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Region: Middle Tennessee
1851 Eliza Jane Scott
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

1212"V x 1334"H © TSS 216
fibers: silk and wool
ground: 20 ct. penelope canvas
Eliza Jane Scott (1842-1892) was the first born child of William T. Scott and Elizabeth (Eliza) Ann Leonard. Her father was a farmer in Dist. 4 of Marshall County. Shortly after Eliza finished her sampler in Sep. 1851, the family crossed the Mississippi River at Memphis to settle on a farm in South Fork, Montgomery Co., AR. Eliza married Lt. Jeremiah (Jerry) G. Gray in 1865. Her husband was a stone mason. The couple had ten children. Eliza died in 1892 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.
Eliza's bright and cheerful sampler is typical of the work of a young girl; she was nine when she completed it. Her ground fabric is penelope canvas, a cotton block weave often used by beginning stitchers.