Very Fine, Rare and Important Needlework Sampler: 'The Chase', Mary Mchard, Probably Newburyport, Massachusetts, Circa 1758
to her daughter Margaret Jenkins Morris (1770-1865), Newburyport, Massachusetts;
to her son Lewis Henry Morris (1807-1859), Newburyport, Massachusetts;
to his daughter Helen E. Morris Howland (1842-1925), New York;
to her daughter Caroline Elizabeth Howland (1864-1950), New York and Bergen County, New Jersey;
to her friend and neighbor Marjory H. Devore McKenzie (1900-1992), Bergen County, New Jersey;
to her daughter Susan Hawley McKenzie Sellet (b. 1930), Chapel Hill, North Carolina;
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Mary Mchard's father, William Mchard, signed a 1763 petition for Newburyport to be made its own town, separate from Newbury. Once the separation was accomplished, he became "Surveyor of High Way". Joseph Mchard, Mary's brother, was part of a company under the command of Captain Moses Nowell, marching to Lexington in 1775 after the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Extensive information about Mary Mchard's family is available in John J. Currier's "History of Newburyport".
Sotheby's is grateful for the research provided by the Mchard family by Emily Shafer, Newbury Historical Society.