Sarah Henshaw Ward was born in 1800 and died in 1894, both in Shrewsbury, MA. Sarah married Benjamin Perkins Putnam of Marietta, Ohio in 1824. He died three months later and Sarah returned to Shrewsbury. The watercolor mourning art in commemoration of Benjamin Perkins Putnam was hers. Sarah never remarried and resided with relatives in various locations until her death. The quilt on display at the Ward House Museum is hers. The piecework suited both her mobility and commitment to providing for her extended family. She made this quilt for her nieces, Elizabeth and Harriet Ward.