Allen Andrew Spach was born in 1823 to Daniel Spach and Rebecca (Wesner) Spach and died July 9, 1905. He married Amanda Elizabeth Welfare in 1847. After the death of his first wife, he married Josephine E. Long.
The artist, Maria (also sometimes called Mary and Polly) Steiner Denke was born in Bethabara in 1792 and died in Salem in 1868. She began teaching at the Salem Girls’ Boarding School in 1811 and became the leader of the Single Sisters’ choir in 1820. She married the Reverend Christian Frederick Denke in 1828. At the time of their marriage, C.F. Denke was the pastor of the churches in Friedberg and Hope. The couple later moved to Salem in 1832.
The artists also made a Dreseden work sampler while a student at Salem Girls’ School (2732). She may also have painted the ca. 1852 watercolor of Salem (acc. # P-17).