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Region: East Tennessee
1843 Elizabeth (Betsy) Jane Armstrong
Lemira Watts Yarnell, Teacher
Knoxville, Knox Co.
Historic Bleak House, Knoxville

1934"V x 1412"H © TSS 046
fibers: silk
ground: 28 V/24 H ct . linen
Biography:
Elizabeth (Betsy) Jane Armstrong (1826-1899) was the first of child of Addison Wear Armstrong and Nancy Jane McMillan. Addison was a farmer with property valued at $3,000 in the 1850 census. Betsy’s husband, William Shannon (Shaun) Anderson, was also a farmer. The last census to record the Andersons was in 1880. By that time they had adopted a young girl by the name of Rose James and were the parents of seven other children. Both Betsy and her husband are buried in the Anderson-Gouffon Cemetery in Knox County.
Description:
Betsy’s sampler is now on display in Historic Beak House, her cousin’s home. Her sampler is very accomplished, with cross, cross over one, eyelet, partial eyelet, four-sided, hem, herringbone, and rice stitches. Lemira Watts Yarnell taught Betsy; the closeness of their relationship survives in a letter attached to the back of the sampler.
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