Mary Catharine Bruyn wore this dress about the time that she married James Christie Forsyth, an attorney. The couple wed in Kingston, New York, on June 26, 1839. She was born November 5, 1815, the daughter of Severyn T. Bruyn and Catherine Hasbrouck. She and James Christie had six children, and her daughters donated the dress to the Smithsonian Institution. According to an unsubstantiated source, Mr. Christie left his family sometime after 1850 (he is listed in the 1850 Kingston U.S. Census) and his death in Hereford, England, in 1855. Exhibited in the Hall of American Costume from 1964 to 1973.