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Region: East Tennessee
c.1860 Margaret Emmaline Long

1512"V x 1134"H © TSS 242
fibers: linen?
ground: 32 ct. linen
Margaret Emmeline (Emma) Long (1849—1927) was the daughter of Hugh Long and Nancy Staples. The family lived in Morristown, Jefferson County, where her father was a farmer. Emma either stitched her sampler at a subscription school or at the first academy in Morristown which was founded in 1850. Emma married Zachary Taylor Key in 1870, and the couple lived on a farm on Hartsville Pike in Bethpage, Sumner County. They had seven children. Both Emma and her husband died of heart disease in 1927. They are buried in the Gallatin City Cemetery, Gallatin, Sumner County.
Emma's sampler features three alphabets, the numbers 1-12, four birds, two flowers, two trees, and two stags. Her text is the first two verses of “The Child's Petition.”

Jesus lover of mankind
Shine upon my infant mind
Teach me wisdom from above
Fill my soul with purest love
In the slippery paths of youth
Guide me in the way of truth
And if blessd with length of thy days
Let my life be spent in praise