JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Help the Smithsonian Identify a Jewish Sampler #general

Renee Steinig

Regarding the National Museum of American History's efforts to
identify two people who in the mid-1840s stitched samplers containing
the Hebrew alphabet (

As Martin Davis and Helene Kenvin wrote, one is surely signed "B.
LAZARUS 1843," not LAXARUS. The second was likely worked in 1845 by
someone named HOLLANDER (umlauted A), not HOLLUNDER.

Speculating on the origin of the needlework, a museum volunteer wrote,
"Charleston, South Carolina, had an early Jewish population so it is a
possibility as well as Miami, Florida, since Mrs. Augustus Levy
Warshaw came >from Miami." (Augusta -- not Augustus -- Warshaw was the
wife of Isadore, who donated his collection to the museum. According
to the museum -- --
she worked in Miami before marrying in 1944.) More likely, the
samplers originated in a state where the names HOLLANDER and LAZARUS
show up on the 1840 and/or 1850 censuses: Mississippi, Missouri, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills, New York, USA

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