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Odd Fellows Home and School

by Ted Powell, 2006Postcard of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Orphan Home in Goldsboro, N.C. "Publ. for C.F. Griffin, Goldsboro, by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y."  Image courtesy of ECU Libraries.

The Odd Fellows Home and School for the Orphaned Children of North Carolina was built on East Ash Street at the corner of Herman Street in Goldsboro by the Grand Lodge of the North Carolina Odd Fellows. It was located on a 20-acre tract of land donated in 1891 by W. A. Peacock, a member of the local Odd Fellows lodge, and his wife, Hattie. The first child was admitted to the home on 9 May 1892. The home provided for 960 children before closing in 1971. The property was sold to the city of Goldsboro in the late 1970s and became part of a city park. The Wayne County Public Library was built on a portion of the land.

Additional Resources:

Odd Fellows Home NC Historical Marker F-53: http://www.ncmarkers.com/Markers.aspx?ct=ddl&sp=search&k=Markers&sv=F-53%20-%20ODD%20FELLOWS%20HOME

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Postcard of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Orphan Home in Goldsboro, N.C. "Publ. for C.F. Griffin, Goldsboro, by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y." c1900-1920.  Image courtesy of ECU Libraries. Available from http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/243#details (accessed June 13, 2012).

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You can find more info at Waynesboro park in Goldsboro n.c

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I just found out from my aunt that my grandmother (Arabella Delamar) was sent to this Odd Fellows home about August of 1893. She was 4 months old. My aunt says there is a photo somewhere in our family of her at 6 months old -taken by the Odd Fellows Home- and the back says, "Our baby", because she was the youngest they had had at that time. Are there records anywhere that would show when she came there, and how long she stayed? Thank you, June Marshall

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June, I was doing some research on my wife's Delamar family line and came across Thomas, Chauncey, and Arabella Delamar. They are listed in the 1900 census as being "inmates" at the IOOF Orphanage. I found an article in the Wilmington newspaper that mentions them as being there as well. None of the 1910 census records show them still at the orphanage. A newspaper article in 1913 tells of the death of Thomas M Delamar in New Mexico. It says that Arabella is living in Wilmington with Mr and Mrs W.W. Hodges on second street.

My question relates to who is their father? On Ancestry.com I see that several people have him as Thomas B(enners/enders) Delamar. However, there are two documents related to the children later in life showing his name as Thomas M Delamar. Do you know what is correct? Thanks for your help.

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Dear June, 

Since the Odd Fellows School in Goldsboro was a private institution, not receiving government funding, I am not sure who holds their records. It may be worth reaching out to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to see if they have information that may help you in your research. Their website is http://www.ioof.org/. 

Good luck in your research!

Michelle Underhill, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

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Why did they tear it down you would think they would keep it up cause that's part of history I would have loved to acturally see the inside of this beautiful place some of the history would be awesome

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were native American children housed here? the delemars and gray family members were housed here.....

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Thanks for your reply of Mar. 24, 2014.
The following: came from Wayne County, NC Web Page "Collections" under Odd Fellows Home Alumni Roster dated 2004:
On Odd Fellows Home Alumni Assn., page 21, there is a W.S. Woodard (May 9, 1982 First Family) (Raleigh) 1892-1898. Does that mean he was a resident of the Home?
There are several other Woodards following his name. My ancestor was a W.S. Woodard, Wayne Co.

Thanks for any info you can furnish.

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On Odd Fellows Home Alumni Assn., page 21, there is a W.S. Woodard (May 9, 1982 First Family) (Raleigh) 1892-1898. Does that mean he was a resident of the Home?
There are several other Woodards following his name. My ancestor was a W.S. Woodard, Wayne Co.

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Hi Gloria,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and leaving your question.  Unfortunately, without the document you're using, it's difficult to suggest an answer.  

If you need help with genealogical research, you may want to consult Genealogical Services here at the State Library. They have librarians who specialize in family history research.  You can find their contact information at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html

A copy of this reply has also been sent to the email address you provided.

Good luck with your research!

Kelly Agan, NCpedia Staff, Government & Heritage Library.

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Hi Gloria,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and leaving your question.  Unfortunately, without the document you're using, it's difficult to suggest an answer.  

If you need help with genealogical research, you may want to consult Genealogical Services here at the State Library. They have librarians who specialize in family history research.  You can find their contact information at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/genealogy.html

A copy of this reply has also been sent to the email address you provided.

Good luck with your research!

Kelly Agan, NCpedia Staff, Government & Heritage Library.

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