History in the Making: 30-year-old Abigail Kingston, of Pennsylvania, is set to get married in a family wedding dress that is 120 years old. [PHOTOS]

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  • Abigail Kingston, 30, will wear the century-old dress when she marries her fiancee on October 17

  • The first bride to wear the dress was her great-great-grandmother Mary in 1895

  • A tailor restored the gown to its original design after 200 hours of work

History in the making: 30-year-old Abigail Kingston, of Pennsylvania, is set to get married in a family wedding dress that is 120 years old.
30-year-old Abigail Kingston, of Pennsylvania, is set to get married in a family wedding dress that is 120 years old.

History in the making: 30-year-old Abigail Kingston, of Pennsylvania, is set to get married in a family wedding dress that is 120 years old.

Abigail Kingston (left), 30, will wear the century-old dress when she marries her fiancé on October 17. The first bride to wear the dress was her great-great-grandmother in 1895, and the last was in 1991.

It has been worn by 10 other members of her family. Abby, who recently moved from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, feared she would not be able to continue the charming family tradition. However, after 200 hours of restoration work, Abby will now be able to wear the dress when she marries next month.

Happy couple: Abby, who is set to wed her fiancé, Jason Curtis, on in Pennsylvania on October 17, said she always knew she wanted to get married in the dress
Happy couple: Abby, who is set to wed her fiancé, Jason Curtis, on in Pennsylvania on October 17, said she always knew she wanted to get married in the dress.

It was Lowry’s granddaughter Jane Woodruff who was delighted to wear the dress for her February 20, 1946, wedding to John Kearns.

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The next to wear the dress was Virginia Woodruff on her October 13, 1948, wedding to Douglas MacConnell. 

Abby said that when she became engaged to her fiancé, Jason Curtis, she immediately knew she wanted to wear the family heirloom – but had to go on quite the journey to track down the dress.

Her mother, Leslie Kingston, found out that the current keeper of the gown was family member Sara ‘Sally’ Seiler Ogden, who wore it in 1960. 

Bride one-Mary Lowry Warren

Bride 2

Bride 3
Bride No. 3: Another granddaughter Virginia Woodruff married Douglas MacConnell Oct. 13, 1948 and was the third bride to wear the dress
Bride No. 4 Sara Seiler married Duncan Ogden on June 15, 1960. The dress was still long an in its original style back then before her relatives made it shorter in the 1980s
Bride No. 4 Sara Seiler married Duncan Ogden on June 15, 1960. The dress was still long an in its original style back then before her relatives made it shorter in the 1980s

She happily shipped it along, but when Abby saw the condition of the dress when she received it ahead of her October 17 nuptials, she wasn’t sure it would be possible for her to wear it. 

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Keeping with the tradition: Laird MacConnell became the fifth bride to wear the dress when she married Timothy Hensler on Oct. 16, 1976
Keeping with the tradition: Laird MacConnell became the fifth bride to wear the dress when she married Timothy Hensler on Oct. 16, 1976
Mother-of-the-bride Leslie Woodruff Kingston is shown on her Aug. 6, 1977 wedding day. She was the sixth bride to walk down the aisle in the gown
Mother-of-the-bride Leslie Woodruff Kingston is shown on her Aug. 6, 1977 wedding day. She was the sixth bride to walk down the aisle in the gown
Lace additions: Janet Kearns married Mark Daigle Oct. 30, 1982 maker her the 7th bride. She added lace to the dress to cover up the damage done over the years
Lace additions: Janet Kearns married Mark Daigle Oct. 30, 1982 maker her the 7th bride. She added lace to the dress to cover up the damage done over the years
Bride No. 8: Jane Ogden wed James Houston on June 2, 1986. Kingston first saw the dress at her aunt's wedding when she was 5-years-old and just had to have it
Bride No. 8: Jane Ogden wed James Houston on June 2, 1986. Kingston first saw the dress at her aunt’s wedding when she was 5-years-old and just had to have it
Bride No. 9: Virginia Kearns wed Charles Stinnett on Aug. 26, 1989
Bride No. 9: Virginia Kearns wed Charles Stinnett on Aug. 26, 1989

The sleeves were falling apart, it was riddled with holes, and the once-white satin had turned brown. And the century-old dress didn’t even come close to fitting the tall, slender bride. 

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Bride No. 10: Ann Ogden was the last bride to wear the dress. She married Robert Hausslein on July 4, 1991
Bride No. 10: Ann Ogden was the last bride to wear the dress. She married Robert Hausslein on July 4, 1991

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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