Hannah Bennett circa 1810
19th Century American Samplers
Origin and date: American 1810
Linen count and finished size: 30-count 18-1/2″x11-3/4″
Stitches: Cross, counted and freehand satin (freehand optional: graphs are supplied for all sections), long arm cross, Irish, stem, split, straight, twill, and double darning
Source: Old Sturbridge Village
Hannah Bennett, born 1800, was the youngest daughter of David and Martha Smith Bennett of Hubbardston, a small town in central Massachusetts. According to the History of the Town of Hubbardston (1881) Hannah never married, but was known for her missionary work among the Choctaws. Her unusual sampler has some unconventional components, particularly the squares of darning stitches across the bottom, and the amusing little scene in the lower left showing three intrepid canoeists paddling down a treacherously steep river.
Silk Floss, Cotton Floss, Graph Only, Finished Model