An Ambler Family History

The prep work continues: I mocked up a shift pattern from Fitting and Proper, by Sharon Ann Burnston. This book is really neat; it’s full of background and patterns on the Chester County Historical Society collection (http://www.chestercohistorical.org/), which means each and every piece is local! Once I put the mock up on Pollykin, it was clear a much more stout lady wore this particular shift. But with a couple simple alterations, I can still use the basic shape and cut. Now I am waiting on the materials I ordered to be delivered. ::twiddles thumbs::

NPS.gov is a wonderful source for history. They had a write-up about the Ambler family (Polly’s maiden family), who apparently were an extremely prominent family in Jamestown. Polly’s grandfather, Richard Ambler, emigrated from England to Yorktown in 1716. He came to wealth and power by marrying the Jamestown Island heiress Elizabeth Jaquelin. In 1724 he became Collector for the Port of York River, and each of his three sons in succession inherited that title and claim to wealth and importance.

Go to next post: ‘The Shift.’

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