1963.100A | Sampler

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Catherine Hallett (1773-1827)
About 1785, 18th century
11.4 x 11.4 cm
Bequest of Catherine Celia Robinson, 1953
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

John Sinnott settled initially on a parcel of land that he leased from Robert Smyth in the Township of Gage. However, following the arrival of the Loyalists in 1783, Smyth's lands were escheated and Sinnott found himself displaced. He relocated to the mouth of the St. John River, opening a school in 1784. Later, he obtained a position as clerk in the commissariat department, quickly assuming a position of prominence in the new City of Saint John.

Sinnott's second wife, Catherine Hallett, made this sampler in the late 18th century.

  • What

    The needle arts were women's major contribution to the decorative arts prior to the 19th century.

  • Where

    Catherine Hallett was born at Hallett Cove, near New York City.

  • When

    Catherine Hallett was born on August 30, 1773.

  • Who

    Catherine Hallett was the daughter of New York Loyalists Samuel and Elizabeth Lamb Willson Hallett.