Doughnut Made by Sarah Ann Faught in January 1890

Summary

A few days before her 12th child was born in January 1890, 43-year old farmwife Sarah Faught made a batch of doughnuts for her family. Sarah died five days after childbirth. Her mourning family saved some of Sarah's doughnuts in her memory. Sarah's descendants passed this one--a very personal symbol of a mother's love and of her loss--from generation to generation for 122 years, along with its story.

A few days before her 12th child was born in January 1890, 43-year old farmwife Sarah Faught made a batch of doughnuts for her family. Sarah died five days after childbirth. Her mourning family saved some of Sarah's doughnuts in her memory. Sarah's descendants passed this one--a very personal symbol of a mother's love and of her loss--from generation to generation for 122 years, along with its story.

Artifact

Doughnut

Date Made

January 1890

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2012.108.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the family of John M. Hughes.

Material

Organic material

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.5 in

Thickness: 1.25 in

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