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  1889 Singer Sewing Machine donated
       to the Samuel May House
     
                 Sid Sutphin; Sam Hatcher,
     president of Friends of the Samuel May House, Inc.;
             and Mattie Burnett Hollifield Sutphin.
                          - September 2004 -
 
        
 
A Singer Sewing machine manufactured in 1889 has been donated to the Samuel May House by Mattie Burnett Hollifield Sutphin, a great-great-granddaughter of Samuel May. It was first owned by Samuel's daughter, Amanda Fitzellen May Burnett*, who was born in the Samuel May House on October 22, 1824. Her husband was a tailor in Prestonsburg until his death in 1858 and she continued as a seamstress in town for a number of years. Amanda gave the machine to her daughter, Martha Burnett Hollifield, who later gave it to Mattie's father, Beverly C. Hollifield.


 

This photo courtesy of La Vay Hooper Lund in 2009
Family photos
 
* More about Amanda Fitzellen May Burnett at:
http://mayhouse.org/photo_archives/may_family_album/amanda_may_burnett.html
http://mayhouse.org/photo_archives/may_family_album/amanda_may_burnett_b.html