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Freemasons in America

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  • Orval D. McVay (1911 - 1993)
  • Herbert Bertram Balmer (1876 - 1948)
    Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via Phoebe Ellen Balmer (born Lamb) by SmartCopy : Jun 28 2015, 3:13:02 UTC
  • Gerald P. Nye, U.S. Senator (1892 - 1971)
    Gerald Prentice Nye (December 19, 1892 – July 17, 1971) was a United States politician, representing North Dakota in the U.S. Senate from 1925–45. He was a Republican and supporter of W...
  • Dr. William T. Schooley (1844 - 1897)
    WILLIAM T. SCHOOLEY, M. D. The subject of this sketch is a native of Cass County, Illinois, and was born July 23, 1844. He was reared and received his education in the schools of Virginia, Illinois, an...
  • George Franklin Bailey (1845 - 1934)
    The Lenox Time TableThursday, July 12, 1934 George F. Bailey died at the home of his son, John Bailey, east of Clearfield early Friday morning, July 6th. He was born December 15th, 1845 and was 88 year...

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.