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Region: West Tennessee
1866 Eliza Ann Kerr
Stantonville, McNairy Co.

878"V x 1134"H © TSS 179
fibers: silk
ground: 28 V/24 H ct. linen
Eliza Ann Kerr (1842-1929) was the first born of six children of Thomas Baker Kerr and Mary (Polly) Ann Warden. Her father was a farmer in Maury County. In October and December 1848 he purchased land in McNairy Co., and the family settled near Stantonville. She married Robert Donald Anderson in 1866 shortly after completing her sampler. Her husband was also a farmer. The couple had two children. She and her husband are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Selmer, McNairy County.
Eliza's small and colorful sampler survives in its original burled maple frame. The frame is smoke damaged, indicating that her sampler may have hung over a fireplace. Some motifs are partially stitched and pencil marks are visible on the linen.