Margaret (Peggy) Williams Andrews Sampler
In 1808 Peggy married Thomas Norfleet. The couple had 10 children. They built Woodbourne Plantation outside of Roxobel, NC, on property Peggy had inherited when her father died. This property passed to Stephen Andrews Norfleet (1822-1910) the seventh child of Peggy and Thomas. The Norfleet Papers in the UNC Southern Historical Collection include extensive records of the management of the plantation under Stephen Andrews Norfleet. Copies of some of these documents are in the Accession file. See also pp 118-122 of WH CABINETMAKER: A SOUTHERN MYSTERY SOLVED (Newbern and Melchor) for additional information about Woodbourne Plantation.
The composition of this sampler is somewhat different than the other Salem examples from this early period. While most known samplers made in Salem the early 19th century include primarily family initials, the initials worked on this sampler include teachers (top row). The other initials throughout the sampler do not appear to be known family members. With luck, additional research will help us to determine whose initials Peggy worked into her sampler. In addition, the size of the sampler is unusually large (21” X 24”) for the period, and Peggy stitched a wide floral border rather than the delicate narrow borders usually seen on Salem samplers from the early nineteenth century.
It appears that while the top row of initials on Peggy’s sampler represent teachers (see description), at least some of the other initials may be those of students who attended at the same time that Peggy was a student.
Possible matches for the initials on Peggy’s sampler are as follows (date in perenthesis is date of enrollment):
RC Rebecca Carter (1804) or Rachel Clark (1806)
BC Elizabeth Carter (referred to as Betsy in other school records 1805)
WCP This and the next set could possibly be WC and PGC–no matches for either
AG Attona Gales (1806)
HC or NC Nancy Chapman (1806) or Nancy Carleton (1806)
SWI Sally Jones (1805)
ETI Elizabeth Jones (1805)
DCD Dorothy Dewitt (1806)
SHH or SNN
ACC Cynthia Copeland
MF Polly and Elizabeth Fulenwinder both came in 1805–they are the only students whose last names start with an “F”
SWS Sarah Woods Sanders (1805)
IM Julia or Julianna Moore (1805)
MAS Mary Adelaide Stokes (1805)
SG Sophia Graham (1806)
ETO Eliza Osburn (1805)
MS Malvinia Smith (1805)
EC Coulf also be Elizabeth Carter (1805).