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Mary Benezet Wood-1817

Mary Benezet Wood-1817Born November 26, 1810, Mary Benezet Wood was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Ritter) Wood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She married a merchant from Delaware, John Ross, and they had three daughters: Mary Benezet, Josephine and Margaret Augusta.

Her maternal grandmother and namesake, Mary Benezet (1755-1808), was the daughter of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784), the reknowned Quaker convert who was a leader in the Abolitionist movement in England and America. In 1772, Mary's portrait was painted by Charles Willson Peale, considered the finest portrait painter of the revolutionary era in America. This portrait is currently in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The following year Mary married Joseph Wood, an attorney from Georgia, and they became the parents of one son and three daughters. After the early death of Joseph Wood, Mary married Rev. Joseph Pilmore, a highly respected Protestant minister who played an important role as stepfather to the children.

Much is known and published about Anthony Benezet's life, but of particular interest is that he established an evening school in his home to teach African Americans, and in 1754 opened the first public school for girls in Philadelphia. Anthony's young brother Daniel, our samplermaker's great grandfather, was a Quaker as well, and a distinguished merchant and supporter of many civic causes.

The sampler uses cross, cross over one, queen, satin and chain stitch and some crinkle silk.

Courtesy of Antique

Size: 12.5” 14.75”(31.5cm x37.5cm)
Thread Count: 40 count (16thr/cm)
Recommended Level: Intermediate
Cost: $28.00
Categories: , North American / Mexico
ID: 350

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