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Freemasons in America

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  • Owen Manly Jones (1918 - 1996)
    Owen Manly Jones was the youngest of four children of Owen Morgan Jones and Fannie Blanche Singletary Jones. His siblings were Norman Winfield Jones, Ruby Minerva Jones Hester and John Broddus Jones. M...
  • Clyde Mason Keiffer (1917 - 2014)
    Clyde Mason Keiffer, age 96, of Huntington, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Thursday (March 13, 2014) at Heritage of Huntington. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday (April 5, 2014) at Bailey-Lov...
  • James Leach (1879 - 1920)
    Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via sister Bertha Valerie Swayne (born Leach) by SmartCopy : Aug 21 2015, 14:00:13 UTC
  • Richard Marion Krusenstjerna, Sr (1910 - 1986)
    Note: No obituary in Register-Guard Newspaper (12th missing)Son of Alfred and Ida Krusenstjerna, both born in Sweden. Married Caroyln Erma Hartsell on 8 Nov 1937 in Lincoln County, South Dakota.* Updat...
  • Henry H. Bryan, US Congress (1786 - 1835)
    Henry Hunter Bryan (February 23, 1786 - May 7, 1835) was an American politician who represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. Bryan was born in Martin County, North Carol...

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.