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Friday, September 30, 2016

Red Men's Fraternal Accident Association

This is my Grandfather George Edgar Robertson's card. I had no idea what it was for, so I googled it didn't find much so I tried posting in a genealogy help group on Facebook and they found the link I posted below.

Even though I had never met my Grandfather he was a brave man and loved his Country very much. He was in WWI. He belonged to many clubs and organizations and they are all familiar to me except this one. 

I am not only a genealogist but I am a history nut also. I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to do some research and learn something new.
If I could talk to Grandpa today I would tell him I am very proud of him.

Who Are The Red Men?
The fraternity traces its origins back to 1765 and is descended from the Sons of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked "underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the early Colonies. They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Confederacy and its democratic governing body. Their system, with elected representatives to govern tribal councils, had been in existence for several centuries.
After the War of 1812 the name was changed to the Society of Red Men and in 1834 to the Improved Order of Red Men. They kept the customs and terminology of Native Americans as a basic part of the fraternity. Some of the words and terms may sound strange, but they soon become a familiar part of the language for every member. The Improved Order of Red Men (IORM) is similar in many ways to other major fraternal organizations in the United States.
The Improved Order of Red Men is a national fraternal organization that believes in…
  • Love of and respect for the American Flag.
  • Preserving our Nation by defending and upholding the principle of free Government.
  • America and the democratic way of life.
  • Preserving the traditions and history of this great Country.
  • Creating and inspiring a greater love for the United States of America.
  • Helping our fellow men through organized charitable programs.
  • Linking our members together in a common bond of Brotherhood and Friendship.
  • Perpetuating the beautiful legends and traditions of a once-vanishing race and the keeping alive some of the traditional customs, ceremonies, and philosophies.
Legally, The Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress. It is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring a greater love for the United States of America and the principles of American Liberty.

History of the Red Men
The Improved Order of Red Men traces its origin to certain secret patriotic societies founded before the American Revolution. They were established to promote Liberty and to defy the tyranny of the English Crown. Among the early groups were: The Sons of Liberty, the Sons of St. Tammany, and later the Society of Red Men.
On December 16, 1773 a group of men, all members of the Sons of Liberty, met in Boston to protest the tax on tea imposed by England. When their protest went unheeded, they disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians, proceeded to Boston harbor, and dumped overboard 342 chests of English tea.
During the Revolutionary War, members of secret societies quenched their council fires and took up muskets to join with the Continental Army. To the cause of Freedom and Liberty they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. At the end of the hard fought war the American Republic was born and was soon acknowledged among the nations of the world.
Following the American Revolution many of the various secret societies founded before and during the conflict continued in existence as brotherhoods or fraternities.
For the next 35 years, however, each of the original Sons of Liberty and Sons of St. Tamina groups went their own way, under many different names. In 1813, at historic Fort Mifflin, near Philadelphia, several of these groups came together and formed one organization known as the Society of Red Men. The name was changed to the Improved Order of Red Men in Baltimore in 1834.
At Baltimore, Maryland, in 1847, the various local tribes came together and formed a national organization called the Grand Council of the United States.
With the formation of a national organization, the Improved Order of Red Men soon spread, and within 30 years there were State Great Councils in 21 states with a membership of over 150,000. The Order continued to grow and by the mid-1920s there were tribes in 46 states and territories with a membership totaling over one-half million.
Today, The Improved Order of Red Men continues to offer all patriotic Americans an organization that is pledged to the high ideals of Freedom, Friendship, and Charity. These are the same ideals on which the American nation was founded. By belonging to this proud and historic organization you can demonstrate your desire to continue the battle started at Lexington and Concord to promote Freedom and protect the American Way of Life.

Goals of the Red Men
To promote patriotism and the American Way of Life, to provide social activities for the members, and support various charitable programs. Our activities include:
  • Flag Recognition Program — A program to honor those patriotic Americans who display the flag regularly.
  • Faith Of Our Fathers Chapel — Chapel erected at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to memorialize the ideals and principles of our founding fathers.
  • Annual Pilgrimage To Faith Of Our Fathers Chapel — Annual meeting to renew and strengthen our beliefs in the American Way of Life.
  • Children with Cognitive, Intellectual, and Developmental Disabilities Program — Support of various projects and programs of the ARC (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens) and Special Olympics.
  • Red Men's Day At Arlington National Cemetery — Annual ceremony to honor our unknown soldiers and all brave Americans who have fallen in battle to protect our Freedom.
  • Red Men's Week — Week of December 16th, designated as National Red Men's Week, commemorating the Boston Tea Party in 1773.
Now how cool is this? Makes me so very proud of my grandfather. This has been around since the Boston Tea Party. Which, by the way, is my birthday. 

Happy Treasure Hunting everyone!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We Are Family

In February  of 2015 I was blessed to be able to go to Stockton, CA for my Aunt Dolly's 90th Birthday (A Surprise to her). I flew from Bismarck, ND and my Mom flew from Chicago and we met 3 of my Cousin's at the San Francisco airport and drove to Stockton. We had a wonderful time catching up. I hadn't seen many of them since I was a young girl.  My Aunt has 11 children.

We eat some wonderful food I had never had before and seen the most beautiful country.

Here are a few photo's of my Aunt's Birthday Party.

Aunt Dolly's 90th Birthday Party

All 11 of her children came

After the Birthday Party we went to Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, CA and stayed a week in a condo right on the beach!! I was in Heaven. I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life.

Here's some photo's

Aunt Dolly

Aunt Dolly, Sister Ruth and all her kids and some grandchildren

Cousin's enjoying the beach and each other's company

Looking out the back door of the condo

Our Condo the back door faces the beach
I am so blessed to have an amazing family, Thank you all and thank you God for letting us have this time together.

Monday, September 19, 2016

They Were Pioneer Women Part 2

The pioneer women in our family were tough as nails. I remember my grandmother telling me the story of how her mother after the death of her husband had to sell of the farm in Nebraska and move the family to Sioux City, IA by covered wagon in the early 1900's. She was 6 months pregnant with her 7th child. 
I have moved across the United States many times as a child growing up and it wasn't always easy. But with that said, we had a vehicle and a U-Haul.
Can you imagine packing up a covered wagon  for a trip that could last months or even longer? What would you pack? Almost no furniture went with, only the essentials to live on and started a new house with what was packed.
I am amazed by these brave women who walked most of the way so the sick or so children so ride in the wagon because there was no room. 
When you and sometimes if  you made it to the final destination you would set up camp once again until the husband and you could cut enough timber to build shelter. Most of the time the first was just that a 2 room shack.
Then you would have clear and area for your crops, build a barn for the animals and a corral.
That's an amazing amount of work to by hand.
I solute my Pioneer Ancestors for all they did.
Minnie Sophia Small's School House
She was born in 1868 in St Charles, MN

Elizabeth Jane Vance was born in Boston in 1845 she married Morris T Briggs and they moved to Whitehall, WI in the 1870's

Nancy Smith was born in 1817 in TN She married Moses James Vanderpool and in the 1840's they hit the trail for Grundy Co MO

Nellie Custer born 9 Sep 1881 in Millwood, WV

Phyllis Sarah Talbot born 27 Dec 1838 in England  Came to America and Married Thomas C Barr and they traveled to MN

Phoebe Ann Whiting born on 16 Oct 1846 in England Traveled to Iowa married Frank Ham in 1867 

Julia Francis Alexander was born in 1866
Our Female ancestor's were strong stubborn and full of life They all went through so much. Most of them had their faith to turn to during troubled times. They fought hard for their families and principles. I am proud of each and everyone of them, God Bless them all. 

They Came On Ship's

I can pretty much guarantee you that your ancestors came from  other places around our globe. Maybe Italy, Sweden or even China. They most likely came to America on a ship. 

Several of my ancestors came over on ships and I have listed them here and a photo of them and the ship when possible.

Let's see their stories

Frederick William Kubberness was my Paternal Grandfather. He traveled with his parents and sibling from a small village in Lavin, Melchin, Germany. They traveled to the nearest port in Bremerhaven and boarded the ship Trave in 1888.

Frederick William Kubberness

Joseph Whiting my 2nd Paternal Great- Grandfather
Name: Joseph Whiting
Arrival Date: 3 Jul 1857
Birth Date: abt 1839
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: English
Place of Origin: England
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Constellation

Jebus Wilkinson my Paternal 3rd Great-Grandfather 

Arrived in New York from England on 26 May 1849 at age 28 aboard the "New World"

John Henry Becker Came to America from Germany on 22 jun 1852, he was 22 years old arriving in New York aboard the ""Vorwarts" He was my 2nd Maternal Great-Grandfather

John Henry Becker & his wife Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler 50th Ann

Vorwarts (Means "Forward")

William Cowne My 6th Maternal Great-Grandfather came over to America from England On The Chesapeake.