PLAINFIELD, NJ - An email inquiry was recently received by the Drake House Museum. A member of the Marsh Family from Pennsylvania wanted to know if the Historical Society of Plainfield would accept a donation of a small, 11 X 17 inch sampler. It was created on July 18, 1825, by Jane Eliza Randolph of Plainfield. Family instructions were that if it was not to remain in the family that it needed to be returned to Plainfield.
The sampler arrived this week from the Keystone State.
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Jane Eliza was 14-years-old when she stitched this sampler. It is in a cross-stitch pattern, and samplers made during the 18th and 19th centuries were usually school exercises. Perhaps this was Jane Eliza’s homework assignment? Girls were taught this art form at a young age. It was a way to learn the alphabet and numbers.