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Object ID # 1959.046.035
Object Name Sampler
Title Child's Sampler (by Isabella Inglis)
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date Late 19th-century
Year Range from 1868
Year Range to 1882
Made Inglis, Isabella
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County/Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
Description Small cross stitch sampler done in red embroidery thread. The natural linen ground has a loose weave to it. The stitching reads: "To my Dear Mother From. I.I." surrounded by a checkerboard border. An image of a tree and some waves are on the bottom.
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Provenance This sampler apparently was made by Miss Isabella Inglis. She was one of the daughters of Ann and Peter Inglis of Inglis Falls, Derby Township, Grey County. Her mother was Ann Inglis, formerly of Scotland.

In 1868, Isabella was 7 years old, and did sampler embroidery, as there is also a dated sampler in the collection that she made. She was listed in the 1871 census as 10 years old. She attended high school in Owen Sound in the 1870s. She died circa 1882-1883.

Peter Inglis and his wife Ann had emigrated from Fifeshire, Scotland in 1843. Peter Inglis purchased the mill set-up at the head of the Sydenham River in 1845 and eventually had woolen, grist and sawmilling operations there, using the waterpower of what became known as "Inglis Falls". His flour mill was a two-run one, and it was purchased by John McInnis in 1855 or 1856. In 1864, Peter Inglis paid about $40 in taxes, the highest amount among the Derby Township settlers at that time.

Mr. Inglis and family belonged to the Disciples Church in Owen Sound.

In 1856, Mr. Inglis was Clerk of the County Court and Clerk of the Surrogate Court. He resigned in 1870. His son George also served as a clerk.

Ann Inglis died in 1884, at the age of 67 years. It appears that the sampler was next owned by her daughter Helen.

Isabella's sister Helen Inglis died in 1924 at the age of 77 (she was then known as Mrs. Thomas Kennedy of Owen Sound, Grey County). The last owner, Miss A. Amy Kennedy, was a daughter of the former Helen Inglis (Mrs. Kennedy), and a niece of Isabella's. She lived at Inglis Falls for many years, and later resided in Owen Sound.
Collection Textiles, Needlework & Accessories Collection
Material Linen / Embroidery Thread / Thread / Red Dye
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kennedy, Amy
Inglis, Peter
Inglis, Isabella
Subjects Victorian
Embroidery
Children sewing
Needlework
Search Terms Inglis Falls