Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday's Siblings - The Drennan Sisters

A Great Find...this is a photo from about 1913; taken on Lafayette
Street, in Rumson, New Jersey.

The man on the left is my great-grandfather - Joseph F. Cooke.

The man on the right is my 2x great-grandfather - Stephen F. Cooke

The woman sitting at Stephen's feet is his wife (my 
2x great-grandmother) - Annie Dwyer Cooke

The woman on the top left is my great-grandmother - Sarah "Sadie" Drennan Cooke.

The other four women are the 4 sisters of Sadie (my great aunts) --

Ann Drennan
1890 – 1942 

Mary Agatha Drennan
1896 – 1950s

Alice Elizabeth Drennan
1898 – 1973

Helen Drennan
1901 – 1975

Sadie and her sisters were the daughters of 
Stephen Drennan (1857-1905) &  Anna Whalen (1863– 1927) of
Hoboken, New Jersey.

**Thanks to my cousin - Sue Cooke - for sharing this wonderful photo.**

From Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter....Oak Brook, Illinois

Mass Graves of more than Two Dozen 19th Century Illinois Settlers are being Relocated so a Proper Home Can Be Built Atop Them

A team of about a dozen archaeologists and anthropologists will relocate the remains of 27 people found buried beneath a spacious yard behind a house in the Brook Forest subdivision of Oak Brook, Illinois.
Pioneers in Oak Brook moved to final resting spots

You can read more in the Chicago Tribune web site at

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gettysburg National Cemetery - Today

Gettysburg College students recreate walk to cemetery

POSTED:   08/27/2014 01:03:39 PM 

GETTYSBURG-- Gettysburg College faculty, staff, and students will recreate the 1863 walk to hear the Gettysburg Address for the 12th time Thursday. This year’s First-Year Walk occurs less than a year after the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

Faculty, staff, students and community members will escort the 726 first-year students at the college through the streets of Gettysburg, recreating the original procession.

The 6:30 p.m. walk begins at Carlisle and West Stevens streets, and will process south on Carlisle Street, around Lincoln Square, continuing south on Baltimore Street.

Upon arrival at the National Cemetery, Ian Isherwood, a World War I scholar and Gettysburg College alumnus, professor, and assistant director of the Civil War Institute, will deliver a reading of the address.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Symbolic Monday - Knights of Honor

The Knights of Honor (K. of H.), were a fraternal order and secret society in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Knights were one of the most successful fraternal beneficiary societies of its time. The Knights were an fraternal beneficiary society using a simple Assessment Plan.

The Knights of Honor were organized along the same 3-tier structure as most fraternal orders of the era. Local groups were "Subordinate Lodges", state or regional groups were "Grand Lodges" and the national authority was the "Supreme Lodge". In 1896 the Knights had thirty six Grand Lodges and 2,600 Subordinate Lodges with an average of fifty members each. By 1910, however, the number of Subordinate Lodges was down to 1,234. The national headquarters of the organization was in St. Louis, Missouri.

Membership was open all acceptable white men of good moral character, who believed in God, were of good bodily health and able to support themselves and their family. I

The Knights were founded by an original group of 17 men in 1873 and increased to 90,335 members in 1898.

Unlike most fraternal orders of its day, it did not require prospective members to swear an oath in the initiation rite, but merely to promise to obey the rules of the order and "protect a worthy brother in his adversities and afflictions". The secrecy of the order was declared to be only that which was necessary to keep "intruders and unworthy men" from gaining benefits.

Unfortunately, when the Knights changed to a more actuarially sound financial basis in 1895 membership declined as insurance began to cost more. The group disbanded in 1916.

From Wikipedia - Knights of Honor