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Region: East Tennessee
1838 Sarah Elizabeth Warren
Sarah Justice Sketchley, Teacher
Mr. & Mrs. Sketchely’s Female Academy
Maryville, Blount Co.

1912"V x 2012"H © TSS 219
fibers: silk
ground: 24 V/26 H ct. linen
Sarah Elizabeth Warren (1827—1900) was the oldest of seven children born to Barton Leonidas Warren and Evaline Singleton. The family lived to the east of Louisville, Blount Co., where her father owned a large tannery and leather business. Mr. Warren was the richest man in Blount County.

Sarah married William McClung Steele in 1853. Sarah’s husband owned a wholesale stock business, Steele & Bros., in Maryville. The couple lived on a farm in Louisville. They had two sons and one daughter, all of whom were long-lived. Sarah died in 1900 and is buried in the Magnolia Cemetery in Maryville, Blount County.
Sarah stitched her sampler under the tutelage of Mrs. Sarah J. Sketchley at the Young Ladies Finishing School in Maryville, Blount County.

Sarah’s entire outer border is comprised of queen stitches, a difficult and time-consuming stitch.

Photograph courtesy of Case Antiques, Knoxville.