Mary's sampler, and her sister's are remarkably similar to typical Portland, Maine samplers of this period and no related Portsmouth ones have yet appeared. Occasionally, girls named their hometowns on their samplers regardless of where they went to school. This may have been the case here; or it may be determined that Portland styles influenced the designs of an unknown Portsmouth teacher (see the Portland sampler of Mary Ann Morton, 1820, in Glee Krueger, A Gallery of American Samplers, p . 58). Mary Ann Reding was the daughter of Portsmouth rope maker Charles Reding (1781-1838) and Phebe (1779-1848). Her undated marking sampler, worked at age nine, is in the Moffat-Ladd House in Portsmouth.
Mary's mother was Phebe Ham (1779-1848). (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
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