Where are you, Daughters of United Sons of N.C.?

This eBay item caught my eye. Handsome badge, grand name — but Google returns no  mention of the Daughters of the United Sons of North Carolina (and only a 1932 tax reference to the United Sons themselves). I’m skeptical of the seller’s “Civil War Confederacy” designation.

Complicating the question is a ribbon in the collection from the Supreme Grand Lodge of the Sons & Daughters of North Carolina, a black fraternal society “organized mainly [according to a 1900 letter in the New York Times] for benevolent purposes — to foster a feeling of friendship and brotherly love among the North Carolinians in the North.”

Might these similarly-named organizations been related — or even the same? Is there an expert in  Miscellany land?

8 thoughts on “Where are you, Daughters of United Sons of N.C.?”

  1. David Bryant Fulton, an African American, was born in Fayetteville during the Civil War and then moved to New York City in the late 1800s to work for the Pullman Company and later worked for Sears. In 1895, he founded the Sons of North Carolina, a social and benevolent association for African American men in Brooklyn. He later became a historian and journalist. he is best known for his book _Hanover_ about the Wilmington Massacre of 1898.

    This ribbon is not a Confederate reunion group ribbon.

  2. Many thanks, Kevin. So you’re thinking these various names — including the one mentioned in the New Hanover County tax record — all refer to the Fulton organization?

  3. I think it is highly likely. Fulton maintained a close relationship with folks in Wilmington.

    Are the men making tar and turpentine on the medal?

  4. My parents attended dances the Sons and Daughter’s gave in Brooklyn. I have a picture of my father in a tux and can only assume it was one of the dances. I wished I had asked more questions. I’m so glad I found this page.

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