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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1980.6.12
Date ca. 1879
Material(s) Silk/cotton/Metal
Dimensions H-48 W-33 inches
Description This dress has a separate bodice (a) and skirt (b) both made of grey silk satin with steel cut beads. The bodice(a) has long sleeves and a high neck. Around the neck a separate tie has been attached which is decorated with beads and a beaded medallion. The bodice has ruching on the sleeves and below the neckline. Extensive beading is applied on the front, near the cuffs on the bottom and on a small pocket (located on proper left). There are a total of five medallions including the one on the "tie" and one on the back tails. White lace has been applied inside the cuffs. The skirt (b) has multiple layers and a bustle. Pleats and layers on the front are decorated with beads and three medallions. The bottom layer has a pleated ruffle. There is a large bow on the back.
Notes From the Estate of Mary Byrne Gorrell

Mary Byrne Edwards Gorrell was born on September 23, 1908. She Married Browning Gorrell (24 Apr. 1879). She grew up in Russellville, Ky. Her children Bessie (Bebe) Byrne Gorrell Park and Browning Gorrell, Jr., donated the collection (1980.6) as part of her estate in June 1980 (Bessie Gorrell Park died in November 1980).

The extensive history of the women in Mary Gorrell's family in Kentucky, supports the information that the items in this collection were worn by her ancestors.

Maternal family tree of Mary Byrne Edwards Gorrell

Bessie Byrne Edwards (b. 1883/4) and Russell S. Edwards (b. Feb. 1881) were the parents of Mary Edwards Gorrell. When Mary was one year old (1910 census) the family was living with Bessie's parents in Georgetown, Ky. In 1917, Russell Edwards has passed away. In 1920 Bessie and Mary were still living with Bessie's parents.

Mary Gano Long Byrne (b. 1858) and Walter Byrne (1858-1928) were the parents of Bessie Byrne Edwards. They married in 1881 and lived in Georgetown, Ky.

Cornelia Gano Long (1936-1911) and Spencer Long (b. 1835) were the parents of mary Gano Long Byrne.

Mary Jane Herndon Gano (b. 1816) and Sephen Gano (1807-1901) were the parents of Cornelia Gano Long.
Collection The Estate of Mary Byrne Gorrell Collection
People Gorrell, Mary Byrne
Subjects Dress
Clothing & dress
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS