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Re: Lucy Cary
In Response To: Re: Lucy Cary ()

To answer your questions, it looks as if the branch cashier crossed out the names of former committee members and replaced them with new committee member names. Lucy Cary, Susan Wright, Sarah Allen and Leticia Taylor were probably members of a “finance or bank committee” of Rebecca’s Lodge No. 39. They were probably also the ones who initially opened the bank account.

Rebecca’s Lodge No. 39 was more than likely an auxiliary society of a church. Some of the auxiliary societies were subsets of a congregation, such as modern day men’s groups, women’s groups, or youth groups. For example, some of the youth groups used “Sons and Daughters of” in the name of their society. The lodge may also have been a beneficial society. Beneficial societies served as support groups to provide sickness, or death-related benefits to its members. Sometimes a group of friends formed these societies, while institutions such as churches, may also have formally organized these societies. You would have to do additional research, such as in local newspapers or church records, to determine the purpose of the Rebecca Lodge.

As to why the entries were written, well it appears that the cashier needed to indicate who within the lodge could withdraw money from the account. The change in committee members probably took place prior to March 2, 1874 when the three women visited the bank to have their names removed frm the record.

I could not determine what was underneath the notes. The writing on top appears to be a notation, perhaps to the balance or a dividend paid on the account before the bank failed. It does not look like a name to me.


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