Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Memorial to Frederick D. Stuart in 1878 I.O.O.F. Proceedings of the Annual Right Worthy Grand Encampment of Rhode Island

Memorial page for Frederick D. Stuart, 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
  • Francis Cusick, born August 7, 1822 at Omagh in the North of Ireland; died January 21, 1878 at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Horatio Lewis Holmes, born October 24, 1815 at Lexington, Massachusetts; died January 9, 1878 at Providence, Rhode Island

Text of the Memorial page dedicated to Frederick D. Stuart:

Frederick D. Stuart, 
P. G. Sire.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, July 12, 1814.
Exalted in Mount Pisgah Encampment, No. 3, 
Washington, D. C., August 19, 1845,
And at the Institution of Ridgley Encampment, No. 5, October 9, 1846, was Installed its first Chief Patriarch.
Admitted into the R. W. Grand Encampment, District Columbia, 
February 6, 1847
Elected and Installed R. W. Grand Patriarch,
August 10, 1852.
Admitted a Member of the R. W. G. Lodge of the United States,
from the Grand Encampment of the District of Columbia,
September 20, 1858.
Installed M. W. Grand Sire,
September 20, 1870
Died in the City of Washington, D. C., Jan. 25, 1878,
Aged 64 Years

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

According to the memorial page, Frederick D. Stuart was born at Brooklyn, New York, on July 12, 1814.  He is presumably the same Frederick D. Stuart who joined the U.S. Navy and was a member of the United States Exploring Expedition, under Charles Wilkes, as well as serving during Wilkes during the Civil War.  Stuart Island, off the coast of Washington, was named for Frederick D. Stuart.  About 1835, Frederick married Catherine Van Voorhis; they had several children, including Frederick D. Stuart, Jr., who also served in the U. S. Navy.  See a brief write-up on father and son here, in a walking-tour handout for the Congressional Cemetery Bicentennial Heritage Festival (1807-2007) at Washington, D. C.., they, and other family members, are buried.

Frederick D. Stuart, Sr., died at Washington, D. C. on January 25, 1878.  According to a Find-a-Grave listing, he had caught a chill at the funeral of his wife two weeks earlier.

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

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