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Pillowcase with drawn work edges, 1800-1825

Item

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Title

Pillowcase with drawn work edges, 1800-1825

Description

Cotton pillowcase belonging to Elizabeth Tyler Sturgeon (1791-1833). Elizabeth married Thomas Sturgeon in 1816, who died only seven years into their marriage. Elizabeth then took on the responsibility of managing their farm in Jefferson County, Kentucky, while also raising her three young sons. Elizabeth enslaved seven people who provided crucial labor that contributed to the success of the farm and household. After her husband died, an unidentified enslaved woman helped Elizabeth manage the farm. In 1833, Eliza died from cholera, leaving her three sons, all under the age of eighteen, to live with her brother.

Source

Museum Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

Date

Format

Identifier

1936.1.2

Citation

Sturgeon, Elizabeth Tyler, 1791-1833, “Pillowcase with drawn work edges, 1800-1825,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed July 14, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5828.

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