This sampler is typical of many pieces worked on linsey-woolsey in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. An almost identical one was made by Phebe Willson in 1807 and names Danvers (see Sotheby Parke Bernet, Americana, sale 4709Y, October 23, 1981, Lot 255). Eunice Winchester was born in Danvers, the daughter of Caleb B. Winchester and Elizabeth. On December 28, 1816, she married Henry Cook (b. 1793).
Eunice Winchester (1795-1872) married Henry Cook (1793-1875) an exporter of soap, in 1816. She was instrumental in organizing and was the first president of the Ladies Association within the South Church in Danvers. It began with the intention of raising funds for the purpose of buying an organ for the new church, but under her leadership the focus soon turned to raising funds for numerous causes including the support of many missionaries in the Midwest. (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
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