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Dickson, Moses. Manual of the International Order of the Twelve of Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Containing General Laws, Regulations, Ceremonies, Drill and a Taborian Lexicon . St. Louis: A. R. Fleming and Co., 1891. [format: book], [genre: report; proceedings]. Permission: Public domain
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Mary Elizabeth Dickson.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dickson.

Born August 18th, 1818. Died February 1st, 1891, aged 72 years, 6 months and 13 days.

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Extract from an eulogy delivered by Rev. Sir R. L. Beal, at the memorial services of Mother Dickson, held at Independence, Mo., February 23d, 1891:
"Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dickson was born in the town of Ste. Genevieve, County of Ste. Genevieve, State of Missouri, August 18th, 1818. Her parents were members of the Roman Catholic Church. She was the youngest of ten children. When she was twelve years old her parents sent her to St. Louis to reside with her sister Louisa and attend school. She received her education at the old Sacred Heart Convent. Her father, John Sebastian Butcher, was a German, born near the boundary line between France and Germany. He was a stone-cutter and builder, and one among the first settlers of Ste. Genevieve. Her mother's name was Mary Butcher. The family was highly respected by all who knew them, and were owners of considerable property in the town of Ste. Genevieve. Miss Mary E. Butcher was married at the age of 17 years to Mr. Caleb Peters, and in 1838 they moved to Galena, Ills. Mr. Peters opened a provision store, and continued in that business until his death, in 1846. Mrs. Peters was converted and joined the A. M. E. Church, in 1845. She remained a widow until she married Moses Dickson. The ceremony was performed by the then famous A. M. E. Elder, George W. Johnson, Oct. 5th, 1848, in the City of Galena, Ills. For over forty-two years Rev. and Mrs. Dickson have traveled together, living in peace and harmony, bearing each other's troubles and trials. Their home-life was pleasant, loving and trusting.

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Mother Dickson is the honorable title that she was known by. She has been a consistent and earnest Christian, and a member of the A. M. E. Church for more than 45 years. She was a faithful and zealous worker in the church for many years, until she became too old for active work; she was full of fire, and one of God's greatest women. The International Order of Twelve, of which the Rev. Moses Dickson is the Founder and Father, recognizing the influence and part that Daughter Dickson had in building up the Order, did, at the Grand Session, August, 1882, by a unanimous vote, elect and install her into the honorable office and title of Mother of all Knights and Daughters of Tabor, for life. She is held in great esteem and honored by all the members of the great Order. Rev. Moses Dickson is the founder of the Court of Heroines. At the organization of St. Mary's Court, A. D. 1865, in St. Louis, Mo., Sister Dickson was made a charter member. St. Mary's Court is the first and oldest regularly organized Court in the United States. Sister Dickson has presided as Most Ancient Matron and Most Ancient Grand Matron. Mother Dickson was a member of E. H. Cleaves Tabernacle of Brothers and Sisters of Love and Charity in this city. When the Grand Lodge of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria, for Kansas and Missouri, was organized at St. Joseph, Mo., Mother Dickson was made an honorary member. She has been in ill health for four years. Sunday, January 18th, she was confined to her bed; she gradually grew weaker from day to day; day and night her doctor, family and friends did everything to retain

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her on earth; but the Lord said to his faithful follower — come home! Sunday night, at 10:35 P. M., her spirit obeyed the summons; she bid farewell to the church on earth; in the church triumphant she has taken her place among the redeemed from earth. She leaves a husband, a daughter and a errand-child, and a large number of relations in various parts of the United States, to mourn her departure. Her age was 72 years, 5 months and 13 days when she entered into rest.

"We are brought together by order of the Chief Grand Mentor, to pay tribute to a noble woman, whose influence has done more to cement the bonds by which we are bound together in common brotherhood, than to any other individual effort put forth for the promotion of our mystic Order. Today hundreds — yea, thousands — rise up to call her blessed. All over this land, wherever our Order has gained a foothold, the name of Mother Dickson is a household word, for she was the hidden force behind the executive chair which urged her husband to the first place in the scale of human endeavor, that we must look elsewhere for proof. After careful investigation, we reach the conclusion that the Creator has planted in the breast of every human certain innate principles. Some of which are will to do and power to act in human affairs, which, if cultivated, make us useful in whatever sphere we are placed. With hearts willing, minds to plan and hands to execute, our possibilities are unlimited. Our venerable mother was possessed of these qualifications, and cultivated them, and looked forward to the time when opportunity would favor her

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to put into practice schemes that would lead to deeds of lofty heroism.

"But wherein lay the secret of her success, that wraps itself, as if by magic spell, around our hearts?

"Let us enter the laboratory of human character, and analyze the elements which make up the good and the great. It is claimed by some high in authority that lineal descent, through the law of heredity, transmits greatness from the parental stock to the children; but history has so often refuted this, by the splendid achievements she has recorded of some lowly born, who, in the humble walks of life surmounted every difficulty, took the front ranks in the annals of Fame, thereby proving their right to which, she conceived, would promote the best interests of the race. The geometrical truism, which says: ‘If equals be added to equals, the remainder will be equals,’ is a fitting analogy of the conjugal ties between Father and Mother Dickson; each was suited and equal to the other. If certain qualities appeared more prominent in him, such as the marshaling and organizing the crude material of which the Taborian Order is composed, she was the refiner of these forces; his nature was the more rugged, hers was the more gentle. He, the impetuous commander, at times became discouraged at the gigantic undertaking of building up a society that should have a national reputation. She was the patient, steady plodder, who encouraged and kept up his spirit.

"When truth shall give a hearing to our cause, and the work done by our great men shall be properly

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accredited, the Africo-Americans will be allowed to build upon some public thoroughfare a monument to Father Dickson, the master-organizer of the race. As its shaft will rise heavenward, our youth, with uncovered head, will point with pride to the illustrious name engraved thereon. Love, fairest daughter of the virtues, will continue to write on the hearts of the coming children, who are to perpetuate this Order, the name of Mary E. Dickson. She was a mother to us in the fullest sense of the word. She knew no creed, no denomination, simply for its name.

"While a member of the Methodistic family, she practiced that broad religion which comes from a pure heart. Her doors were always opened to the distressed. She fed the hungry, clothed the naked, comforted the lowly in spirit. There are some here to-night that received counsel from her, when you needed the advice of a friend. Some in this city, and many in other places where she has been, when she would give up her bed to see you comfortable.

"Her sainted face presents itself before me tonight; that sweet voice, which has soothed so many sad hearts, whispers from across the mystic river. But why do we mourn for her as one lost. She is not dead, no; for those sainted souls can never die. Her influence lives on. She will never be seen by us with the natural eye, but we can hold communion with her in spirit. Her seraph wing will stretch over us, and her works will live, although she is removed from us. We shall all see her again when the despised Galileean shall step from the throne

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of His sovereign mercy to that of His sovereign justice; when the revivified, at the shrill blast of the trumpets, shall wake to life, and throw off their winding sheets at the world's glad re-union.

"We close with this climax, borrowed from Dr. Munsay's last sermon on the resurrection of the human body. (Mother Dickson will be with all the sanctified.) When the battlefields of the world: Troy and Thermopylge, Palavera and Marengo, Austerlitz and Waterloo, Marathon and Missolough, the battlefields of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, will produce their armies, and crowd the world with their revivified legions, Indian maidens will leap from the dust of our streets, and our houses overturning, will lead their chiefs to Judgment. Abraham will shake off the dust of Machpelah, and arise with Sarah by his side. David will come with harp in hand. The Reformer of Geneva and the Apostles of Christianity will come side by side.

"Our village church-yards and family burial-grounds will be deserted. All will come: patriarchs, prophets, Jews and Gentiles, and Heathens, bond and free, rich and poor, fathers and mothers, children, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives. All from Adam down will come forth. And all the good from around the world, all together, will hail this redemption's grand consummation with one proud anthem, whose choral thunders rolling along all the paths of space will shake the universe with its bursting chorus: ‘O, death, where is thy sting? O, grave, where is thy victory?’"

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Dickson, Moses. Manual of the International Order of the Twelve of Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Containing General Laws, Regulations, Ceremonies, Drill and a Taborian Lexicon . St. Louis: A. R. Fleming and Co., 1891. [format: book], [genre: report; proceedings]. Permission: Public domain
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