American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 31, fig. 48)
Probably, it was Elizabeth who removed the date of her sampler in later life. Her work belongs to the above-mentioned New York group, and a very similar piece was made by Mary Youle in 1786 (see Sotheby's important American Furniture and Folk Art , Sale 5228, December 8, 1984, Lot 145. Possibly, this girl was the Elizabeth Stymets who married James Smith in Trinity Church parish on April 30, 1796.
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