Object Details

Image courtesy of The Centre County Historical Society, Pennsylvania

Isabella Kirk, 1836

Sampler Archive ID: SA002375
Maker: Isabella Kirk
Maker Birthplace: Juniata County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: 10-12 years
Place Made: Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Year Made: 1836
Decade Made: 1830-1839
Owner: Diane & James Farr
Contributor: Centre County Historical Society

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square
Object Dimensions: 17.25 H x 18.00 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 21.50 H x 22.25 W (inches)
Borders: 1
Decorative Bands: 1
Dividing Lines: 3
Enclosures: None
Text types: Alphabet, Number series, Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
Thomas Kerr     Elizabeth Kerr

NOTE: Thomas and Elizabeth Kerr are Isabella Kirk's aunt and uncle. Isabella went to live with them when her mother died, when Isabella was 2 years old. In the 1850 census for Lewistown, PA Thomas Kerr (1795-1853) & Elizabeth Kerr (1801-1873) as listed as parents of a family with 6 children. Isabella named two of her children after the Kerrs.
Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand 
As the first effort of a youthful hand 
And while my fingers on the canvas move 
Engage my tender heart to seek thy love.
Isabella Kirks
Work in the 11th year
of her age
C Kirk
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant, Geometric, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Tan, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Eyelet, Queen or rococo, .
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
sampler, Findagrave
Birth Location:
County: Findagrave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55825808
State 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Isabella McClintick.Findagrave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55825808
Death Date:
Findagrave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55825808
Death Location:
Findagrave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55825808
1851 became member of First United Methodist Church, Lewistown, PA
Parents: Mother: Birth: Death:
Father: Birth: Death:
Spouse: Robert H. McClintic (Cabinet Maker)Birth: 1811Death: 1871
Date: 1848Place: Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Thomas Kerr McClinticBirth: 1849Death: 1901
Robert H. McClinticBirth: 1851Death: 1901
Kirk H. McClinticBirth: 1853Death: 1914
George K. McClinticBirth: 1855Death: 1935
Elizabeth Kerr McClinticBirth: 1858Death: 1906
Margaret W. McClinticBirth: 1863Death: 1883
Howard Hale McClinticBirth: 1867Death: 1938
Birth: Death:

Object History

Previous Owners:
Exhibitions: Title: Unraveling the Threads of History
Host: Centre County Historical Society
Location: Centre Furnace Mansion, State College, PA
Date: Mar. 19, 2017-Sep. 24, 2017


Author(s): Centre County Historical Society
Title: Unraveling the threads of History
Publication/Publisher: Centre County Historical Society
Date: 2017

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