Margaret Morley is a sampler I purchased a few years ago. The original sampler shows some age and bears several tears, holes and rust from the nails. When this one arrived it was attached to a wooden frame which had portions of an old newspaper attached. The newspaper sections appeared to be a classified section and no date to be found but I estimate the paper was from the early 1900’s which leads me to believe someone received the sampler and wasn’t sure how to properly frame. The sampler’s colors on the front are good and have faded some from the years and there are spots around the areas touching the nails. However, when you flip the sampler over to the back it is obvious how wonderfully vibrant the original colors were and during the reproduction process my goal was to replicate the colors as closely as possible.
As far as Margaret Morley herself, please know that I am not a genealogist but based on my research and the assistance of the Whitby Museum. We believe Margaret was born September 22nd, 1828 to Mary Ferguson Morley and William Morley who was married November 21st, 1825. William’s profession was listed as a Sailor and passed away in 1833 when Margaret was five years old. Margaret grew up in Whitby, Yorkshire, England a town along the coast and was a known seafarer’s town. When Margaret first appears on the census in 1841 she is approximately 11/12 years old. The household members listed were Mary and Margaret and they were living on Church Street in Whitby, Yorkshire England. Based on the ages provided Mary was an older mother, there is no mention of any siblings at home at the time. Mary’s profession in 1841 was listed as a Dreft Maker. During the 1851 Census Margaret is still living with her mother at the approximate age of 22 and they are still residing in Whitby. Margaret is now a Dreft Maker like Mary was during the 1841 Census. At this point Mary is no longer a Dreft Maker but is now a Family Servant. Unlike the 1841 census, which did not list marital status for Mary the 1851 census includes this information and Mary’s status is documented as a Widow. By this time Margaret and Mary are now residing at the Seamen’s Hospital. The Seamen’s Hospital is a home for former seamen and their families to live in.
I hope you enjoy stitching this piece and watching the colors come to life as it did 160 years ago.
Linen - Lakeside Linen, 32 Count, Maritime White
Thread - NPI 292, 294, 743, 749, 841, 842, 863, 943, 944, 946
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