Olive Bacon's Sampler

A family record is featured on this sampler by Olive M. Bacon, dating to 1832. It is stitched in cross stitch with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 25, weft 25/in. The inscription is: "Family Regif[s]ter / Elijah Bacon born Feb th22 A D 1797. / Amanda Bacon born June th10_1798. / Olive M Bacon born Feb th8_1822. / Ann A. Bacon born Aug th9_1825. / Mary E. Bacon born Dec th7_1828. / Samuel E. Bacon born Apr th5_1834. / Seize mortals, seize the transient hour; / ImProve each moment as is flies: / Life's a short summer_man a flower / He dies_Alas! how soon he dies! / With Pleasure let us own our errors Past / And make each day a critic on the last. / Olive M. Bacon's SamPler wrought in / the 11th year of her age 1832." Olive Marie Bacon was born on February 8, 1822, to Elijah (1797 - 1887) and Amanda Fisher (1798- ) Bacon in Warwick, Rhode Island. Elijah was a miller. She married on January 1, 1843, Jabez Lewis Ellis (1810 -1888). Olive died in Newton, Massachusetts in 1910.
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Bacon, Olive Maria
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 16 5/8 in x 12 1/8 in; 42.2275 cm x 30.7975 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Ellis Danforth.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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