5. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Parcel:


The Independent Order of Odd Fellow (IOOF) was founded in England, and the first lodge int he United States was founded in Baltimore in 1819. There is no known date for the founding of the Odd Fellows in Brownsville. Grave markers for Odd Fellows members can be identified by the IOOF symbol, a three link chain with or without the letters “F,” “L,” “T,” in each link. Some Brownsville Masons were also Odd Fellows members so both symbols appear on their grave markers.