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In pursuance to a call issued by Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, located
in Washington, DC, and united in by the officers and members and signed by the Worthy
Matrons, Worthy Patrons, Associate Matrons and attested by the Secretaries of Queen Esther
Chapter No. 1, Queen of Sheba Chapter No. 2 and Gethsemane Chapter No. 3, located in
Washington, DC, and Electa Chapter No. 2, Queen Esther Chapter No. 5 and Queen of Sheba
Chapter No. 6, located in the state of Maryland, for a Convention to be held in Washington, DC,
on the 24th day of May 1892, for the purpose of organizing a Grand Chapter of the Order of the
Eastern Star for the District of Columbia and its Jurisdiction. A Convention composed of duly
accredited delegates and representatives from the above named Chapters assembled at 708 “O”
Street, NW, Washington, DC in the Chapter Room of Queen of Sheba No. 2, on Tuesday, the
24th day of May, A.D. 1892, and after mature deliberation did form the Grand Chapter the Grand
Chapter of the Order of the Eastern or Adoptive Rite of Free Masonry for the District of
Columbia and its Jurisdiction.
The Convention was called to order at 11 o’clock a.m. by Sir James O. Bampfield, Worthy
Patron of Queen Esther Chapter No.1. After the reading of the call, a temporary organization was
effected and Sir James O. Bampfield was made temporary chairman, and Sir J. Murray Ralph,
temporary secretary. A permanent was then perfected and Sir Thornton A. Jackson, Deputy
Grand Patron, was elected President: Sir Henry P. Ringold, Vice President, Sir James O.
Bampfield, Secretary; and Sir J. Murray Ralph, Assistant, Assistant Secretary. The following
was submitted by Bro. John N. Hunt and unanimously adopted:
RESOLVED: That we do organize a Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star for the District of
Columbia and its Jurisdiction, and that all Chapters represented at this Convention holding
charters being organized by the Deputy Grand Patron Thornton A. Jackson, and the same having
been adopted by a regular Lodge of Free Masons of the District of Columbia or of Maryland,
will upon surrender of their old charters, to this Grand Chapter, when formed, receive new
charters at the nominal cost of the same. On motion of Sir W. H. Bruce, the Convention
proceeded to the election of Officers of the Grand Chapter, after which, on motion of Sir John N.
Hunt, the Convention adjourned sine die.
The Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star was then opened in due form by Sir Thornton A.
Jackson, Deputy Grand Patron. Sir R. Howell Gleaves, 33rd degree, then installed Sir Thornton
A. Jackson as Grand Patron for the ensuing year. The Grand Patron installed the Grand Officerselect
as follows: Sister G. Thomas, W.G. Matron; Sister M.A.S. Cary, Assoc. W.G. Matron; Bro.
Jas. O. Bampfield, W.G. Secretary; Sis. M. Upshur, Assoc. G. Conductress; Bro. Henry P.
Ringold, W.G. Chaplin; Bro. John N. Hunt, W.G. Lecturer; Sis. S.J. Owens, W.G. Ruth; Sis.
Kate Moore, W.G. Martha; Bro. J.B. Hutchings, W.G. Organist; Bro. J. Murray Ralph, Assoc.
W.G. Patron; Sis. Annie Warren, W.G. Treasurer; Sis. S.J.C. Ralph, W.G. Conductress; Sis. F.V.
Hemsley, W.G. Warder; Bro. R.H. Gleaves, W.G. Marshal; Sis. H.A. Blake, W.G. Adah; Sis.
Helen Jackson, W.G. Esther; Sis. M.J. Hill, W.G. Electa and Bro. James N. Davis, W.G.
From 1892 to 1955, the Grand body of the Eastern Star of this city was known as the Grand
Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for the District of Columbia. In 1955, this Grand
Chapter was renamed the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter, O.E.S., P.H.A., for the District of
Columbia and Jurisdiction, as a tribute, in honor of its first Worthy Grand Matron, Georgiana
Since Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter was organized, the number of subordinate chapters has
increased from three to fifteen at the present time. The Chapters:
Queen Esther No. 1
Queen of Sheba No. 2
Gethsemane No. 3
Miriam No. 4
Prince Hall No. 5
Electa No. 6
Datcher No. 7
Ruth No. 8
Naomi No. 9
Fidelity No. 10
Martha No. 11
Thrift No. 12
Redemption No. 14
Audrey Robinson Underwood Military No. 15
Mattie R. Griffin No. 16
The presiding officers of the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter have graciously upheld the
banner of dignity and the standards of the Order of the Eastern Star. We are grateful to those
pioneers who paved the way with loyal and valuable service and have left their footprints in the
sands of time.
Reference: Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter, OES-PHA, Jurisdiction of the District of
Columbia, Souvenir Program, Ninety Eighth Annual Session, December 14-15, 1990.