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Region: East Tennessee
1825 Mary (Polly) Dooly
Sweedens (Sweetens) Cove, Marion Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

17"V x 712"H © TSS 107
fibers: silk
ground: 24 ct. linen
Mary (Polly) Dooly (1818-1901) was the youngest of eleven children born to Matthew Dooly and Mary Elizabeth Collier. Her father was a farmer. The family were founding members of the Sweedens (Sweetens) Cove Union Primitive Baptist Church in the Sequatchie Valley, Marion County. Polly may have attended the school associated with the church. Polly married John Vickers, a farmer, in Talladega Co., AL on Dec. 24, 1840. The couple had ten children. The Vickers family moved west, first to Mississippi and then to Texas. Polly and her husband are buried in the Yantis Cemetery in Wood Co., TX.
Polly’s sampler, while typical of a band sampler, is unusual for Tennessee in the 1820s. The long, narrow format is more common on earlier samplers.