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Some family registers were also mourning pieces, commemorating the death of a member of the family. This example, embroidered by sixteen-year-old Nancy Hoyt, was probably worked when she was a student at Deerfield Academy during the summer of 1804 after the death of her father David, at age 46, in the previous year. Schoolgirl embroideries were just that and were most often done in schools or academies under the instruction of a needlework teacher.


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Hoyt family register

creator   Nancy Hoyt (1788-1870)
date   1803-1806
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   20.75"
width   16.0"
process/materials   embroidered silk on linen
item type   Art/Decorative Arts - Textiles
accession #   #1985.0002

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Family Bible owned by David Hoyt

Cathcart Family Register

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