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Junior Order of United American Mechanic
Posted by: Fredrick Thomas South Date: August 26, 1999 at 18:25:54
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I am searching for information on the Junior Order that was active in
the Bristol, TN area in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

My gr grandfather James Edward South (1862-1904) (gr grandmother Sarah
Louvena Moore), was run over by a train in Bristol, Tennessee. A
notice in the Blountville, TN 1905 news clipping that says "Kinney
South is the name of an orphan boy at the poorhouse. He has fits, and
is a pitiable object. His father who was killed on the railroad, was
a member of the Junior Order. Some members of that order paid him a
visit Sunday and manifested some interest in this poor, little
unfortunate fellow. We hope they will not forget him.". I believe
that Order to be the Junior Order of United American Mechanics of
which I can find no information on. When James died Venie married
William H. Johnson and took her natual born children with her. Kinney
was left on his own and died April 18, 1910 of fits at the poorhouse.
Kinney's mother was Mary Crumley, James' first wife.

On Wednesday 11 August, 1999 I was doing research at the Abingdon
Courthouse and afterwards I walked down the main street a good ways
toward Bristol and observed a Masonic Lodge whereupon I noticed their
Lodge symbol was very similar to the symbol on James' gravestone. The
difference in the symbols was where the Masonic symbol had what looks
like a carpenter's square cradling a compass with the letter G
centered, my gr grandfather's symbol had in the place of the G there
was an arm with the hand holding a mallet.

If I could locate the Junior Order then I might be able to find more
data on James, such as who his parents were.

I have a JPEG image of the gravestone if anyone needs it.

Fred South
Goose Creek, SC

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