Category Archives: Metal Markers

Odd Fellows Symbolism

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization that formed in England in the 1700s as a service organization. The American association was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819. According to the I.O.O.F. Website, “Thomas Wildey … Continue reading

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Figli d’Italia

In the last decade of the 19th Century, tens of thousands came to the United States in the largest wave of immigrants to the U.S.  Previous immigrants had come from mostly Northern European countries, such as, England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, … Continue reading

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Sons and Daughters

Many organizations were founded in the later part of the 19th Century that required the prospective members demonstrate that their ancestors had been in the United States before a certain date or that their ancestors had served in a war.  … Continue reading

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The Improved Order

The metal markers above and below from the North Conway Cemetery at Conway, New Hampshire, mark the graves of a members of the Improved Order of Red Men, which claims its beginnings with the patriots who were in the Sons … Continue reading

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Hoosier Preacher

JAMES HAVENS DIED NOV. 4, 1864 AGED 73 YRS. & 9 MO. —- ANNA WIFE OF JAMES HAVENS DIED MAR. 23, 1864 AGED 75 Years. I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. I HAVE FINSIHED MY COURSE. I HAVE KEPT THE … Continue reading

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Elaborate to simple

Many fraternal organizations and membership societies were founded in the mid and later part of the 19th Century. Some of the organizations, such as, the Sons of the American Revolution (1889), The Daughters of the American Revolution (1890), The Daughters … Continue reading

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Who Are They?

Recently I was walking around in the Highland Lawn Cemetery at Terre Haute, Indiana, and came across this metal marker for the Modern American Fraternal Order.  I had never seen this marker before nor had I had heard of this … Continue reading

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