Order of the Eastern Star

What a wonderful gift I was given this afternoon. I am most thankful for it. In my mailbox was the usual, unwanted mail, magazines (excited to get the new NGS Magazine and New England Ancestors), but the best was a letter from Beckley, WV. As I looked at it, I was not sure what it was. I had recently been to Beckley, but did not remember anyone saying they would mail me something. As I stared at this letter, it occured to me that the envelop was one I addressed, months ago. I had sent a letter to the local Order of the Eastern Stars to see if they had any information on my Great Great Grandmother, Nettie Ann (Warden) Richmond. I had given up hope for a reply because it has been a few months. 

So I am extremely excited, I opened the letter before I even took my coat off and got comfortable. Inside was a letter, on OES letterhead from their current Secretary. It gives me the following bits of information:

  • Nettie was initiated 20 May 1926
  • Her husband, John E Richmond was a member of Beckley Lodge No 95, A.F & A.M, Beckley, WV
  • Her petition shows address as Riley, WV and dues record shows address as Stanaford, WV
  • She was the Chapter Worthy Matron 1 Jul 1939 – 30 June 1940
  • Charles Tongue served as Worthy Patron with her.
  • She was given life membership 26 Feb 1967

Nettie died 3 Feb 1968, almost a full year after she was given her life membership. 

I have recently spoken with a Granddaughter of Nettie, who referred to her as Granny, she said that the OES was very important to Granny and she thought she would not get into heaven without her OES ring she wore. Unfortunately, she was not buried with the ring. I look forward to more conversations with this cousin, she has shared many family stories and I hope with my urging she will commit these stories to paper. I have only been able to collect historical facts, and she has the personal, together we can create a wonderful history of the Richmond’s life.

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4 responses

  1. What a nice surprise. My grandparents were members also and writing for more information is still on my to-do list.

    1. The Mason’s have internet and replied the next day that they would look into it. They sent me the registration card within two weeks and said they would send me anything else they found. I have not recieved anything else to date. As for the OES, took a little longer, but I am happy they replied!

  2. […] My maternal great grandmother Nettie Ann (Warden) Richmond was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES). I learned this through researching the newspapers on Ancestry.com. There were many articles that named Nettie as attending different events that they held. To this point, I have not found any article that places her as a prominent figure in the OES. But through contact with the chapter she was associated with, I have learned that she was the Most Worthy Matron. You can read more about Nettie and the OES in my previous post. […]

  3. […] Order of the Eastern Star – Information I received via snail mail, from the OES on my great-great […]

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