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Object Name Sampler
Date 1835-1840
Title [Alphabet sampler by Mary Ann Pelton]
Description Alphabet sampler. Embroidered with red and green silk thread cross-stitched on a linen ground. Sampler has 7 rows of alphabet letters and numbers. Embroidered inscription at the bottom: "Mary Ann Pelton". The sampler is 8 inches high and 8.250 inches wide.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Adele Duffie
Ownership and History Mary Ann Pelton was born December 3, 1828, the daughter of Catherine Cortelyou Van Arsdale and Daniel Pelton. This sampler was made around the time that the Pelton family moved from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Mary Ann was 31 years old in 1860 when she married Alfred N. Duffie, a French soldier who came to the U.S. and became a brigadier general in the Civil War. After the war, the Duffies lived in Cadiz, Spain, where Alfred was U.S. Consul. They had a son Daniel, born in 1862, and another named August who died at the age of one month.

After her husband's death in 1880, Mary Ann returned to her family's home on Staten Island to live with her sisters. She died on December 2, 1910, the day before her 82nd birthday.

This sampler was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1962 by Mary Ann's granddaughter, Adele Duffie.

Earliest Date 1835
Latest Date 1840
Subjects Embroidery
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Duffie, Mary Ann (Pelton)
Catalog Number C06.0214
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
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