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Region: East Tennessee
1843 Elizabeth Jane Armstrong
Lemira Watts Yarnell, Teacher
Knoxville, Knox Co.

1934"V x 1412"H © TSS 046
fibers: silk
ground: 28 V/24 H ct. linen
Elizabeth Jane Armstrong (1826-1899) was the daughter of Addison Wear Armstrong, a successful farmer who provided a governess for his children. Elizabeth and the governess, Lemira Watts Yarnell, became close friends and corresponded with each other after Lemira left Knox Co. for Hamilton Co. Elizabeth married William Shannon Anderson and had eight children.
The details of Lemira's life after leaving the Armstrong family are known from a letter she wrote to her pupil. "Kind Eliza Jane," the letter begins. Lemira tells of her three week long boat journey on the Tennessee River from Knoxville to Chattanooga.
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