Thursday, November 12, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: My Newest Treasure

My most recent "treasure" acquisition is also a convenient excuse for blogging only sporadically until now: it's my wedding gown, which I donned October 10 to marry my longtime sweetie. (I would also consider him my latest "treasure," but I'm not sure he's ready for blog stardom. :) )

Wedding gown in ivory with champagne lace and sash; furry genealogy assistant Roux.

Genealogy hounds will no doubt be amused to hear that we are 7th cousins once removed, our common ancestor being a Stevenson born about 1700, probably in Scotland (father to James and William of N. Ireland & the Carolinas). Some online trees have the ancestor as Henry Stephenson, b. 1698 in Roxburghshire, Scotland, but I don't know if this actually has been proven, and I haven't been investigating the Stevenson trail lately.

Wedding gown, back view.

We'd been dating 10 years before I even discovered we were related. I decided to visit his mom's online tree one day, spotted a familiar surname, and before you knew it, we were "kissing cousins"! Of course, at the 7th-cousin level, there's not really much "ick" factor to worry about, as we'd have only a speck of genetic heritage in common.

Bodice detail

Still, it makes a good story, doesn't it? His parents and siblings always made me feel like part of their family; little did we know, I already was! :)

Train and sash detail.

All text and images copyright 2009 by the author.


  1. You have a lovely dress and a great story to go with it.

    I noticed your SW Louisiana connections. I have lines in Acadia Parish (and St. Landry before that).

  2. Thanks, Amy! I think we exchanged an e-mail about your Legers & my Legeres. :)

  3. Liz,
    Thanks for your kind email last week! I am planning on sending a response soon! And such a beautiful dress! In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can pick it up here:

  4. Beautiful dress, Liz! Congratulations on your nuptials - I hope you're both very happy kissin' cousins for a long time!

    Little Bytes of Life

  5. Beautiful dress. I bet you were beautiful in it.
    Like your blog.