The wives, sisters, mothers and daughters formed their own secret society and though both of my grandmothers were members for over fifty years, I haven't a clue what their "secrets" were. One of my grandmothers told my mother, "I have secrets I can't tell you." This is the same grandmother that told me that as she got older, when she looked into the nighttime sky and stared at the stars she "saw things she never saw before". The Order of the Eastern Star has a symbolic five-pointed star. Each point on the star has a letter on the end. The letters spell out: F A T A L. The Order of the Eastern Star began in New York in 1868, three years after the Civil War.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy available at Amazon and B&N.