Sickness and Death


IOOF gravemarker

FLT gravemarker

     Independent Order of Odd Fellows is benevolent and social society. It originate in England in the 1700s; some say as an offshoot of Free Masonry. It came to America in the early 1800s and on 26 April 1819 at Baltimore, Maryland Washington Lodge No. 1 was founded.
     The most seen I.O.O.F. gravemaker symbol or emblem is the Chain With Three Links, meaning Friendship, Love, and Truth. Odd Fellows are also known as “The Three Link Fraternity.” We have seen reports of skulls and skeletons on early Odd Fellows gravemarkers.
     There are other symbols used by some Odd Fellows, such as the All Seeing Eye, an equilateral triangle, a scale, etc.
     The Rebekah Lodge is the female counterpart to the fraternal organization, I.O.O.F., symbols are the Beehive, Dove, Lily, Moon, and Seven Stars.
     There is also a Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch Militant (L.A.P.M.), a women’s order of the Patriarch Militant, part of the I.O.O.F. Symbols include the three links, crown, rose, cross, shepherd’s crook, and the sword.


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