They come from Wales, two of the samplers is still in Catherine's family. The third one, is a mystery. She knows there was a third one, but alas it seems to have disappeared over the years. Her samplers came to Canada, in the 1960's when her own Mother went back to Wales for a visit. Catherine received these two in 1995. She took it upon herself to have them mounted on acid free paper and have them mounted behind protective glass. Preserving them for generations still to come and enjoy.
Unfortunately, the first sampler was washed in 1934, left in the sun to dry on the lawn, on top of a linen towel. It has faded a bit, the intentions was good at the time. Today we know not to do this.
These samplers have been passed down the Maternal line, of the Hampson family. One daughter placed them in a garage, which was left behind with some other heirlooms, when she moved. Granny discovered this, retrieved them and gave them to her daughter-in-law. A very wise woman!
They also had the pleasure to spend some time with a Spinster Aunt, who got married at 40 years and had two babies by 43. Their journey has been incredible, as for the women, they are strong and are trailblazing a path, in the world.
This is a true work of art, done by Mary Ann Young 1829. Her family, affluent tenant farmers, lived in North Wales, near the river Dee. Close neighbours, included the Stokes family. Catherine Rankin Stokes, came to Canada in 1798, which shows they became family as well, through marriage.
The custodians of these pieces from the past, not only preserve them. Look after them, while they are Guardians , until they are passed on to the next generation to become the keeper of the gifts from the past.
Thank you, Catherine for sharing your Heirlooms with us, may the inspire many to do greater things in the world.