Daughters of Rebekah

The Daughters of Rebekah (DR) are a female auxiliary of the International Order of Odd Fellows. The Rebekah Degree was first established in 1851 and there are separate Rebekah lodges today. This example shows the Odd Fellows three chain links symbol intertwined with the letter “R,” and a dove, representing peace, inside the letter “D.” The circular part of the “D” will often be depicted as a crescent moon.

Daughters of Rebekah cemetery symbol

Photo: Gravemarker of Jennie Outcalt (1884-1960), Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado

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24 Responses to Daughters of Rebekah

  1. Maggie says:

    To whom it may concern,

    Am researching a family members history in “The Rebekah’s”.
    Her name was Eleanor M. Rockwell. Rockwell is Eleanor’s maiden surname.
    Born in Hinkley, Medina County, Ohio on 19 Nov 1829.
    Married to Hiram Bennett on 01 Nov 1855 in Fairfield, Shiaswassee County, Michigan, she took her husbands surname of Bennett.
    Am interested in her role as a member of The Rebekah’s. Possibly as a nurse in addition to other roles.
    This is a query for personal genealogy work for my Bennett family and will not be made public in any way.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Margo R. Bennett (Elmer)

  2. Jennifer says:

    On tis site they have a link where you can send an e-mail with all of the information you have listed above and they should be able to get the information you need.

    I came across the site today when at the Oakland Cemetary in Atlanta found a few headstones with FLT in links.

    Hope this helps you!

  3. William P. Sltock says:

    My great aunt (Lillie Stock) was a member of the Rebeka Assemblies until her death in 1957 in Silver City, Nevada. I have two questions:

    1. Are non-member descendents permitted access to any member records that may assist in my genealogical search (membership application, degrees conferred, etc.)

    2. Her gravesite was recently vandalized, and I would like to replace the Rebekah icon previously standing on a pole apart from the headstone. This particular icon (as best as I can tell) is about 6″ in diameter, includes two 3/8″ holes on the back for mounting on a pole, and encompasses the silver crescent covering about 200 degrees of the circumference, and contains (from top to bottom) the dove, “FLT”, and the letter “R”). I would like to be able to replace the icon on her gravesite but have not been able to locate a source. Any auggestions?

    Thank you.

  4. Beverly Cook says:

    My grandmother was presiding president of the Rebeka’s in California. I have her gavel. I would have to look at it to see what years she presided. I am interested further information. My Grandmother was Jean Francis Cook. She was a very special person.

  5. Gale Mahn says:

    Hi,
    I have a picfture with a couple hundred people gathered for the Seventh Annual District Assembly, Rebekah Lodges, Dist. No 7 De Soto Missouri, Oct. 15 1914. It belonged to my husbands great aunt. I was wondering if there would be any interest in it. Thanks, Gale

  6. David says:

    Mrs. Cook,

    Anyone that has ANY info on California Lodges and people who were members, please contact me with any info. I have found an Odd Fellows and Rebekas’s lodge with FULL ballrooms! It had been overlooked for years!

    Thank you,

    David

    trailblazer1977@gmail.com

  7. Adam says:

    Mr. William P. Sltock

    I can tell you that the letters “FLT” stand for Friendship, Love and Truth. Not sure about the remainder.

  8. Nancy Stricker says:

    For William P. Sltock,
    most Rebekah lodges would be willing to help you with the marker. If it’s the one I think it is it’s a flag holder. I’ve seen two dif designs. You would probably need to get ahold of the Neveda state Rebekah Assembly. I’m from Nebraska, been a Rebekah since I was 18, I’m going to be 43 this coming week. My Great-grandparents, grandmother, mother, aunt, a cousin and a sister have all been members.
    I Googled Rebekah Assembly of Nevada and this is what I found.

    http://www.ioof.org/jurisdictions/nevada.html

    This site has both the Grand IOOF Secretary and the Rebekah Secretary.
    I’ve just put the first part of the info for you. The rest, with mailing address, phone number and an email addy if on the page.

    Rebekah Assembly of Nevada, IOOF
    Helen Leonard, Assembly Secretary

    I’m not sure that this would be the same secretary, most likely it is. But the mailing address will be the same. They would be your best bet in answering your questions. Hope this helps some.

    F.L.&T.
    Nancy Stricker
    PNG & PDDP
    Hemingford Rebekah Lodge #293 (Hemingford NE)
    &
    Princess Rebekah Lodge #65 (Gordon NE)

  9. Jody Bohot says:

    To Nancy Stricker,
    My grandparents were buried in the IOOF cemetary in Caliente, Nevada in the 1950’s. I have some of their IOOF and Rebekah pins, rings and badges an have been curious about them. What does the PNG on my grandmother’s ring stand for? I also have a pin that says Wildey No. 38 across the top and has a gavel hanging down from it and a circle of “gold” with a 10-point star in the middle. I had been searching for pictures of the jewelry just to identify what they are. My mother passed away at age 95 and in going through her stuff, I found her mother’s jewery in a wadded up paper towel with a rubber band around it. Thanks for any information.

  10. Perry Keeton says:

    The PNG stands for “Past Noble Grand”. “Noble Grand” was the highest office in lodges of the Daughters of Rebekah. After leaving office, the officers became “Past Noble Grands” and continued to act in advisory and ceremonial roles.

  11. Elizabeth Barratt says:

    I would like to know more about the Wildey No. 38 pin, from Judy Bohot. My great-great grandfather was David Wildey, originally of Wisconsin. Around the Civil War he left his wife, Lydia Eliza Blodgett and daughter Emma in either Lake Geneva, WI or Hebron, IL and traveled to Nevada where apparently he began an entirely new life. An uncle saw his photo in the Last Frontier Saloon in Las Vegas many years ago and recognized it, but that is all I know. Would love to know if I have any Wildey relatives out there!

  12. Nancy Stricker says:

    For Judy Bohot. It sounds like you might have either an NG (Nobel Grand) pin or an PNG (Past Nobel Grand) pin. I’ve an old PNG pin that belonged to my great-grandmother.

    The photo of the OP is an engraving on the stone. My grandma’s stone has that. There is also a flag holder/marker that most Rebekah Lodge members have next to the headstones. I have some pics of those, but will have to upload them at a later time.

    Sorry it took me so long to get back

    I haven’t ever hear the lodge refered to as ‘Daughters of Rebekah’. In all my years around the Hemingford Lodge it’s always been Rebekah Lodge and the state lodge is Rebekah Assembly of Nebraska. It is interesting to hear other stories about Rebekah Lodge ^.^

  13. Kimberly (Koyle) Bell says:

    In Eureka, Utah (1902) the Eureka Weekly Reporter states that the ‘Daughters of Rebekah’ raised money for my GG Grandmother by holding a dance at the Odd Fellows Hall. The funds purchased her and her 5 children a home. My question is…did they perform this kind of service for anyone in need or does this mean that my GG Grandfather was likely an Odd Fellow? Thank you for any assistance. I’ve never located a record that states my GG Grandfather Edward Koyle was an Odd Fellow.

  14. Nancy Stricker says:

    Jody, the Wildy No. 38 could refer to the Lodges name and number. I know in Nebraska the lodges all have numbers and some have either the names of the towns they are in, such as my first lodge; Hemingford Lodge #293. And some lodges choose names for themselves, such as my second lodge; Princess Rebekah Lodge #65
    As for the gavel, that could denote an office, poss. that of Nobel Grand.
    If you could post a picture of it that might help me figure out if it is a local or a state type of pin.

    Kimberly, the lodges helped many people, both lodge members and non members. Here is abit of what Rebekahs do:
    REBEKAHS

    Becoming a Rebekah offers many opportunities to:

    -understand the principles of Friendship, Love, and Truth
    -be involved in leadership training applicable to everyday life.
    -have a more purposeful life.
    -develop enduring friendships far and wide.
    -become an active participant in your community.
    -broaden your mind.
    -help children, the elderly, and the less fortunate.
    -develop an inner satisfaction that money cannot buy.
    -have a warm friendly welcome in strange cities and distant lands.
    -have companionship at a time of loneliness.
    -enlarge your circle of friends.
    -use your talents to help others
    -have fun

    Become a Rebekah and change your life!

    http://www.ioof.org/rebekahs.html

    In short, both the OddFellows and Rebekahs believe in this:
    OUR MISSION

    To visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.

    So I could easily see the IOOF lodge helping your GG Grandmother like that, even if your GG Grandfather &/or GG Grandmother were members or not.
    Hope that helps some :o)

    F.L.&T.
    Nancy Stricker
    PNG & PDDP
    Hemingford Rebakah Lodge #293 (Hemingford NE)
    &
    Princess Rebakah Lodge #65 (Gordon NE)

    • Jody Bohot says:

      Nancy, I apologize for taking so long to respond but I wanted thank you for the helpful information on my grandmother’s PNG pin.

      • Nancy Stricker says:

        Jody, no problem! I love being a Rebekah and if I can help others out then that is an added bonus

        Being a 4th generation Rebekah I guess I kind of see it as my duty to help others. If you have any other questions I’ll do what I can to answer them or help :o)

        In F.L. & T.

  15. George Logan says:

    my mother has passed several years ago and we have always placed a Rebekah Lodge flag in the icon at her gravesite. we no longer have any flags and i was wondering where we can purchase some. thank you

  16. Maxine Kratzer says:

    My mother belonded to the Daughters of Rebekah Loldge in Latham, Ohio. I have her ritual. I also just purchasded a picture of the IOOF. It is a oval shape frame with the name of the Lodge and the it was in Sinking Spring, Ohio. My sons owns the Funeral Home in Sinking Spring and plans to hang it in the entrance of the funeral home. Maxine Kratzer

  17. Kathy Chapman says:

    I have two of my great grandmothers books. They are written in some sort of code. She was a PNG / /Bee Hive Rebekah Lodge #11, Williamson, WV. Can somebody shed some light on this little book?

    • Nancy Stricker says:

      Kathy Chapman, I am going to guess that the books you have are possibly hard covered and a dark green? And might say ‘ritual book’ somewhere on/in it? If so then that would have been one of the books that members had that they would take with them to meetings. They were so members could follow along with the order of the meeting and they also have the officers duties in them so each officer can give the duties of said office. They aren’t really in code, but they are considered secret work. Once a woman becomes a Lodge member then they are taught how to read the secret work. And they are also taught how to read and give the Unwritten Work. Unfortunatly I cannot give out the secret work to non members. But you might be able to get ahold of the I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge or the Rebekah Assembly in WV and see if they might be able to give you some more insight.
      I’ve been a Past Nobel Grand and a Past District Deputy President.
      I have my moms ritual book and my small unwritten work book yet.

  18. rlb83179 says:

    I have a partial headstone in the Oakland, Nebraska cemetery that has the Rebekah symbol on a metal ornament by the headstone. On the Rebekah symbol it says Nebr OF 177. Is there a listing of who was a member back in the 1800’s?
    The cemetery directory does not have this person on it’s list and I would like to find her.
    The letters ..issa for the first name are the only letters still readable,
    the last name could start with a P, but it has been damaged, and it’s possible that it is something else.

    Thanks for your help,
    Lynn

  19. Sandra (Sandy) Paige McKenna says:

    I recently came across some papers of past family members. I was able to get some info online aboout the Rebekah Lodge that was mentioned in an orbituary of a distant Aunt. Her name was Gertrude Roseboom and the orbituary said she was a noble grand, of the central Rebekah lodge in Auburn, N.Y. She passes away February of 1939. I would greatly appreciate any info you could send me or tell me where to go to find such info. She was the Aunt of my father Philip Paige, my sisters and I are hoping this info will lead us closer to finding answers to questions about our father. I could find no info on the Auburn Rebekah Lodge. Thanking you for your help.
    Sandy Paige McKenna

    • Shelly Peters says:

      Hi Sandra,
      Seeing the date on your request for information makes me hope you may have already found the answers to your family mystery but just in case you have not found the info here is some that may be of help to you.

      Many lodges have consolidated over the years as membership has declined so you are going to have to look in the area of the original lodge to see if there is one within a 10 mile range that they have consolidated with. This may not be as simple as it sounds as there may have been multiple consolidations over the years. One of the easiest ways to find a lost Rebekah Lodge would be to locate the Men’s Odd Fellow Lodge that supported it. If there are still lodges in the area you can contact them directly and tell them what you are looking for and give them the names of the persons for whom you are looking for information on and there may be a member there who remembers seeing their name. Most of our members are still very sharp even into their 90’s and can remember many great details.

      Another way would be to contact the Grand Lodge for New York and ask the Secretary to search the books on file for the members name, since you know what lodge they may have been from this should not be too difficult to find. This book will give you some basic information such as full name, date of birth, address and occupation.
      Here is the contact info:
      Grand Lodge Office:
      245 Costa Rd Highland NY 12528
      (845)-883-4377
      Someone there should be able to help. Do not give up if you do not reach someone the first try, also follow up with a request by letter giving as much detail as you may have.

      Hopefully this will give you some additional insight.

      In FL&T
      Shelly Peters
      P.N.G Rising Star Rebekah Lodge #8

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