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ABBOTT, ASHAEL 1825-1915

From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 8, May 1915, Page 289:

Brother Ashael Abbott of Wales, Mass., died May 4, 1915, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, eleven months and four days. He was a member of Thomas Lodge, Palmer, Mass., which he joined fifty-five years ago and was the oldest member of the lodge. He was a firm friend of this periodical and did not hesitate to criticise its statements.


  • MM 1893, WM 1905-1906, Union (Dorchester)
  • Charter Member 1913, Dorchester

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 4, January 1916, Page 135:

Fred Williams Abbott, Generalissimo of Boston Commandery, K. T., died suddenly Tuesday, January 11. He was well known and highly respected in every relation of his life, social, business and Masonic. He was raised in Union Lodge, Dorchester, Mass., May 9, 1893, and was later its Worshipful Master.

He was a member of Dorchester R. A. Chapter. He was knighted in Boston Commandery, K. T., and admitted a member December 19, 1894. He was also a member of Boston Council R. and S. Masters and 32d degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. Brother Abbott was an estimable man in every respect. He was broad in his opinions, genial and kind in his bearing to all. No one will be more missed or more sincerely mourned by those who knew him.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 12, September 1907, Page 470:

Brother James L. Abbott, whose funeral occurred at the First Baptist Church. Charlestown, Mass., Sunday, Aug. H. was a member of William North Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Lowell, Signet Chapter, R. A. M., of Charlestown, Orient Council. R. & S. M , of Somerville, and Coeur de Lion Commandery, K. T., of Charlestown.

He was connected with the Hartford Boiler Insurance Company for several years past, and was well known in Boston and vicinity.


  • MM 1874, WM 1886, 1887, St. Paul's (South Boston)

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1905, Page 105:

Brother John Alfred Abraham died Oct. 25th in the 54th year of his age. He was a Past Master of St. Paul's Lodge and Past High Priest of St. Matthews Chapter and an officer in St. Omer Commandery K. T. all of South Boston, Mass.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 69:

Brother Charles Clark Adams, died suddently October 20th of hemorrhage. He was a member of Revere Lodge, St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, in which he was installed Master of the second Veil on the fourth of the present month, he was also a member of the Council, Couimaudery and Scottish Rite bodies.

Brother Adams was beloved and respected by all who knew him.

ADAMS, CHARLES E. 1841-1910

From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 6, March 1910, Page 207:

Brother Charles E. Adams, for many years one of the leading citizens of Lowell, Mass., died February 18th of pulmonary apoplexy. He was born in Lowell, April 16, 1841. In early manhood he went to New York where he engaged in business for six years, later he spent one year in Cincinnati. He returned to Lowell and in 1868 founded the Adams Hardware Co., which has enjoyed a successful career. Mr. Adams was better known to the general public by his connection with other enterprises.

He was at the head of the Massachusetts State Board of Trade for over a dozen years. He was also in conjunction with Charles H. Coburn the founder of the Lowell Hoard of Trade and served as its president for two years, lie was active in prominent financial enterprises also deeply interested in private charities of Lowell. He was a man of refined taste, a lover of music and a traveller of wide experience. He was a member of William North Lodge, Mt. Horeb R. A. Chapter, Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. and was a 32° Mason of the Scottish Rite.

His funeral was held on Monday, February 21st and was very largely attended, representative men and women from many walks of life being present. Rev. James E. Gregg, pastor of the Kirk Street Congregational Church in which the funeral was held, gave a brief eulogy of the deceased saying in part:

"It is a splendid honor to have won well-deserved fame. It is a splendid honor to have earned a large sum of money. But it is—as we all recognize in our heart of hearts—the most precious and most glorious distinction of all to have fashioned and preserved a sound and strong character; to have set always in the first place the dominion of it and his righteousness; leaving the other things to come after in due course. We admire the great man; we respect the rich man; we love the good man.

He was not one of the rich men whose ways provoke contempt, envy, hatred. His ways were clean, generous, just, Christian.

Mr. Adams was a well known man not only in his home city, but outside it; not only in his own country, but also to a considerable degree in the European centres of trade. His talents were such that he naturally took positions of leadership; he became the administrative head of many important organizations; and from time to time his associates delighted to honor him by choosing him as their representative before foreign commercial bodies. His reputation grew with his experience, because what he did he did well. He was an example of how successful a man can be in modern trade if he has in addition to shrewdness and energy that rarer quality, absolute integrity.

"For finally my friends, this man was a good man. He did not make any ostentatious proclamation of his virtuous principles, but he practised them, day after day. year after year.

He was modest, liberal, kindly, in all his dealings with others. He was — you will hear many persons repeating it today — a Christiam gentleman. He was a faithful and valued member of this church for more than 20 years.

"We shall miss him. You will miss him who have been associated with him in business enterprises. A great company of true friemls will miss him. The philanthropic institutions of this city will miss him. Lowell's spiritual wealth is lessened by his departure.

"Let us all thank God that he has permitted us to know this truly successful man. Let us thank Christ for his inspiring example. Let us thank Him for his long life well spent, fruitfully employed. Let us thank Him for his membership in the communion of the saints — that eternal fellowship which joins earth to Heaven."

The leading financial and business associations of Lowell were represented at the funeral which was under the charge of his life long and close friend Arthur G. Pollard.

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,
Charles E. Horn,

ADAMS, WILLARD 1794-1859

From Vol. XVIII, No. 5, March 1859, Page 159:


Died at Waltham, on the morning of the 26th ult, of lung fever, Brother Willard Adams, aged 70. The deceased was one of the oldest, and among the most highly respected citizens ol Waltham. His business was that of a dealer in dry goods, &c, and for the last forty years be has occupied the same store, in the centre of the village. He has held various public trusts in town, and discharged them all with the fidelity that belongs to an honest man and good citizen. He was a member of Monitor Lodge, of which for a long series of years, and up to a very recent period, he was the intelligent and faithful Secretary. He was buried, at his own request, by his Lodge, with Masonic ceremonies, on Tuesday the 29th.



From Scottish Rite NMJ Facebook page:

Ambassador from Ecuador. Son of Eloy Alfaro, Ecuadorian patriot and president. Educated in Ecuador, U.S. Military Academy, German Cavalry School, and George Washington University. Served as consul general to Canal Zone, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States. Was ambassador to U.S. 1936-44. He has also served his country on many special diplomatic missions. Has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pan American Union at Washington, D.C., since 1947. Mason and 33° AASR. Shriner. Member of Canal Zone Consistory as are his three sons, Eloy, Jaime and Olmedo.

ALLBE, EDWARD P. 1839-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 2, November 1907, Page 75:

Brother Edward P. Allbe, for over a quarter of a century a member of the Boston Herald staff, died in Boston October 26, aged sixty-eight. He was born in Vermont; he went to Illinois in early manhood, afterward coming to Massachusetts, joining the Springfield Republican, and leaving there to accept a position on the Herald. Mr. Allbe joined Roswell Lee Lodge, A. F. and A. M., in 1871.

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, 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.

AMBROSE, GEORGE T. 1838-1915


  • MM 1860, WM 1867-1868, Revere

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 2, November 1915, Page 64:

George T. Ambrose, a well known Mason of Boston died suddenly, Saturday, October 16. He had been at his office and attended to his usual duties during the day. In the evening he was present at the annual meeting of the officers of De Molay Commandery, K. T., of which he was past commander. On his way home he was stricken with death in the street car and passed away among strangers.

Brother Ambrose was born in Boscawen, N. H., March 27, 1838. As a young man he entered the hotel business with his father, keeping the Central House in Boston and the Eagle Hotel in Concord, N. H. He retired from business several years ago but has served Revere Lodge as secretary during the past twenty years. He was made a Mason in Revere Lodge, Boston, and admitted a member May 1, 1800. He was worshipful master 1867-68. He was knighted in De Molay Commandery, K. T., Boston and admitted a member June 28, 1865. He was Eminent Commander in 1884 and 1885.

Brother Ambrose was a thorough believer in the value of Freemasonry as a power for good but was strenuously averse to all publicity of its doings. He was a man of sterling honesty. He was conservative in his methods but constant in his devotion to what appeared to him as duty. No man had firmer convictions of what was right and none more loyal to an obligation. His friendships were strong but unobtrusive. His most ardent friends were those who knew him best.

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 New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 11, August 1924, Page 342:

Funeral services for Thornton D. Apollonio, for more than 25 years secretary of the Boston school committee and regarded as one of the ablest of such officials in the country, was held ai 2 o'clock July 30 in ihe chapel of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. He died Tuesday, July 29th at his home in Brookline, at the age of 60 years. His wife died several years ago. They had no children.

Following a teaching service of nine years in the Boston public schools, he entered the service of the school committee on June 8, 1896, as clerk of committee. During his teaching service he had specialized in commercial branches and in stenography and typewriting. Three months after he became clerk he was appointed secretary of the committee, a position he held up to his death.

For many years he had been an invalid and at times a severe sufferer, but despite this he continued his work with an earnestness and zeal that ofttimes brought forth protests from his associates on the committee by whom he was highly regarded. His thorough knowledge of the school system proved of incalculable value to the present and past school committees in interpreting rules and regulations, and he had a wide knowledge of precedents governing every case that arose.

He also served as secretary of the board of superintendents and of the board of apportionment. He also had entered the field of authorship and a few months afro published a volume of reminiscences of his expeirences. under the title of "Boston Public Schools, Past and Present." He was a past master of Columbian Lodge, A. F. and A. M. and a member of the First Worshipful Masters' Association in Massachusetts.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 10, August 1906, Page 457:

Charles D. Archibald, a former well-known produce dealer of Boston and for many years a prominent resident of Medford, Mass., died August 16 at his home, 15 Walnut Street, that city, of apoplexy. During the greater part of his life he occupied a prominent place in Masonic circles and had held many high offices in the fraternity. At the time of his death he had for more than a score of years been secretary of Mystic Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and secretary of Medford Council. Royal and Select Masters. He was a Past Master of Mt. Hermon Lodge and past high priest of Mystic Chapter. Several years ago he retired from active business and at the time of his death was employed by the city of Medford doing clerical work. He was 63 years old, and is survived by a widow, one son and a daughter.


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, 1828-1833
  • DDGM, District 5, 1834-1837
  • 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 New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1907, Page 236:

Brother Will S. Atwell, 56 years old, a well-known 32d degree Mason, died suddenly February 9, at his home, Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass. For the past 20 years he had been a salesman at the store of William Read, 107 Washington Street, Boston.

He was born in Waldoboro, Me., December 25, 1850. When 18 years old he made his home in Charlestown, where he resided until about two years ago, when he removed to Somerville. In Charlestown he was a member of Henry Price Lodge of Masons, Coeur de Lion Commandery, K. T., and Bunker Hill Lodge, I. O. O. F.

He was also a Mystic Shriner.


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