Thirza McCall of Wilbraham, Massachusetts married Ichabod Bliss of Brimfield on October 5, 1794. She died in Brimfield on May 6, 1804, at the age of 34, quite possibly from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Their children were Lucy (b. 1795, m. 1816), Eunice (b. 1800, m. 1815), Thirza Williams (b. 1798, m. 1818), Ruth (b. 1802, m. 1822). Her husband remarried the following year and had 7 more children. Lucy, Eunice, Thirza and Ruth were aged 9, 6, 4, and 2 respectively at their mother's death, but are here portrayed, in fashionable attire, mourning with their father at the ages they would have been when the embroidery was stitched, probably by Lucy or Eunice.