Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Memorial to Francis Cusick in 1878 I.O.O.F. Proceedings of the Annual Right Worthy Grand Encampment of Rhode Island

Memorial page for Francis Cusick, included in the 1878 Proceedings of the Annual Session of the Right Worthy Grand Encampment of Rhode Island for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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The booklet, which consists of about 67 pages, contains many names and has 5 other memorial pages, in page order:  [Please take all dates and places with a grain of salt, in case the informant was mistaken]
  • Horace Almy Manchester, born at Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island, in 1812; died at Stockton, California on April 30, 1877
  • Thomas Rodman Gardiner, born March 28, 1840 at Lime Rock, Rhode Island; died May 10, 1877 at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Nathan Porter, born March 28, 1817 at Salem, Massachusetts; died January 6, 1878 at Sacramento, California
  • Horatio Lewis Holmes, born October 24, 1815 at Lexington, Massachusetts; died January 9, 1878 at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Frederick D. Stuart, born July 12, 1814 at Brooklyn, New York; died January 25, 1878 at Washington, D.C.

Text of the Memorial page dedicated to Francis Cusick:  [Note: his naturalization record indicates his birth date as August 7, 1823]

Francis Cusick
P. H. P.
Born in Omagh, County of Tyrone, in the North of Ireland, August 7, 1822. 
Came to Providence in 1846
Exalted into Narragansett Encampment, No. 1,
October 9, 1868.
Installed as M. E. High Priest of said Encampment, No. 1,
January 21, 1871.
Admitted into the R. W. Grand Encampment of Rhode Island, 
July, 1871
Installed as M. E. Grand High Priest, 
March 7, 1877
Assumed the Duties of M. W. Grand Patriarch, 
May, 1877
Died in Providence, R. I., January 21, 1878,
Aged 56 Years.

From brief online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions requested!]

Francis Cusick was born, according to his immigration record as August 7, 1823, and according to the information above, as August 7, 1822 at Omagh in what is now Northern Ireland.  I believe his parents were Francis Cusick and Anne (Higinson) Cusick.  

Francis Cusick, the subject of the memorial page, came to the U.S. by way of New York, on July 17, 1843 and, according to the memorial  page, was in Providence, Rhode Island, by 1846, where he worked as a machinist.  He was naturalized on March 18, 1856.

I haven't yet found a marriage record for Francis and Jane (?); nor do I know Jane's parents or birth place; she was born about 1816.  Francis and Jane had several children, three of whom are buried with them at North Burial Ground at Providence, Rhode Island.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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