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Region: East Tennessee
1857 Mary Ann Pass
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

16"V x 18"H © TSS 151
fibers: silk and wool
ground: 20 ct. hemp?
Mary Ann Pass (1847-1933) was one of five children born to Nathaniel Green Pass and Sarah Nancy Morgan. Her father was a farmer and a laborer in Blount County. Her mother died when Mary Ann was nine years old. Sometime between 1860 and 1870 the family moved to Roane County. Mary Ann wed Elbert Huffman, a farmer, in 1873. In 1880 they were living in Lenoir City, Loudon County. The couple never had any children.
Mary Ann made her sampler as a gift for Betty Smith, who was likely a younger cousin. Presentation samplers were often made by scholarship students for their sponsors or, as in this case, as gifts to close family or friends.