Late 18th C. New England sampler in banded design signed "RHODA WHITMAN born November 12, 1779 BRIDGWATER May 1796". Multi color silk thread in lines of letters and numbers, with inscription at center "This cloth my name shall ever have/ when I am dead and in the grave/ when greede worm my flesh doth eat /Hear you may read my name complete" Overall excellent condition with fading, framed under glass, measures: 17.5" H x 10.5" W. Rhoda Whitman was born in Bridgewater, MA on 12 November 1779, the daughter of Ezra Whitman and Rhoda Snow. She married Thomas Vining Totman and later moved to Fairfield, Somerset County, Maine--dying there in April 1871 at the age of 91. Whitman was a 6th generation descendant of the Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. A cousin, Nancy Whitman, also of Bridgewater, rendered a sampler in 1791 that is featured in an exhibit and accompanying catalog "Needlework Samplers Wrought by Tradition" published by Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA in 2014.