julia (1829 - 1900), and Benjamin (c. 1837 -). Abby died December 23, 1860 in Waverly, Illinois. The teacher Phebe Norris was born c. 1763 to Nathaniel (1731-1798) and Mary (1745 - 1810) Norris in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She died unmarried September 5, 1837, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and she is buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard, Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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Cory, Abigail
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
cotton and silk (overall thread)
overall: 8 3/8 in x 12 1/2 in; 21.2725 cm x 31.75 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Edith Evelyn Currens
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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