Sam Houston Lodge No. 32, Shelbyville, Shelby County Texas
 1846 -1868

                Sam Houston Lodge No. 32, operated under a special dispensation from October, 1846 through December 1848.  During this time the Lodge received many new members, both by the conferring of degrees and by Affiliation from other Lodges.  Beginning with a dozen members in October, 1846, the Lodge had a total of twenty five Master Masons on its roster at the close of 1848, the lodge. as well as several who had received only one or two of the degrees.  Many of the petitioners had been rejected.
        Having proved that it was working according to Masonic customs and regulations, the Lodge was granted a regular Charter by the Grand Lodge of Texas on January 19, 1849.  The principal officers named in the charter were, Robert Burns, Worshipful Master, Robert R. Graves, Senior Warden and John E. Myrick, Junior Warden.
        The Lodge continued to prosper for a few years.  Among the new members were men who had been identified as leaders in the old Regulator-Moderator troubles.  The Cornerstone of the new Masonic hall was laid on the second Saturday in March, 1851.  The Lodge had voted on February 8, 1851,, to invite Oran Milo Roberts of San Augustine, who was later a Governor of Texas, to deliver an oration on the occasion.
        Sam Houston Lodge No. 32, operated at a time when Masonic buildings were often used for church purposes as well as school purposes.  Benjamin T. Kavanaugh, editor of Texas Masonic Mirror, stated in an editorial dated April 17, 1782, that it was common in traveling through Arkansas and Texas to find a two-story church or school house.  The upper story of which was used as a Masonic Lodge.  Many Lodges secured charters from the state legislature to operate schools of learning.
        It is not certain that Sam Houston Lodge No. 32 was involved in such an undertaking; however, we find that the Legislature of Texas incorporated Shelby University on December 2, 1850, and that seventeen of the thirty trustees names in the charter of Shelby University were known Masons.  Included in known Masons were: Nicholas H. Darnell, Archibald W. O. Hicks, John D. Norton, John L. Bridges, Hiram Cozart, John T. Booth, Robert McWilliams, James Truitt, Alfred M. Truitt, Harrison Davis, R. R. Graves, Thomas Carroll, W. P. Landrum, William Hall, C. T. Hilliard and Samuel Farrar.
        The years of apparent tranquility in the Sam Houston Lodge were few in number.  The Grand Lodge in its annual communication on January 20, 1855, instructed Travis G. Broocks of San Augustine, District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District, to collect the dues of Sam Houston Lodge at Shelbyville, and to "inquire into the reason the said Lodge has not made its annual returns to the present Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge, and if satisfied that the same arose from any contempt towards this Grand Lodge, to report the facts immediately to the Most Worshipful Grand Master for his action."
        The District Deputy Grand Master visited and reported that serious difficulty had arisen over the removal of the Charter of the Lodge, which had been placed beyond the reach of the Lodge.  Not being able to located the Charter, the District Deputy had granted a Dispensation for the Lodge to continue work until the next meeting of the Grand Lodge in January, 1856.  Broocks also reported that he had presided at the Lodge trial of the former Master of the Lodge who had permitted the Charter to be removed, and against the supposed offenders.
        The trouble in Sam Houston Lodge, which led to the Surreptitious removal of the Charter, began in 1854, when one of its former Worshipful Masters was brought to trial on the following Charges:
    1.  For threatening to take the life of a "worthy Brother Master Mason."
    2.  For permitting his son, a minor, to take and carry away a horse belonging to a Brother Mason, without paying for the same.
    3.  For writing abusive letters to, and speaking evilly of, a Brother Master Mason.
        The accused Brother was convicted and unanimously suspended from the Privileges of Freemasonry.  Following the restoration of peace and harmony in the Lodge, in 1857, there was a lapse of four years before the outbreak of the Civil War.  From 1869 to 1892, the old town of Shelbyville was without a Masonic Lodge.  Sam Houston Lodge demised in 1869.  Perhaps the factors contributing to the demise was the Civil War  and the friction in the County over the removal of the courthouse from Shelbyville to Center.
        Sam Houston Lodge No. 32, after heated debate on the floor of the Grand Lodge, a resolution was adopted which changed Shelby Lodge No.732. 


 

Adams, Benjamin E.A. 10/28/1848 - Died 1860
Anderson, Felix E.A. 1846 -Charter Member from Aberdeen Lodge, Mississippi - Demitted 11/01/1851
Archer, James 08/25/1851 - Demit, 1853, Affiliated 10/01/1854
Ash, Ira. 1860 on Roster
Ashton, F. N. 1860 on Roster
Ashton, H.C. E.A. 1851 - F.C. 11/13/1851 - M. M., 11/13/1851
Ashton, Thomas H. E.A. 07/27/1850 - F.C. 09/09/1850 - M.M. 10/12/1850
Barber. Phineas W. E.A.1851 - F.C. 1852 - M.M. 1853.
Barnes, John E.A. 04/13/1850 - F.C. 05/11/1850 - M.M. 06/08/1850 - Demitted 06/06/1850
Beck, John E.A. 11/08/1850 - F.C. 1850 - M.M. 03/08/1851
Beck, William M.M. 09/08/1949 - Demitted, 12/23/1850
Bell, John S. E.A., 1847 - F.C. ???? - M M. 1852
Biggar, George W. 1860 on Roster
Biggar, R.T. 1860 on Roster
Blackburn, William Charter Member, 1846 - Formerly in Redland Lodge No. 3
Booth, John T. E.A. 03/20/1850 - F.C. 04/20/1850 - M. M. 05/25/1850
Booth R.P. Affiliated, 04/14/1866
Booth, Zachariah E.A., 1851 - F.C. 07/28/1851 - M.M. 10/11/1851
Bridges, John L. 1853 on Roster
Brinson, Matthew F.C. 05/06/1848 - M. M. 06/04/1848 - Demit 12/23/1850
Brittain, Thomas F. F.C. 1852 - M.M. 1853
Burks, Rev. Napoleon W. 10/10/1846, Visitor from Redland Lodtge No.3
Burks, Robert, 1846 Charter Member
Carroll, Matthew E.A. 1849 - F.C., 05/11/1850 - M.M. 12/13/1851 - died 1860
Carroll, Minor D. E.A. (Truit Lodge No. 149), 02/03/1868 - M. M., 06/08/1868
Carroll, Thomas E.A. 11/06/1848 - F.C. , No date - M. M. 03/10/1849 Demit 10/01/1851
Childress, Hiram C. E.A. 10/12/1850 - F.C. 03/08/1851 - M. M. 07/14/1851
Choat, J. J. Affiliated, 03/10/1866 - Demitted 1868
Collins, William Affiliated, 04/14/1866
Cooper, S.A. E.A. 1851 - F.C., 05/11/1851, M. M. 06/14/1851
Cozart, Hiram Petition 12/18/1846 - on Roster 1848
Crawford, J. M. Petition 07/1858 - E.A. 08/1858 - F.C. 09/1858 - M.M. 11/1858
Crawford, William H. E.A. 07/08/1848 - F.C. 09/09/1848 - M.M. 11/06/1848
Cuthbertson, John Petition 12/18/1846 - on Roster 1848 - Demit 06/10/1849.
Daggett, Ephraim M. E.A., 09/1848 - F.C., No Date- M. M. 02/20/1849
Darnell, Nocholas Henry Charter Member, 1846 - Formerly in Red Land Lodge. Past Grand Master
Davis, Caleb L., Affiliated, 06/04/1848 from Western Star Lodge, Pulaski, Arkansas; Demit 1851.
Davis, Harrison E.A. 10/28/1848 - F.C., no dates - M. M. 03/10/1849 Demit 1851.
Davis, Nathan Affiliated, 1849 from Western Star Lodge No. 107, Kaskaskia, Illinois.  Degrees in 1815
Davis, Nathan, Jr. E.A. 10/07/1848 - F.C., 12/20/1848 - M.M. 03/10/1849 - Demit 1851
Edwards, Thomas C. E.A. 01/1858 - F.C. 02/1858 - M. M. 03/1858
Farrar, F. L. On Roster 1849
Farrar, Samuel B. E.A. 06/04/1848 - F.C. 04/20/1850 - M.M. 05/25/1850 - Demit 02/14/1857
Farrar, Simon B. E.A. 08/10/1850 - F.C. 09/08/1850 - M. M. 10/22/1850
Farrar, Thomas J. On Roster, 1853
Field, R. W. Affiliated, 05/12/1860
Frederick, G. L. Visitor, 06/29/1847
Freeland, James B. E.A. 06/04/1848 - F.C. 08/11/1855
Fuller, J.W. E.A. 1859 - F.C. 1859 - M.M. 1859 - Demit 01/1867
Graves, Giles N. E.A. 08/10/1850 - F.C. 05/08/1850 - M. M. 10/12/1850
Graves, Robert R. E.A. 12/06/1846 - On Roster as M.M. 1849
Haile, John A. E.A. 1851 - F.C. 05/11/1851 - M.M. 06/14/1951
Hall, G.L. E.A. 04/17/1857 - F.C. 12/12/1857 - M M. 09/1858
Hall, H.C. E.A. 1856 - F.C. 03/14/1857 - M. M. 1859
Hamilton, H.B. Visitor 01/09/1847 - Visitor 06/29/1847
Hamlett, William J. Charter Member 1846 - Formerly in Red Land Lodge No. 3
Handley, A. E. E.A. 11/05/1846 - F.C. 12/05/1846 M. M. 1847
Handley, Samuel Charter Member 1846 - Clergyman from Houston Lodge, Mississippi - Demit 12/20/1848
Hanks, James E.A. 02/09/1861 - F.C. 04/13/1861 - M. M. 05/10/1861
Harris, Albert G. Petition 12/18/1946 - M. M. 1848 - Demit 11/20/1849
Harris, Ira Affiliated as F.C. 02/04/1848, from Society Ridge Lodge, Hinds County Mississippi M.M. 1848
Henderson, John M. Charter Member 1846
Henderson, Sam C. M. M. 1852
Hendricks, H. Affiliated 05/12/1866
Herring, M. P. E.A. 1852 - M. M. 1853
Hewitt, John W. E.A. 1853 - F.C. 02/11/1854 - M. M. 04/08/1854 - Demit 05/1866
Hewett, William Sr. Petition 12/18/1846 - M. M> 10-/13/1849 - Demit, 05/1866
Hewett, E. M., Jr. On Roster 1853
Hill, J. H. Visitor 10/03/1846 - from Taladega Lodge, Alabama
Holt, Solomon F. E.A. 12/24/1850 - F.C. 11/10/1855 - M. M. No Date.
Irvine, Rev. James T.P. E.A. 12/24/1850 - F.C. 03/08/1851  M. M. 09/08/1851 - Demit 1853
Johnson, M.T. Petition 12/18/1846 - M. M. 1848 Demit, 11/19/1848
Jones, Vance E.A. 09/09/1848 - F.C. No Date 0 M. M. 02/10/1849 Demit 05/11/1850
Jones, W. H. On Roster 1849
Jordan, Samuel Charter Member 1846 - Demit 01/08/1848
Kerr, William Charter Member 1846 - Formerly in Redland Lodge No. 3 - died 09/1850
Landrum, William P. Petition, 12/18/1846 - on Roster 1850
Lanier, William W. Petition 12/18/1846 - Listed as E.A. in 1850 - Listed as M.M. in 1853
Lee, Byron B. On Roster 1853
Lichtenstein, Wolfe Petition 04/13/1868 - M. M. 05/11/1868
Lindsey, John C. E.A. 04/07/1848 - F.C. 05/06/1848 - M. M. 06/04/1848 - Demit 01/12/1850
Mahoon, Thomas E.A. 03/09/1868 - F.C. 08/10/1868
Mather, Samuel E.A. 12/18/1846 - F.C. 02/09/1847 - M. M. 03/06/1847 - Demit 10/01/1851 - Grand Master 1862
Matthews, M.S. Affiliated 04/13/1868
Matthews M. D., Thomas M. E.A. 05/04/1855 - F.C. 05/14/1855 - M M. -5/14/1855 - Demit 10/10/1856 - Grand Master 1881
McBride, P. H. Affiliated 1853 from Newbern Lodge No. 97
McCann, Edward On Roster 1848 - died 07/06/1848
McClure, D. F. F.C. 02/14/1857 - M. M> 06/13/1857 - Demit 02/1858 - Affiliated 10/1859
McGuffey, Rufus M. Affiliated as E.A. from Holly Springs Lodge Mississippi 1853 - F.C. 01/14/1854 - M.M. 0211/1854 - Died 1860
McKinzie, Daniel Affliated 07/1868
McWilliams, Robert E.A. 08/05/1848 - F.C. no date - M. M. 1852
Moore, C.C. E.A. 1852 - On Roster 1853
Moore, John L. E.A. 1851 - F.C. 1852 - M. M. 11/13/1851
Mumford, Zadock Visitor 01/09/1847
Myrick, John E. Petition 02/19/1847 - On Roster 1849
Nethery, William E.A. 09/09/1854 - F.C. 02/14/1857 - M. M. 03/14/1857
Norton, John D. E.A. 1852
Ochiltree, Hugh Charter Member 1846 - Formerly in Redland Lodge No. 3
Payne, John C. E.A. 1859
Potts, John T. E.A. 05/14/1855 - F.C. 07/14/1855 - M. M. 08/11/1855
Powell, B. F. On Roster 1857
Price, James M. M. 03/10/1866
Price John E.A. 1859 - F.C. 02/10/1866
Pursley, J. H. F.C. 06/28/1851
Ragland M. D., William J. E.A. 1852 - F.C. 04/08/1854 - M. M.06/10/1854
Read, B. F. On Roster 1860
Renfro, Peter Visister 06/29/1847
Reynolds, W.B. E.A. 1851 - F.C. 08/23/1851 - M. M. 11/14/1851
Richardson, I.O.B. Listed as F.C. 1853 - M. M. 02/11/1854
Roberts, Franklin F. Petition 02/06/1847 - M. M. 01/08/1848
Roberts, O.E. Petition 02/06/1847 - F.C. 01/08/1848 - M. M. 01/08/1848 - Demit 01/08/1848
Samford, Elkanah Petition 12/18/1846 - F.C. 01/08/1848 - M. M. 06/04/1848
Samford, George E.A. 11/04/1848 - F. C. 02/20/1849 - M. M. 02/20/1949
Samford, Joab Affiliated 1858 from Newbern Lodge No. 97.
Samford, Samuel E.A. no date - F.C. 05/13/1849 - M. M. 1949
Samford, Simon Zerah E.A. 1847 - F.C. 03/20/1850 - M. M. 06/08/1850
Sherod, G.W. E.A. 1852 - Listed as F.C. 1853
Shofner, Martin L. On Roster 1853
Shyrock, M.D., M. H. Charter Member 1846 - Formerly in Redland Loge No. 3
Sinclair, Leland A. E.A. 03/11/1854 - F.C. 04/08/1854 M. M. 09/09/1854 - Died 1900
Smith, B.E. E.A. 07/09/1859 - F.C. 1859 - M. M. 1859
Smith, J. M. Petition 04/06/1847 - E.A. 1850 - F.C. 11/04/1851 - M.M. 11/24/1951
Smith, W.D. Grand Lecturer, Visited 06/29/1847
Snider, Gilderoy Minister - Received three Blue Lodge degrees, as emergency on 06/29/1847 - Demit 01/08/1848
Standefer, J. M. Charter Member 1846 - Demit 04/07/1849
Stanley, C.W. L. On Roster 1861
Springfellow, M. D. William Affiliated 1852
Tamplin H. H. E.A. 1849 - F.C. 1850 - M. M. 1850
Tamplin, James V. On Roster 1860
Tamplin, Z. E.A. 1850 - F.C. 1851 - M.M. 1851
Thacker, W.H. Petition 07/14/1866 - E.A. 08/11/1866
Thompson, B.J. Charter Member 1846 - Formerly Redland No. 3
Thompson, J. H. Affiliated first meeting, Under Dispensation 10/03/1846 from Greensboro Lodge, Mississippi
Truitt, A. M. Petition 12/18/1846 - On Roster 1848
Truitt, James Petition 10/10/1846 - On Roster 1848
Tucker, William H. M.M. 1852
Turner, Charles E.A. 12/18/1846 - F.C. no date - M. M. 01/08/1848
Uptegraff, Sam E.A. 09/09/1848 - F.c. No date - M. M. 1849
Wiggins, R.R. E.A. 1853 - F. C. 1854
Williams, Felix G. E.A. 08/10/1850 - F.c. 09/08/1850 - M. M. 10/12/1850
Willis B.A. J. Suspended for Un-Masonic Conduct 1860 - This was first time for him to appear on records
Wisley, Joe F.  E.A. 1849 - F.C. 02/23/1850 - M. M. 1850 Demit 05/11/1850

   

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