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TAFT, HERBERT C. 1851-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-152:

Brother Taft was born in Swansea, N. H., October 10, 1851, and died at Lowell, August 5, 1931. The earlier part of his life was passed in the railroad business. He served the Boston and Maine Railroad in New Hampshire, in Gloucester, and from 1892 to 1918 as General Agent at Lowell. From 1913 until his death he was engaged in the real estate and banking business. At the time of his death he was vice president and chairman of the board of investment of the Merrimack River Savings Bank.

Brother Taft took his Masonic degrees in Saint Andrew's Lodge No. 56, of Portsmouth, N. H., in 1875. He dimitted in 1881 and joined The Tyrian Lodge in 1886. He served as Master of that Lodge in 1888 and 1889 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the then Ninth Masonic District in 1890 and 1891, by appointment of M.W. Samuel Wells.

Although so long absent from Gloucester he retained his membership in The Tyrian Lodge to the end. In 1929 he became a Charter Member of William Sewall Gardner Lodge. He was a member of all the bodies of both the York and Scottish Rites.

Brother Taft made many warm friends during his long business and Masonic career and he will be greatly missed and sincerely mourned.


  • MM 1893, Lafayette, Manchester NH
  • Affiliated 1906, Dalhousie

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 12, September 1907, Page 471:’’

Brother Hugh J. Taggart, aged 38, a well-known Mason and a Boston business man died July 24 at his home, Newton Highlands.

Mr. Taggart was employed as a wholesale cutlery salesman in Boston aud was well known in the trade throughout New England. He was a member of Boston Commandery, K. T., and Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, and belonged to the Arabian Patrol of the latter organization.


From Proceedings, Page 1943-22:

The subject of this brief sketch was born in Sharon, New Hampshire, on May 26, 1854, and died in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1943.

At the age of twenty-one, Brother Taggart removed from New Hampshire to Greenfield, where he learned the moulder's trade, and two years later, became a resident of Millers Falls. In 1898 Brother Taggart, with others, formed The Bay State Construction Company, a concern primarily interested in the transportation business. Eventually he became one of the leaders in the building and opdrating of street-railway lines in Western and Central Massachusetts.

In Brother Taggart's spare time' he wrote many short articles on points of local, historical interest, as well as sketches of prominent Millers Falls people, and also published a book entitled Early Settlers of Sharon, New Hampshire.

He became a Mason in Bay State Lodge of Montague on July 10, 1893, and because of his keen interest and desire to serve, he was promptly put to work and elected Worshipful Master for the years 1895 and 1896. His outstanding ability was recognized in 1905 and 1906 when he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the old 13th District by Most Worshipful Grand Masters Baalis Sanford and John Albert Blake, and again, in 1940, when he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry. He also held membership in the Scottish Rite Bodies of Greenfield and Springfield.

Brother Taggart was one of the leaders in civic affairs in his community, serving for many years on the school board and as Water Commissioner. He was greatly beloved by all, for well did he know the full meaning of the words "unselfish service."

TALBOT, JOEL 1790-1859


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 2, December 1859, Page 63:

Stoughton, Nov. 23d, 1859.

Br. Moore — At a meeting of Rising Star Lodge of Freemasons, holden at Masons' Hall in Stoughton, Nov. 10th, Rev. Br. James W. Dennis, Ansel Capen and James Swan were appointed a committee to prepare some resolutions, expressive of the feelings of the Lodge, regarding the death of our worthy Brother Joel Talbot, Esq. Subsequently the following preamble and resolves were submitted as their report :—

  • Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father in his inscrutable wisdom to remove by death our Most Excellent and beloved Brother Joel Talbot, and raise him to a higher and better sphere of being in the Heavenly World, therefore
  • Resolved, That in the death of Brother Talbot we experience an irreparable loss, — the loss of a good man, a true Brother, a faithful Companion; one excellent in counsel, diligent in labor, pure in life, steadfast in friendship, unceasing in his devotion and attendance to Masonry, and whose character was in truth an honor and an ornament to our Lodge and to the Order.
  • Resolved, That, while the sight of his now vacant place in our midst touches our hearts, and involves us in deep sorrow, we are comforted by the belief that the Divine Providence doeth all things wisely and well, and in this assurance would seek submission to the holy will and pleasure of Him, who is the Grand Master of us all.
  • Resolved, That we remember with deep feeling the sorrowing family and friends of our deceased Brother, and extend to them the assurance of our tender regard and sincere sympathy in this season of their sore bereavement and trial.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary of the Lodge prepare and furnish the resolutions for publication in the Masonic Magazine, send a copy of the same to the widow and family of our deceased Brother, and enter the same upon the journal of the Lodge.

James W. Dennis,
Ansel Capen,
James Swan,

Attest, Ansel Capen, Secretary of Rising Star Lodge.

TALBOT, THOMAS 1818-1885


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IX, No. 8, November 1885, Page 239:

This brother gave such frequent evidences of his interest in Freemasonry, notwithstanding the important business demands upon his time, that we print "In Memoriam" as matter of interest to the brotherhood. We shall change a word and say:—

"The lives of good men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime;
And departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time."

October 23, 1885.
In Memoriam
Thomas Talbot,

Born at Cambridge, N. v., September 7, 1818.
Died at North Billerica, Mass., October 6, 1885.
Initiated in Ancient York Lodge, November 5, 1862.
Became a Charter Member of Kilwinning Lodge in 1867.

Such is the brief announcement of the birth, death, and Masonic relations of a distinguished and honored Brother, to whose memory we, the members of Kilwinning Lodge, desire to pay some heartfelt tribute of affection and esteem, however unworthy and inadequate it may be.

As a public man, when occupying the highest station in the gift of Hhe people of the Commonwealth, our brother not only magnified his office by fidelity and conscientious discharge of duty, but gave to the world a peculiar example of unaffected modesty and genuine integrity of character, combined with native ability, based upon honesty and strong common sense. Cautious in judgment, careful in forming opinions, anxious to be equitable and just; when once his position was taken it was manfully defended and tenaciously maintained. In history, his administration as Governor of this State will always be characterized by his singularly steadfast adherence to the cause of morality and good government.

In all the various positions of confidence and responsibility which he occupied his conduct was conspicuous for honesty and ceaseless fidelity. Of his private life, it is simply telling the truth to say that every one who knew him loved him, and no one mentioned him except with praise.

He had that rare union of benevolence and discretion which made him a benefactor to the needy and dependent, and the generous giver of his means, to the poor without assuming the airs of patronage, and without desire for the reputation of public magnanimity.

He was a wise adviser, a genuine philanthropist, a genial, lovable conscientious, Christian gentleman. The world is better because he has lived in it, and we, his brethren of the " ystic tie," who have lost in him a friend, universally honored and loved, are to cherish the memory of his spotless life as an inspiration to nobler efforts, a higher plane of duty, and a more thorough consecration to the cause of, friendship, justice and truth.

He died at the age of 67, on a beautiful October day, amid the peaceful surroundings of home, and the tender farewells of family and friends. While nature was yielding up in generous measure her autumnal fruitage, this well-spent life, laden with its deeds of kindness and integrity, was given back to Him in whom there is in finite love. Therefore

Resolved: — That we will cherish and honor the memory of this brother for his personal worth, and for his exemplification in dail life of the virtues and principles taught in Masonry, and also, that we desire to express our deepest sympathy with the family of the deceased, in this period of their inexpressible sorrow.

Respectfully submitted,
Solon W. Stevens,
Jonathan P. Folsom,
William F. Salmon,

TALLMAN, JOSEPH R. 1811-1859

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 3, January 1860, Page 95:

At a Special communication of Star in the East Lodge, held at Masonic Hall, Monday evening, Nov. 28th, A. L. 5859, on motion of Bro. Hiram Webb, the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted by the Lodge:—

  • Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to withdraw from our earthly Lodge our esteemed Brothers Martin Palmer and Joseph R. Tallman, Therefore
  • Resolved, That by this dispensation of Divine Providence, we feel that this Lodge has sustained the loss of active, generous and worthy Brethren, who have been associated with us, and with whom we have enjoyed many pleasant hours.
  • Resolved, That we bow with submission to the will of the Great Architect of the Universe, who doeth all things well, and while we deeply mourn the loss of these our Brethren, we are consoled in the reflection, that their labors are ended, and they are now made perfect Ashlers, fitted and prepared by the Great Master builder for that house not made with bands, eternal in the Heavens.
  • Resolved, That we sincerely, deeply and most affectionally sympathize with the widows, children and immediate friends of the deceased in their afflictive bereavement, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to their families through the Secretary.
  • Resolved, That the Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
  • Resolved, That the above resolutions be entered on the Lodge Books, and a copy of the same be forwarded to the Masonic Magazine for publication.

Lucius H. Morrill, Secretary of Star in the East Lodge.

  • Find-A-Grave entry Captain Joseph R. Tallman, Died in Ayan, Siberia August 20th 1859 Aged 48 years and 25 days


From Proceedings, Page 1943-21:

Brother Tandy was born in Hudson, New Hampshire, on March 11, 1875, and died in Roseberg, Oregon, on February 16, 1942.

In 1896 he joined the lst Massachusetts Cavalry and for ten years was Superintendent of the State Arsenal in Framingham. During the Spanish War he enlisted as a Private in the 2nd U. S. Field Artillery and served until the end of the conflict. In 1917, as a Captain, he was called into the federal service and served overseas until the demobilization in 1919, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He was an early and active member of the American Legion. After being manager of the YD Club of Boston, he became Inspector for the U. S. Veterans' Bureau for New England. In 1926 he was transferred, as coordinator for that Bureau for eleven western states, to the Pacific Coast and was manager of the U. S. Veterans' Administration Home at Roseberg, Oregon, at the time of his death.

He was raised in Washington Lodge of Roxbury on December 12, 1901, and continued to be a member until he passed away, He affiliated with Middlesex Lodge of Framingham on October 3, 1911, and was elected its presiding officer for the years 1921 and 1922. His appointment as District Deputy Grand Master of the 24th Masonic District in 1923 and 1924 was by courtesy of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

A patriotic citizen and earnest Mason, he won and held the respect of a large circle of friends, all of whom will feel his passing as a great personal loss.

TATSCH, J(ACOB) HUGO 1888-1939



From Proceedings, Page 1939-289:

It is with profound regret that I must report the death of a close personal friend and an invaluable executive of this Grand Lodge. And yet that regret is tempered by the knowledge that Worshipful Jacob Hugo Tatsch, our Director of Education and Librarian, rose to world-wide eminence in his chosen field; that he was supremely happy in his work; that he died suddenly and without softering, in harness, and at the very climax of his career; and that he had no slightest doubt but that death was a mere transition to a fuller life. In the opinion of a doctor who was present, his death at this time was due to the zeal of Freemasonry which caused him to spend himself without reserve. Overtired from his travel and research for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite and for this Grand Lodge in Scotland and England, he attended a meeting of Authors' Lodge No. 3456 at Coinaught Rooms on the evening of July 17. Just as he was closing a brief address which the doctor said was one of the finest he had ever heard he referred to his brief visits to some of the great cathedrals of England and said, "When I go home I shall leave my heart in England." With that dramatic climax he slumped and died almost instantly. The intensity of his feeling, the utter spending of his soul in his eloquence as he had spent his strength in his work, brought on a recurrence of heart trouble from which he had suffered for some years.

From the expressions of personal loss that came to my attention I am inclined to doubt whether any single individual in all that vast assembly of Masonic leaders who were present in London from all over the world for the installation of the new Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England had a wider circle of personal friends and admirers, for his friends included not only those who had met and knew him personally but that far wider circle of readers of his writings on Freemasonry and allied subjects.

His career as set forth in Who's Who in America disclosed successful activity in several fields, business and military as well as Masonic, but his interests were manifold. He was a skilled cellist, an ardent philatelist, and a research student in many fields. Although he had been on full time with our Grand Lodge for a comparatively brief period he had proved invaluable as a Librarian and Director of Education and gave great promise of brilliant leadership with us in the future. He was an enthusiastic and willing worker and associate. Often on holidays or Saturday afternoons or late evenings he and I have worked together alone at the Temple; over and over we have discussed our problems together; and long indeed was the list of topics reserved for further study on the journey back together and thereafter. But his work was done. Yet his work and his spirit will live on and on. My loss, our loss, is shared by all the Masonic world.

Worshipful Brother Tatsch was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 29, 1888, and died in London, England, July 17, 1939.

He took his degrees in Oriental Lodge No. 74 of Spokane, Washington, in 1909, and served later as its Master. He dimitted in 1922 and affiliated with Crescent Lodge No. 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1923, dimitting therefrom in 1931 and affiliating with Fourth Estate Lodge in 1930. While in the west he was active in other Masonic connections and attained the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership in thc Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite.

Among Bro. Tatsch's numerous publications were:

  • Short Readings in Masonic History, 1926 (Spanish and Russian translations)
  • High Lights of Crescent History, 1926 (with Winward Prescott)
  • Masonic Bookplates, 1928
  • Freemasonry in the Thirteen Colonies, 1929
  • A Reader's Guide to Masonic Literature, 1929
  • The Facts about George Washington as a Freemason, 1931
  • Lodge Officers' Speech book, 1934
  • Books on Freemasonry, 1935 (with Harry Smith)
  • Moses Michael Hays, 1937
  • John James Joseph Gourgas, 1938 (with M. A. Davis)
  • List of Masonic Subject Headings, 1937


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXIV, No. 11, July 1939, Page 464:

A light has gone out. Jacob Hugo Tatsch, Director of Education and Librarian of the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the keenest Masonic minds in America, died suddenly in London. England, Monday, July 17, 1939.

Deputized by the Grand Lodge of the State of Washington to represent it at the ceremony of installation of H. R. H. the Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England on July 19, Brother Tatsch had looked forward with keen anticipation to his first yisit to that country.

His Masonic activities covered the entire field of contemporary Masonic education, to which he brought unbounded zeal, a virile mind, sound knowledge of Masonic history past and present, a facile pen, and rare executive and administrative abilities. His place will be difficult if not impossible to fill. His services were invaluable to the Craft in this country. Probably no Masonic writer has written so prolifically nor been so widely quoted as this distinguished Mason.

The entire Craft will mourn the passing of a goodly man and The Craftsman will particularly miss the companionship of one of its firmest friends.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXIV, No. 11, July 1939, Page 481:

The body of Jacob Hugo Tatsch of Brookline, Masonic author who was an American delegate and representative of the Grand Lodge of the State of Washington to the installation of the Duke of Kent as grand master of English Freemasonry, was cremated in London and the ashes brought home for burial. He died Monday night, July 17, from a heart attack while proposing a dinner toast at the Authors lodge in London. Mr. Tatsch, born in Milwaukee 51 years ago, lived at 1677 Beacon street, Brookline, and formerly was associated with the First National Bank of Boston. He was a member of various American and foreign Masonic societies and had received many honors for his work on Masonic bibliographies and in educational services.

He had been associated with banks in Spokane, New York and Los Angeles before he became assistant secretary and assistant editor of the National Masonic Research Society in Cedar Rapids, Ia. Later he served with the Masonic Service Association in Washington, was secretary-treasurer of Educational Research Associates, Inc., Washington; curator of the Iowa Masonic library; vice-president of the Macoy Publishing Company, New York, and president of the Glastonbury Press of Brookline.

During the world war he was a special agent in the army intelligence division, and later attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the reserve corps. Mr. Tatsch was a fellow of the National Masonic Research Society, a member of the National Sojourners, Reserve Officers' Association of the United States and Scabbard and Blade. Among the works he had written were High Lights in Crescent History, Freemasonry in the 13 Colonies, Facts About George Washington as a Freemason, A Reader's Guide to Masonic Literature, Masonic Bookplates and Books on Freemasonry. Also, he had contributed to Masonic publications and numerous magazines. He leaves his widow and a son, Robert M. Tatsch.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXIV, No. 12, August 1939, Page 503:

Funeral services for the late J. Hugo Tatsch, Librarian and Director of Education of the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who died suddenly on July 17 in London, England, where he had gone to represent the Grand Lodge of the State of Washington jt the installation of the new Grand Master, were held in Boston, Massachusetts at Waterman's Chapel on Commonwealth Avenue at 2 o'clock p.m. Tuesday, August 8, 1939.

In attendance were the Grand Master Joseph Earl Perry, the Grand Secretary Frederick W. Hamilton, several Past Grand Masters and a group of distinguished Masons and friends of the deceased.

Amid a profusion of flowers surrounding the room containing the ashes and draped with the American flag, with a large portrait of the deceased adjacent the impressive ritual of the Protestant Episcopal church was read. A musical accompaniment by a cellist added to the solemnity of the occasion and later the ashes were conveyed to the West coast for disposal in accordance with the expressed wishes of Brother Tatsch.

TAYLOR, HERBERT E. 1894-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-33:

Right Worshipful Brother Taylor was born in Framingham June 21, 1894, and died there January 28,1940.

On graduating from the Framingham High School he entered the employ of the Framingham Trust Company, and remained with it until his death, the last two years as Treasurer. He was well known in banking and financial circles, and his high reputation as an administrator caused his services as treasurer to be sought by numerous organizations.

Brother Taylor became a member of Middlesex Lodge in 1918, and was its Master in 1928. In 1929 he served the Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward, and in 1933 and 1934 as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fourth Masonic District, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman.

Cut off as he was in the midst of his usefulness, the Lodge and the whole community have suffered a very great loss.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1907, Page 31:

Illustrious Brother Thomas French Temple was born in Canton, Mass., May 25, 1818. His parents moved to Dorchester when he was eight years of age.

He was educated in the public schools, and early in life became interested in public affairs, lie was in 1864 elected Town Clerk and Treasurer of Dorchester, and continued active in town affairs until Dorchester was annexed to Boston. He was active in the affairs of annexation, and was the first Justice of Dorchester Municipal Court.

In 1S70 he was elected Registrar of Deeds for Suffolk County, and held the office continuously until the day of his death.He was active in many walks of life and found time for all.

He was President of Dorchester Mutual Fire Insurance Company for several years, and held the office at the time of his death. But business did not take all of his time. He was active in many social and military affairs. He found time to engage in various charities, and was generous to a fault, and many a person has received his benefactions.

His tenderness of heart and his abundant generosity will remain with us a happy memory. It was in the Masonic Fraternity that we knew him best. His was a nature to drink deep at the fountain of “love to fellowman.”

He was made a Mason in Union Lodge of Dorchester in 1861. and after holding several offices he was elected and installed Worshipful Master, serving the Lodge in 1872, 1873 and 1874, and again in 1880. He was one of the Trustees of the Permanent Fund of the Lodge at the time of his death.

He received the degrees in Saint Andrew’s R. A. Chapter and was admitted to membership, afterwards dimitted and became a Charter Member of Dorchester R. A. Chapter. He received the Orders of Knighthood in Boston Commandery, K.T., and was admitted to membership May 16, 1866. He was for many years one of the Trustees of the Permanent Fund of the Commandery, continuing to the time of his death.

His love for Masonry prompted him to make still further advancement, and he applied for and received the degrees in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as follows:

  • Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, March 3, 1871;
  • Giles F. Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, March 31, 1871;
  • Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, April 7, 1871;
  • Massachusetts Consistory, April 7, 1871.

He held the office of Illustrious Grand Treasurer of the Consistory from December 27, 1878, continuously to December 28. 1900, and also served as one of the Board of Trustees. He was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, in the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A., September 17, 1895.He ended his earthly career January 2, 1907.

Thus was rounded out the complete Masonic life of one who was loved and honored, and who merited what he received at the hands of the citizens and of his brethren.

Sincerely and fraternally submitted,
James M. Gleason,
Edwin B. Holmes,


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IX, No. 2, May 1885, Page 63:

The funeral of H. C. Tenney, a prominent business man of Orange, Mass., was held at the Town Hall on the afternoon of April 28th. All places of business were closed from 1 to 4 o'clock, and the hall was filled with the citizens of the town. Mr. Tenney was a prominent member of the Masonic Fraternity, being at the time of his death the Excellent King of Crescent Royal Arch Chapter, of Orange, and Prelate of Athol Commandery, Knights Templars, which organization, together with many other members of the Masonic Fraternity of the town, and the Athol Brass Band went over on a special train and took part in the funeral ceremonies at the hall. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. McCollester of Dover, N. H., an intimate friend of Mr. Tenney. The deceased had been Chairman of the School Committee, and the school children of the town followed the procession to the cemetery, and filing past his grave deposited bouquets of flowers thereon.



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 10, August 1872, Page 317:

Hon. Samuel Thatcher died at his residence in Bangor, Me. on the 18th of July last, at the advanced age of 96 years. He was born at Concord, Mass. in 1766, graduated at Harvard College in 1793, was made a Mason in 1798, and elected to Congress in 1802. At the time of his death he was the oldest graduate of Harvard, and is said to have been "the oldest Mason in the United States." But we have been so often called upon to record the death, or the present living, of the oldest Mason in the country, that we are not quite certain that Bro. Thatcher is entitled to the place here assigned him. He however had been seventy-four years a member of the fraternity, and if there be any brother living, whose connection with it is of longer duration, his name is unknown to us.

Wikipedia entry


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXII, No. 12, December 1873, Page 376:

We are again called upon to record in our pages the death of another estimable and beloved brother, in that of him whose name we have placed at the head of this brief notice. He died, after a short illness, at his residence in South Boston on the 17th of November last, in the 45th year of his age, and was buried with Masonic honors on the 20th. The funeral services were held at the Unitarian Church, and were opened by the Rev. George A. Thayer, its pastor, who, after the usual impressive religious services, briefly sketched the life and character of the deceased. At the conclusion of the address by the pastor, the beautiful Templar burial service was effectively recited by the officers of St. Omer Commandery, of which the deceased was a Past Commander, some fifty or sixty of the members being present in full regalia. The remains were then taken in charge by the members of Winslow Lewis Lodge, of which the deceased was a Past Master, and escorted to Forest Hills for interment, where the regular Masonic funeral service was performed by W. Bro. Joseph Winsor, Master of the Lodge, assisted by the Rev. Charles H. Titus as Chaplain. Among the brethren present were the Most Worshipful Grand Master and other officers of the Grand Lodge, who gladly united with their brethren of Winslow Lewis Lodge in publicly manifesting their sympathy with the afflicted family of the deceased, in the early loss of their beloved and honored head.

Besides the Lodge and Commandery above named, the deceased was a member of several other Masonic bodies, and of all the various Masonic grades up to and including that of the Sov. P. A. S. 32°, and in Grand Lodge had held the office of Dist. Deputy Grand Master for the District in which he resided. He had also held various civil offices, and was esteemed to be one of the most prominent physicians in the circle of his practice. He leaves a wife and two children, an aged mother and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss and honor his memory.

THAYER, EDWARD W. 1866-1910

From Proceedings, 1910-177:

Edward W. Thayer, Master of Old Colony Lodge, of Hingham, was born in Plymouth, Sept. 22, 1866. He was educated in the public schools of Hingham, and early entered business. He was connected with the Hingham Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and the Hingham Institution for Savings. Wor. Bro. Thayer entered Masonry in 1893. During the next four years he regularly attended the meetings and in 1897 was appointed and installed Junior Steward. He served the Lodge continuously in various positions, and was elected Master in 1909, making a continuous service of nearly thirteen years.

Worshipful Brother Thayer was scrupulously exact, painstaking and diligent. He commanded the respect of all who were associated with him.

In the Lodge he ably and faithfully discharged the duties of a leader. No one could be more faithful than he was in all that he believed was for the interest of the Lodge. Old Colony Lodge recorded that the Lodge never had a more devoted member, or Master, and he was the first Master to die in the high office during the many years of its existence. He died Aug. 29, 1910, deeply regretted by the church of which he was treasurer, the town which he wisely served, and the Lodge of which he was the beloved Master.



From TROWEL, Fall 1985, Page 24:

Robert O. Thayer Lived Active, Useful Life

R. W. Robert Oscello Thayer of Harwich, stricken while attending the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in December, died April 1 in a Boston hospital where he had been taken by ambulance from the Masonic Temple. His wife, Ellen May (Salley), had been a faithful daily visitor to his bedside for more than three months.

Born in Middleboro on May 30, 1920, the son of Azel Oscello and Florence May (Carver), Bro. Thayer was the first baby boy born at St. Luke's Hospital. He attended the Middleboro public schools and in September 1939 he enlisted in the 241st Coast Artillery, MA National Guard, serving until discharged in October 1945. The couple had five children, four of whom survive with their mother. A son, Robert 0., Jr., died several years ago. A manager of stores for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. for 25 years, he left to establish his own paint and wallpaper business in Harwichport. He sold the business in 1984.

Raised in Mayflower Lodge, Middleboro, Dec. 26, 1944, Bro. Thayer demitted to Orient Lodge, Edgartown. He demitted from that Lodge to affiliate with Pilgrim Lodge of Harwich when his family established a home in that town. He was Master in 1973 and was a Trustee; he was Master of the 15th Lodge of Instruction in 1974 and was completing his second year as D. D. G. M. of the Provincetown 32nd when stricken ill. He held membership in the MA D. D. G. M. Association and the Past Masters Association of Cape Cod.

He joined Old Colony Royal Arch Chapter of Middleboro in 1947, affiliated with Vineyard R. A. Chapter, Edgartown, in 1954, and with Sylvester Baxter Chapter (Cape Cod) in 1958. He was High Priest of that Chapter, 1962-1964. He was appointed D.D. Grand High Priest of the 12th Capitular District, 1969-70, and was elected Deputy Grand High Priest in 1974. In 1978 he was elected Grand High Priest, serving with dignity through 1981. He was a life member of the MA Convention of Anointed High Priests and was its President for three years. He held membership in the MA Chapter of Research and was a Grand Representative for the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire near the Grand Chapter of MA. He received the Benjamin Hurd, Jr., Medal in 1974 and the Paul Revere Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award given by the Grand Chapter, in 1981.

A charter member of Cape Cod Council, Royal and Select Masters, Bro. Thayer served as Illustrious Master in 1971, was Recorder for several years, and in 1977 was Grand Captain of the Guard. He was Knighted in Sutton Commandery No. 16, New Bedford, and was a charter member of Cape Cod Commandery No. 54. He donated a Beauseant banner to the new Commandery at its constitution on May 30, 1981.

Bro. Thayer was a Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Fall River, and a member of Massachusetts Consistory. Monarch of Epac Grotto of Cape Cod in 1960, he was Cast Director for three years and a member of the New England Grotto Association. A member of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., he also held membership in Bay State Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, MA College Societas Rosicruciana in Foedcratis, Cape Cod Shrine Club, Weary Travelers Shrine Club, What Cheer York Rite College No. 43 of Rhode Island, Royal Order of Scotland, and The Philalethes Society.

Bro. Thayer was a Deacon of the First Congregational Church in Harwich; a member of the Advisory Board, International Order of Rainbow for Girls; was active in Boy Scouting and a Past Commander of Post No. 292, American Legion. He had been Adjutant of the Harwich Post for several years, and was a corporator of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.

THOMAS, ELIJAH 1802-1850

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. X, No. 3, January 1851, Page 95:

Died at his residence in South Lee. Mass., Dec. 10, 1850, Mr. Elijah Thomas, aged 48 vears. Brolher Thomas was made a Mason in the year 1827, and during the antimasonic excitement that immediately followed that period, he remained a steadfast, consistent and faithful supporter of the principles of the Fraternity. of which he had become a member. And whereas, it has pleased Almighty God to take from amongst us our Brolher Elijah Thomas, long known and highly esteemed. not only as a high minded. virtuous and useful citizen, but as almost worthy Brother. whose cardinal principles. not only in profession but in practice, were friendship. morality and Brotherly love. - As a Mason, he was a strict adherent lo the true principles of our Order, holding fast to Brotherly love, relief and truth. Therefore,

  • Resolved, That in the death of Brother Thomas the Masonic Fraternity have been deprived of a bright example in Masonry, and a just and upright Brother.
  • Resolved, That Evening Star Lodge, of which he died a member, and the Fraternity at large, have sustained in his death an irreparable loss.
  • Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathies to the widow, children and family relatives of our deceased worthy Broiher, in the loss of a kind husband, an indulgent father and faithful friend,-one who has endeared liimself to all by his kindness. benevolence and christian courtesy.
  • Resolved, That the furniture and jewels of this Lodge be clothed in mourning for the usual space.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary be and hereby is authorized, to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolutions to lhe widow and family of our deceased Brother, and a copy of the same to the Freemasons' Magazine, for publication.

By order of the Master and Brethren, Caleb Belder, Secretary.



From TROWEL, August 1984, Page 9:

A Distinguished Mason
by Robert W. Williams, III

One advantage has always accrued to those of us in the news media who can relate back to the Depression Thirties and the World War II years. Whether communicating through radio, the newspapers, or television, we can look back with fond nostalgia to the life of our Brother Lowell Jackson Thomas, 33°.

"Good evening, everybody," meant Bro. Thomas could be anywhere in the world; perhaps in India or Tibet, where he would be surrounded by mountains and people with strange customs, and hobnobbing with adventurers and kings. For 15 minutes he could take us around the world in his nightly reports on radio.

I have had a special relationship with Bro. Thomas. It happened in 1978 when, in a Class named in his honor, Bro. Thomas and about 400 other Masons received the Scottish Rite degrees, all in one day, in the Valley of Boston. He related then how he had witnessed Commander Edmund Allenby's capture of Jerusalem from the Turks and how he was the only correspondent to cover T.E. Lawrence's Arabian Campaign. He also had the noble distinction of being the first correspondent to broadcast from a ship, airplane, coal mine, and submarine.

Ill. Bro. Thomas was Raised a Master Mason in St. John's Lodge, A. F. & A. M., in Boston, February 7, 1927. He was on assignment in the city at the time. He later affiliated with Kane Lodge No. 454, A.F. & A.M., often known as the "Explorers' Lodge," in New York City.

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal in 1970 and a 50-year Veteran's Medal in 1977. For his outstanding service to the cause of humanity, Ill. Bro. Thomas was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member-at-Large of the Supreme Council, on September 26,1979, in Chicago.

A complicated world needs critics and analysts as well as raconteurs, and Bro. Thomas was probably more the latter. "I try to make news somewhat entertaining. It seems to me that day-by-day exploits and adventures are fantastic, fabulous. Why shouldn't they be entertaining? And why shouldn't you tell them in a way that brings it out in that fashion? I've always tried to do that," he once explained.

Born in Woodlington, Ohio, April 6, 1892, he was the son of Harry G. and Harriet Wagner Thomas. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where he attended public school. At age 18 he obtained his first job as a reporter with the Cripple Creek Times. Soon after that he became editor of the Victor Daily Record in the same state. He earned and saved enough money to attend the University of Denver where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees. Later he studied law at Kent College while working on the Chicago Journal. He also studied constitutional law at Princeton, supporting himself by instructing other students in public speaking and giving talks to various civic groups.

In 1917 he married the former Frances Ryan who predeceased him in 1975. They were the parents of a son, Lowell J. Thomas, Jr., and had two grandchildren and one great granddaughter. In 1977 Bro. Thomas married Marianna Munn who survived his death on August 29, 1981.

Fred F. French, who became enormously rich during the 1920s by building skyscrapers in New York, was one of many people found sliding into obscurity as a result of the Great Depression. Bro. Thomas purchased his Georgian-style home at Quaker Hill, Pawling, N.Y. Ferociously addicted to sports, including riding and skiing, he had a golf course built on his 80-acre home, 75 miles from New York City. At a present cost of $55M per hole — tee to green — one can only make a rough estimate of the value of his home in 1984.

A modern Marco Polo, traveling around the world, his humanitarian activities were extensive; raising funds for Tibetans, for the Goddard Space Center, a clinic for mothers and children in Jerusalem, Boy Scouts of America, and several colleges. He authored more than 50 books.

Orrin S. Henderson, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, once declared, "The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is Character. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried. It lives in the community where he was known." Rev. Bro. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale so eloquently expressed our feelings in his eulogy of Bro. Thomas. "We shall miss you here. Until we meet you over there, it is not 'goodbye,' but, in your own words, “So long until tomorrow.”

THOMAS, MOSES G. 1805-1880

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IV, No. 9, December 1880, Page 271:

Rev. Moses G. Thomas, a widely known Unitarian clergyman, died at Concord, N. H., from paralysis, on September i8th. He was a son of the late Moses Thomas, a prominent citizen of Sterling, Mass., and was born in that town Jan. 19th, 1805. After having been thoroughly fitted for college he entered Brown University, from which he graduated in 1825. Subsequently he went to the Cambridge Theological School, whose honors he received in 1828.

Feb. 25th, 1829, he was ordained to the Unitarian ministry at Concord, N. H., and was made pastor of the first church of that denomination there. Among those who took part in the services were Rev. Mr. Gannet, and Rev. Mr. Barrett, of Boston, and Rev. Mr. Capen of South Boston. The corner-stone of the Unitarian church at Concord was laid by Rev. Mr. Thomas, May 2d, 1829, and the dedication of the building took place on the nth day of the following November. Rev. Mr. Thomas gave the sermon, and Rev. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Rev. Mr. Parkman of Boston assisted in the proceedings.

On July 12th, 1830, Rev. Mr. Thomas was married to Mary Jane Kent, daughter of Hon. William A. Kent of Concord. His pastorate at Concord continued fifteen years. Greatly esteemed as a pastor, he was also universally respected as a citizen throughout the community.

Outside of the pulpit he was especially active in all moral and educational enterprises. He resigned his pastorate at Concord, greatly to the regret of the people of his charge, April 1st, 1844, and was succeeded by Rev. William P. Tilden, now of Boston. From New Hampshire Rev. Mr. Thomas went to South Boston, where he was settled as a minister for several years, and then removed to New Bedford, where, after filling a successful pastorate, he was for a considerable time city missionary. Having become worn in health, he went from New Bedford to Atlanta, Mo., where for some years he lived upon a farm in company with his son. He returned from the West to make a visit in Massachusetts, but his health had then become so impaired that he never again left New England. The last years of •his life, until he removed to Concord a few months ago, were passed in Boston, where he received a severe shock of paralysis, from which he never rallied.

Many years ago, Rev. Mr. Thomas became a Freemason in Blazing Star Lodge at Concord, and afterwards took the Chapter and Commundery Degrees, and the Thirty-third in the Sovereign Consistory of Boston. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Eureka Lodge of New Bedford, and of other Masonic organizations in that city, and of De Molay Commandery in Boston, where he was well known and esteemed. He was also an Odd Fellow. In July last, Rev. Mr. Thomas and wife celebrated their golden wedding at Concord. He leaves a widow and two children — a daughter, the wife of Judge Pitman, and a son, Channing Thomas, of Boston.




From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IX, No. 3, June 1885, Page 83:

At the Quarterly Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts held June 9th, 1885, in Boston, the M. E. Grand High Priest, F. T. Comee, read the following memorial circular issued over his own signature: —

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts.
Office of the Grand High Priest.

Zephaniah H. Thomas

Was born in Truro, Massachusetts, on the 17th day of June, 1832, and after a life of more than usual activity in Freemasonry, died at his home in Cambridgeport, in the early morning of May 26th, 1885.

He came to Boston when a youth, was made a Mason in Joseph Warren Lodge and was admitted to membership therein April 9th, 1858. He was exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, November 30th, 1858, withdrew from it in 1865 to assist informing Cambridge R. A. Chapter, of which he was the first High Priest under the Charter.

He received the Degrees in Cryptic Masonry in 1863, became a member of Boston Council April 30th of that year, and was Thrice Illustrious Master in 1875.

He was created a Knight Templar in Boston Commandery, March 2ist, 1860, and has been its Recorder since 1877.

In 1871, he was elected Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, and in 1872, he succeeded to the office of Grand Secretary, for the duties of which he was well qualified, and performed them faithfully.

He had all the Degrees in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, including that of Honorary Thirty-Third, which last was conferred upon him December 13th, 1S66. In this Rite he had also worked diligently.

brother and Companion Thomas was well known in Masonic circles for a period of twenty-seven years, where, from his first admission, he became conspicuous for ritualistic and clerical abilities, and these he actively employed in the many and respective stations he has filled.

In his death the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts has lost a diligent and efficient officer, the members a kind friend and companion, and the whole fraternity a true and zealous brother.

Inasmuch, therefore, as sorrow has come unto us, and a period of mourning is becoming in the living, and appropriate for the dead:

It is hereby ordered, that emblems of mourning be displayed in the several subordinate Chapters within our jurisdiction for a period of ninety days from the date hereof, and this order shall be read at the head of each Chapter at the first regular convocation after its receipt.

Further, the jewels of all Officers, Grand and Subordinate, shall be draped in mourning for the same period.

Given under my hand and the Seal of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, this twenty-eighth day of May, A.D., 1885, in the city of Boston.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1885, Page 247:

Zephaniah Harrison Thomas, 33was born in Truro, Mass., June 17, 1832, and died at his late residence, in Cambridgeport, Mass., May 26, 1885.Before he attained the age of two years, his mother died, and he was placed in the care of near relatives. His opportunities for education were such as arc common to the children of small New England towns. He commendably improved them, and his ambition sought a wider field of activity. At the age of fifteen years, he left his sea-girt home and continued his northern journey, until he reached Boston, where he sought and soon found employment. To him his employer immediately entrusted the keys of his store and the care of his property. It was his first duty to open the store, sweep and dust, and have all trim and clean for the business of the day. In this position he won the affection, as well as the respect, of his employer. His proficiency brought deserved promotion. He became a salesman, then the bookkeeper, and finally, a member of the firm, under the name of Damon, Thomas & Lewis. This latter relation he held until the firm discontinued business, in 1874.

His connection with Freemasonry began in 1857, in which year he received the degrees in Joseph Warren Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Boston, Mass. He became a member thereof April 9. 1858. Bro. Thomas was elected to and filled various subordinate offices, and, passing through the Wardens’ chairs, presided over the Lodge as Worshipful Master, in 1868-69. He was honored, in 1881, by the conferring upon him of Honorary membership in Joseph Warren Lodge.

He was exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston, November 30, 1858. He withdrew from it in 1865 to become a charter member of Cambridge, R. A. Chapter, of which he was the first High Priest under the charter.

In 1871 Comp. Thomas was elected Deputy Grand High Priest, and in 1872 became Grand Secretary^of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts. The latter position he filled with honor to himself and the Fraternity, until his decease. His duties as Secretary of the Grand Chapter were discharged with his customary efficiency and kindness. Many Chapters, especially those constituted during his Secretaryship, have realized his helpfulness and zeal. The Grand High Priest of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts, Fred T. Comee, was pleased to say in his memorial message: “The Grand Chapter of Massachusetts has lost a diligent and efficient officer; the members, a kind friend and companion, and the whole Fraternity a true and zealous brother.”

Bro. Thomas received the degrees in Cryptic Masonry, April 30, 1883. He was elected thrice Illustrious Master of Boston Council Royal and Select Masters in 1875, and was made an Honorary member thereof, September 28, 1876.

He was created a Knight Templar in Boston Commandery, K. T., March 21, i860, and became a member thereof May 16, 1860. During the first sixteen years of his membership in this Order he held various offices, up to and including that of Generalissimo.October 17. 1877, he was elected Recorder of Boston Commandery, K. T., which office he continuously held until his decease.

During Bro. Thomas’ terms of service as Recorder, Boston Commandery had four prominent events. First, its Eighteenth Anniversary, in 1882; second, its White Mountain Pilgrimage, in 1882; third, its Templar Reception, at the Mechanics’ Building, in 1882 ; and fourth, the Pilgrimage to California, in 1883. In all these, the services of a prompt, efficient, accurate and tireless Recorder were absolutely necessary. In all these the Eminent Commander of Boston Commandery found Sir Knight Thomas ready and willing, accurate in every detail, and indefatigable in every duty. In that unsurpassed Pilgrimage of Boston Commandery to San Francisco, Cal., arrangements for which were necessarily months, if not years, in attaining their perfection, Sir Knight Thomas was charged with many and various duties of detail, in the discharge of which he deserved and received the cordial and unanimous approval of the Committee.

Bro. Thomas became identified with the Scottish Rite of Masonry in the year 1862, when he became a member of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, of which he was elected Secretary in May, 1881, and continued as such until his decease. He was a member of Giles F. Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, and of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix.In the year 1869, Brother Thomas became a member of Massachusetts Consistory, 320, and in December, 1882, he was elected Secretary of that body which he likewise held at his decease. December 13, 1866, he received the Honorary grade of Sov. Gr. Ins. Gen. of the 33d and last degree. His interest and efficiency in the work of the Scottish Rite were also marked. He was thoroughly loyal to the best interests of the craft, in whose peace and prosperity he delighted. From the organization of the Ancient Accepted Association in 1870, until his decease, he was Secretary of that body, and in December, 1SS2, he became the Grand Secretary of this Council of Deliberation.

Bro. Thomas won the respect of his fellow-citizens, who made him a member of the Common Council of his adopted city. He won the cordial good-fellowship of all who came within the circle of his acquaintance. Formerly he was an attendant of Lee Street Unitarian Church, and for several years the Superintendent of its Sunday School.

As Secretary or Recorder of various Masonic organizations, and in other similar duties, his work bespeaks the man, accurate, careful, painstaking. His records were his pride. They are monuments to his patience and skill. By vote of Boston Commandery it was ordered that the entire records of that body be copied, thereby assuring the safety of their valuable contents. This important work was intrusted to Sir Knight Thomas. He completed the copying of the first fifty-one years, (1802-1853) making two large volumes, with a neatness, exactness and beauty that challenges admiration. They are now the richest possession of Boston Commandery. Though containing memorials of great value to the Commandery, these records have now greatly added value, since they were the work, the pride, the joy of that warm heart now cold in death.

Even in his last words, he manifested his abiding interest in his life-work. He asked for his papers and books repeatedly, and, too weak to work, he turned and turned those sacred pages, and dwelt with seeming pleasure on those words, cut as with an engraver’s chisel, until, in the last flickering of life's fading lamp, he said: “gather up my papers; do up my books; I am going home.”

Bro. Zephaniah H. Thomas was one of those whom to meet once was to know, and know thoroughly. No roughness dwelt under his pleasing manner; no hate lurked in his cordial greeting. He was open, free, approachable always, everywhere, by anybody. He was industrious, with no time to waste, toiling often through weary night as well as day hours to promptly discharge duties incumbent upon him. He was not hasty in speech, but had respect unto the feelings of others. Those who knew him most intimately have remarked upon his comparative freedom from censure or criticism of others, but rather he would express an excuse for the short-coming of his brethren. His word was not as the sword that cuts, but rather as the cure that heals. Ill will found no permanent seat in his breast. Charity was no stranger in his heart.

While we weep over the loss we have sustained, let charity incline us to throw its mantle over his foibles, whatever they may have been, and not withhold from his memory the praise that his virtue may have claimed. Suffer the apologies of human nature to plead in his behalf. “Perfection on earth has never been attained. The wisest as well as the best of men have erred.” “There is none perfect, no, not one”.

His illness was of long duration. That he was well aware months ago that his physical forces were weakening, and his abode with us of comparatively short duration, is perfectly true. Words uttered and arrangements made seem to indicate some such thought. Yet his was a remarkable will. It lengthened his stay with us. His light with death was patient and strong; he contended step by step and yielded only inch by inch. To be at his post, to attend the Commandery, “to read his own records,” were his determinations at times, when inflexible will asserted itself over his dying members. But when from utter prostration, his will, even by the affectionate assistance of his wife, could not hold sway, he was forced to yield the contest and absent himself from the Commandery on that last Wednesday evening of his life — then his hope was crushed.

He clung to home, to his family, to his friends, and hoped to revive, until by the gracious coming of strength wherewith to die he was resigned to the issue of the final conflict and sorrow.

He has fallen in that battle in which we must all, sooner or later, endure defeat. We now can only speak words of knightly affection ; we can only offer our tributes, symbolic of fraternal regard; we can only plant the sprig of acacia at the head of our brother's grave, marking the place of his burial and symbolizing our faith in the resurrection. As we see him in memory before us today, our call unanswered, our look unreturned, his skillful hand welded to his pulseless side, we recognize that “the doom of death ” has fallen upon him. We bow our heads in grief. It pains us to realize, we shall see his form, hear his voice, and walk in his good fellowship no more on earth.

“Lord, we can trust Thee for our holy dead;
They, underneath the shadows of Thy tomb,
Have entered into peace; with bended head
We thank Thee for their rest, and for our lightened gloom.

Hut, Lord! our living — who on stormy seas
Of sin and sorrow still are tempest-tossed!
Our dead have reached their home, but these —
Teach us to trust Thee, Lord, for these Thy children here.

For these we make our earnest passion-prayer,
For these we cry to Thee through the long day;
We see them not, oh I keep them in Thy sight,
From them and us be Thou not very far away.

And if not home to us, yet lead them home
To where Thou standest at the Heavenly gate;
That so from Thee we shall not further roam,
And grant us, patient hearts. Thy gathering time to wait.”

Courteously submitted,
John L. Stevenson, 33°,
Oliver A. Roberts, 32°,
E. Bentley Young, 32°.

THOMPSON, LEVI P. 1828-1862

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 1, October 1862, Page 30:

Capt. Levi P. Thompson, late of Company D. in the 17th Massachusetts regiment, died at Newbern, N. C. on the 20th of September, aged 34 years. He was loved and respected by his brother officers, and by the men under his command. As a member of the Masonic Fraternity he was an active and efficient one. He was a member of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars, at a meeting of which body, Oct. 15, the M. E. Grand Commander announced the death of Sir Kt. Thompson, and followed the announcement by Resolutions. The remarks and resolutions were as follows :—

Sir Knights, it becomes my duty to announce to you, officially another "vacancy in the lines of our Encampment;" one to whom we paid the last sad tribute of respect on Sunday the 5th inst., (Oct.) Sir Knight Levi P. Thompson, who, though with us but a short time, was, to those who knew him, a warm and true hearted Brother, and ardently attached to the Encampment.

Soon after his admission to the Encampment, which was in Sept., 1860, his patriotic heart, with true Knightly valor, beating warmly in response to the call of his country, he left his family to go where duty and honor called him. During bis absence, a devoted wife was taken from him, and he could not be spared from his post of duty to be with her in her Iast moments, to receive her dying blessing. His strict and close attentions to bis duty brought on a fever, which resulted In his death, at Newbern, N. C, in the 34th year of his age. Taken thus in the prime of life, and in the midst of a noble career of honorable service, which led once to his promotion, and which would have placed bis name still higher upon the roll of Fame, he has entered that Asylum where the Pilgrim Warrior finds rest from his labor. In view of the estimation in which ha was held by the Sir Knights of the Boston Encampment, I submit the following Resolutions :—

  • Resolved, That in sorrow we receive the sad intelligence of the death of Sir Kt. Levi P. Thompson, whose patriotic feelings, and whose ardent love of country, called him like a true Knight, to draw his sword in her defence, and to fall under the glorious Beauseant or the Stars and Stripes.
  • Resolved, That while we mingle our sorrows and sympathies with the family of our deceased Companion, we feel the assurance which was so earnestly expressed by a young lady while listening to the sermon on the occasion of his funeral, "That Capt. Thompson has certainly gone to heaven, for he died in the service of his country,"

And has gone to that distant happy land,
Where the sorrows of life are unknown,
To enlist in that heavenly Union band
Which surrounds his Father's throne.

With a Knightly zeal, at his country's call.
He buckled his armor on;
With a firm resolve in her cause to fall,
Or return with the wreath be had won.

Then leave him to rest in his narrow bed,
Where friendship has hallowed the sod;
For now in that holy army above,
He obeys the commands of his God.

  • Resolved, That these Resolutions be placed upon our Records, enclosed in black marginal lines, and that our Banners and Swords bear the usual badge of mourning.

THORPE, JOHN V. 1865-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-23:

Brother Thorpe was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1865, and died in that city on January 5, 1942.

Immediately after leaving high school, he went into the office of the Fall River Bleachery, where he remained, a trusted employee, for fifty-five years-until the closing of that business in 1938. He was highly esteemed by his business associates, as well as by all others who knew him. A studious man, and with a warm humanitarian attitude toward life, he left behind him a record of kindliness and unselfishness which will long be remembered.

He was raised in King Philip Lodge of Fall River on October 23, 1900, and served as Worshipful Master in 1918. He became a Charter Member of Watuppa Lodge on October 24, 1927, and continued his membership in both of these Lodges until his death.

In the Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fall River 30th Masonic District in 1929 and 1930 by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W, Dean. He was in great demand as a speaker and made many contributions in this way, both in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Following Brother Thorpe's passing, there was found among his effects a piece of poetry which he had written and which truly exemplifies the philosophy of life which guided him in all his activities:

"I cannot clearly see my way,
I grope as one whose eyes are dim,
I feel my way, and, step by step
I come the closer unto Him.

"There is so much for me to do
Before I give myself to rest,
I would that I might stay till I
Complete my work, but He knows best.

"Whate'er He gives for me to do
That will I try, and do my best,
And pray that when my call shall come
That it will bring me perfect rest.

"So, though my way is not so clear,
And though my vision is but dim,
I shall with faith and.truth live on,
And come the closer unto Him."

THURBER, JAMES 1800-1857


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

James Thurber was born in Warren, R. I., Nov. 11, 1800, the son of George Thurber and his wife Jemima Tillson, and was educated in the public schools of that town. In early manhood he came to Taunton, and was associated with Allen Danforth in publishing the Columbian Reporter. In 1827 he published the Commonwealth Advocate, a paper which espoused the cause of Freemasonry. He moved to Plymouth, Mass., in 1832, and was connected with the Old Colony Reporter as editor and publisher.

In public matters he occupied a prominent position, and was employed in the office of the Secretary of State for many years. After his removal to Plymouth he became a member of Plymouth Lodge and was its Worshipful Master in 1856. The records of Plymouth Lodge also show that Brother Thurber was elected Secretary of that Lodge in 1832. He married Elizabeth Danforth, a daughter of Asa Danforth of Taunton, in 1831. He died in Plymouth May 21, 1857.

TILDEN, HENRY P. 1887-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-34:

Right Worshipful Brother Tilden was born in South Scituate October 6, 1887, and died in Weymouth February 7,1940.

He was taken to Weymouth as a small child and remained there for the remainder of his life. After graduation from the High School he entered the United States Trust Company as an office boy and spent his whole business life there, being Vice-President at his death.

He became a member of Orphan's Hope Lodge in 1907 and was its Master in 1919. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-sixth Masonic District in 1922 and 1923, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

Brother Tilden was a Past High Priest of Pentalpha Royal Arch Chapter and Past Commander of South Shore Commandery, Knights Templar. He was a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Boston and at the time of his death was Senior Warden of Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection.

An excellent ritualist, always a willing worker, faithful and efficient in all his undertakings, always t indly and courteous, Brother Tilden will be very greatly missed.

TILLSON, DAVID 1797-1873

From New England Freemason, Vol. I, No. 2, February 1874, p. 94:

The funeral ceremonies over the remains of our late Brother, David Tillson, were performed on the ninth of December last at the church in Bulfinch Street, Boston. The religious services were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. S. H. Winkley, while the Masonic exercises were, by request of the W. Master of Columbian Lodge, under the direction of our venerable Brother W. George G. Smith, the senior Past Master of Columbian Lodge, and an intimate personal friend of the deceased, of whose life he gave an interesting sketch. Brother Tillson was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, July 29, 1797. He was initiated in Columbian Lodge April 5, 1821, and admitted to membership in 1824. He was almost constantly in office from 1828 to 1840, and served as Master in 1834, 1835 and 1836; he was also Master of Mount Horeb Lodge in 1856. As R. W. John T. Heard has said of him, he was "a 'good man and true,' and failed not in the battle of the persecution heroically to maintain his ground in the South, West or East, or wherever else duty called him." Columbian Lodge adopted the following Resolutions of respect to his memory: —

"Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe, the Creator and Disposer of all things, to terminate the earthly career of pur beloved Brother David Tillson;
"And, Whereas, our late Brother was distinguished for true, faithful and firm adherence to our beloved Institution, throughout that long and gloomy period when the machinations of unscrupulous politicians and the bigotry of Anti-Masonry threatened its existence;
"And, Whereas, his relations with Columbian Lodge, continuing for more than half a century, have been characterized by the highest devotion to its interests and welfare, it is, therefore,
"Resolved, That in mourning for the death of our esteemed brother, we find consolation in contemplating his life of more than threescore years and ten, which affords so many examples worthy of emulation ; in the admiration of his steady and firm principles which enabled him to withstand private and Masonic trials undaunted, and maintain his integrity unimpaired; and in reflecting upon his long and useful career as a member and officer of this Lodge, extending over a term of more than fifty years,
" Resolved, That the members of Columbian Lodge deeply sympathize with the family of our departed Brother in this hour of their great affliction.
"Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be presented to the widow of our deceased Brother.

(Signed) "John T. Heard, Peter C. Jones, Josiah A. Stearns,Committee.

The funeral ceremonies were peculiarly appropriate and touching, and elicited the following expression of gratitude from a son-in-law of the deceased: —

Boston, Dec. 10, 1873.
To (he Brethren of Columbian Lodge:

With profound gratitude, allow me to address you in behalf of the family of the late David Tillson.

Your attention to him during his brief illness, your appropriate services on the funeral occasion, and your generous appropriation, both of time and money, in giving him such a burial are much like the offering of 'spices and myrrh' when the body of our Lord was taken from the cross.

Please accept the hearty thanks of the widow and her children for your kindness and evident sincerity in every expression of sympathy with us, and 'honor to the memory of the just.' All that the Worshipful Master said of him is true. David Tillson was an honest man; we all know that he wronged no man, and was noble in forbearance. God bless the Brotherhood which can encourage and ripen to maturity such noble traits of character. I belong not to the Order, but as a minister of the Gospel have always spoken well of it, and all true men among them have a place in my heart.

"The key note of my preaching for twenty-five years has been like that pronounced so touchingly over his coffin — Brethren, more love in the Lodges and in the churches. Yes, let us have more love the world round, until all of us on the earth shall simply re-echo the golden strains of the music in that New Jerusalem which is above.

Very truly Yours, Joseph L. Bennett, Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Springfield, Ohio.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 11, February 1891, Page 345:

It is now some months since a friend handed us the following newspaper clipping: "Mr. Abraham Tilton, now residing in Somerville, should be a competitor for the distinction of the 'oldest living Freemason.'" Mr. Tilton was made a Mason in St. Matthew's Lodge of Andover in 1825. He has for many years been a member of Pentucket Lodge of this city (Lowell), is now an honorary member of that Lodge, which for the past fifteen years has given him an annual benefit of $100. Mr. Tilton was for about forty years a blacksmith on the Lawrence corporation, but for fifteen or twenty years past has resided at Somerville, with his daughter. The old gentleman has been in good health though totally blind for a long time past.

A short time ago he fell down a flight of stairs, and it was feared that he would not recover from the effects of the fall. A letter recently received by a Lowell Masonic brother, gives a more hopeful view of the case." At the time the foregoing item was written, Brother Tilton had been blind for twelve years, but otherwise had good health until the accident alluded to.

He was ninety-eight years old July 31, 1890. His death occurred in Somerville, Mass., August 15, 1890. Brother Joseph W. Smith, of Andover, writing to Wor. Bro. Frederick Frye, of Lowell, gave the following facts from the records of St. Matthew's Lodge. Abraham Tilton's petition was received June 29, 1825. He was Initiated August 10, Crafted August 25, and Raised August 27, 1825. The officers of the Lodge were: John Brown, W. M.; Merrill Pettingill, S. W.; George Wardwell, Jr., J. W.; Reuben Frye, Treasurer; David Gray, Jr., Secretary; George Harvey, S. D.; John Davis, J. D.; John Murland, S. S.; Charles Wardwell, J. S.; John Smith, Jr., Marshal; Rev. Charles O. Kimball, Chaplain.

TINKHAM, JOHN G. 1839-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1916-165:

R.W. John G. Tinkham, of Fall River, was born in Freetown, Mass., March 4, 1839, and died December 17, 1915. He was a bookkeeper for Allen Slade & Co., pottery manufacturers, for many years.

Brother Tinkham received the Masonic degrees in Pioneer Lodge, of Somerset, in 1863, and became a member September 28, 1863. He was its Master for five consecutive years, 1871 to 1876, was District Deputy Grand Master of the Thirtieth Masonic District in 1911 and 1912, and was Secretary of the Lodge from 1902 to 1914. From 1863 until his death he almost invariably held some elective or appointive place in the Lodge. Brother Tinkham received the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry in Fall River Chapter, being exalted September 19, 1864. He received the Templar Degrees in Sutton Commandery, Knights Templars, of New Bedford, being Knighted September 14, 1865.

Brother Tinkham for more than fifty years was a zealous and painstaking member of the Fraternity who gave the best he had of thought and strength to the welfare of Pioneer Lodge.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 3, December 1906, Page 117:’’

Brother Benjamin Tolman died at his house in Concord, Mass., Nov. 17, aged eighty-four. He was the oldest native born resident of Concord. He was born in Concord, Oct. 5, 1822, in the house on Lexington Road where he had lived during his entire life. He entered the office of the Concord ‘’Freeman’’ in 1836, a paper published in Concord, and served his apprenticeship. Followiug this he worked at several of the Boston papers. Later he returned to Concord and published the Concord ‘’Freeman’’ for fifteen years.

In 1869 he again changed his business to Boston, this time as senior partner of the Tolman & White Printing Company. He continued there until about fourteen years ago, when he retired from active business. Mr. Tolman was made a Mason in 1856. He was the oldest Mason of Corinthian Lodge of Concord, the oldest Past Master, and for several years had been an honorary member. He presided over the lodge in 1868 and 1869. He was also a charter member of Walden Royal Arch Chapter, which was instituted in 1872.

TORR, ANDREW 1798-1885

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IX, No. 2, May 1885, Page 57:

The Liberal Freemason alluded a long time ago to Brother Andrew Torr, who when a young man and a few years after he had been made a Freemason, chanced to be in Batavia, New York, at the time of the reported disappearance of William Morgan, and during the violent outbreaks of Anti-Masonry. His attachment to Freemasonry has been constant from the time of his initiation, and now that his life's work is done, the sorrow thereat is subdued by the knowledge of its thoroughness.

The newspapers of Salem and Peabody spoke feelingly of his death, and from their columns we take most of the following matter concerning him:

Another of our well known and honored citizens has come to the close of a long and busy life among us, and in the death of Andrew Torr, on May 6th, we are again reminded that the fathers are fast passing away from our sight. Although living a comparatively quiet and unpretentious life, he has long been identified with the enterprise and progress of this community.

Mr. Torr was born in Lee, N. H., July 20th, 1798, and was in his 87th year. He came to Danvers, South Parish, when a boy, and learned the tanning business of the late Squiers Shove, in the yard back of the Institute. He began tanning on Foster Street, in a yard put down by himself in 1822. This was,the beginning of what is known as the Franklin Osborne tannery at the present time. Afterwards he built the tannery on Foster Street near Little's Mill, which was at one time a pond, and where he has been actively engaged to within a few years. At an early age he married Clara C. Stevens, of New Durham, N. H., who survives him, besides two sons and a daughter — John S., Henry C, and Mrs. Ellen Wingate. Mr. Torr's interest in town affairs was ever manifest; he was usually to be seen at town meeting, and his influence was always on the side of law and justice. At one time he held the position of Selectman and assessor for the old town of Danvers, and at another was deputy sheriff.

He was well known throughout New,England, as for many years he \vas in the hemlock bark trade, and imported many thousand cords into this town from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He travelled extensively through those States, selecting his bark.

His word was always as good as a bond. He built a house on Washington Street about 1830, when it was known as the old Boston road. This house was removed to the foot of Washington Place about 1850, and a new one built on its site, where he died. He leaves two brothers, John, a resident of Salem, and George, who is, if we are correct, in the West. Only two older citizens in town are known. Lewis Allen, will be ninety-one if he lives to July 26th, and Benjamin C. Osborn, who was eighty-nine, February 23d, last.

He joined Jordan Lodge of Freemasons, April 3d, 1823, at Danvers, and Washington Royal Arch Chapter of Salem, April 9th, 1824, and Salem Council of Royal Masters, February 7th, 1825, and retained his membership in all until his decease. He was Tyler of Washington Royal Arch Chapter in 1832; in 1853 he was Master of the First Veil. He was the Treasurer of Jordan Lodge for fifteen years, from 1846 to 1861, and was an officer of the lodge from 1826 to 1861. In all the relations of life he was known as a man of sterling integrity, kind and indulgent.

TOWLE, GEORGE S. 1829-1858

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 7, May 1858, Page 223:

The Brethren of Hiram Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, West Cambridge, Mass., having received the solemn intelligence of the death of Brother George S. Towle, of Charlestown, a member of this Lodge, do hereby adopt the following resolutions in memory of their deceased Brother :—

  • Resolved, That we mourn the departure of Brother Towle from earthly fellowship, in the vigor of his young manhood, as a severe and unexpected loss to this Lodge and to all the friends and Brothers of our Order, to whom his manly virtues, his upright character and his generous heart had endeared him.
  • Resolved, That the life and character of our deceased Brother exemplified the principles of the Order which he loved, in the genial kindness of his heart, in the honorable discharge of his duty, and in that abundant charity "which never faileth"; and our abiding confidence, that he has gone before us to the higher degrees of human perfection, in which we shall ere long join him in the celestial Lodge above, is now our solace and comfort in the loss which we deplore.
  • Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be transmitted by the Secretary, to the family and friends of our late Brother, as a manifestation of our sympathy in their bereavement, and be published in the Masonic Magazine as a public testimonial of his worth.





From Proceedings, Page 1926-296:

R.W. Bro. Tripp was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 31, 1868. Bro. Tripp's active life was spent in teaching in the Emerson College of Oratory, in Boston, in which he was Professor of Dramatic Art and an officer of administration.

Bro. Tripp became a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge January 11, 1893, and was its Worshipful Master in 1903 and 1904. He became Secretary of the Lodge on December 13, 1920, and filled that position up to the time of his death. He was also a charter member of Euclid Lodge, serving as its Worshipful Master in 1917 and 1918, both under Dispensation and under Charter. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1912 and 1913 by appointment of M. W. Everett C. Benton.

Bro. Tripp was a Past High Priest of Saint Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, and Past Grand King of the Grand Chapter. He was a member of Boston Council Royal and Select Masters and a member and Past Commander of Boston Commandery No. 2, K.T. He was a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Boston; Past Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, which distinction was conferred upon him September 20, 1921.

R.W. Bro. Tripp's sudden death was a great loss to his many friends. A very efficient Masonic officer, he was wise in counsel and kindly and genial in all of his associations, endearing himself deeply to a wide circle of friends.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1927, Page 43:

"A friend whose friends were proof of the relation,
A brother, loving, zealous, good and true."

Walter Bradley Tripp, son of Albert Eastman and M. Lucy (Batchelder) Tripp, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 31, 1868, and died suddenly in Boston, Mass., August 8, 1926.

Illustrious Brother Tripp received his elementary education in the public schools of Cincinnati, and took special work in Harvard and Boston Universities, and graduated from Emerson College of Oratory in 1887 and shortly thereafter joined the faculty, and maintained this connection at the time of his death.

Brother Tripp was a reader and lecturer whose reputation went far beyond the limits of his home city.He was a member of the Unitarian Church, and at one time a steward in that organization.He was raised a Master Mason in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Boston, Mass., and became a member of the same December 11, 1893. He served in the various offices of the Lodge and was Worshipful Master in 1903-1904, Elected Secretary in 1920, he occupied that office at the time of his decease.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in Massachusetts in 1913-1914. He was a charter member of Euclid Lodge of Boston; Master under dispensation, and its first Worshipful Master in 1916-1917-1918.

He was President of the First Worshipful Master's Association in Massachusetts in 1924-1925.

On January 2, 1901, he was exalted in St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter, and was elected High Priest in 1912-1913; was Grand Captain of the Host in the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1921-1922 and Grand King in 1923. He received the degrees in the Cryptic Rite in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, and became a member of the same March 28, 1901. He was Knighted in Boston Commandery, Knights Templar, June 17, 1913, and was its Commander in 1920-1921.

Illustrious Brother Tripp became a member of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection December 7, 1906, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem December 14, 1906, Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, February 17, 1907, and Massachusetts Consistory, April 28, 1907. He served as Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, in 1919-1920-1921.

He was crowned at Boston, September 20, 1921, a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council.

His outstanding ability in his profession was recognized, and for a period he was employed by the Supreme Council in designing costumes for the Scottish Rite Degrees.

Long as is this list of his attainments, it conveys but a feeble account of his usefulness and activity in the cause of Masonry, and his service to his fellows. Modest and unostentatious in his life and habits, he was a man beloved by his friends and associates.

Though he has passed beyond the vale, he has left in the hearts of those who remain memories that can never fade.

“I cannot say, and I will not say,
That he is dead — he is just away!
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there.

And you, O you, who the wildest yearn,
For the old-time step and the glad return —
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here,
Think of him still as the same, I say
He is not dead — he is just away.”

Joseph T. Paul, 33°,
Frank E. Buxton, 33°,
Andrew P. Cornwall, 32°


From Proceedings, Page 1889-26:

Within a few. days intelligence has been received that R.W. and Rev. David Trumbull, D.D.; died at Valparaiso, Chili, on the first day of February last, in the seventieth year of his age. He was a descendant of the elder Governor Trumbull, of Connecticut, and was born in Colchester, in that State, in November, 1819. He graduated at Yale College in 1842, and, after completing a course of theological study at Princeton, was ordained on the 2d of June, 1845, and went to Valparaiso under a commission from the Foreign Evangelical Society. That city has been his home for nearly forty-five years. Although enrolled as a missionary of the Presbyterian Board, and regarded as in some sense a representative of the American Seamen's Friend Society, he had been chiefly occupied as pastor of an independent church, maintained by English and American residents.

For twenty years Dr. Trumbull had edited and published the Record, — a small newspaper devoted to the publication of reports of matters of religious interest in Chili. In his long life as a pioneer missionary to South America, he had done vigorous and useful work as a staunch defender of religion and an interpreter of American views of civil and religious liberty.

He was married June 5, 1850, to Miss Jane Fitch, niece of Dr. E. T. Fitch, of Yale Theological Seminary. She survives him, with three daughters and two sons. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Chili District in December, 1875, and held the office until his death.

No particulars have yet been received as to his sickness and death; and as we have no knowledge as to the residence of any of his relatives in this country, we have not been able to obtain any other information as to his Masonic life. For most of these few items of his history we are indebted to the newspapers.

Master of Bethesda (Valparaiso) 1867-1868
District Deputy Grand Master, Chile District, 1876-1889

TUCKER, SIMEON 1766-1843

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. II, No. 11, September 1843, Page. 370:

Died, in Canton, Mass., on the 13th of July last, Br. Simeon Tucker, a member of Rising Star Lodge, aged 77.

It is not our intention, at this time, to present an extended obituary notice of Br. Tucker. During a long life he sustained an irreproachable character; and " as he lived respected, so he died regretted." But our object is briefly to speak of his constancy and fidelity to the Institution when assailed by the anti-masonic faction a few years since, in that section of the country. If we honor the patriots of the Revolution, who fought and conquered the enemies of their country in times which "tried men's souls," in like manner ought we to cherish the memories of those veterans of our Order who, faithful to their principles and obligations, defended it against the ruthless assaults of its adversaries. Of this number was our deceased Brother. His residence was in the county of Norfolk, where the first anti-masonic assembly, ever convened in this Commonwealth, was held. The faction speedily assumed a political form. Anti-masonry was carried into the elections. All officers elected in the county of Norfolk were anti-masonic. In several towns, Freemasons were excluded from the jury boxes. In others, threats and intimidations were resorted to, with the view to induce them to renounce the Order. Under such circumstances of peril and difficulty, the subject of this notice, though often assailed, stood firm and inflexible. He lived to see the faction which persecuted him, utterly prostrated, and its leaders covered with infamy and shame. In justice to the other members of Rising Star Lodge, it should be stated, that they all supported their integrity and honor. No traitor was found in their ranks. Opposition from without had no other effect than to cement more closely their union. None "bowed the knee to Baal."

The funeral of Br. Tucker took place at the Unitarian church in Canton, where appropriate religious services were performed by R. W. and Rev. Br. Benjamin Huntoon.

TUFTS, CHARLES 1804-1888

From Proceedings, Page 1888-79, presented by R.W. Lucius Paige:

Brother Charles Tufts was born Sept. 5, 1804, in Charlestown, (now Somerville), Mass., but from early youth resided in Cambridge. About 1825, he succeeded his father, Peter Tufts, Jr., in the custody of a powder magazine in Cambridge, belonging to the Commonwealth. The duties of his office were performed with the most scrupulous fidelity for many years, until the stock of ammunition was removed out of Cambridge; after which he did not engage in active business; but, with a satisfactory competency, he was contented with the condition of a quiet and honored private citizen.

His Masonic life was, in one respect at least, very remarkable. He was initiated in Amicable Lodge, of Cambridge, Feb. 18, 1828, — sixty years ago, — and was elected Secretary, Dec. 22, 1830. In this office he served his Brethren with characteristic faithfulness until the Lodge. was wrecked in 1838 by the anti-Masonic tornado. When the Lodge was reorganized, in 1846, he was reinstated in his office, and was thenceforward reelected annually as long as he lived — his last election in December, 1887, being on the fifty seventh anniversary of the first. His faithful service was recognized by his Brethren not long ago, with the presentation of a gold-headed cane of much strength and beauty. Moreover, they placed his life-sized portrait on the wall of the Lodge-room, near his official chair, as a perpetual memorial of their fraternal regard. He died June 9, 1888, respected and lamented not only by his Masonic Brethren, but by his fellow-citizens generally.

I hope to be pardoned for saying that the death of Brother Tufts comes especially near to me, inasmuch as he was the last survivor of my associates who reorganized Amicable Lodge after the restoration of its Charter. One Past Master, George B. Lothrop, still survives, who united with us two months later, (as soon as he had received the Master's degree), and rendered very valuable service; but of the band of Brethren who actually reorganized the Lodge on the 10th of February, 1816, not a single one of my associates remains on the earth. But they have not perished; they have only gone before, and, when the time of my departure shall come, (which cannot be far distant), I hope and confidently believe that I shall again meet all those good men and true in "the Celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides."


From Proceedings, Page 1908-220:

GEORGE JULIAN TUFTS was born Oct. 26, 1852, at Eden, Me., and died suddenly in Chelmsford, Mass., Dec. 13, 1908.

In his youth he resided in South Boston, where he attended the public schools. He afterward attended Tufts College, graduating in the class of 1874, and then went to Boston University, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1877. Subsequently he entered upon the practice of law in the city of Boston.

Brother Tufts received the Masonic degrees in Zetland Lodge of Boston, in 1892, and was its Worshipful Master in 1904 and 1905. He was elected Secretary of Zetland Lodge in 1905 and served three years. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District in 1905 and served in 1906 and 1907.

Brother Tufts was present at the Annual Meeting of Zetland Lodge, apparently in the best of health; but on the following Sunday, while walking along the highway in Bedford, he was suddenty stricken and died immediately.

Brother Tufts was an earnest, workful and beloved member of our Fraternity who lived universally respected and died universally regretted.

TUFTS, LEONARD 1788-1851

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. X, No. 9, July 1851, Page 286:

We regret to learn, that our estimable Brother Leonard Tufts, of Charlestown, died at Somerville, in the early part of June. Brother Tufts was a member of King Solomon's Lodge, Charlestown, and of St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, of this city, and was much respected as a good Mason and upright man.



From Proceedings, Page 1886-87:

Col. Benjamin Tupper, Master {of Hampshire Lodge} in 1785, was born at Stoughton, Mass., in 1738, and died at Marietta, Ohio, in June, 1792. He was a soldier in the French war, 1756-63; he was present (major in Fellows' Regiment), May, 1775, at the siege of Boston, where he distinguished himself; he served through the Revolution, being present at Saratoga and Monmouth, and was brevetted Brigadier-General in 1783. After the war he represented the town of Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., in the Legislature. In the measures adopted for the suppression of Shay's insurrection he took an active part. He removed to the north-western territory in 1787, and was one of the founders of Marietta in 1788.

In January, 1786, Col. Tupper was active in the formation of the Ohio Company, which came into possession of lands in the West, a part of which Col. Tupper had already surveyed. Of this Company, its organization, and purpose, an account will be given when speaking of Gen. Rufus Putnam. After the settlement of Marietta (1788) Col. Tupper remained there until his death.

The first reference to Col. Tupper as a Mason is found in the records of American Union Lodge, at a celebration of St. John's Day, June 24, 1779, at Nelson's Point. Washington and his family were present. It is not known when or where Col. T. was made a Mason. Possibly he received the degrees in American Union Lodge; possibly in one of the Army Lodges erected by Gridley, Savage, or Ingersoll in the previous wars.

Washington Lodge, No. 10, a travelling Lodge in the Revolutionary Army, was erected Nov. 11, 1779, at West Point, N.Y. In the charter John Patterson was designated as Wor. Master, who first appointed Benjamin Tupper Senior Warden of the Lodge and he was installed by Jonathan Heart, Grand Master by proxy. Col. Benjamin Topper is named on the return of Washington Lodge, No. 10, at West Point, December 8, 1779, as its Senior Warden, and is given as a member on the returns of June 1, 1780, and July 18, 1782.

Col. Tupper was one of those Brethren who petitioned for the reestablishment of American Union Lodge at Marietta, O., 1790, June 25. The result will be stated hereafter. It is sufficient now to say: The usual officers were elected and installed June 28, 1790." Bro. Benjamin Tupper, Past Master of Hampshire Lodge, acting as Senior Warden," to which office be was duly elected and in which he was installed at the above date. Col. Tupper was therefore Senior Warden of the first Masonic Lodge in Ohio.



  • MM Pythagoras, Portsmouth, NH, before 1828
  • WM 1841-1844, Lodge of St. Andrew
  • Grand Sword Bearer, 1841-1848

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXV, No. 8, June 1866, p. 229:

Again we are called upon to record the death of an old and beloved friend and brother, — one who has been our associate in business and the pursuits of private life for more than a quarter of a century; during which long period we had walked together and labored together in a, common cause, dear to us both. Brother Tuttle was the printer of this Magazine for twenty-four consecutive years, having with his own hand, we think, set the types for the leading article of the first number of the first volume in 1841, and that of the concluding number of the twenty-fourth volume in 1865. Probably no other printer, living or dead, has ever performed a similar work on any periodical ever published. We have no recollection, that during this whole time he has ever been detained from his place of business by illness, except for a few days; and then by some slight indisposition only. But it is appointed unto all men once to die. Our brother took a severe cold, which, in a few days, terminated in a congestion of the lungs, and ended his useful life on Sunday, the 6th of May last, in the sixty-seventh year of his age. His personal history is so well and fully narrated in the following sketch and resolutions by Brother N. B. Shurtleff, adopted by St. Andrew's Lodge on the day of the funeral, that we need not enlarge upon it: —

In St. Andrew's Lodge, Boston, May 8, 1866.

It has pleased our Heavenly Father, in his inscrutable providence, that St. Andrew's Lodge, which has so recently been afflicted by the decease of its oldest and much-respected member, should again be brought to taste the bitter draught. The mystic chain is once more broken, and another link has fallen from its place. Another of our small number has been summoned to his everlasting home, to the celestial Lodge above, whence there is no more departure,—always hereafter to rejoice with the spirits made perfect.

Our brother Hugh Hazard Tuttle has passed the bourne from whence no traveller returns. He has traversed the narrow strait, and attained the goal, that all of earth must sometime reach. He has fulfilled his destiny here, and now is for eternity.

Our brother departed this life on the afternoon of last Lord's day, the 6th of May, having newly entered upon the sixty-seventh year of his age. He was the son of Captain Hugh Tuttle, a respectable shipmaster of Portsmouth, N.H., where he was born on the 28th of February, 1800, and where he learned the trade of printing under Messrs. Beck and Foster, printers of the Portsmouth Gazette. He came to reside in Boston and to work at his trade about forty years ago; and about the same time he married, and subsequently became the father of three interesting children who have preceded him to their final rest.

In the year 1833 he commenced on his own account the business of a printer, and enjoyed a large amount of the patronage of the fraternity ; and this he continued until about seven months ago, when the infirmities of age induced him wisely to relinquish the responsibilities of his establishment, although he adhered to the practical part of his trade to the end of his life. At an early age, before he left his native place, lie was initiated into the rites of our Order by Pythagoras Lodge of Portsmouth. He was a bright and zealous Freemason— firm and true — in the darkest days of our history in America, when many a strong man flinched and failed; and he remained faithful to the precepts which he had learned and taught, and was active among the conservators of the beneficent Order in New England. On the 9th of November, 1887, he was admitted to the membership of this Lodge, and subsequently filled many of its offices with great acceptation. From 1841 to 1844 he was Master of St. Andrew's Lodge, and raised to the Master's degree nearly one quarter of the present members of the Lodge, and several others who have died, or who never have taken membership with us. In other bodies he labored sedulously for the good of the rite. He was admitted to membership in Boston Encampment of Knights Templars on the 18th of January, 1837, and at his decease was among the oldest members of that body. On the 6th of April, 1837, he became a member of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter; and on the 3d of November, 1866, an honorary member. In this body he held the working offices from 1839 to 1848, being High Priest in 1842 and 1843. On the 28th of April, 1840, he joined Boston Council of Royal, Select, and Super-excellent Masters, and became an honorary member on the 16th of March, 1856. In September, 1842, he, having performed much work in King Solomon's Lodge in Charlestown, was elected an honorary member of that body. In all his masonic relations he was a constant and faithful friend, brother, and companion, and a courteous Knight Templar, relieving the distressed to the extent of his slender means, and giving bis time and advice freely to the needy.

His earthly labors in his well-loved field are now closed, and our mystic bodies, in which he so much rejoiced, shall know him no more forever. Let us now place in our archives a testimonial of our esteem for him as a man and a brother .Mason. Therefore, be it —

  • Resolved, That in the recent decease of our Brother Hugh H. Tuttle, St. Andrew's Lodge has lost an old and well-tried member, one who enjoyed the esteem of his brethren of the masonic order, and one who has been prominent among its most useful and zealous workers, both in its days of adversity, and in its more prosperous times, — always capable, ready, and willing to perform his part in all required services.
  • Resolved, That as a mark of respect to the memory of our deceased brother, the Lodge attend his funeral, and the jewels be continued in their drapery of mourning for the three ensuing months.
  • Resolved, That we cordially sympathize with his bereaved widow in her deep affliction and irreparable loss; and that, in condolence with her sufferings and as a testimony of the regard of the Lodge, these resolves be communicated to her.

The funeral was attended by the Lodge, a delegation from St. Andrew's Chapter, and a large number of friends and brethren. The religious services at the house were performed by the Rev. Dr. Ellis of Charlestown, where the deceased resided, and the masonic service at the grave in Mt. Auburn by Past Grand Master Parkman.


Biography from Universalist Register, 1890 edition:

James Johnson Twiss, born Oct. 12, 1820, died at Whitman, Mass., July 14, 1890. He was ordained at Danvers, Mass., Jan. 25, 1840, and had settlements at North Granby, Winstead, Stamford, Stafford, Conn.; Springfield, New Bedford, Lowell, Mass.; Norwich, Conn.; and Auburn, N. Y. In 1875 he took charge of the Unitarian Church at Chelmsford, Mass., and during the remainder of his life preached in the fellowship of that denomination. He was a man of fine attainments, pleasing address and excellent Christian character."

TYNER, WILLIAM 1831-1908

From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 1, October 1908, Page 35:

Brother William Tyner, a well known business man of Boston, and a charter member and only treasurer of Joseph Webb Lodge, Boston, died September 11. Brother Tyner was born in Ireland, June 24, 1830. At an early age he came to America and settled in Boston, entering an importing house as a clerk, and afterwards went into business as a master teamster, which business he pursued until his death having reached a competency of this world's goods that enabled him to enjoy life in comfort.

He was made a Mason in Adelphi Lodge in South Boston in 1809. He was one of the petitioners for dispensation to allow Joseph Webb lodge to commence work. He was elected treasurer ander the dispensation March 23, 1877 and has been re-elected annually for every succeeding year. As a testimonial of gratitude for bis distinguished service he was made an honorary member of the lodge on March 6, 1901.

Distinguished Brothers