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Region: Middle Tennessee?
1837-1840 Elisa J.? Holland

1538"V x 1634"H © TSS 124
fibers: silk
ground: 34 V/30 H ct. linen
Elisa J. Holland (1826-1865) was the first child of Rev. John M. Holland and his wife Mary Susan Cook. Her father was a Methodist minister and circuit rider who covered parts of Middle and West Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Northern Mississippi. Elisa married Levi Black White, a farmer in Rutherford Co., and gave birth to five children.
The Hollands may have sent their daughter to school in Rutherford County. Elisa’s sampler is very similar to one made by Lucy McGowan (TSS 188), daughter of Rev. Ebenezer McGowan, a Methodist minister in Rutherford County. Both girls may have attended the Female Academy in Murfreesboro which was founded in 1825. The school, supported by Methodist subscribers, was directed by Mary Banks and Nancy Banks and was known to have taught needlework.
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