Picture of Author Author Name

7. Tablestone

There are two memorials to Hannah Barnard, who died in Hadley, Massachusetts in 1716. The first, a colorful cupboard with her name emblazened on the front, was passed along from mother to daughter for four generations and eventually ended up at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. On the second, a massive table stone honoring Samuel Barnard, she appears only as "HANNAH HIS DAUGHT[ER]." The table stone shows the power of patriarchy in colonial Massachusetts, the cupboard the ability of families to perpetuate female lineages through material objects.

To see other objects related to Hannah Barnard's cupboard, go to the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association web site, or go directly via the links provided below.

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1. Eliza Philbrick's "Colonial Gown"

2. Bed rug

3. Tablecloth

4. Woodsplint basket

5. Amanda K. Winter's blankets

6. Purse

7. Hannah Barnard "table stone" Hadley, MA cemetery