Gene Notes

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Monday, January 24, 2011

What a Teaser!

I was searching for Maitlands on the Ray County, Missouri GenWeb site, and found the article quoted below. Further investigation puts the event as February 6, 1895.

(Richmond Conservator, after February 6, 1895)

AN ANCIENT DRESS

At the Powell-Hamacher wedding in this city on the 6th inst., Miss Margaret Maitland, daughter of Alex. Maitland of this county, wore a dress of brocaded satin, which was one of the bridal dresses of Miss Margaret Maitland of Scotland who was married in 1660. The dress was worn just as it was fashioned at the time. It is in an excellent state of preservation and seemingly as good as new, although 235 years old.

I was intrigued enough to go looking on Ancestry.com for the couple who got married. They were Isaac Newton Powell & Louie Gertrude  Hamacher (according to Ancestry's Missouri Marriages 1851-1900.) Margaret Maitland who wore the dress in 1895 was my great grand-aunt, sister to Helen "Nellie" Maitland who married John Henry Percival my great grandparents. I do not know who the other Margaret Maitland was. She may have not been a Maitland by birth, but rather married into the family. What fun, though, to come across an article like this!

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

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