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Region: Middle Tennessee
1813 Nancy Franklin
Huntland, Franklin Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

15"V x 1412"H © TSS 169
fibers: silk
ground: 26 ct. linen
Nancy Franklin (1800 – 1863 or 66), born in Burke Co., NC, was the daughter of Moses Franklin and Elizabeth Zarrard Carroll. Her father, his siblings David and Jemima, and their families came to Franklin Co. via the Cumberland Gap sometime between 1811 and 1812. They settled near the Elk River on land purchased from the Cherokee. As there were no female academies in the county at the time, Nancy may have been taught to stitch by her mother, or she may have attended a private school in someone’s home. She married Jacob C. Awalt, a farmer, about 1816. They lived in the Awalt Community, Franklin Co., which was called Hurricane in the 1860 census. The couple had eleven children.
Nancy’s sampler boasts delicate satin and stem stitch in the top floral row.