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ADAMS, JOSIAH 1782-1854

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 9, July 1854, Page 286:

At a meeting of Middlesex Lodge, held on this 14th day of February, 1854, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted, viz :—

It has pleased Divine Providence to remove our highly esteemed Brother Josiah Adams, from the sphere of his active and useful life on earth, and its pleasant and social relations among as, to his reward as we trust with the spirits of the just made perfect :—

Br. Adams had been favorably known in the Lodge as a true and faithful Brother, an accomplished presiding officer, and aa active, intelligent, and beloved member, and in Grand Lodge as an honor and ornament to our institution—to the community he had been known and honored as a learned counsellor at law—a member of the House, Council of the State, and as having adorned the several relations of life by his kindness and amiable virtues. Therefore

Resolved unanimously, That in his demise at the ripe age of seventytwo, we have been bereaved of a father's council and encouragement in the checkered scenes of good and ill, and mourn that we shall see his face no more on the square of Masonic duty, nor meet him again within the compass of Masonic friendship and social pleasure.

Resolved, That we will cherish the blessed memory of his distinguished Masonic, christian, moral and social virtues.

Resolved, That we truly and feelingly sympathize with his sorrowing widow in her mourning, and his friends in their affliction.

Resolved, That the Secretary send an attested copy of these resolutions to the family of our deceased Brother, enter them upon the records and also send a copy to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, at Boston, for publication.

Paul Dean,
Jona. Greenwood,
Chaeles E. Hoki*,

ALLEN, F. MILTON 1876-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-209:

Right Worshipful Brother Allen was born in China, Maine, September 19, 1876, and died in Melrose Highlands November 14, 1935. On graduating from Colby College he began newspaper work on the staff of the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine. He served there for several years. Later he did newspaper work in Schenectady and Albany, New York, and in Worcester, Mass. He was also on the editorial staff of the Boston Herald. In 1920 he went to the Christian Science Monitor and remained there in an editorial capacity until his death.

Brother Allen took his Masonic degrees in Bethlehem Lodge No. 35, of Augusta. On the formation of Fourth Estate Lodge in 1922 he was one of the Charter members. He was Master of Fourth Estate Lodge in 1929 and its Secretary from 1931 until his death. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston Third Masonic District December 27, 1934.

Right Worshipful Brotber Allen was a newspaper man of the best type, in whom a fine mind was placed at the service of high ideals. His lamented death makes a sad break in our official family, and is a great loss to his Lodge and to the Craft.

ALLEN, LEWIS 1794-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-141:

Major Lewis Allen, a descendant of Ethan Allen, the leader of the " Green Mountain Boys," was born in Weston, Mass., July 25, 1794:, and died just before midnight of November 14, 1886, in the ninety-third year of his age. When he was but four years of age his father died; and, being the eldest of three children, he was called upon, in his very early boyhood, to labor for the support of his widowed mother. His early education was necessarily limited. He was obliged to walk two and a half miles to a district school, which was kept only six weeks in the winter season. In 1806 (his mother being married again), he started from home to seek his fortune, and removed to Salem, where he served eight years as a shoemaker's apprentice, assisting the family meantime.

When, twenty-one years of age his accumulated capital amounted to fifty dollars. He began, business in 1817 in South Danvers, now Peabody, and was very successful. In 1827 he opened a store in New York city, and a branch factory in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1830 he returned to Peabody and built the original Allen block, which in 1873 was greatly enlarged. He was a director in the Warren Bank, of Peabody, from 1832, and President for thirty-five years. He was Selectman of Danvers, also of South Danvers; County Commissioner for three years, representative in the. State Legislature in 1837 and 1838; Trustee of the Peabody Institute from 1871 to 1877, and at one time held a commission in the State militia. He was made a Mason in Jordan Lodge, of South Danvers, in 1821, and continued his interest in the Lodge and Order to his latest years. He was of a kindly and genial nature, upright in business, and manifested true benevolence toward all his fellow-men. He bore his last, prolonged illness without a murmur, sustained to the end by a deep religious faith and Christian fortitude.

ALLEN, ROY F. 1872-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-294:

Right Worshipful Brother Allen was born in South Abington November 20, 1872, and died there July 20, 1939.

Brother Allen's active life was spent in the electrical business for which he had a great fondness and aptitude. He took his Masonic Degrees in Puritan Lodge in 1895 and was its Master from 1907 to 1909.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-ninth Masonic District in 1921 and 1922 by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince. Brother Allen was active in the other Rites of Freemasonry in which he had held many offices, among them that of Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection.

Brother Allen was never aggressive or presuming. He did with all his ability anything which came to him to be done quite regardless of any honor or credit which might come to him by way of reward.

He had hosts of friends. We miss him.

ALLEN, WILLIAM G. 1833-1903

From Proceedings, Page 1903-40:

The M.W. Grand Master announced the death of R.W. Bro. William G. Allen, M.D., District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-second Masonic District. Brother Allen was born in Rehoboth, Mass., Dec. 16, 1833; received his early education in the public schools of that town and of Providence, R.I. In that city he commenced his medical studies and completed his preparation for practice at the medical college in Albany in 1857. In July of that year he settled in Mansfield, where he has faithfully ministered to the physical needs of the people for nearly forty five years.

He was made a Mason in St. Alban's Lodge, of Foxboro, and was largely interested in the instituting of St. James Lodge, of Mansfield, of which he was Master for the first three years. His appointment as District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-second Masonic District for the year 1902 gave great satisfaction to him and to the Brethren of the District. He took much pleasure in the discharge of the duties of the office and his frequent visits to the Lodges under his care were most cordially welcomed. Soon after his re-appointment for the current year a chronic disease developed which deprived him of the ability to perform the work which he enjoyed so much, and after many weeks of suffering he died on the 4th of April last. The funeral services were conducted by St. James Lodge on the 8th of that month, in the presence of many sorrowful Brethren and friends.

AMPTHILL, LORD 1869-1935


From Proceedings, Page 1935-130, in Grand Master's Address:

We were greatly shocked and deeply grieved to learn of the sudden death on July 6 of Lord Ampthill, Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Lord Ampthill's death terminated a life of great devotion and very distinguished service to the Craft. After filling many high Masonic offices, he was appointed Pro Grand Master in 1908 and filled that exalted station with rare skill and ability up to the time of his lamented death. His passing is a distinct loss to Masonry, not only in England but throughout the world.

We feel it especially here in Massachusetts for many reasons. The loss suffered by our Mother Grand Lodge touches us deeply. Lord Ampthill was always a firm friend to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and worked in most harmonious cooperation with us in all matters of common interest. Several of our most distinguished Massachusetts Masons enjoyed his personal friendship.

Lord Ampthill's devotion to Masonry was only second to that which he gave to his King and country. From his early youth to the very end of his life he gave distinguished service in both civil and military capacities. In the civil service he rose to be Governor of Madras and ad interim Governor General of India. While he did not hold high military rank, he was many years in the Army and filled important and responsible posts during the Great War with efficiency and distinction.

On learning of Lord Ampthill's death, I at once cabled Lord Cornwallis, the Deputy Grand Master and the Representative of this Grand Lodge near the United Grand Lodge of England, asking him to extend sympathy, send fowers, and represent us at the funeral, following the cable by a letter of condolence. I am happy to say this cable reached Lord Cornwallis in time to enable him to comply with my request, which he very graciously did, and letters of appreciation have since been received from both Lord Cornwallis and Lady Ampthill.

From Proceedings, Page 1935-150:

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted by rising vote the Grand Secretary was directed to convey to the United Grand Lodge of England the regret and sympathy of the Grand Lodge on the occasion of the lamented death of M. W. Lord Ampthill. The letter sent by the Grand Secretary follows:

September 12, 1935
Sir P. Colville Smith
Grand Secretary, United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons Hall, London, W.C. 2.

Dear V. W. Brother Smith:

At the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts on September 11th, the Most Worshipful Grand Master called attention to the lamented death of Most Worshipful Lord Ampthill and paid a tribute to his memory.

By unanimous rising vote, the Grand Secretary was instructed to convey to the United Grand Lodge of England an expression of the deep regret experienced by this Grand Lodge on learning of the passing of so eminent a leader and so great an ornament of the Craft, and its sympathy with our Mother Grand Lodge in the very great loss it has sustained.

We feel very close to our loved and honored Mother Grand Lodge, and any calamity to it touches us deeply. We feel this loss particularly because of the close and cordial cooperation of Lord Ampthill in all matters of common interest and because of the delightful personal relationships with him which some of our distinguished members were permitted to enjoy. We beg to unite our grief with yours at the passing of a fine Christian gentleman and a great Masonic leader.

With renewed assurances of the ftaternal affection with which the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts regards the United Grand Lodge of England,

Very fraternally yours,
Frederick W. Hamilton
Grand Secretary

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From Proceedings, Page 1929-212:

Brother Arnold was born in Coventry, R. I., March 9, 1868, and died in'Whitinsville November 11, 1929. He was a draftsman and mechanieal engineer and came to Massachusetts in the practice of his profession. He was in the service of the Draper Company at Hopedale, and of the Whitin Machine Works at Whitinsville. He had been in retirement for two or three years owing to failing health.

R.W. Brother Arnold took the degrees in Putnam Lodge No. 46, of Woodstock, Ct., affiliated with Corner Stone Lodge No. 122, of North Grosvenordale, Ct., and on eoming to Massachusetts affiliated with Granite Lodge in 1898. He was Worshipful Master of Granite Lodge in 1903 and 1904. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the 19th District in 1905 and 1906 by appointment of M.W. Baalis Sanford and M.W. John Albert Blake.

Brother Arnold was a member and past High Priest of St. Elmo Royal Arch Chapter, of Whitinsville, and a member of Woonsocket Commandery No. 24, K. T. Other fraternal organizations also enlisted his interest and support.

Brother Arnold was very highly esteemed in the community and will be mourned by a large circle of friends beyond as well as within the fraternal groups with which he was associated.


From Proceedings, Page 1911-118:

R.W. FRANCIS PRESCOTT ARNOLD was born in Abington, Mass., Feb. 21, 1836, and died in Pembroke May 4, 1911. In his early manhood he learned the shoe business and was engaged in their manufacture for a number of years. He retired from business some years ago.

Brother Arnold was prominent in local and State affairs. He served five years in the Legislature - three as Representative, 1871-4, and two as Senator, 1892 and 1893.

He was married twice, and leaves a wife and two sons.

He received the Masonic degrees in Konohassett Lodge in 1867, becoming a member thereof Oct. 11, 1867. He demitted July 19, 1872, and became a charter member of Phoenix Lodge, of Hanover, serving as its first Master, U.D., in 1873 and also was Master in 1874, 1875 and 1877. He served as District Deputy Grand Master in 1884 and 1885 (District 25). Brother Arnold was a zealous Freemason, an active and highly respected citizen, and influential in striving for the good of the town and State and for the betterment of humanity.

"The burial services were attended by Phoenix Lodge, of Hanover, and by Old Colony Commandery, K.T., of Abington of which he was a member.


From Proceedings, Page 1935-78:

Right Worshipful Brother Ashworth was born in Fall River September 10, 1863, and died there May 16, 1935.

After passing through the Fall River public schools he went to England to learn the card clothing business with his father and uncle. Returning to the United States, he entered the card clothing business in Providence, later settling in Fall River. He remained in the textile industry throughout his life, rising to a position of leadership and great influence.

Brother Ashworth took his Masonic degrees in Narragansett Lodge in 1897 and was its Master in 1902. He was a Charter member of Massasoit Lodge in 1916, serving as Master under Dispensation and Charter in 1915, 1916, and 1917. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirtieth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott and Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

Brother Ashworth was interested in all branches of Masonry. He was very active in the work of the Scottish Rite in Fall River and was given the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council in 1922.

Always simple and kindly, Brother Ashworth's character attracted where his great abilities led. His passing is a great loss to the community and to the Fraternity.


  • MM 1812, WM 1817-1820, Rising Star
  • DDGM, District 4, 1828-1830
  • DDGM, District 5, 1835-1837
  • Grand Scribe, Grand King, Deputy Grand High Priest and Grand High Priest (1841-43) of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 4, February 1853, p. 125:

Died in Stoughton, Mass., on the 13th of December last, Comp. Elijah Atherton, in the 73rd year of his age. He was a zealous, warm-hearted Mason, and well known and highly esteemed by the Fraternity, having held some of the highest offices of honor and respectability in the gift of the Order. At a communication of Mount Zion Royal Arch Chapter, held at Stoughton, Dec. 27th, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted: -

Whereas, in the dispensation of an All-Wise Providence, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe has removed by death our distinguished Brother and Companion, Elijah Atherton, to that heavenly rest, "from whose bourne no traveller returns, and

Whereas, inasmuch as the untiring zeal, combined with the correct Masonic information of our deceased worthy Brother and Companion, has contributed so largely to the present prosperity of the Lodge and Chapter in this place, and to Masonry in general, it becomes us to pay a passing tribute to his memory. Be it therefore

Resolved, That while we deplore the loss of our Companion and Brother, we will cherish his memory in his many virtues, in his social qualities, in his inflexible friendship and in his ardent attachment to the institution of Masonry

Resolved, That in sincerely mourning the deceased, we can the better sympathize with the bereaved widow and afflicted family, relatives and friends, and tender to them our affectionate condolence.

Resolved, That the Masonic Hall in this place be hung in mourning for the space of three months, as a token of respect to our departed Brother and Companion, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Masonic Magazine, for publication, and also a copy to the widow.

Attest, Ansel Capen, Sec. Mt. Zion Chap.


From Proceedings, Page 1883-231:

I cannot close these brief memorials without an allusion to the death of one ofthe signers of the Declaration of 1831, who was probably the oldest Mason in the State at the time of his death.

John Bryant Atwell was born in Lynn, February 15, 1787, and died in Wakefield, his place of residence, October 27, 1883, in the ninety-seventh year of his age. His life extended through the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States, or the whole constitutional history of the country. He was raised a Master Mason in Mount Moriah Lodge, of Wakefield, in 1810, and was the last surviving member of that Lodge, which is now extinct. He was at one time W. Master of the Lodge. It will be seen that his career as a Mason, like that of Bro. Dewing, just mentioned, covered the extraordinary term of seventy-three years. What vicissitudes had these veteran Masons seen the Institution pass through during that period, and how interesting would be a record of their Masonic experience!

I regret that I have few data for a proper notice of Bro. Atwell's career; but I learn that he was an active and public spirited citizen, who during his life received proofs. of the confidence of his fellow-townsmen in his election, to several public offices. He represented Wakefield in the General Court in 1852. It is said of him that he never missed casting his ballot in a general election from the time he came of age, — a proof of his just estimate of the duties of an American citizen.


From Proceedings, Page 1920-173:

R. W. HARRISON C. AUSTIN was born in Amesbury, Mass., November 29, 1868, and died in that town March 5, 1920. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. At the age of twenty two years he entered the business of an undertaker in which he continued until his decease. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Amesbury, ever ready to respond to any call for cornmunity betterment.

Brother Austin received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Warren Lodge; of Amesbury; in 1896 and 1897 and became a member of that Lodge May 5, 1897. He passed through. various stations and served as Master in 1909 and 1910. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1912, declining to serve more than one year on account of business interests.

He was exalted in Trinity R. A. Chapter, April 9, 1900, and was a member of Amesbury Council, R. & S. M. and of Newburyport Commandery K. T. He was also a member of the Haverhill Lodge of perfection and of Massachusetts Consistory.

Brother Austin is suryived by a widow and two brothers, Prof. Frank E. Austin of Dartmouth College, and Judson T. Austin, who was associated with Brother Harrison C. Austin in business.

Brother Austin had a great interest in Freemasonry, was highly esteemed by all the Brethren, and his loss will be deeply deplored by all.

AVERY, JOHN A. 1869-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-18:

Brother Avery was born in Boston June 15, 1869, and died in Dunedin, Florida, February 14, 1935.

Brother Avery was educated in the schools of Boston and Chelsea and at Harvard University, graduating in 1891. His whole life was devoted to teaching. After service in Hartford, Connecticut, and Plymouth, New Hampshire, he joined the staff of the Somerville English High School in 1895. Rising through the several grades he became headmaster in 1906 and when the Somerville English and Latin High Schools were consolidated in 1911, he was chosen to head the combined schools. He retired in 1934 and shortly thereafter moved to Florida.

Brother Avery was raised in Soley Lodge in 1901 and served as its Master in 1915 and 1916. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1925 and 1926, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell and Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

Brother Avery brought to his Masonic duties the same quiet efficiency which characterized his work as a teacher. His death is a great loss to us all, even though his retirement had terminated his Masonic activities among us.

Distinguished Brothers