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Region: West Tennessee
1838 Kezia Ann Simonton

18"V x 834"H © TSS 250
fibers: silk
ground: linen
Kezia Ann Simonton (1827–bet. 1862–69) was the eldest child of Robert Gharton Simonton and Mary R. Sevier. The family lived in Purdy, McNairy Co., where her father was a carpenter and cabinet maker. She married Samuel Farmer about 1844, and the couple had six children.

Kezia and her family moved several times, to Jackson, Madison CO.; to Huntingdon, Carroll Co.; to Mifflin, Henderson Co.; and finally to Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA, to join her father, who had relocated to the West Coast. She died there sometime before 1870.
Kezia's sampler is long and narrow, a shape that was being replaced by square samplers by the 1830s. Her sampler features a variety of stitches: cross, cross over one, double herringbone, eyelet, four-sided, long armed cross, queen, and rice. Her verse is from Isaac Watts' Verse 1 and 2, Song IV, "Whene'er I Take My Walks Abroad."

Photograph courtesy of M. Finkel & Daughter, Philadelphia.