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Region: Middle Tennessee
1847 Matilda Golden Alexander
Tabitha C. Dabney, Teacher
Beechcroft, Maury Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

18"V x 1834"H © TSS 110
fibers: silk and wool
ground: 34 V/36 H ct. linen
Matilda Golden Alexander (1832–1860) was the seventh child of Abdon I. Alexander and Eliza Eugenia Campbell. Matilda was probably related to Sarah (Sally) Davidson Alexander (TSS 57) and Eliza Jane Naomi Baine Ramsey (TSS 075 and TSS 076), as both of their families also lived in Mecklenburg Co., NC, before relocating to Tennessee.

The Alexanders lived on Carters Creek Pike near the Williamson/Maury county line. Matilda and her siblings may have attended a school in Spring Hill. When Matilda made her sampler in1847, she stitched in the names of several of her neighbors and the name of her teacher Tabitha C. Dabney. The Dabneys lived in the Spring Hill area of Williamson County, which was on the border of Maury County.

Matilda married Alvis Satterfield in 1848, and they lived in Spring Hill. Her husband died in 1852 leaving her a widow with two small children. She remarried William Wall McConnico in 1858 and had one other child. Matilda died in 1860. She is buried in the Alexander-Beech Grove Cemetery in Maury County.
Matilda’s sampler has suffered damage over the years, including an attack from a hungry rodent. Her intense color palette has faded some, but her love of pink and red is still evident.
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