Nabby's sampler is fully embroidered over the ground, and it is the earliest-known example of the most enduring style from Mary Balch's school; also, it has the frequently found inscription:
With/ Sheba's queen / ye american fair / To a / dorn your mind / bend all your car[e]
Abigail (Nabby) Dexter (1775-1826) was the daughter of Providence innkeeper Knight Dexter (l734 -1814) and Phebe Harris (1735-1813). She married Christopher C. Olney (1773-1809) on ApriI 16, 1797, and second, in 1915, Nathaniel Rossiter of New Haven, Connecticut.
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