Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Charlotte Bennett Haskell - Cross Stitch Sampler

Charlotte B. Haskell was b. 5 July 1819, New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine, daughter of my great-great-great-grandparents, Amos and Sarah "Sally" (Johnson) Haskell. She made this cross stitch sampler circa 1830, when she was 11 years old. The original sampler is now at my Dad's house and is in excellent condition.

Transcription of Sampler by Charlotte B. Haskell
Photographed and Transcribed by William C. Haskell on 9 September 2007


Amos Haskell was born
New Gloucester March
26th A.D. 1787

Sally Johnson was born
North Yarmouth August
29th A.D. 1788

Amos Haskell was married to Sally Johnson A.D. 1810

Mary J. Haskell was born N. Gloucester Nov. 15, 1810
Alfred Haskell was born N. Gloucester Feb. 5th, 1813
Alfred Haskell died August 29th A.D. 1816 Aged 3 yea.
Alfred Haskell was born N. Gloucester Feb. 20, 1817
Charlotte B. Haskell was born N. Gloucester July 5, 1819
Sarah Jane Haskell was born N. Gloucester Nov. 12, 1821
Amos J. Haskell was born N. Gloucester August 31, 1825

Wrought by Charlotte B.Haskell Aged 11 years. 1830.

Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
as the first efforts of an infants hand.
And while her fingers o,er this canvass move
Prepare her tender heart to feel thy love.
With thy dear children let her share a Part
And write thy name thyself upon her heart.
Then raise her spirits to the realms above
To share the sweets of blest redeeming love.
New Gloucester, Oct. 19th A.D. 1830

On the back there is a label which reads:
“Charlotte B. Haskell, wife of the late G.W. Woodman, Portland, wrought this sampler at 11 years of age during the summer term of school 1830. Miss. Betsey Parsons of Norway, teacher.”

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell


  1. WOW! What an absolutely fabulous piece of memorabilia!!

  2. Hello...
    As a needlework enthusiast, I tried to tell if your precious sampler had been framed with a layer or two of matting to keep the glass off of the cloth. If it hasn't been, I hope you will consider consulting a needlework specialist who could advise you on what to do with your sampler. It is my cousin's dream to "find" a piece of needlework done by one of our ancestors. Alas, none found yet! How lucky you are to have this.

  3. I'm amazed that they had 2 children named Alfred! If not for a record like this, it would get awfully confusing if you're just working off census forms and the like! Great find!

  4. Noreen, Thank you for the comment. The sampler, as far as I know, is in its original frame and I don't believe it has matting to keep the glass off the cloth. I will look more closely next time I see it and will consider your suggestions.

    Kathy, Thank you for the comment. The first Alfred died in 1816 prior to the birth of the second child named Alfred.