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Region: Middle Tennessee
c.1850 Nancy (Nannie) Richard (Dickey) Maury
Red and Green Group
Franklin, Williamson Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

16"V x 1912"H © TSS 191
fibers: wool
ground: 22 ct. linen
Nancy (Nannie) Richard Maury (1839-1911) was the last child born to Richard Launcelot Maury, Jr. and Margaret (Peggy) Ann Bond. Her father died five months before she was born. No doubt she was given the middle name Richard in memory of her father. As a child she was called Nannie, and as an adult she was called Dickey. Nannie probably went to school at one of the female academies in Franklin or Williamson County. Nannie (Dickey) married Joseph W. Bennett, a farmer, in 1872. The couple had a daughter who died in infancy. Nannie died in 1911 and is buried in Rest Haven Cemetery, Franklin, Williamson County.
The text on Nannie’s sampler reads:

nannie. R. Maury’s. sampler. June. 2nd

The date presents a mystery, since Nannie was born Apr. 19, 1839. Her parents were married Jan. 28, 1828. No significance can be attached to the date of June 2, 1823 in Nannie’s life. The materials, wool fiber and 22 ct. linen, did not come into popular use in Middle Tennessee until the 1840s. The floral border, house and basket motifs, and red and green color scheme, are typical of Middle Tennessee samplers from 1840 to 1855.
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