Skip to main content

Freemason Lodges of Shelby County, Texas

Information on this site taken from the book “Freemasonry in Shelby County Texas, 1846-1900” by William Tellis Parmer and J. B. Sanders. The publication is very thorough and is on file in Shelby County Historical Society and Genealogy Library for view. Only a small amount of the narrative is recorded here. The Cumulative Rosters are taken from the pages in the publication. The book is divided into sections: The American Prelude, Early Texas Political Scene, Masonic Beginnings in Texas, Political Scene of Freemasonry in Shelby County.

Tenaha Lodge No. 737 – Tenaha – Shelby County Texas 1892-1903
Puckett, C. H.
Affiliated  12-28-1893
Demitted   03-16-1894

Truitt Lodge No. 149 – Truitt Store – Shelby County Texas 1854-1869
The third Masonic Lodge established in Shelby County was Truitt Lodge No. 149, which met at Truitt’s Store in the Northeastern portion of the County. (See the book “Freemasonry in Shelby County – 1846-1900” for additional information on the Lodges.)
Richards, C. H. 
Apprentice Degree     05-20-1854
Fellow Craft Degree   07-15-1854
Master of the Lodge   09-16-1854
 
Timpson Lodge No. 437 – (Golden Drain) – Shelby County Texas 1874-1908
The Golden Drain was located in Rusk County. The exact location of Golden Drain from 1874 to 1876 may not be exactly determined, it is clear, that is the year 1877 the lodge operated at Timpson in Shelby County. All minutes of Golden Drain and its successor, Timpson Lodge, were destroyed by fire in 1908.
Richards, John T.
Apprentice Degree    12-12-1891
Fellow Craft Degree  02-06-1892
Master of the Lodge  03-12-1892
Sapp, B. H.
Apprentice Degree      11-17-1888
Fellow Craft Degree    01-12-1889
Master of the Lodge    01-04-1890
Remarks             Died  11-26-1901

 
Newbern Lodge No. 97 and Buena Vista – Shelby County Texas 1851-1877
 
Burns, James 
E.A. no date – F.C. 04/07/1860 – M.M. 05/19/1860
Burns, William P
Petitioned 06/09/1860 – E.A. 07/07/1860 Died in Civil War

Conway, Alfred     
Affiliated 1855 – Demitted 1857
Conway, John
E.A. 03/10/1860 – F.C. 05/07/1860 – M.M. 06/09/1860 – Confederate Army 1862 – 1864 Died 1867
Conway, T.H.
Affiliated 1856
Richards, S.H.
Petition 09/27/1856, E.A. 10/25/1856 – F.C. 12/27/1856
Sapp, B.D. (DeKalb)
F.C. 04/07/1860 M.M. 05/29/1860 – Demitted 02/1867 – Affiliated 08/06/1870 Demitted 06/20/1872


Newbern Lodge No. 97 and Buena Vista - Shelby County Texas 1851-1877, under dispensation was instituted on Sept 29, 1851. On June 14, 1859 Newbern #97, be authorized to change their meeting place from Newbern to Buena Vista (a distance of about eight miles). The Lodge held no meetings from 1861 until March 31, 1866. Most of the books of the Lodge were destroyed during the Civil War. Newbern Lodge, which had met at Newbern and Buena Vista in Shelby County for slightly over a quarter of a century, was entered upon the list of demised Lodges. Its' members were transferred to the rosters of either Sam Houston Lodge No. 149, in Center or Jim Truitt Lodge, No. 345, at Willow Grove.
`````````````````````````````````````
After finding this information online some time ago, I extracted names I knew to be in my family line. They were all in Shelby County, Texas, at this time. I became interested in learning how many of my ancestors were members of the Freemasons as I knew several of them to have received the rites of a Freemason at their burial. This is only a small number since I focused on Shelby County and I regret to say I did not record the website or the person responsible for this very informative review of “Freemasonry in Shelby County Texas, 1846-1900” by William Tellis Parmer and J. B. Sanders. Judy Richards Shubert

Comments

Bill Lawson said…
Hi, you might be interested in this Texas Historical Marker for Truitt which mentions details about the Freemasons Lodge there:

Truitt Community, Shelby County, Tx
Thanks Bill for your comment. I appreciate the suggestion. I will certainly look at the site for the Truitt Lodge.
Judy

Popular posts from this blog

FLOYER Family

FLOYER
The Floyer name enters the already ancient 300 years of Homersley genealogy with William Homersley 1st x 9 Cousin of Garnett Holmes; (15th great grandson of Ade de Rowenwal, our common ancestor, and his daughter by an unknown wife, Margaret Homerlsey (1548-1597) who married Richard Flyer (1546-?) Hints, Stafford, England about 1571.

UK, Extracted Probate Records, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 
NOTE: Margaret Homerlsey 1548-1597 is the 9th great grandaughter of Ade de Rowenwald.
They had a son, Ralph Flyor (3rd  x 5) 1572-1643, who resided at Oxford, England, married Margery Weston (1577-1609) England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906.



Ralph and Margery had four children; Richard, Francis, Mary, Lettice. 
Richard Flyor/Richard Floyer (29 Jul 1603 Hints, Stafford - 27 Aug 1679) married 21 Mar 1645 Manchester, Warwicke to Elizabeth Eleanor Babington (1618-1679) ; (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," databa…

Crazy Sign over Bankhead Highway

Main Street Showing Crazy Sign
Mineral Wells, Texas
The most famous street marker in the south.
Showing the 80 foot neon sign of the world-famous Crazy Crystals.
Baker Hotel in background.

This most unique sign has been one of my most enduring childhood memories. I was born in 1943 and it was there at that time, I'm sure, because there are other postcards or photographs that have been dated 1940. I got married in 1964, moved to Tennessee with my husband of a year, visited my hometown several times during the 25 years I lived away from Texas, and sometime during that time the sign was removed. I was so sick when I discovered the sign gone. I suppose progress has a way of doing that to you!

There are many websites that tell the story of the healing mineral waters of my hometown of Mineral Wells and the many wells and spas that drew thousands of visitors seeking the rejuvenating powers of these waters. You will find the story of their discovery and the subsequent growth of the town very in…

Doc Gailey and His Sisters

Gailey Children James Dolphus Gailey Grace Amanda Gailey Nellie Mae Gailey
Children of James Newton Gailey and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock Brock Community, Parker County, Texas

My grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, had two younger sisters whom he adored. Grace and Nell were doted on by him and his parents and they grew up so attached to one another, their sibling love and devotion was a thing to be admired. I feel it gave all of their children and grandchildren an example to learn from and a standard to strive for. It was always such fun when the aunts came to visit. Some of you may remember that Doc and Grandma raised me so I, more often than not, call my mother's aunts my aunts, when in reality they were my great-aunts. And my sisters and I would usually go with Doc and Grandma to the aunts' houses to visit, so I find myself remembering things about them that my 1st cousins do not.
All three of Jim and Elizabeth's children were born in the Brock community of Parker …