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Freemasons in America

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  • Thomas Edgar Ingle (1893 - 1963)
    Thomas Edgar Ingle served in WW I TN Co E 322 Inf. On January 10, 1926 Thomas Edgar married Lefa Gladys Shaver in Rhea Co, TN.They had three sons, Phillip, Clyde and Harold. He was a barber, owning his...
  • William Shaver (1906 - 1970)
    Bill served in the U S Army during World War II, Finance Division, in Italy and Africa. At the time of his death he was President of the Dayton Bank & Trust Co., having attended several banking schools...
  • Robert Glyndon Johnson (1920 - 1998)
    The Madison County RecordHuntsville, AR15 Jan 1998Glyndon Johnson, 77, of 506 South Harris Street, Huntsville, died January 9, 1998 at his home. He was born August 12, 1920 at Wesley, the son of James ...
  • Thomas Washington Fancher (1833 - 1892)
    Thomas was the son of Col. James F. and Elizabeth Carlock Fancher. They came to Carroll Co., AR ca 1837. He married Elizabeth B. Sneed on June 9, 1857 in Osage. They raised a family of ten children the...
  • Capt Hampton Bynum Fancher (1825 - 1909)
    Bynam Fancher Sex: M Birth: 26 MAR. 1825 in Overton Co., TN Death: 11 AUG 1909 in Boone Co., AR. Note: He was ten years old when his family migrated to Ark. He was a Mason, of the Presbyterian faith, a...

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.

Questions?

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