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This portable desk descended in the Sarah "Sally" (Sayward) Barrell (1737-1805) and Nathaniel Barrell (1732-1831) family. According to family tradition, it belonged to their eldest daughter, Maine's first authoress, "Madam Wood," Sally Sayward (Barrell) Keating Wood (1759-1855).
She married Richard Keating (c. 1759-1783) in 1778. After Richard Keating's death, she married Abiel Wood. Madam Wood was published under the pseudonym "A Lady of Massachusetts," and later "A Lady of Maine." She wrote six novels, a children's hymnal, and a large number of unpublished poems.
About This Item
- Title: Portable Desk, York, ca. 1810
- Creation Date: circa 1810
- Subject Date: circa 1810
- Town: York
- County: York
- State: ME
- Media: Eastern white pine with mahogany and birch veneers
- Dimensions: 20 cm x 56.6 cm x 55.7 cm
- Local Code: 1976.52
- Object Type: Physical Object
For more information about this item, contact:Old York Historical Society
P.O. Box 312, York, ME 03909
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
- Wood, Sally Sayward Barrel Keating, 1759-1855--Associated objects
- Women authors--Maine--York
- Barrell, Sarah Sayward
- Wood, Sally Sayward Barrell Keating
- Barrell, Nathaniel
- Keating, Richard
- Wood, Abiel
- A Lady of Maine
- A Lady of Massachusetts
- Amelia: or the Influence of Virtue, an Old Man's Story, 1802, Oracle Press, William Treadwell & Co.
- Doral: or the Speculator, 1801
- Ferdinand and Elmira: A Russian Story, 1804
- First Maine Novelist
- Gothic Fiction
- Julia and the Illuminated Baron, 1800
- Madam Wood
- Tales of the Night, 1827
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