Rachel M. Woolsey's Sampler

This sampler by Rachel M. Woolsey, dating to 1838, is stitched with silk and cotton embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 24, weft 24/ in. The stitches used are cross, four-sided, Algerian Eye, crosslet, and two-sided Italian cross. The inscription is: “Rachel M Woolsey aged 10 yrs 9 mo 13 da Feb 27 1838.” Rachael Woolsey was born on May 13, 1827, in Newburgh, New York to Elijah (1800 - 1867) and Phebe Crawford (1803 - 1883) Woolsey. Elijah was the caption of the packet sloop Illinois. She married E. W. Cozzens. She died on October 12, 1881, and is buried in Old Town Burying Ground, Newburgh, New York.
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Woolsey, Rachel
Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Daniel Gardner
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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