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Region: Middle Tennessee
1853 Hannah Moria G. Wilson
Lewisburg, Marshall Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

17"V x 1612"H © TSS 233
fibers: silk
ground: 28 ct. linen
Hannah Moria G. Wilson (1845—1914) was the first born child of William Wilson and Mahala Ann Tillman. The family lived in Dist. 14 of Marshall Co. near Lewisburg and Mooresville where her father was a wool carder and later a mill owner. Hannah may have stitched her sampler at the Lewisburg Female Academy, which opened in 1838. She married Benjamin Franklin Phillips, also a mill owner, in 1866. The couple had four children. Hannah is buried in Wilson Hill Cemetery, near Lewisburg, Marshall County.
Hannah worked her sampler at the young age of seven. Her youth is reflected in the mistakes she made in her inscription.

seize mortals seize the transient hour
imProve each moment as it flies
Lifes a short summer man a flower
He diez a las how zoon he diez

Hannah Wilson
JulY 1853