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  • Simon McGillivray (1783 - 1840)
    businessman; b. c. 1783 or more likely in 1785 in Dunlichty parish, Inverness-shire, Scotland, son of Donald McGillivray and Anne McTavish; m. 23 Nov. 1837 Ann Easthope, and they had two daughters, one...
  • Ezra Annes (1796 - 1857)
    Ezra Annes was born in Vermont in 1796 and settled in Whitby in 1819. He was one of the founders of the Masonic Lodge in Whitby in 1825 and the grammar school in 1846. He served as mayor of the Town of...
  • Sir John J. C. Abbott, Prime Minister of Canada (1821 - 1893)
    Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, PC, KCMG, QC (March 12, 1821 – October 30, 1893) was the third Prime Minister of Canada. He served in the office for seventeen months, from June 16, 1891 to No...
  • Hart Massey (1823 - 1896)
    Hart Almerrin Massey (April 29, 1823 – February 20, 1896) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist born in Haldimand Township (now Alnwick/Haldimand, Ontario) in what was then known as Uppe...
  • Francis Collier Draper, Chief Constable of Toronto (1837 - 1894)
    Francis Collier Draper (born March 3, 1837 in Toronto – died July 25, 1894) was Chief Constable of Toronto beginning 16 January 1874. Family and education He was the son of William Henry...

Freemasons, or simply "Masons," have been present in Canada since at least 1634 and today can be found throughout the nation in civic and community roles. A detailed timeline of Freemasonry in Canada can be found via the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon's website.

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.

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.

Project Guidelines

What & What Not to Add

This project aims to connect all of the confirmed Canadian 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 "Canadian Freemason" means being a member of an Canadian Masonic Lodge. That means that some "Canadian" Masons may originally be from other nations.

Please do add:

  • Profiles for people confirmed to be members of Canadian 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
  • Canadians who were Masons only through Lodges outside Canada
  • 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 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.


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.