Fanny Sinclear’s Bag

New York State

c. 1844

wool on linen

Ht. 24", W. 17”

Stitched across top of one side "FANNY SNCLEAR, Born April 7th, 1777" and across the opposite side "SINCLEARVILLE 1844 To CHARLOTTE...CHAUTAUQUE. NY"

Fanny Sinclear was born April 7th, 1777 in Colchester, Connecticut, the daughter of Elisha Bigelow and Thankful Beebe. She married Obed Edson in 1794 and lived in Hamilton, New York until Obed’s death in 1804. The following year, Fanny married Major Samuel Sinclear, who fought in the battles of Saratoga, Monmouth and Valley Forge. The town of Sinclearville, in Chautauqua County, was named in his honor.

The stylized flowers seen on one side are very similar to those found on a small group of bed rugs made in the Colchester area, including the example made by Mary Foot in 1778 and now in the collection of Winterthur.