Strawberries and vines, with a needle
Laura Goodale, daughter of Chester and Asenath Goodale, made this family record with its strawberry and vine border around 1809. Her mother submitted this sampler with her widow’s pension application, as proof of her marriage to Chester Goodale, a Revolutionary War veteran. Chester served for 15 months as a private in 4 different regiments from Connecticut and Massachusetts. For his service Asenath was awarded a pension of $50 a year. Note the needle in the lower right corner.
National Archives, Records of the Veterans Administration