Sophia worked a similar sampler, also naming Mary Reed, in the same year (Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania). Her teacher was probably Mary Reed (c . 1762-1829) of Lancaster, who mentioned "Needlework of all kinds, and plain Sewing" when advertising her school in Lancaster's Intelligencer & Weekly Advertiser of May 12, 1807. At present, all known samplers naming Mary Reed are dated 1824.
Sophia Meylin was born on May 29, 1810 and died on March 9, 1837, shortly after her marriage to Henry Stentz (1808-1879) on January 29, 1837. She made an almost identical sampler in the same year. (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
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