University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Masonic Order Records, 1835-1938



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freemasons. Holland Lodge, No. 1 (Houston, Tex.)Freemasons. Harmony Lodge, No. 6 (Galveston, Tex.)Freemasons. Constantine Lodge, No. 13 (Bonham, Tex.)Freemasons. Austin Lodge, No. 12 (Austin, Tex.)Freemasons. St. John's Lodge, No. 5 (Brazoria, Tex.)Freemasons. St. John's Lodge, No. 49 (Columbia, Tex.)Freemasons. McFarland Lodge, No. 3 (San Augustine, Tex.)Freemasons. McFarland Lodge, No. 41 (San Augustine, Tex.)Freemasons. Redland Lodge, No. 24 (San Augustine, Tex.)
Title: Masonic Order Records
Dates: 1835-1938
Abstract: The Masonic Order Records, 1835-1938, comprise bound volumes containing transcripts of records for the Holland, St. John’s, Harmony, Austin, Constantine, McFarland, and Redland lodges.
Accession No.: 1954
Extent: 1 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 1835, Holland Lodge No. 1 of Brazoria, Texas, was the first Masonic lodge in Texas. The Milam Lodge No. 2 at Nacogdoches and the McFarland Lodge No. 3 at San Augustine followed two years later. In 1838, the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas A.F. and A.M. was formed and spurred the creation of the St. John’s Lodge No. 5, the Harmony Lodge No. 6, the Austin Lodge No. 12, the Constantine Lodge No. 13, and the Redland Lodge No. 24.

Source: Vaughn, William Preston. “Freemasonry,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 12, 2011. Accessed February 10, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vnf01.


Scope and Contents

The Masonic Order Records, 1835-1938, comprise bound volumes containing transcripts of meeting minutes for the Holland, St. John’s, Harmony, Austin, Constantine, McFarland, and Redland lodges. These records include the date of meetings, member rosters, financial information, the procurement of dues, petitions and motions of administrative business, applications and elections of membership, and rules of order.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Freemasons. Holland Lodge, No. 1 (Houston, Tex.)
Freemasons. Harmony Lodge, No. 6 (Galveston, Tex.)
Freemasons. Constantine Lodge, No. 13 (Bonham, Tex.)
Freemasons. Austin Lodge, No. 12 (Austin, Tex.)
Freemasons. St. John's Lodge, No. 5 (Brazoria, Tex.)
Freemasons. St. John's Lodge, No. 49 (Columbia, Tex.)
Freemasons. McFarland Lodge, No. 3 (San Augustine, Tex.)
Freemasons. McFarland Lodge, No. 41 (San Augustine, Tex.)
Freemasons. Redland Lodge, No. 24 (San Augustine, Tex.)
Subjects
Freemasonry--Texas--History.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History.
Brazoria County (Tex.)--History--19th century.
Nacogdoches County (Tex.)--History--19th century.
San Augustine County (Tex.)--History--19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Masonic Order Records, 1835-1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R96 St. John’s Lodges, numbers 5 and 49, Brazoria and Columbia, 2 copies, 1838-1851
Harmony Lodge, number 6, Galveston, 2 copies, 1839-1847
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2R97 Holland Lodge, number 1, Houston, parts I-III, 3 copies, 1835-1846
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2R98 Holland Lodge, number 1, Houston, parts III-IV, 3 copies, 1835-1846
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2R99 Holland Lodge, number 1, Houston, part IV, 1835-1846
Austin Lodge, number 12, A.F. and A.M., 1838-1938
Constantine Lodge, number 13, Warren and Bonham, 3 copies, 1840-1846
McFarland Lodges, numbers 3 and 41, and Red Land Lodge, number 24, San Augustine, 1837-1848