Miss Harriet Acroyd
Biographical Account: Harriet Acroyd was born in 1827 to George and Jane Acroyd. She embroidered this sampler in 1842, at the age of 15. She lived in the small village of Skellow, in Doncaster, with her parents and four siblings, Ellen, Eliza, Jane and George. In November 1849 Harriet married John Ellis, a local farm bailiff. After their marriage, Harriet and John continued to live in the Doncaster area, where they had five daughters together. By 1871, they had moved to Colton, near Leeds, where John Ellis is recorded as being a farmer of 55 acres. Harriet continued to live in Colton with John, two of their daughters and a farm servant until her death, possibly in 1877.