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Dimit from Ashland Lodge, No. 604

Ray Allen Shubert and Marilee Davis Shubert
at Bob & Judy's wedding
April 4, 1964
Shortly after moving back to Nashville from Ashland City, Tennessee 

I have found many tombstones with the symbols of Freemasons in cemeteries where I have trekked looking for an ancestor or just visiting in order to take pictures for my cemetery blogs, Cemeteries with Texas Ties and Cemeteries of the Covered Bridges. They are varied and beautiful, indicating that the person memorialized there was a member of the Freemasons during his lifetime.

Since Dan Brown's books, "Da Vinci Code" and "Demons and Angels", were published in 2006 there has been a flurry of interest in the Masons. I've had questions about the institution's symbolism, philosophy, and history since then and have discovered several direct and collateral ancestors who were members of the Freemasons.

What I have been surprised to learn is that my late father-in-law was a Mason, but left the organization i…