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Freemasons in America

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  • Sylvester Pleasant Fanning (1853 - 1934)
    Parents: Nathan Stamp Fanning and Spicy Ann (Stewart) Fanning; w-Mary Eliza Townsend Fanning, children: Ann, Charles Pleasant, Mary Gertrude, Rosa Bell, and Robert Leroy Fanning; occupation: coffin mak...
  • Nathan Stamp Fanning (1818 - 1887)
    Nathan and Spicy had children which graves have not been located.David born 1843 died before 1860 probably Titus Co. TXChristina born 1846 TX married Henry Jones died before 1887Forty Years Ago--1887"N...
  • Robert J. Phillips (1837 - 1915)
    Husband of Sarah O ReaganSarah and Robert were living in Wood County, Texas when the 1860 U.S. census was recorded. When the 1870 U.S. census was taken, Robert and Sarah had moved to Hunt County, Texas...
  • Francis H Gardiner (1904 - 1974)
    COOPERSTOWN, Francis H. Gardiner, 75, of Lakeview Drive died yesterday in Basselt Hospital after a three weekillness He was born in Utica and attended local schools.' He married Mildred Branton. Mr. Ga...
  • Arthur G Branton (1905 - 1977)
    Arthur G. Branton.72.of 5 Scott Ave.. New Hartford, a retired sales representative of the Mobil Oil Corporation, died Sunday in his home. He was born in New York City, the son of John and Caroline Blak...

Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been an integral part of American culture since the Colonial period and have immeasurably shaped the Republic through their leadership, altruism, public service, and character. Although the most famous Freemasons have been presidents, CEOs, and other public figures, the vast majority of Freemasons were and are small-town members working in their own communities to advance Masonic principles and traditions. Due to their esoteric nature, they have also been the recipients of much inquiry and curiosity over the years. More information on Freemasons can be found via Wikipedia, http://www.masoniclibraries.org/ , http://www.msana.com/historyfm.asp

(An excellent source for General George Washingtons, upper echelon of Generals, who were Freemasons in America) [http://www.pagrandlodge.org/district3/443/Master%20Paper%204%20feb%2006.pdf]

This project does not seek to determine whether Masons are "good" or "bad," and instead is merely interested in Masons for historical and genealogical purposes.

Thank you to Geni for making us a Featured Project on April 22, 2011!

Project Guidelines

What & What Not to Add

This project aims to connect all of the confirmed American Freemasons on Geni. The Masons added to the project should have their membership confirmed by themselves or their Lodges (primary documentation), or by reputable scholars (secondary documentation). If you are using Internet resources to find lists of Masons, be sure to use only reputable, sourced ones.

Please note: For the purposes of this project, being an "American Freemason" means being a member of an American Masonic Lodge. That means that some "American" Masons may originally be from other nations.

Please do add:

  • Profiles for people confirmed to be members of American Lodges (see above)
  • Lodge names/numbers in the "About Me" field on their profile whenever possible
  • Sources in the "About Me" field on their profile

Please do not add:

  • "Suspected" or rumored Masons
  • Names from conspiracy theory websites
  • Americans who were Masons only through Lodges outside America
  • Members of affiliated organizations (like the Order of the Eastern Star) only

Research Tips & Suggestions

Ben M. Angel has shared with us some excellent on-line resources you can use to research your American Masonic ancestors. Please see his discussion thread for more detailed information on working with local lodges.

The best place to start is A Page About Freemasonry, the world's oldest Masonic website. It posts no genealogical information, but does have lots of good general information about Masons and how to contact state and local lodges.

Figures to Add

Incomplete List; Feel Free to Expand

Although the majority of Freemasons are not notable public figures, the following links are to profiles that should be added as verified Masons by collaborators with access to them. Please kindly delete names from this list once you have added their profiles.

Questions?

This project was started in March 2011 by J. Ashley Odell. Please feel free to contact her with questions -- or, even better, use the Discussions link at the top right.