1979.1.2 | Embroidery

Sarah Jane Kenah (1816 - 1833)
1830, 19th century
9.3 x 12.4 cm
Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Mary Boone Allen (1786-1863) was the seventh daughter of the Honourable Isaac Allen, a Loyalist and later one of the first justices of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick. In 1815, she married Joseph Kenah, an Irish-born captain in the New Brunswick Fensibles. Following Kenah's retirement from the army, the family settled in Castlemartyr, County Cork, Ireland. Their eldest daughter, Sarah Jane, who was born in New Brunswick but brought up "in the Old Country", made this sampler. She died in Cobh, County Cork, on February 19, 1833. In 1836, Mary (Allen) Kenah, by then a widow, returned to New Brunswick with her surviving children. She died there in 1863.

Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    This sampler consists of cross-stitch embroidery on gauze. The verse is in the style of a pious prayer.

  • Where

    Sarah Jane Kenah is buried in the Clonmel Cemetery, about 1.5 kilometres outside of Cobh, County Cork.

  • When

    The sampler is dated August 20, 1830.

  • Who

    The only reference to Joseph Kenah's death is in his daughter Sarah Jane's death certificate, which notes "d of late Capt. Kenah."