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Region: Middle Tennessee
1838 Agnes S. Dwiggins
Cedar Grove Academy
Chapel Hill, Bedford Co.

18"V x 1534"H © TSS 123
fibers: silk
ground: 28 V/24 H ct. linen
Agnes S. Dwiggins (1815-1849) was the third child of Daniel Dwiggins and Susan Crews. Her father was a farmer who owned a large steam powered flour mill on Hurricane Creek in Bedford County. He later built another mill in Shelbyville. Agnes never married. When she was 24, she was diagnosed with consumption (now called tuberculosis) which was one of the most common and deadly diseases in the 19th century. Agnes succumbed to the disease in April 1849 after ten years of wasting away.
Agnes was an adult, aged 22 or 23, when she worked her sampler. She names Cedar Grove Academy as her institution; she may have been a teacher there.