Sunday, March 31, 2013

ORDER OF AMERICAN TRUE IVORITES: ISABEL WILLIAMS HAMLIN


ince today marks the end of Women’s History month, I decided that I would feature my grand aunt ISABEL WILLIAMS HAMLIN (1894-1966) and, in particular, her membership in the American True Ivorites in Utica, New York. The society’s purpose was to help the poor and needy and to promote the Welsh language. It was not a secret society, but they did use special handshakes and handsigns. (1)

Isabel Williams Hamlin
1894-1966

The book entitled Signs and Grips of the Order is shown here: http://education.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/11751. Be sure to click over on the right where it says "This item has pages."

Here is a picture of a memoriam pin of the True Ivorites, No. 37 in Utica, New York:

In January of 1921, Isabel was appointed chairman of the Social Committee for the Gwenfron Lodge, American Order of True Ivorites. (2) She would have been about 27 years old at the time and married.

In August 1965, the 97th Ivorite convention was held at Hotel Utica in Utica, New York. (3) Isabel was then about 70 years old and a widow.

Apparently, when a member died, the society conducted a ritualistic service in honor of the deceased.  In April of 1966, the Gwenfron Lodge 5, Order of American True Ivorites draped the charter for deceased member Belle Hamlin. (4)



For more information on Isabel, see my prior posts:



For more information on the True Ivorites, see:

The True Ivorites in Radnorshire

Archives Wales

The Ivorites Hall, The Philanthropic Order of True Ivorites, St David's Unity, Friendly Society

Archives NetworkWales



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, American Folk Art Designs, 2006.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Trees & Leaves, 2004.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) See Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Philanthropic_Order_of_True_Ivorites): accessed March 31, 2013), “The Philanthropic Order of True Ivorites,” rev. 21 March 2013.

(2) “Gwenfron Lodge,” Utica New York Herald Dispatch, January 8, 1921, Old Fulton NY Post Cards by Tom Tryniski, digital image 241649 (www.fultonhistory.com).

(3) “Ivorites Conclave to Start Tuesday,” Utica Observer Dispatch, August 8, 1965, Old Fulton NY Post Cards by Tom Tryniski, digital image 215863 (www.fultonhistory.com).

(4) “Ivorites to Meet,” Utica New York Observer, April 11, 1966, Old Fulton NY Post Cards by Tom Tryniski, digital image 177594 (www.fultonhistory.com).


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