Bristol

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BRISTOL LODGE

Location: Norton; Attleboro East Parish (1811); North Attleboro (1892)

Chartered By: Paul Revere

Charter Date: 06/12/1797 V-264

Precedence Date: 06/12/1797

Current Status: Active


NOTES

At the 125th Anniversary in 1922, an excellent history was presented (beginning on Page 1922-150 of the Proceedings). It indicates that the lodge was in the 3rd Masonic District (though this is probably an error - should be the 5th District) "as late as 1846", that records (with one exception) are missing from 1832 to 1859, and suggests that the charter was surrendered some time after 1846 and restored in 1859.

In Grand Master Heard's address in December 1857 (Page 1857-36 in the original Proceedings), it was noted: "Having received information that Bristol Lodge, in the town of Attleboro, had held but one meeting since its Charter was restored, December 13, 1854, and that during this period it had made no returns or payments required by our regulations, I ordered, in August last, D. D. Grand Master Taber to take possession of its effects. This duty was promptly performed, and the Charter, records and jewels, have been placed in the keeping of the Grand Treasurer. As the delinquency of this Lodge to make returns and payments has continued for three years, its Charier, foods and regalia should be declared forfeited to the Grand Lodge, according to our Constitutions, Part 4th, Article 1, Sec 4."

MEMBER LIST, 1802

From Vocal Companion and Masonic Register, Boston, 1802, Part II, Page 20:

  • R. W. Ephraim Raymond, M.
  • W. Ebenezer Tyler, S. W.
  • W. Benjamin Billings, J. W.
  • William Veny, Sec.
  • George Gilbert, Tr.
  • Jonathan Willmarth, Deacon.
  • Silas Cobb, Deacon.
  • Hezekiah Tucker, Steward.
  • Daniel Knap, Steward, Tiler.
  • Daniel Gilbert, Marshal.
  • W. Laban Wheaton, Rep. to the M. W. G. Lodge.

No. of Members, 40.


PAST MASTERS

  • Seth Smith, 1797
  • Laban Wheaton, 1798, 1799, 1807
  • Ephriam Raymond, 1800, 1801
  • Ebenezer Tyler, 1802, 1803
  • William Verry, 1804, 1805, 1806
  • Abiathar Richardson, Jr., 1808-1814, 1816, 1817, 1825; SN
  • Edward Richardson, 1818, 1819
  • Moses Richardson, 1820-1823
  • George W. Robinson, 1824
  • Danial Babcock, 1826-1829
  • Williard Blackinton, 1830; 1859
  • Samuel G. Bates, 1831
  • George B. Richards, 1832
  • gap in records and loss of charter
  • William Cutting, pro tem 1838
  • Samuel S. Ginwood, 1860-1863
  • Charles E. Smith, 1864, 1865; SN
  • John B. Maintein, 1866-1868
  • Thomas A. Sandland, 1869, 1870
  • Obed C. Turner, 1871, 1872
  • Frank S. Fairbanks, 1873, 1874
  • Samuel H. Bugbee, 1875, 1876
  • Arthur E. Codding, 1877, 1878
  • Edward R. Price, 1879, 1880; Memorial
  • James A. Codding, 1881, 1882
  • Theodore B. Hazzard, 1883, 1884
  • Walter E. Barden, 1885, 1886
  • Elton I. Franklin, 1887, 1888
  • Fred B. Byram, 1889, 1890
  • George E. Hawes, 1891, 1892
  • Owen B. Bestor, 1893, 1894
  • Leo A. Heilborn, 1895, 1896
  • Henry H. Curtis, 1897, 1898
  • William H. Pond, 1899, 1900
  • William S. Metcalf, 1901, 1902
  • Charles E. Stainley, 1903, 1904
  • William F. Maintein, 1905, 1906
  • Arthur E. Coding, 1907, 1908
  • Edwin E. Hale, 1909
  • H. Alton Hall, 1910
  • Arthur T. Parker, 1911
  • Harry E. Litchfield, 1912; N
  • Charles S. Parker, 1913
  • Silas H. Dyer, 1914
  • Ernest T. Upham, 1915
  • Fred I. Gorton, 1916
  • Harlie H. Thompson, 1917
  • George E. Osgood, 1918
  • Edmund G. Flint, 1919
  • Winthrop F. Barden, 1920
  • Byron S. Gardiner, 1921
  • George A. Livingston, 1922
  • Henry B. Cornell, 1923
  • John A. Clarner, 1924
  • William H. Beckman, 1925
  • David Sinclair, 1926
  • Lee R. Higgins, 1927; N
  • A. Victor R. Chevers, 1928
  • John L. Thompson, 1929
  • John H. Paton, 1930
  • Frank Batchelder, 1931
  • John A. Gilchrist, 1932
  • Edward P. Bennett, Jr., 1933
  • David G. Hayes, 1934
  • James Donaldson, 1935
  • Clarance F. Telford, 1936
  • John H. Peckham, Jr., 1937
  • George Lincoln, 1938
  • Edward E. Osterholm, 1939
  • William H. Ryder, 1940
  • Benjamin Armstrong, 1941
  • Albert B. Totten, 1942
  • Gerald E. Riley, 1943, 1944; N
  • Ovid A. Davington, 1945
  • Edwin W. Cheney, 1946
  • A. Gilbert Weller, 1947
  • Donald F. Austin, 1948
  • Ralph B. Johnson, 1949
  • Leroy C. Linnekin, 1950
  • Earl C. Batchelder, 1951
  • William Budlong, Jr., 1952
  • John D. Cruickshank, 1953
  • Albert Kanadarian, 1954
  • Eugene E. Hawkins, 1955; N
  • Horace E. Darling, 1956
  • Lawrence E. Zilch, Jr., 1957
  • Robert J. Gillespie, 1958
  • Leon G. Carpenter, 1959
  • Reginald B. Keyes, 1960
  • Albert K. Welton, 1961
  • Samuel B. Robinson, 1962
  • Stanley C. Welton, 1963
  • Ralph H. Hemmingsen, Jr., 1964
  • Harold H. Chace, 1965
  • Frank E. Manchester, 1966
  • William H. Riley, 1967
  • Anthony F. Ferreira, 1968
  • L. Raymond Wyatt, 1969
  • Robert B. Chamilliard, 1970
  • John F. Burke, 1971
  • Mowry E. Tennant, 1972
  • Ronald C. Hobbs, 1973
  • Louis A. Harmon, 1974
  • Blaine Emery, 1975
  • Herbert M. Tinkham, 1976; N
  • Damon J. Swistak, 1977
  • Edward A. Dyer, 1978
  • Herbert A. Cote, 1979
  • Neal B. Emerson, 1980
  • Markeith E. Host, 1981
  • Damon J. Swistak, 1982
  • John H. Nelson, 1983, 1988
  • David L. Thibault, 1984
  • Charles A. Currie, 1985
  • Louis A. Lasker, 1987
  • Richard F. Grant, 1989
  • Clifford H. White, 1990
  • Conrad A. Morel, 1991
  • Lawrence E. Williams, 1992; PDDGM
  • David L. Beane, 1993
  • William E. Taylor, 1994
  • James W. Halliday, 1995
  • Herbert A. Prew, Sr., 1996
  • David S. Tinkham, 1997; PDDGM
  • Michael E. Rench, 1998
  • Alfred H. Erdos, Jr., 1999
  • Todd O. Galarneau, 2000
  • Oliver J. Galarneau, 1986, 2001
  • Douglas R. Lovett, 2002
  • Gerald L. Brookbush, 2003
  • Donald M. Ryng, 2004, 2011
  • Richard D. Cathcart, 2005
  • Emil J. Kashouh, 2006, 2009
  • Herbert A. Prew, Jr., 2007
  • Frederick C. Parastatides, 2008
  • Lawrence E. Thomas, 2010
  • David R. Brecken, 2012
  • James S. Fontaine, 2013

REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS

  • Petition for Charter: 1797
  • Petition to Restore Charter: 1854; 1859

ANNIVERSARIES

  • 1897 (Centenary)
  • 1922 (125th Anniversary)
  • 1947 (150th Anniversary)
  • 1972 (175th Anniversary)
  • 1997 (200th Anniversary)

VISITS BY GRAND MASTER

BY-LAW CHANGES

1870 1871 1902 1908 1920 1923 1926 1953 1954 1957 1962 1970 1973 1976 1993 1994 1998 2001 2003 2004 2008

HISTORY

  • 1922 (125th Anniversary History, 1922-150)
  • 1947 (150th Anniversary History, 1947-217)
  • 1972 (175th Anniversary History, 1972-132)

OTHER

  • 1798 (Withdrawn petition, II-120)
  • 1811 (Petition to remove to Attleboro granted, II-508)
  • 1812 (Remonstrance on removal, II-526; II-539)
  • 1821 (Report on delinquency, III-341)
  • 1830 (Petition to remove to Attleboro East Parish granted, IV-182)
  • 1836 (Communications, IV-412)
  • 1838 (Communications, IV-451)
  • 1843 (Communications, IV-589)
  • 1892 (Endorsement of charter, 1892-102)
  • 1935 (Petition to reduce fees granted, 1935-316)

EVENTS

INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1865

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIV, No. 5, April 1865, p. 182:

This old Lodge celebrated its 68th anniversary on the 28th of January last, by a public Installation of its officers, a supper, &c. The ceremonies of Installation took place in the neat and convenient hall of the Lodge, and in the presence of as many ladies as could possibly be accomodated. They were performed by the M. W. Grand Master in his usual happy and impressive manner. At the conclusion of which, he addressed the Lodge at some length on the general purposes of the Institution, and its importance as a means of great good, not only to its own members, but to the community in which it exists.

The Lodge was then closed, and the Brethren, with their ladies, formed in procession and marched to the vestry room of one of the neighboring churches, where tables were bountifully spread for about three hundred persons. After supper, the company were entertained with speeches by several of the Brethren person, but the great feature of this part of the entertainment was the music, and we have not on any similar occasion ever been more gratified, or known it to be excelled. The singing was surprisingly excellent, and the piano was handled with great skill and beauty. We are happy to state that the Lodge is in excellent condition, and is composed of a fine class of members. The following officers were installed: -

  • Charles E. Smith, W.M.
  • John B. Maintein, S. W.
  • John Stanley, J. W.
  • Abial Codding, Jr., Treas.
  • John T. Bates, Sec.
  • Thomas A. Sandland, S. D.
  • James W. Foster, J. D.
  • A. W. Sperry, Marshal
  • Gardner Clarke, Chap.
  • Chas. A. Blake, S. S.
  • James A. Hodges, J. S.
  • William H. Heath, Tyler.

GRAND LODGE OFFICERS


DISTRICTS

1803: District 4 (Southeast)

1821: District 4

1827: District 13

1835: District 5

1854: District 7

1867: District 13 (Taunton)

1878: District 13 (Dedham)

1883: District 23 (Taunton)

1911: District 28 (Taunton)

1927: District 28 (Attleboro)

2003: District 16


LINKS

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