Thanks for the information, it is always appreciated.
When I was looking through the Wisconsin Historical Society for ideas, I saw this dress and I remember recently seeing a similar material on FFC. They seemed so close in appearance I wanted to see what others thought. Anyway, here is the information from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
According to the Wisconsin Historical Society: Girl's, rust, blue and green plaid, cotton/wool homespun dress, 1848-1852. - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/collections/online/Detlobjps.cfm?ObjectID=28784
Materials/Medium: cotton(textile), wool(textile)
Detailed Description: Rust, dark blue, and green plaid, homespun and handwoven, cotton warp and wool weft; hand-sewn; natural waistline, with inset band 1.5" wide; calf-length skirt is set into waistband with wide pleats in front, and narrow cartridge pleats in the back; a deep "growth" tuck goes around entire bottom of skirt, just above hem; two long darts go up bodice front to bust points; long fitted sleeves, with cuffs bound in narrow black cotton bias tape; matching bias tape binds jewel neckline; pocket made from red and brown calico hidden in proper right side seam; bodice lined in off-white cotton muslin; center back opening closes with 10 hooks and eyes (all but 2 missing)
Object History: Worn by either Gertrude Elizabeth (1842-1852) or Mary Jane (1845-1852) Bigford, daughters of Thomas (1815-1890) and Eliza English Gifford (1814-1904), who married in 1840 in Bethany, NY. The Bigfords moved from New York to the Forest Township, WI in 1848. In 1854 they moved to Taycheedah, WI. Thomas had been a constable in Bethany, NY. He farmed and ran a hotel in Wisconsin. They had 4 other children: Royal (1847-1939, NY), Henry Lewellyn (1854-1890, WI), Helen, (b. 1855, WI), and Walter (1856-1938, WI). Donor Harold Geisse (1884-1975) was Helen's son.