Needlework Sampler and Family Record, Emily Wightman

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Needlework Sampler and Family Register by Emily L. Wightman (b.1829) of  Bozrah, Connecticut, dated 1840. Inscribed by the maker, “Wrought by Emily L. Wightman When 10 years of age, R. A. Mall Teacher.” Held in a reproduction molded and black painted frame.

This finely crafted sampler and family register was worked by Emily Lavina Wightman, who was born on July 22, 1829 and was the “eldest daughter” of Charles W. Wightman (b.1802) and Prudence Stark (b.1804) of Bozrah, Connecticut.

Charles Wightman is listed in the United States Census of 1840 as living in Bozrah, Connecticut with a large household.  This included 7 individuals listed as follows; 1 male under 5 years, 2 males between 5 and 10 years, 1 male between 10 and 15 and one male between 30 and 40 years, likely Charles Wightman himself.  Also in the household were, 1 female between 5 and 10 years, likely Emily Wightman, and 1 female between 30 and 40 years, likely Prudence Stark Wightman.

Typical of samplers, Emily’s contains a verse that manages to be both sweet and slightly morbid:

The flower that blooms the brightest

Is doomed the first to fade

The form that moves the lightest

In earth is soonest laid