1963.100B | Sampler

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Ann Sinnott (1806-1866)
1816, 19th century
43.2 x 31.8 cm
Bequest of Catherine Celia Robinson, 1953
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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During the visit of the Duke of Kent to New Brunswick in May 1794, John Sinnott was a member of the party selected to accompany the Royal visitor from Saint John to Fredericton. He was the first candidate initiated into freemasonry in New Brunswick and later served as Secretary and finally as Worshipful Master of Saint John's Hiram Lodge. Sinnott was counted among the pew holders of the city's first Catholic Church.

Sinnott's daughter, Ann, made this sampler. Seen in the New England context of samplers made by her mother, Catherine Hallett, and grandmother, Elizabeth Lamb, all that the Irish Catholic immigrant appears to have added to the situation is his name.

  • What

    In an era when formal education was reserved for men, the production of samplers was one of the ways in which women taught their daughters to read and write.

  • Where

    Ann Sinnott was born in Saint John, New Brunswick.

  • When

    Ann Sinnott was born at one o'clock in the afternoon on October 17, 1806.

  • Who

    Ann Sinnott was the eldest daughter of John Sinnott and his second wife, Catherine Hallett.