It is likely that Hetty removed the date of her sampler in later life, for many women disliked such conspicuous evidence of their age.
Hetty Rosalia Gruet was born in 1818, the daughter of Frederick Gruet and Jane Ball, in North Farms, Essex County, New Jersey, now Maplewood. She married James Drake April 4, 1845 in Newark, New Jersey. (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
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