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Region: East Tennessee
1848 Jane (Jennie) R. Stewart
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

1112"V x 1238"H © TSS 245
fibers: wool
ground: 24 V/26 H ct. linen
Jane R. Stewart (1841–1914) was one of seven children born to Isaiah McCanish (Mack) Stewart and Lydia Ann Yeakley. Her father was a farmer in Greene Co. near Greenville. Jane was seven when she made her sampler—the right age to make her first marking sampler.

Jane became the second wife of Augustus B. Cummings on July 24, 1865 in Washington County. A. B. Cummings was part owner of Thomas and Cummings, a farm supply store in Jonesborough. The couple had five children. Augustus died in 1897 and Jane in 1914. They are both buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington County.
Jane's simple marking sampler, worked entirely in cross stitch, survives in its original frame. The verse is from William Shrubsole's (1759–1829) "When, Streaming from the Eastern Skies," Verse 3, first published in 1813.

As every day thy mercy spares.
Will bring its trials or its cares.
O Saviour, till my life shall end.
Be thou my counsellor and friend,
Teach me thy precepts all divine.
And be thy great example mine.

Jane Stewart August 1848.