Roseland Cottage

Stuart, Willcox and Gibbs

Jane Stuart was employed by the Bowens for fifty years, from shortly after she arrived in the United States from Ireland until she retired. This photo was taken on the front steps of the cottage, with a family pet at Miss Stuart’s feet. We are not certain what her role was in the household, but on the last census report that mentions her, she is listed as a seamstress. Perhaps she used this 1871 Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine, now in the Servants’ Hall at Roseland Cottage.

Three pictures--one of sewing machine, one of ornate foot shaped pedals for sewing machine, one of mature woman standing with shawl, with a dog at her feet.