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Region: Middle Tennessee
c.1836 Luvisa B. Morton
Mary L. Ellis, Teacher
Porter Female Academy (Green and Pink Group)

1714"V x 1714"H © TSS 138
fibers: silk
ground: 28 ct. linen
Luvisa (Luvicy) B. Morton was the third daughter born to Jacob Morton Sr. and Elizabeth Dunn Burge. The family owned a farm on Bear Creek in Williamson Co. near the Maury Co. line and attended the Concord Baptist Church. Luivisa made her sampler at the Porter Female Academy in Triune, Williamson Co., under the tutelage of Mary L. Ellis. Luvisa’s sister Tabitha C. Morton (Mrs. John O. Dabney) became a needlework teacher. Her name is prominently displayed on Matilda G. Alexander’s 1847 sampler (TSS 110). Luvisa married Dr. William W. Dabney in 1848. Sadly, she died a year later, perhaps due to complications of child birth or cholera which was endemic in Tennessee at the time.
Although Luvisa’s sampler is stained, torn, and faded, her original color scheme of pink and green can be discerned. Her sampler shows signs of amateur repairs, a testament to the value her descendants placed on it.
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