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Region: Middle Tennessee
1851 Sara Elizabeth Miller
M.A. W., Teacher
Bethel Academy

1912"V x 1912"H © TSS 125
fibers: wool and hair
ground: 24 ct. linen
Sara Elizabeth Miller (1838-1895) who went by either Sallie or Lizzie, was the first born child of Andrew Miller and Nancy D. Cook. The family lived in a log cabin on Old Belfast Road, Marshall County. Sallie’s mother died when Sallie was five years old. Charlotte Cook, her mother’s sister, may have taken care of the children after Nancy’s death as Andrew Miller soon married her. Sallie married John Redford Drake in 1864. In 1869 Sallie’s father divided his property among his children. Sallie and John received 60 acres which included the original log cabin. The couple had one child, Nancy Etta Drake, who inherited the farm.
Sallie made her sampler at the Bethel Academy, about a half a mile from their farm on Old Belfast Road. The sampler features three locks of hair, one blond and two light brown. She names her school, Bethel Academy, and lists the initials of her teacher, M.A.W. Her teacher has not yet been identified.
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