History of Concord Lodge No. 58 Ancient, Free And Accepted Masons Tarboro, North Carolina By J. HOWARD BROWN
In 1950 the assignment was given to Dr. J. P. Keech, P.M., to prepare a history of Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M., of Tarboro, North Carolina. He had been a member for about 50 years, serving three separate years as Master and 22 years as Secretary. Brother Keech, a life long resident of Tarboro, knew more of the history of Concord Lodge than any living man. Unfortunately his tragic death November 7, 1952, carried some of this history with him to his grave. The task of writing this history was then passed on to the author who has had to rely largely on the minutes of the lodge for his source material. Dr. Keech had some notes about the early history of Edgecombe County and the first 12 years of the lodge. His daughter, Miss Vera Keech, kindly turned this information over to the writer and it has been freely used.
An attempt has been made to give a year by year account of the activities of the lodge. The minutes for 15 years are missing. So far as possible the name of every man who has been a member of the lodge has been given. Necessarily this is not complete or accurate. The death of every member, where there is any record, has also been noted. There has been compiled, as were available, a list of all Masters, Senior Wardens, Junior Wardens, Treasurers, Secretaries and Tylers.
Some of the material given has been quoted directly from the minutes and when not quoted the attempt has been made to give the style and language of the Secretary who wrote the minutes. The discerning reader will recognize the occasional comments of the author. A large amount of detail has been given, which the critical reader might think unnecessary and non-essential; but it is thought that it has a place and will be interesting and informative for others. Because much of the minutes are taken up with receiving petitions, acting on same and the Initiation, Passing and Raising of Candidates many of the Communications are not mentioned in this history.
A perusal of this history, detailing the activities of Concord Lodge No. 58, will enable the reader in a measure to trace the development of Masonry in North Carolina. He will glimpse and see flashes of light in the growth and progress of the Grand Lodge as it has evolved into its present magnificent structure, showing that Concord Lodge has contributed its part in this onward march.
Concord Lodge No. 58 during the past 147 years has an enviable history. It has given to the craft two fine Grand Masters, M∴W∴Brothers Lewis D. Wilson and John W. Cotten. Six brethren have served as District Deputy Grand Masters; Brothers John A. Weddell, John W. Martin, John R. Pender, M. L. Laughlin, R. E. L. Cook and Vernon L. Conyers. Also, the author is Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 4th Masonic District. It has been the mother lodge of a dozen or more lodges in the surrounding territory.
There is no institution, society, organization, business or church in Tarboro that is as old as Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M. Only the town government itself antedates it. Many other fraternal orders have arisen in Tarboro, flourished for awhile and died. That which endures and has permanence must have value. Many of the leading citizens of Tarboro and Edgecombe County down through the years have given of their time and talents and have wrought well for the lodge, their brethren and the community. Acquaintance which has ripened into strong friendship, visitation from lodge to lodge, charity at home and abroad and the good counsel wisely given, all have played their part in making life richer and sweeter.
May 1, 1958.
In 1741 when Gabriel Johnston of Edenton was Governor, an act was passed to erect a part of North Carolina into a county to be called Edgecombe. This contained, in addition to the present Edgecombe County, what is now Halifax, Nash, Wilson and Pitt Counties and part of Martin County. The town of Halifax was the county seat. Halifax County was formed in 1758 and for the next two years the county seat of Edgecombe was near the present McKendree Methodist Church located about seven miles west of Tarboro. On November 30, 1760 the State Legislature, meeting at New Bern, passed an act to establish a new county seat for Edgecombe to be called Tarborough, on the lands of Joseph Howell located on the Tar River.
George Washington making his Southern Tour in 1791 wrote in his diary of spending a night at Halifax. He then tells of coming 36 miles to Tarborough, a place “less than Halifax, but more lively and thriving, of crossing . . . . . Tar River at the town-crossing by means of a bridge a great height from the water.”
Tarborough was the State Capitol in 1787 because of the meeting of the Legislature at this place. The sessions were held on the site of the present court house. Ratification of the Treaty of Peace with Great Britian was the first order of business.
At this time Tarborough did not have a Masonic lodge, but several lodges had been organized and were working in different parts of the state. Many of the leading members of these lodges were in Tarborough for the meeting of the Legislature and here the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina was organized December 9-11, 1787, with eight lodges represented.
By 1791 there were 18 lodges on the Grand Lodge roll and on December 11, 1792 Raleigh Lodge No. 20 of Tarborough was chartered. This first Masonic lodge in Tarborough lived for seven years and was dissolved December 2, 1799.THE FIRST YEAR OF CONCORD LODGE—1811
Concord Lodge held its first meeting at the home of John H. Hall, who owned lots 41 and 52, which are on the west side of Saint Patrick Street, between Church Street and Saint James Street in the town of Tarborough, North Carolina. The Dr. Thigpen house is now on part of this area. The meeting was held by dispensation on Friday, May 24, A.D. 1811, A.L. 5811. There were present Right Worshipful Alexander Falconer, Master; Nathan Mathewson, Senior Warden; Joseph Farmer, Junior Warden; Sharack Collins, Senior Deacon; Henry Austin, Junior Deacon; Moses Mordecai, Secretary, pro-tem; and Brothers Edward D. MacNair and Henry Cotten.
An Entered Apprentice Lodge was opened in Ancient form. Brother Edward MacNair was named Treasurer, pro-tem. It was Resolved that Brethren MacNair, Austin and Mordecai be appointed a committee to report a code and rule for the government of the lodge. Apprentice Lodge closed until tomorrow evening. The minutes were signed by Brother Alexander Falconer.
Brother Moses Mordecai was the son of Jacob Mordecai who came south as a young man and settled in Warrenton, N. C., and ran a school for girls which was considered “finest in the south.” His son Moses became a lawyer and located in Tarborough shortly before Concord Lodge was organized. Brother Henry Austin was the great grandfather of Miss Mary Austin, now living in Tarboro, and the late Miss Em Austin.
A second meeting was held Saturday, May 25, A.D. 1811, A.L. 5811 with same officers as previous meeting. A code was adopted. Petitions of Alexander Johnston, Joseph Bell and Robt. Johnston were received, elected and Initiated the same evening.
A third meeting was held Monday, May 27, 1811. An Entered Apprentice Lodge was opened in ancient form. The petitions of Michael Hearn, Robt. Stuart, Benj. B. Hunter, Robt. Irwin and Benj. M. Jackson were received, balloted upon, elected and initiated.
A fourth meeting was held Wednesday, May 29. It was opened on Entered Apprentice degree, then closed and a Master Mason Lodge opened when Brother Moses Mordecai and Brother Edward D. MacNair were Raised.
A fifth meeting was held May 31. The first rejection of a petitioner came at this meeting. We note: “The R∴W∴Master appointed Brethren Nathan Mathewson, Master; Joseph Farmer, Sen. Warden; Sharack Collins, Junior Warden; Edward D. MacNair, Sen. Deacon; Henry Austin, Junior Deacon for the purpose of opening a lodge on 23rd and 24th of June and 23rd of July for the purpose of working and receiving petitions. Candidates will be initiated at the next quarterly meeting unless otherwise directed by the Master. Ordered that Brethren Bell, Collins, MacNair be appointed a committee to procure an house or rooms for the use of the lodge upon the best terms they can and any contract they make shall be binding on the lodge. On motion and seconded, Resolved that it be requested of Brothers Joseph Farmer, and Edward D. MacNair to prepare and deliver an oration at the festival of Saint John the Baptist on 24th June.”
The next meeting held was on June 22. “A meeting having been ordered by R∴W∴Alex. Falconer for 23rd Inst. and it appearing that it would fall on the Sabbath, the same was appointed by R∴W∴Nathan Mathewson, Master pro-tem, to take place on 22nd.”
Minutes show that next meeting was held July 23. The Master, R∴W∴Brother Alex. Falconer, being absent all officers moved up and served pro-tem. Two visiting Brothers, Sam'l McMahon and Henry Jenkins, petitioned to be received and they were elected members.
The next meeting was August 25 with R∴W∴Brother Alex. Falconer, Master. Frederic Cotton was balloted upon and Initiated.
On August 28 there were 15 members present and three visitors. James Bell was Initiated. “Resolved unanimously that the Right Worshipful Master, Alexander Falconer, be requested to represent this lodge in the Grand Lodge at the next annual meeting and that he lay our proceedings before them and endeavor to obtain a charter.” A Fellow Craft Lodge was opened and five brethren were Passed.
On Friday September 20 Gray Little and Micajah Thomas having been previously elected were Initiated. “Ordered that the sum of seven Pounds, seventeen Shillings and six Pence be paid by the Treasurer to John H. Hall for the purpose of defraying the expenses of our two last meetings.”
November 25, 1811. There is no record in the minutes that a charter has been received. The charter that the lodge has is dated November 11, 1811 and at this meeting on November 25 the number “58” is used for the first time. Paul Randolph was elected. Brother John Bonner is reported a member.
November 26—Paul Randolph was Initiated and three brethren were Passed to degree of Fellow Craft and one of these was Brother Paul Randolph who had just been Initiated.
November 27—Entered Apprentice Lodge, “On motion, Resolved unanimously that the lodge hereafter meet on Wednesday after the fourth
Monday in each month.” A Master Mason Lodge was opened and Brothers Joseph Bell, Michael Hearn, Robt. Joyner and Benjamin M. Jackson were Raised. “The Right Worshipful Master installed the officers of this lodge and gave them a charge . . . . . Brothers Nathan Mathewson, Senior Warden; Edward D. MacNair, Junior Warden; Joseph Bell, Treasurer; Michael Hearn, Secretary; Robt. Joyner, Senior Deacon; Benjamin M. Jackson, Junior Deacon; Henry Cotten and Sharack Collins, Stewards.”
December 26—An Entered Apprentice Lodge was opened. Election of officers for 1812 was held and a committee was appointed to revise the by-laws. Brother Samuel McMahon prayed to be discontinued a member and he was discontinued, becoming the first member to sever his connection with the lodge. For many years the lodge was opened as an Entered Apprentice Lodge and all business transacted therein.1812
Alexander Falconer, Master; Nathan Mathewson, Senior Warden; Edward D. MacNair, Junior Warden; Joseph Bell, Treasurer; Michael Hearn, Secretary; Robt. Joyner, Senior Deacon; Benj. M. Jackson, Junior Deacon; Sharack Collins and Henry Cotten, Stewards; Paul Randolph, Tyler, pro-tem.
The first time that a Tyler is mentioned is in the election of officers for 1812. During this year the minutes show that eight Regular Meetings and nine Special Meetings were held, but the minutes are missing after June 24, 1812 for the remainder of the year.
During this year the following were Initiated: Benj. G. Pulliam, David Randolph, Andrew Clark, Theophilus W. Cockburn, John Hagard, Samuel Stillman, Lewis C. Pender, Geo. W. Woodman, Laurence Battle, Simmons J. Baker, D. Cary Whitaker, Josiah Cotton, David Dancy and Moses Horn. Raised during the year were Brothers Robt. Stuart and Henry Austin.
January 29, 1812—The revised by-laws were adopted. Many times during the succeeding years the by-laws have been changed. “The petition of Benjamin G. Pulliam praying to be admitted a member of this lodge was presented by Brother Johnston and the necessary deposit having been made it was determined he should be balloted for this evening. He was accordingly balloted for and unanimously admitted.” “Ordered that the Treasury pay John H. Hall 2 Pounds, 9 Shillings and 9 Pence, the expenses of the lodge at the last meeting.”
February 26—“A communication from Brother Alexander Lucas enclosing form of a diploma or Masonic certificate was received, for which he has the thanks of this lodge. Ordered that the Secretary communicate the same to him and that he forward Diploma to Brethren Moses Mordecai, Robert Joyner, Joseph Bell and Benj. M. Jackson.”
February 28—“Resolved that the members who failed to attend at the last Regular Meeting be fined.”
March 25—“On motion Resolved that the Treasurer pay John H. Hall 22 Pounds, 10 Shillings, the amount of his account to 28 February 1812.”
May 26—“Resolved unanimously that every member of this lodge furnish himself with an apron before the next Regular Meeting and default thereof that he pay a fine of fifty cents.”
May 27—“Resolved that this lodge will celebrate the festival of St. John the Baptist and that Brothers MacNair, Mordecai and Hunter prepare an oration suitable to the occasion and that Brother MacNair be
requested to deliver it. It is further Resolved that Brothers Joseph Bell, Stuart, David Randolph and Mathewson be appointed to make arrangements for the Day.”
The last minutes for 1812 were on June 24 and are the last available minutes of the First Minute Book. The First Minute Book now consists only of loose leaves, very fragile, worn and frayed, with no doubt, missing leaves.1813
Edward MacNair, Master; Robert Joyner, Senior Warden; Benj. M. Jackson, Junior Warden; Joseph Bell, Treasurer; Benj. G. Pulliam, Secretary; Paul Randolph, Tyler.
Thirteen Regular Meetings and eight Special Meetings were held. It would appear that the by-laws called for one Regular Meeting each month. Meetings on St. John the Baptist Day, June 24, and St. John the Evangelist Day, December 27, were classed as Regular Meetings.
Initiated during the year: John B. Cobb and Jeremiah Battle.
Raised during the year: Brothers David Dancy, Frederick Cotten, Josiah Cotten, Gray Little, John Allen, L. D. Wilson, James Bell and L. Broadie.
January 27, 1813—Twenty-two members were present. The name of L. D. Wilson is mentioned for the first time. Presumably he was Initiated during the latter half of 1812; he was Passed March 16, 1813 and Raised July 20, 1813. Brother L. D. Wilson was one of the most prominent Masons that ever belonged to Concord Lodge No. 58. He was Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina for three years, 1828, 1829 and 1830. More details of his life will be given later in this History. (See year 1850). For the first time there is mentioned a committee to “inquire into the character of” a petitioner. For the first time a dispute between two brethren is aired in the lodge. Again the by-laws were revised and adopted. A committee was appointed “to secure five tables for use of this lodge”.
March 16—“The petition of Brother David Dancy, a Fellow Craft, praying to be Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, was presented by Brother Jackson, the necessary deposit having been made, he was balloted for, accepted and Raised accordingly.”
May 26—This was a Special Meeting. The lodge was opened in Entered Apprentice Degree, Fellow Craft Degree and Master Mason Degree. No business reported in either lodge. This Special Meeting was held by order of R.W. Alexander Falconer, Vice Grand Master of Masons. It is uncertain what the title “Vice Grand Master” can mean. Brother Falconer's name does not appear in the list of Grand Lodge officers. Possibly he could have been a District Deputy Grand Master or holding a similar office. He was the first Master of Concord Lodge.
June 24—St. John's Day, with 26 members present. A procession was formed and marched to church where Brother Dancy delivered an oration.
August 17—Brother Henry Austin withdrew as a member. A Committee was appointed to consider an appropriate lodge room “which is contemplated to be built”.
September 21—The Stewards presented an account of $40.77 which was ordered paid. Certain brethren, Mark Masters and Past Masters, “had been appointed a committee to meet with this lodge in order to request our approbation for the opening and holding lodges, for the purpose of cultivating a knowledge and extending the benefits of the fourth and fifth degrees of Masonry and also to obtain the privilege of our hall, and the use of our jewels and regalia. Whereupon it was unanimously
Resolved, that the measure proposed by our brethren of the degrees of Mark Master and Past Master is in our opinion, laudable, expedient and desirable, and has our cordial concurrence and entire approbation, and that full and free use of our hall, jewels and regalia, be henceforth granted them, provided that their meetings do in nowise interfere with those of this lodge.” This probably was the beginning of Concord Chapter No. 5, Royal Arch Masons.
October 19—A motion was made and ordered that Brother ________ “shall have a certificate from this lodge certifying that during his continuance therein he has behaved himself as became a worthy brother.” It was ordered that a suitable Bible be purchased for the lodge.
November 16—Brothers S. J. Baker, I. Farmer and M. Mordecai were appointed representatives to the Grand Lodge.
December 2—Resolved that St. John the Evangelist Day be celebrated by a Masonic ball and that it be celebrated in Masonic style.
December 21—The Treasurer, Brother Joseph Bell, reported: Received $619.75, Disbursed $424.75, Balance $195, Due the lodge in Arrearages $92. The Stewards account for the last quarter amounted to $20.47½.1814
Robt. Joyner, Master; Benj. M. Jackson, Senior Warden; Alex. S. Johnston, Junior Warden; Joseph Bell, Treasurer; Lewis D. Wilson, Secretary; Paul Randolph, Tyler.
Thirteen Regular and two Special Meetings held.
Initiated: David Ricks and Jonas J. Bell.
Raised: Brothers John B. Cobb, Jeremiah Battle and Lawrence Battle.
Withdrew from Lodge: Brothers Robt. Stuart, Andrew Clark, Moses Horn and Joseph Farmer.
It is surprising to note the number of members who “Withdrew” from lodge membership. Some of these desired to become members in a new lodge, others no doubt moved away. In many cases during the years ahead they would affiliate with Concord Lodge again. Officers were elected on December 21, 1813 to serve for 1814. Brother Edward D. MacNair, who was elected Master, declined to serve. Another election was held on January 18, 1814.
March 16, 1814—A bill for $129 was allowed for committee who had charge of celebration of St. John the Evangelist Day, December 27, 1813.
June 24—St. John the Baptist Day. A procession was formed, marched to church and an oration was delivered by Brother David Dancy. Dinner was served at lodge room, prepared by Brother Paul Randolph, Tyler, each member paying his part.
July 19—By-laws were amended to change Regular Meeting from 3rd Tuesday to Tuesday after 4th Monday in each month.
October 25—Brothers Simmons J. Baker, Moses Mordecai and Joseph Farmer were elected representatives to Grand Lodge, the officers having declined to go.
November 29—Brother Alexander Falconer, first Master of Lodge, reported present. This is last time his name appears. It was decided to pay Masonic honors to memory of Brother Sharack Collins on December 25. He is the first member mentioned as having died. Election of officers for new year was held.1815
Alex. S. Johnston, Master; Michael Hearne, Senior Warden; Benj. G. Pulliam, Junior Warden; Joseph Bell, Treasurer; David Dancy, Secretary; N. Mathewson, Tyler.
There is a record of only three Regular Meetings being held. After the minutes of March 28, 1815 the leaves have been cut out of the minute book and the next minutes available are for December 27, 1816.
January 24, 1815—The Treasurer reported Receipts for 1814, $353, Disbursements, $161. A committee was appointed to fix up second story of the Academy for a lodge hall. Presumably up to this time the lodge had met in home of John H. Hall located on corner of Church and St. Patrick streets. The Academy was located near the site of the present Water Plant in Tarboro. Two brethren leaving lodge room without permission of the Master were fined $1 each.1816
December 27, 1816—The officers are David Dancy, Master; Benj. G. Pulliam, Senior Warden; Geo. E. Spruill, Junior Warden, pro-tem; N. Mathewson, Treasurer, pro-tem; Theo. W. Cockburn, Secretary; Paul Randolph, Tyler. No business reported transacted.1817
David Dancy, Master; Benj. G. Pulliam, Senior Warden; E. P. Guion, Junior Warden; John Hagan, Treasurer; Theo. W. Cockburn, Secretary; Paul Randolph, Tyler.
Thirteen Regular and three Special Meetings.
Initiated: James Dancy, W. M. Bowers, Wm. Crockett, John L. Southerland, Michael Parker, Pulaski Dudley and Samuel Sparks.
Raised: Brothers John Williams and Elisha B. Harrell.
Discontinued: Brothers Samuel Stillman, L. Brodie, G. E. Spruill, John Allen and B. M. Jackson.
January 28, 1817—It was reported that lodge room was still not completed.
March 25—Brother N. Mathewson secured a loan of $100 from the lodge. This is the first of many loans that the lodge in its early years made to its members. Some of them were not repaid for a long period of time.
April 29—Committee reported that the Mark lodge would spend $150 to fix up lodge room and Concord Lodge voted a like amount and “more if necessary”. It was Resolved that the funeral of late Brother E. Hart be solemnized in Masonic form.
May 27—It was ordered “that the Stewards be requested to furnish a dinner with the usual appendages on the 24th of June and that the expenses be paid out of the funds of the lodge”. “Appendages” meant certain drinks that were customary in those days.
June 24—St. John's Day—A procession was formed and marched to church and Brother L. Hammond delivered an oration.
August 26—Brother Robt. Joyner, Steward, presented his account of 45 Pounds, 6 Shillings and 9 Pence.
October 28—An Entered Apprentice Lodge was opened with five members. “There not being a sufficient number to transact business this lodge was closed in due form and order.”
Benj. G. Pulliam, Master; E. P. Guion, Senior Warden; L. D. Wilson, Junior Warden, John Hagan, Treasurer; Theo. W. Cockburn, Secretary; John Williams, Tyler.
Six Regular and seven Special Meetings.
Initiated: Marmaduke N. Bell, Thomas Harris, Wm. E. Dancy and Henry C. Bell.
Raised: Brothers D. L. Clinch (had been a F.C. since 1813), Jacob Ing, Wm. Bowers, W. Crockett, James Dancy, James C. Green, Jesse Thorpe and Michael Parker.
Withdrew: Brothers Theo. W. Cockburn, John Hagan, Smith Hagan, James Dancy and Pulaski Dudley.
At the Regular Meeting in January the officers were installed. “Resolved, that the Tyler procure for the use of this lodge twenty spit boxes.”
February 24, 1818—A brother made a motion and it was seconded, “that this lodge proceed to the consideration of surrending up to the Grand Lodge the charter of this lodge, when it was decided in the negative by a unanimous vote”.
March 24—“Resolved, that the funeral ceremonies of our deceased Brother, Paul Randolph, be performed on Sunday 5th of April.” A committee was appointed to see if the late brother's family needed help and to pay tuition of his youngest daughter at the Tarboro Academy. Here the spelling is “Tarboro”, although years later “Tarborough” was still used in the minutes.
July 8—Lodge voted not to allow the lodge room to be used as a school room.
November 24—Election of officers. Brother L. D. Wilson was selected representative to Grand Lodge.1819
Robt. Joyner, Master; E. P. Guion, Senior Warden; L. D. Wilson, Junior Warden; N. Mathewson, Treasurer; Michael Hearne, Secretary; Wm. Crockett, Tyler.
Ten Regular and six Special Meetings.
Initiated: Geraldus Buntyn, G. Tompkins, Exum L. Lowe, Wm. Foxhall, James Benton, G. T. Hart, Joseph Drury, Jonathan Tartt, and John H. Atkinson.
Raised: Brothers G. Buntyn, Wm. Foxhall, Exum L. Lowe, John S. Tompkins, James Benton, Samuel Sparks, and Pulaski Dudley.
Reinstated: Benj. Hunter, Benj. M. Jackson, Samuel Stillman, and David Randolph.
Withdrew: Brothers G. Buntyn, W. E. Dancy, Jacob Ing, Exum L. Lowe, John Parker, and Jesse Thorpe.
January 26, 1819—It was decided to get curtains for lodge room.
July 27—A committee reported that the Treasurer had $191.09 and that the members owed a great deal on dues.
November 23—Brothers L. D. Wilson and James Benton were appointed representatives to Grand Lodge. The officers were elected and installed.1820
David Dancy, Master; E. P. Guion, Senior Warden; Wm. Crockett, Junior Warden; John Williams, Treasurer; Robt. Joyner, Secretary; Samuel Stillman, Tyler.
Twelve Regular and 17 Special Meetings.
Initiated: Henry Sykes, Lewis Abb Lewis Lumpkin, Joseph R. Lloyd, Benj. Boykin, H. C. Simmons, John S. Hawkes, John F. Hughes, James Phillips, and Weeks P. Hardy.
Raised: Brothers Spencer L. Hart, John H. Atkinson, Joseph R. Lloyd, Marmaduke N. Bell, H. C. Simmons, Weeks P. Hardy, Henry C. Bell, Henry Sykes, James Phillips, J. S. Hawkes, John F. Hughes, and Lewis Abb Lewis Lumpkin.
Withdrew: Brothers Lewis Abb Lewis Lumpkin, John F. Hughes, and Moses Mordecai.
Died: Brother A. S. Johnston.
Reinstated: John F. Hughes, John Parker, and Exum L. Lowe.
Thus the record shows that Brother John F. Hughes was Initiated, Passed, Raised, Withdrew, and Reinstated all in the same year.
June 27, 1820—“Resolved, that Brother Guion inform Mr. Phillips, teacher of the Academy, that the lodge objects to his school using the outer room and that he be requested to have the desks removed and the room put in order.” Evidently for some time now the lodge has been meeting on the second floor of the Academy.
July 1—Misrepresentation of the character of Grand Lecturer, Brother David Vinton, had been spread abroad. Brother Vinton was present and successfully defended himself by reading a letter from a supposed detractor of his character. He was fully vindicated and employed at $7 a day for 10 days to lecture the lodge. “Resolved, that the by-laws respecting the admission of a candidate be suspended for twenty days for the purpose of introducing members under the instruction of Brother Vinton.” The lodge was lectured by Brother Vinton daily from July 3 to July 19 with Special Meetings of the lodge.
July 16—A procession was formed and marched to the church where Brother David Vinton, Grand Lecturer, delivered a Masonic oration.
July 19—“Resolved, that this lodge present to R∴W∴ David Vinton, G. Lec., our unfeigned regard and esteem for the light he has afforded in the craft and for his polite and gentlemanly deportment during his stay with us.”
July 25—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws.
August 29—A committee reported $67.21 in the Treasury and $204.50 owing on dues.1821
Joseph R. Lloyd, Master; Samuel Stillman, Senior Warden; John Williams, Junior Warden; Robt. Joyner, Treasurer; John F. Hughes, Secretary; John Parker, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and four Special Meetings.
Initiated: Frank L. Hawkes, J. R. Walker, and H. L. Kirkland.
Withdrew: Brother John S. Hawkes.
Reinstated: John L. Southerland.
January 23, 1821—By-laws were revised and adopted.
February 27—“Ordered that the Treasurer purchase a seal for the use of the lodge.”
March 28—A seal was adopted. In the center of the seal are joined hands, above the hands is an All-Seeing Eye and below is No. 58; around the rim of the seal are the words “A.L. 5821 Concord Lodge, Tarborough, N. Carolina”.
April 7—Brothers L. D. Wilson and B. B. Hunter were appointed representatives to Grand Lodge.
May 29—A request from St. John's Lodge No. 1, Wilmington, for aid in building a lodge hall was denied due to inability. Several brethren were fined for non-attendance on Meetings, unless they could render sufficient excuse.
June 24—St. John's Day—A procession formed and marched to church and an oration was delivered by Brother B. B. Hunter. After returning to lodge room a dinner was served, prepared by Brother E. P. Guion.
June 29—Minutes show that Brother L. D. Wilson is now Senior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge of North Carolina. A brother was fined for missing several Meetings.
September 25—“This being Quarterly Meeting the by-laws were read.” Committee on Relief stated they had given $5 to a distressed Mason.BY-LAWS OF CONCORD LODGE IN 1821
“Regular Meetings on Tuesday after 4th Monday of each month. Members elected to office and refusing to serve shall pay $4. Tyler is to be exempted from quarterage (dues) and receive $1 for every Special Meeting and 50 cents for every Initiation, Passing, and Raising. Fees for three degrees $17.50 ($6.50 for E.A.). Any candidate who requests a Special Meeting for his degree to be given shall pay the expenses of such meeting. Members failing to attend Stated or Special Meetings must pay 50 cents and for failure to attend St. John Baptist or Evangelist Day pay $1. Dues are 50 cents a quarter. Unless invited by some member of the lodge each visitor after the first visit to the Lodge shall pay 50 cents for each visit. After the funds of the Lodge exceed $100 money may be loaned to the members, with interest, for one year.”
In 1821 Concord Lodge No. 58 had about 28 members.
At this time the opening was always an Entered Apprentice Lodge and all business was transacted in an Entered Apprentice Lodge. However, the petitions for the Fellow Craft Degree were voted on in a Fellow Craft Lodge and the same was true for petitions for the Master Mason Degree, the voting being done in a Master Mason Lodge. Candidates were balloted on and given Degrees the same evening. When a member was Suspended or Expelled it was customary to notify the other Lodges in the state. There were a great number of withdrawals from the Lodge.1822
Joseph R. Lloyd, Master; B. B. Hunter, Senior Warden; B. M. Jackson, Junior Warden; Robt. Joyner, Treasurer; John F. Hughes, Secretary; John L. Southerland, Tyler.
Twelve Regular and eight Special Meetings.
Initiated: James B. Tart, Wm. Andrews, Henry Bryan, Kinchen Hines, Lewis B. K. Dicken, Henry Johnston, Asa Griswold, John Coffield, Wm. Parker, Thomas Amason and Benjamin Miller.
Raised: Brothers H. L. Kirkland, John L. Southerland, Henry Bryan, L. B. K. Dicken, J. B. Tart, John Coffield, Kinchen Hines and Henry Johnston.
Withdrew: Brothers David Randolph, Geo. W. Woodman, John Williams and Samuel Stillman.
February 26—1822—Several brethren were fined 50 cents for each meeting they were absent.
August 27—A committee was appointed to secure a lock for front door of Lodge hall.
November 26—A committee was appointed “to determine if Matthew Cass was a Mason and if so a day be set for his funeral”.
December 24—The Treasurer reported that members owed the Lodge for dues the sum of $148.74. A committee reported they had examined a man who claimed to be a Mason and found him to be an impostor.1823
B. B. Hunter, Master; H. L. Kirkland, Senior Warden; David Dancy, Junior Warden; Robt. Joyner, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Henry Johnston, Tyler.
Twelve Regular and seven Special Meetings.
Initiated: John L. Mayo, Leonard Prather, Jesse H. Drake, Samuel Holton, Wm. Cloman, Wm. D. Pettaway, Josiah R. Horn and Willie Price.
Raised: Brothers Thomas Amason, Wm. J. Andrews, Benj. Miller, John L. Mayo, Jesse H. Drake and Samuel Holton.
Affiliated: Brother Bythal Staton, coming from Sharon Lodge of Greenville, N. C.
Withdrew: Brothers Weeks P. Hadley, Asa Creswell, Samuel Holton and L. D. Wilson.
February 25, 1823—The Grand Lodge minutes were read.
May 25—It was Resolved that $100 be appropriated to repair the Lodge hall and that Concord Chapter of the York Rite be requested to appropriate an equal amount.
August 26—“Resolved to solemnize the rites of funeral ceremonies over Brother Matthew Cass.”
September 23—“Resolved, that Concord Lodge solemnize funeral ceremonies of Brother Matthew Phillips.”
December 23—The account of Brother Henry Johnston for services as Tyler during 1823 for $17.25 was allowed.1824
B. B. Hunter, Master; Lewis B. L. Dicken, Senior Warden; Henry Johnston, Junior Warden; Robt. Joyner, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; John Parker, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and three Special Meetings.
Initiated: Morrison Thomas, Garrett Wiggins, Jeremiah Horn, Augustine King, Gray Little, Jr., John P. Stewart, Wade R. Thomas, Silas Wilkinson, Ethelred Gray and Isaac Guion.
Raised: Brothers Wm. Parker, Wm. Cloman, Josiah Horn, Jeremiah Horn, Wm. D. Pettaway, Willie Price, Augustine W. King, John P. Stewart, Garrett Wiggins, Gray Little, Jr., and Morrison Thomas.
February 24, 1824—The Treasurer reported $184.25 on hand. During these years the procedure is to receive a petition for each degree, fee to accompany same. Petition for Entered Apprentice Degree is received in an Entered Apprentice Lodge. At the same meeting, or even months or years later, the same individual may petition to receive the Fellow Craft Degree. This petition is received and balloted on in a Fellow Craft Lodge. Then to receive the Master Mason Degree a petition must be made to a Master Mason Lodge and there be balloted on and Degree conferred. In many cases a candidate has petitioned, been balloted on and received all three Degrees in the respective Lodges the same evening.
May 24—Arrangements were made with Concord Chapter to celebrate St. John the Baptist Day. “Resolved, that this Lodge solemnize the funeral ceremonies over our deceased Brother, Henry Bell, on 4th Sunday in June.”
June 24—St. John the Baptist Day—A procession was formed and marched to Trinity Church where an oration was delivered by Brother Benj. B. Hunter, Master. After return to Lodge and it being closed “the brethren repaired to Mr. Gregory's where they partook of a dinner together prepared for the purpose.”
October 26—“Resolved, that this Lodge solemnize the funeral ceremonies of our deceased Brother, John L. Tompkins, the 4th Sunday in November” and further, “Resolved, that the members of this Lodge wear a Masonic badge of blue in respect to our deceased brother until after the funeral.”
December 28—It was reported that repairs made to Lodge hall some time ago cost $221.65. Concord Chapter will pay half of the amount. The Treasurer reported that he had on hand $96.87½. Election of officers for 1825 was held. Female students of the Academy were granted permission to use the Tyler's room “for the purpose of learning musick”.1825
Benj. B. Hunter, Master; David Dancy, Senior Warden; Henry Johnston, Junior Warden; Robt. Joyner, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Eight Regular and six Special Meetings.
Initiated: Joshua Pender, James Pender, Blake Little, Reading L. Long, Thomas Southerland, Frederick Little, James Thigpen and Cullen Little.
Raised: Brothers Danford Richard, ( ) Stewart, Silas Wilkinson, Blake Little, Reading L. Long and A. B. Thomas.
Withdrew: Brothers Jesse Drake, John L. Southerland, Benj. B. Hunter, Henry Bryan, Garrett Wiggins and George Bowers.
March 29, 1825—It was decided to have funeral ceremony of late Brother Gray Little on 4th Sunday of April. A motion carried unanimously that lodge room and other apartments be used for Masonic purposes only, except permitting young ladies of the Academy to practice music in the Tyler's room.
April 28—A communication received from the Rev. Brother Robt. T. Daniel soliciting the benevolent aid of the lodge in support of the Baptist Missionary Society was rejected.
May 24—A bill from the Tyler for $16 was allowed and ordered paid. A proposition was made to the lodge to grant to Concord Chapter the privilege of cutting a door to lead from the preparation room into the Masonic hall which was acceded to.
July 25—A letter was received from Greensborough Lodge No. 76 stating that one of their members had been expelled for conduct highly un-Masonic. It was customary for many years for a lodge to notify all other lodges in the state the name of a member who had been Suspended or Expelled.
August 24—Brother Benj. B. Hunter resigned as Master and withdrew from the lodge. Brother Joseph R. Lloyd was elected to fill out the remainder of the term.
October 24—“On motion, Resolved, that this lodge recommend to the Grand Lodge to grant the petition of several Master Masons praying that a Dispensation be granted them to establish a lodge at Stantonsburg under the title of Joseph Warren Lodge.” Brothers Lewis D. Wilson and Henry Bryan were appointed delegates to Grand Lodge.1826
Robert Joyner, Master; David Dancy, Senior Warden; Henry Johnston, Junior Warden; Joseph R. Lloyd, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Nine Regular and nine Special Meetings.
Initiated: Wm. Little, Abraham Crane, Lemuel Parker, Wm. Pender, Charles Mabrey and Bythal Staton, Jr.
Raised: Brothers Abraham Crane, Thomas Southerland, Wm. Little, Cullen Little, Frederick Little, James Thigpen, Ethelred Gray, Wade R. Thomas, Joshua Pender and Lemuel Parker.
Withdrew: Brothers James I. Phillips, John P. Stewart, Samuel Sparks, Blake Little, Hezekiah L. Kirkland, Joseph R. Lloyd, David Dancy, Kinchen Hines, Benj. Miller, Morrison Thomas, Josiah R. Horn, Jeremiah Horn, A. B. Thomas, Thomas Amason, Willie Price, Augustine W. King, Michael Parker, Wade R. Thomas, and Wm. Little. Most of these brethren probably withdrew to join the new Joseph Warren Lodge at Stantonsburg.
January 26, 1826—A brother was charged with drunkenness within and without the lodge and was suspended for 12 months.
February 28—Brother Josiah Horn requested the loan of certain lodge material for the purpose of installing the officers of Joseph Warren Lodge at Stantonsburg, which was granted. Brother John Parker was elected Treasurer to succeed Brother Joseph R. Lloyd who resigned. Brother Wm. Stewart was elected Senior Warden in place of Brother David Dancy who resigned. Specific rules were adopted governing the Treasurer and Secretary in handling funds, stating that the money should be placed in bank. When it reached the sum of $300 it should be withdrawn from the bank and loaned to the members in sums of $100 at six percent per annum.
March 28—A certain brother petitioned the lodge to relieve him from paying interest on a note which the lodge held against him. This was ordered to lie over until the next meeting, when it was decided to relieve him of half of the interest. It was ordered that the lodge solemnize the funerals of deceased Brothers Henry Sykes and Eaton Bowers the first Sunday in April. In a report of the committee that was appointed to settle the account of a former Treasurer it is noted that the fees for the three degrees were $17.50. Brother Henry Johnston resigned as Junior Warden and Brother Gray Little was elected.
June 24—St. John's the Baptist Day was celebrated by marching to Trinity Church where an oration was delivered by the Rev. Brother Josiah R. Horn.
June 28—Three hundred dollars were loaned to several brethren.
July 25—The Treasurer reported having received $473.40 and paid out $327.44 of which $300 were loans. The brother suspended for drunkenness in January was restored to membership.
August 29—Sixteen visiting brethren were present. The annual dues were reduced from $2 to $1. This is the last Meeting recorded in the Second Minute Book. The Secretary was ordered to secure another book in which to keep the minutes.
November 28—Brother Lewis D. Wilson was elected Delegate to Grand Lodge.
December 26—“The purpose of this Meeting was to solemnize the funeral ceremonies over deceased Brother David Dancy. A procession was formed and marched to the house of Brother Dancy where a sermon was delivered by the Reverend Joshua Lawrence and from there to the grave where he was interred with Masonic solemnities.” This is the first account of ceremonies at the grave.
December 27—It was unanimously resolved that the members wear black crepe for 30 days for deceased Brother Dancy. Election of officers for ensuing year was held.1827
Robert Joyner, Master; Wm. Stewart, Senior Warden; Gray Little, Junior Warden; John Parker, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and five Special Meetings.
Initiated: Phesanton T. Sugg, Moses B. Hamilton, Theophilus Cherry, Solomon T. Brady, Thomas Gatlin, Lewis Bond and Richard Suite.
Raised: Brothers Isaac D. Guion, Wm. Pender, Phesanton T. Sugg, Charles Mabry, Theophilus Cherry, Lewis Bond, Thomas Gatlin, Solomon T. Brady and James Pender.
Affiliated: Brothers Benj. Wilkinson from Sharon Lodge, Greenville, N. C., and Solomon Pender from Joseph Warren Lodge No. 92, Stantonsburg.
Withdrew: Brothers Lemuel Parker and Wm. Crockett.
November 27, 1827—Brothers Lewis D. Wilson and Benj. Wilkinson were elected delegates to Grand Lodge.1828
Wm. Stewart, Master; Phesanton T. Sugg, Senior Warden; Gray Little, Junior Warden; Abraham Crane, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Twelve Regular and 10 Special Meetings.
Initiated: Kenneth C. Staton and Seth Little.
Raised: Brothers Bythal Staton, Jr., Kenneth C. Staton, Richard Suite and Seth Little.
Withdrew: Brothers John Parker, Abraham Crane, Wm. Cloman and John Coffield.
January 29, 1828—It was reported the lodge had cash of $67.77 and notes amounting to $500. A member was expelled for fraud, drunkenness and debased conduct.
March 11—Brother L. D. Wilson was reported as a visitor at this meeting.
March 25—Brother Danford Richard was elected Secretary and Brother Robert Joyner, Treasurer.
May 25—Arrangements were made to celebrate St. John's Baptist Day and to be advertised in the Tarborough Free Press. On this day an Entered Apprentice Lodge was opened. Members marched to Trinity Church and heard an oration by Brother John Armstrong.
June 24—Six brothers were loaned $100 each for one year. Three who received loans were officers of the lodge.
July 28—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws.
August 27—A resolution was adopted that visitors to the lodge should write their name and name of lodge and this to be announced by the Senior Warden before they could be admitted.
September 23—Brothers David Randolph and Allen J. Knight having died, funeral ceremonies were arranged for October 12 and first Sunday in November, and that the brethren wear mourning for 30 days.
October 12—Funeral ceremonies for deceased Brother David Randolph were held at Trinity Church with sermon by the Rev. Brother P. W. Dowd.
October 28—the following resolution was adopted: “Resolved, that every petition for the benefits of Masonry from a person living in the vicinity of another lodge shall not be acted on in this lodge until satisfactory reasons be shown why his petition was not offered in the lodge nearest his residence.” Brothers Lewis D. Wilson and Benj. Wilkinson were elected delegates to Grand Lodge.
November 2—Funeral ceremonies for deceased Brother Allen J. Knight was held at Baptist Church with sermon by the Rev. Brother P. W. Dowd. Most Worshipful Brother L. D. Wilson, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina was present.
November 28—New by-laws were adopted.
December 14—It was decided to perform funeral ceremonies over deceased Brother John L. Mayo on January 28, 1829.1829
Phesanton T. Sugg, Master; Gray Little, Senior Warden; Thomas Cotton, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Exum L. Lowe, Secretary; Solomon Pender, Tyler.
Ten Regular Meetings and one Special Meeting.
Affiliated: Brother John Warnock.
Withdrew: Brothers Robert Joyner, Kenneth C. Staton, Seth Little, and Bythal Staton, Sr.
January 25, 1829—The Treasurer's report showed ten hundred dollars in loans and 16½ cents in cash.
April 28—A motion was made, seconded and carried that the lodge join with the Chapter in securing curtains for the windows. Brother Solomon Pender resigned as Tyler and Brother Reading S. Long was elected in his place.
May 26—It was decided to have venetian blinds rather than curtains for the windows.
June 23—A visiting brother was Most Worshipful Lewis D. Wilson Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina. He was Grand Master 1828, 1829, and 1830. Five brethren secured loans of $100 each.
August 14—A committee reported that a brother was guilty of un-Masonic conduct.
November 24—Brother Gray Little was appointed delegate to Grand Lodge to be held in Raleigh December 5.
December 28—A bill for $35.33 for venetian blinds was ordered paid. The Worshipful Master was empowered to purchase six candle sticks for lodge. A committee reported the Treasurer had $94.68 in cash and $500 in notes.1830
Lewis Bond, Master; Thomas Gatlin, Senior Warden; Solomon T. Braddy, Junior Warden; Exum L. Lowe, Treasurer; Reading S. Long, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Ten Regular and six Special Meetings.
Initiated: Benjamin Batts, Wm. W. Lewelling, John Edmondson and Joseph Edmondson.
Raised: Brothers Benjamin Batts, Wm. W. Lewelling, John Edmondson and Joseph Edmondson.
Withdrew: Brothers Reading S. Long and Richard Suite.
February 23, 1830—The fourth Sabbath of March was appointed for the funeral services of deceased Brother John Coffield and that the Rev. Joshua Lawrence preach the sermon and that the notice be inserted three times in the Tarborough Free Press.
April 26—Brother Reading S. Long, Secretary, withdrew from the lodge and Brother Richard Suite was elected Secretary.
June 24—St. John's Baptist Day was observed with sermon by the Rev. John W. Potts at Trinity Church.
August 24—The account of Brother Exum L. Lowe for 78 and three quarters cents was ordered paid. Arrangements were made to solemnize the funeral rites of Brother Bythal Staton, Jr., deceased, on the first Sunday in September.
October 26—Brother Richard Suite, Secretary, withdrew from the lodge.
November 23—It was decided to change meeting time from night to day; to meet at one p.m. on 4th Saturday of each month.
December 25—A regular meeting falling on Christmas day, it was duly held with 10 brethren present.1831
Lewis Bond, Master; Thomas Gatlin, Senior Warden; Frederick Little, Junior Warden; Exum L. Lowe, Treasurer; Joseph Edmondson, Secretary; Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and three Special Meetings.
Initiated: Reuben S. Manning, Simmons B. Staton and Wm. H. Robards.
Raised: Brothers Wm. H. Robards, Simmons B. Staton and Reuben S. Manning.
Affiliated: Brother Seth Little.
Withdrew: Brother Spencer L. Hart.
March 26, 1831—A visiting brother from Skewarkee Lodge No. 90, Williamston, proposed that Concord Lodge and his lodge join together in the hall of Concord Lodge No. 58 for the celebration of St. John's Day, June 24. It is the practice to read the minutes of the previous meeting and have them approved.
April 23—The lodge voted to join with Skewarkee Lodge No. 90 to celebrate St. John's Day, each member attending to bear his own expense. Brother Exum L. Lowe resigned as Treasurer and Brother Solomon Pender was elected to fill the vacancy.
June 24—A procession was formed and marched “to the old church” where a sermon was delivered by the Rev. Brother J. W. Potts. It was authorized to transmit $50 to lodge at Fayetteville for the relief of Masonic brethren who had suffered in a recent fire.
September 4—A brother was charged with un-Masonic conduct.
November 18—M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson was appointed delegate to Grand Lodge.
November 26—The lodge met in a Regular Meeting and was left open to meet next day, Sunday November 27, when funeral services were held for deceased Brother Wm. W. Lewelling. Lodge was again left open and not closed until Regular Meeting on December 24.1832
Gray Little, Master; Benj. Batts, Senior Warden; Theophilus Cherry, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; Joseph Edmondson, Secretary, Weeks P. Hadley, Tyler.
Ten Regular Meetings and one Special Meeting.
Initiated: Isaac B. Braddy and Guilford M. Mooring.
Affiliated: Brothers Wm. Sutton, Wm. R. Debnam, and Chas. C. Knight.
Withdrew: Brothers Weeks P. Hadley, Lewis B. K. Dicken, and Bythal Staton.
During these years the minutes will often show the name of a visiting brother whose petition to be Initiated into Concord Lodge has been rejected. Evidently the rejected petitioner has been more successful in a neighboring lodge. Then later the brother might apply for membership in Concord Lodge, be accepted and possibly later become an officer.
January 28, 1832—The officers for 1832 were installed. Brother Wm. Sutton was “unanimously admitted a member into this Lodge by the voice of the members present”.
March 24—The Tyler, Brother Weeks P. Hadley, was granted permission to withdraw from the lodge.
April 28—Brother Lewis Bond was elected Tyler.
May 26—A committee was named to revise the by-laws.
June 23—St. John's Day was observed on the 23rd. M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M., was a visitor. The lodge marched to Trinity church and heard an eloquent address by Brother Wm. Sutton.
August 25—Several brethren were granted loans of $100 each. It was reported that Brother James George had been secured to instruct the members in Masonry.
September 22—Isaac B. Braddy's petition was received, voted on and he was Initiated, all on the same day.
October—At the Regular Meeting in October a Master Mason Lodge was opened to settle a dispute between two brothers, but the lodge did not have to take action as the brothers settled it satisfactorily themselves.
Benj. Batts, Master; Joshua Pender, Senior Warden; Theophilus Cherry, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; Simmons B. Staton, Secretary; Lewis Bond, Tyler.
Five Regular Meetings reported and no Special Meeting. In the minute book one page has been torn out that could have recorded meetings between April and October.
Raised: Brothers Guilford M. Mooring, James Pender, and Isaac B. Braddy.
Withdrew: Brother Solomon T. Braddy.
January 26, 1833—Several brethren received loans of $100 each.
February 23—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws.
April 23—Six dollars and a half was ordered to be paid Brother James George as his expenses for lecturing the lodge. Then a donation of $13.50 was given him. It was voted to use the interest received from $500 loaned to the brethren, to aid the schooling of poor children.
October 26—A brother was charged with un-Masonic conduct.1834
Benj. Batts, Master; Charles Mabry, Senior Warden; Theophilus Cherry, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; John Edmondson, Secretary; Isaac B. Braddy, Tyler.
Nine Regular Meetings. No Special Meeting.
Initiated: Lemuel Lawrence, Arthur K. Barlow, John A. Cotton, and Wm. S. Baker.
Raised: Brothers John Knight, Wm. S. Baker, John A. Cotton, Lemuel Lawrence, and Arthur K. Barlow.
Affiliated: As an Entered Apprentice, Brother John Knight; as a Master Mason, Brother James George.
May 24, 1834—Arrangements were made to have funeral ceremony for Brother Bythal Staton, deceased.
August 23—The Tyler was ordered to furnish the lodge with 50 aprons.
November 22—Brother James George, who had recently lectured the lodge, was balloted on and received as a member of the lodge. The next order of business was election of officers for 1835 and Brother James George was elected Master.1835
James George, Master; Charles Mabry, Senior Warden; Simmons B. Staton, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; Guilford M. Mooring, Secretary; Isaac B. Braddy, Tyler.
Ten Regular Meetings and one Special Meeting.
It has always been customary for the Secretary, or the brother acting as Secretary, to sign the minutes. Beginning with the minutes for May 28, 1835 and continuing until the meeting of November 26, 1836 there are no signatures.
Initiated: Henry King, Theodore C. Hearne, Nashville Nelson, Noah Leggett, Samuel Marshman and Wm. D. Bryan.
Raised: Brothers Nashville Nelson, Theodore C. Hearne, Henry King and Noah Leggett.
Affiliated: Brother John B. Stewart.
January 24, 1835—“Resolved, that no visiting brother whose conduct may be considered un-Masonic shall visit our lodge or join our publick processions.”
March 28—A committee reported that there was due the lodge $768.03½. The “Masonick” School Committee reported fifty nine dollars twelve and three-fourths cents appropriated. This committee was ordered to pay $7.50 for tuition.
May 28—It was voted to change time of meeting from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m.
July 25—“Resolved, that three persons be appointed to prepare and put up window curtains.”1836
James George, Master; Charles Mabry, Senior Warden; Simmons B. Staton, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; A. K. Barlow, Secretary; Nashville Nelson, Tyler.
Twelve Regular Meetings.
Initiated: Britton Howell, Newsom Cromwell, Daniel Parish, Wm. A. Pope.
Raised: Brother Wm. D. Bryan.
Affiliated: Brothers B. J. Spruill and James Ellinor.
Withdrew: Brothers Thos. D. Gatlin, James Pender and Wm. D. Bryan.
January 22, 1836—Robt. H. McCawley was paid $30 for tuition.
February 27—The account of Brother Henry King for $16.55 for attending Grand Lodge was allowed. Brother Exum L. Lowe was reported dead. He had served as Secretary for seven years and Treasurer two years.
March 26—Six brethren received loans of $100 each. One brother made a motion that the lodge dispense with the collection of dues but this was later withdrawn. A brother was charged with “habitual intemperance”.
April 23—Due to removals Brother John P. Stewart was elected Secretary and Brother James Ellinor, Tyler.
June 24—Nineteen members and 15 visitors were present, including M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M.
December 23—Election of officers for 1837: Charles Mabry, Master; Wm. S. Baker, Senior Warden; Simmons B. Staton, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; Theodore C. Hearne, Secretary; Lemuel W. Lawrence, Tyler.
The last page in the Third Minute Book records the above meeting. The book bears evidence that many leaves following this one have been cut out. We therefore have no record of the years 1837 to November 20, 1844. The Fourth Minute Book begins with November 20, 1844.1844
Lewis Bond, Master; Lewis C. Pender, Senior Warden; A. K. Barlow, Junior Warden; Solomon Pender, Treasurer; Lorenzo D. Bell, Secretary; Wm. Pender, Tyler.
One regular Meeting and three Special Meetings are the only records left of 1844.
Initiated: Dr. Richard D. Addington, Wm. Harrill and Eli Parker.
Raised: Brothers Richard D. Addington, James Mehegan, Wm. Harrill, Eli Parker and Littleberry B. Brown.
Affiliated: Brother James M. Weaver.
New names that appear in the minute book that were probably Initiated during the missing years, 1837-1844, are: Lewis C. Pender, Lorenzo D. Bell, Robt. H. Pender, Ira G. Ellis, James Mehegan, Wm. D. Thorne, J. B. Pender, Elisha Cromwell, Wm. H. Hines, Jesse M. Hussey, Henry Foxhall, Wm. Biggs, Wm. Norfleet, Solomon Pender, Jr., Wm. D. Mercer, Josiah S. Pender, Weldon S. Hunter, Kenneth Thigpen, Wm. Carrill, Wm. W. Harper, Sr., Weeks Harper, James M. Redmond, Bennett Pitt, John Knight, Sr., John Knight, Jr., T. W. Ward, J. J. B. Pender, James F. Jenkins, J. S. Horn, John R. Mercer, Wm. F. Mercer, S. D. Armstrong, Wm. P. Harper, J. L. Horn and Epemetus Cromwell.
November 20, 1844—This was a Special Meeting and the first meeting recorded in the Fourth Minute Book.
December 21—Election of officers for 1845 was held. The Worshipful Master appoints the Senior Deacon and the Senior Warden appoints the Junior Deacon. It was noted that the sum of $50 be tendered as a donation to the Rev. Blount Cooper.1845
Lewis C. Pender, Master; Wm. H. Hines, Senior Warden; Wm. S. Baker, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Ira G. Ellis, Secretary; Wm. Pender, Tyler.
Ten Regular and six Special Meetings.
Initiated: John S. Dancy and Nathan Mathewson.
Raised: Brother Nathan Mathewson.
At this time it is noted that the town is spelled “Tarboro”, although for a few years following “Tarborough” is sometimes seen. The assembled lodge is still called “Meeting”, but instead of opening an Entered Apprentice Lodge a Master Mason Lodge is opened and the business of the lodge transacted therein, although at times in 1845 an Entered Apprentice Lodge would be opened first. If the Master Mason Lodge was opened first, a Fellow Craft Lodge and an Entered Apprentice Lodge might also be opened, even when there was no degree work. Concord Lodge No. 58 was now in the transition period when the early practice of always first opening an Entered Apprentice Lodge was giving way for the present practice of always opening a Master Mason Lodge. The time of Regular Meeting is now the 3rd Saturday of the month.
January 18, 1845—The Treasurer's report showed $764.24 in bonds and interest and $312.71 in cash. “It was Resolved that this lodge sympathize with the family of our deceased Brother Eli Parker in their late bereavement and that this lodge will solemnize the funeral when it shall suit the convenience of the family.”
February 15—Loans were renewed. A motion was passed, “Whereas it hath pleased the Almighty in His Divine Providence to take from our midst our beloved brother and esteemed fellow citizen Henry Austin, Esq., one of the founders of this lodge, who departed this life at his residence in Tarboro on the 11th inst. . . . Resolved, that the members of this lodge have heard with the most profound sorrow of the death of one who in all the relations of life as a citizen, a husband and father has
acted well his part . . . and that we deeply sympathize with his afflicted and bereaved family.” Brother James Ellinor was also reported dead. Brother Lewis C. Pender was allowed $13.12 for attending Grand Lodge.
February 28—Funeral Rites were held for deceased Brother Eli Parker.
March 15—“The Master Mason Lodge that was adjourned after the funeral of Brother Parker was closed in due and ancient form, when the same was again opened” for this Meeting of March 15. “Resolved that the interest accruing from the funds of this lodge be appropriated to the education of the orphans or children of indigent Worthy Master Masons and that should there not be a sufficient number of Masonic children that the committee be privileged to make selections among others that are not Masons.” Here 30 years before the orphanage work of the Grand Lodge was started, which extends its benefits to children of non-Masonic parentage, Concord Lodge No. 58 was offering its facilities for education to children who did not have a Masonic relationship.
April 15—W∴Brother Jacob Frieze, Grand Lecturer, presided as Worshipful Master. April 19—Brother Jacob Frieze was again present and the lodge voted to pay him $30 for lecturing the lodge.
June 21—To fill the unexpired term of Brother I. G. Ellis as Secretary, Brother Weldon S. Hunter was elected.
July 4—“The object of this Meeting was for the purpose of paying the last tribute of respect to our deceased Brother Andrew Jackson, ex-President of the United States of America, who departed this life on the 8th day of June last, and Resolved that the furniture of this lodge be clothed in mourning until the next Regular Meeting and that each of the brethren be requested to wear black crape on the left arm for the space of 30 days.”
September 20—It was voted that the Secretary attempt to find out among the many Masons of Hamilton, N. C., who were the movers of the petition made to Concord Lodge for permission to establish a lodge in that place.
September 24—The object of this Meeting was to receive a visit from the Most Worshipful Grand Master P. W. Fanning, who examined the by-laws and proceedings of the lodge and approved them with a slight exception. Then he made an eloquent address.
November 15—Past Grand Master Lewis D. Wilson is now listed as a member of Concord Lodge and present at this Meeting. Brother Lewis Bond was named delegate to Grand Lodge.
December 20—Election of officers for 1846 was held. The Treasurer now has on hand in bonds and interest $739.45 and cash $304.85.1846
Wm. S. Baker, Master; Lewis C. Pender, Senior Warden; James Mehegan, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Solomon Pender, Jr., Secretary; Wm. Pender, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and two Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Robt. Staton and Thos. O'Berry.
Affiliated: Brother Wm. D. Bryan.
Withdrawn: Brothers Lorenzo D. Bell, Weldon S. Hunter, James George and I. G. Ellis.
January 17, 1846—The new officers were installed by Brother Lewis Bond, P.M. A request from the brethren of Hamilton, N. C., for a
donation to establish a lodge there was discussed at length and finally refused. Brother Lewis C. Pender attended Grand Lodge in December and was allowed $7 for expenses.
February 21—According to a resolution of the Grand Lodge the Proceedings of that body were read in open lodge. It was resolved that the by-laws be amended to require each member to pay 25 cents quarterly, it being the amount required by Grand Lodge at its last annual communication.
March 21—A member was expelled for un-Masonic conduct.
April 18—The resolution to pay quarterly dues was rejected.
May 16—A resolution was adopted on death of Brother Ethelred Gray, who died in Rocky Mount on March 24, 1846.
June 20—It was resolved that no brother shall receive a Grand Lodge Certificate except by unanimous consent of the lodge, and then on payment of 80 cents. Five brothers received Certificates.
November 21—Brother Lewis C. Pender was appointed Delegate to Grand Lodge. A Resolution was passed remonstrating with the Grand Lodge in regard to the dues imposed on Subordinate Lodges.1847
James Mehegan, Master; Wm. H. Hines, Senior Warden; Lewis C. Pender, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Solomon Pender, Jr., Secretary; Wm. Pender, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers John F. Speight, Mayo Worsley, David Cobb, James Carney, Geo. A. Meeks and Wilson Sessums.
Affiliated: Brother Newsom Allsbrook.
Withdrawn: Brother Nashville A. Nelson.
February 20, 1847—Action was taken to solemnize the funeral of deceased Brother Solomon T. Braddy.
March 20—A donation of $15 was given a member of the lodge.
May 15—On the question to approve or disapprove the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge all voted to disapprove save the Worshipful Master. Action was taken to solemnize the funeral of deceased Brother Lorenzo D. Bell. A committee was appointed to secure necessary furniture for the lodge.
June 15—It was decided that the festival of St. John's Day would not be celebrated this year.
June 19—It was resolved that this lodge make a donation to the Grand Lodge to aid in establishing a Seminary of learning somewhere in North Carolina. The sum of $50 was appropriated for this purpose. Each member was requested to pay 50 cents to help purchase a bell.
July 17—The Trustees of the Tarboro Academy asked assistance to repair the building and $100 was appropriated. “The lodge having no deed in writing to show their title to the second story of the Academy and free ingress or egress to the same the Trustees of said Academy proposing to execute a deed to the lodge for the town Brother Lewis Bond was authorized to receive it on the part of lodge.”
August 21—Brother Lewis Bond presented an account of $18 for a book case to be used both by the lodge and Concord Chapter, each to pay $9. The death of Brother Joshua Pender was reported.
November 27—The Worshipful Master announced the death of Most Worshipful Brother Colonel Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M. and Brother Solomon Pender, late Secretary of Concord Lodge and ordered the lodge to be clothed in mourning for 30 days.1848
James Mehegan, Master; Elisha Cromwell, Senior Warden; Wm. Harrill, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Kenneth Thigpen, Secretary; John Knight, Jr., Tyler.
Ten Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Wm. W. Harper, Thos. L. Maner, Spencer G. C. Armstrong, Marcus C. S. Cherry, Henry W. Peel, Wm. S. Long and Bolin B. Barron.
Withdrawn: Brothers Wm. D. Thorne and Henry W. Peel.
February 12, 1848—A visiting brother was Past Grand Master Daniel Crenshaw. This Special Meeting “was convened for the purpose of joining with the military and citizens of attending the remains of M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M., to their final resting place but owing to the inclemency of the weather it was postponed to some other day.”
February 19—A large number of visitors were present from Morning Star Lodge No. 85, Joseph Warren Lodge No. 92, Sharon Lodge No. 78 and Skewarkee Lodge No. 90. A procession was formed and marched to grave of late Brother Col. Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M., where Brother Wm. S. Baker had charge of services.
March 15—Brother John F. Speight attended Grand Lodge in December and was allowed $10 for expenses. Proceedings of the Grand Lodge were read. The lodge has now in bonds and cash $1127.20½.
April 15—The Worshipful Master lectured the lodge on the Entered Apprentice Degree.
June 17—A donation of $20 was made to a lodge in Selma, Alabama, which appealed for aid in establishing a Masonic Seminary in that state. Brother Wm. Pender was allowed $81.42 for his services as Tyler from October 1843 to December 1847.
June 25—Funeral ceremonies were held for deceased Brother David Parish who died several months ago.
November 18—An appropriation of $100 was made to Grand Lodge for the Seminary of Learning. Brother Kenneth Thigpen was elected Delegate to Grand Lodge to be held December 4.1849
James Mehegan, Master; Elisha Cromwell, Senior Warden; Wm. Harrill, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; John F. Speight, Secretary; John Knight, Jr., Tyler.
Twelve Regular and four Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers John R. Mercer, Augustus J. N. Whitehead, John O. Oates, Henry T. Clarke, James A. Cobb, Wm. G. Thomas and Wm. F. Mercer.
Withdrawn: Brothers James Thigpen and Wm. Biggs.
March 18, 1849—A visiting brother applied for a loan of $10 and this was granted. Funeral ceremonies were held for deceased Brother Wilson Sessums.
April 15—Funeral ceremonies were held for deceased Brother Henry Foxhall.
April 21—A committee was appointed to purchase stoves and chairs for the hall.
June 16—A communication was received from the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother W. F. Collins, relative to location of proposed Seminary of Learning.
November 6—Funeral ceremonies were observed for deceased Brother Jesse M. Hussey.
November 17—The Delegate to Grand Lodge was instructed as follows: “Whereas we believe that it is impractical for the M∴W∴ Grand Lodge of this state to establish at this time a college for the education of children of deceased and indigent Masons, Be it therefore Resolved, that our Delegate to the next annual communication of the M∴W∴ Grand Lodge of North Carolina to be holden in Raleigh on the first Monday in December next be instructed to advocate postponement of the location of said college.”
December 15—Twenty one members were present. A resolution was adopted urging Concord Chapter No. 5, Royal Arch Masons, to join Concord Lodge in fixing the Hall and making improvements. “The lodge was called from labor to refreshment for purpose of election of officers.”1850
Wm. H. Hines, Master; Wm. Geo. Thomas, Senior Warden; David Cobb, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Thos. O'Berry, Tyler.
Fifteen Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brother Lemon S. Dunn.
Withdrawn: Brothers T. W. Ward and Robert Staton.
February 15, 1850—A resolution was offered to have two Regular Meetings each month.
March 16—The lodge now has $87.47 in cash and $903.51 in bonds. A committee was appointed to investigate the difficulty between two brethren.
April 20—“Brother Henry T. Clarke on behalf of the Wilson Monument Committee invited the lodge to participate in laying the corner stone of the monument to be erected to the memory of Col. Lewis D. Wilson on the 22nd day of May.” It was “Resolved that the W∴Master of Concord Lodge No. 58, Tarboro, tender the use of said lodge to the W∴Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina on the occasion of laying the corner stone of the monument to be erected to the memory of Col. Lewis D. Wilson . . . . and give a public invitation to the different lodges in the state to attend.”
May 7—“It was moved and adopted that the Master of this lodge procure two copies of Brother Charles Scott's ‘Analogy of Free Masonry’ for the use of this lodge.”
May 21—There were present at this Special Meeting Most Worshipful Brother Wm. F. Collins, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, and M∴W∴Brother L. H. Marsteller, P.G.M. No business appearing the lodge was called from labor to refreshment until tomorrow at 9 a.m., at which time there were present 33 members of Concord Lodge and 48 visitors. The Grand Master was admitted and “the lodge was closed in AMPLE FORM for the purpose of opening the Grand Lodge of North Carolina.” Nothing further is recorded about the day's activities but it is presumed that the laying of the corner stone of the monument took place. This monument erected to the memory of M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M., now stands on the Town Common on the west side of Main Street. Brother Lewis D. Wilson was one of the most prominent men who has ever lived in Edgecombe County. Wilson Street, lying on the south side of the Common, is named for him. Likewise the county
and city of Wilson were named for him. He was many times a member of the State Legislature from Edgecombe County. On the outbreak of the Mexican war he resigned as State Senator, recruited a Regiment, went to Mexico and died of a fever near Vera Cruz. He was Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina for three years, 1828, 1829 and 1830.
The following is taken from the Tarboro Daily Southerner published on Thursday, February 22, 1940:
“Thanks to Judge J. P. Keech, the following account in the lives of Grand Masters of Masons in North Carolina, deals with the fourteenth Grand Master of the state, and concerns Louis D. Wilson, for whom there is a monument in the Town Common.
‘The story is written by J. Ray Shute, and is reprinted from the Sesqui-Centennial Program of the Grand Lodge as follows:
‘General Louis D. Wilson was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 12 May 1789, and lived in that vicinity most of his life. His education was such as the country afforded in that day and at the age of eighteen he was placed in a counting-house at Washington, where he learned human nature and business, which knowledge enabled him to become a useful servant to his people.
‘A firm and unwavering Democrat, he began his political career in 1815, when he was elected to the House of Commons, and for the succeeding thirty years his life was filled with activity; he served in several sessions of the State Senate, being Speaker (President) in 1842, and was a delegate to the Convention to amend the Constitution in 1835. He was frequently named Elector of the State and filled other important offices with ability and fairness.
‘Louis D. Wilson was a patriotic man and the war with Mexico excited him no little. While nearly sixty years of age, he resigned from the Senate and raised troops and filled the humble rank of subaltern in the North Carolina Regiment which marched to Mexico. The Journal of the State Senate contains a beautiful tribute paid to him on the occasion of his resignation from that body and his enlistment in the services of his country. In testimony of his appreciation for the part Wilson played in raising troops the President of the United States, without Wilson's knowledge, appointed him to command the 12th Regiment of Infantry in the United States Army.
‘While superintending the advance of his regiment from Vera Cruz to Mexico City, he was seized with fever and died 12 August 1847, his body being brought from Mexico to Tarborough, where a monument marks the place of interment. A noble soldier, able statesman, active Freemason and respected gentleman of the Old North State, whose life should be an inspiration to those of us now feebly attempting to carry on the traditions of our commonwealth and Craft.
‘The Masonic life of Wilson was filled to the brim and he was just as active in the gentle craft as he was in the affairs of his State. It is to be regretted that the dates on which he received the Masonic degrees cannot be now ascertained due to destroyed records of the past. However, it appears certain that he was Raised in Concord Lodge, No. 58, Tarborough, which was chartered in 1811, as the successor to Raleigh Lodge No. 20, which was dissolved in 1799. He was reported as a member of Concord Lodge in the returns of 1812 and could have been a founder of the lodge. If he ever served the lodge as Master we fail to find evidence of it.
‘He attended Grand Lodge for about a decade and filled many offices. His first appearance at the annual communications seems to have been in 1815. In 1818 he was appointed a District Deputy Grand Master and was also elected Senior Grand Warden, an office which he held until 1821. He was appointed a Grand Lecturer in 1822 and elected Junior Grand Warden in 1825, serving until 6 December 1827, when he was elected Grand Master, which office he held until 19 December 1830. In 1832 he
is listed in the Proceedings as a Past Grand Master and as late as 1844 he is shown as a Mason, although his application for demit, dated 25 November 1823, to Concord Lodge No. 58, is in the archives of the North Carolina Lodge of Research. Hence, we are at a loss to know which lodge, if any, he held membership in after 1823.
‘We have seen that he was interested in other branches of Freemasonry; witness his membership in Concord Mark Lodge in 1813. He was promoted to the Mark and Past Master on 4 December 1813 and his mark was “A Sword pointing to the Naked Heart under the inspection of the Allseeing eye”. Whether or not he affiliated with Concord Royal Arch Chapter (formed in 1822 under Virginia and affiliated with North Carolina in 1823) we do not know. Likewise, if he was greeted a Select Master in the local Cryptic Council remains a mystery as the early records are now missing. At any rate his activities in the Craft were monumental and his services of value.
‘In connection with General Wilson's campaign in Vera Cruz, the ladies of Tarboro made a silk flag for him, the remnants of which are now in Raleigh.
‘General Wilson was buried in the country, a monument was erected to his memory in the court house yard, and later body and monument were moved to the present place in the town common.’ ”
It is to be regretted that this excellent account of the life of Brother Lewis D. Wilson by Brother J. Ray Shute did not give the dates of his Passing and Raising. The minutes of Concord Lodge No. 58 states he was passed March 16, 1813 and Raised July 20, 1813. It is to be presumed that he was Initiated in 1812.
June 4—It was moved and adopted that jewels be purchased for the Senior and Junior Deacons and the Tyler.
June 15—The School Committee of the lodge reported that they had sent to school the following children: Caroline Bell, Ellen Knight, Sarah and Mary Harper and Harriett Biggs at a cost of $67.20. A donation of $50 was made to Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 117, Wilson, for erecting a lodge building.
July 20—“A communication was received from the Grand Secretary proposing to publish a Masonic Register or Digest, Whereupon it was moved and seconded that this lodge subscribe for four copies for the benefit of this lodge, which motion was rejected.” A resolution was adopted that the Secretary prepare a list of all persons who have been members of this lodge and all the officers. The lodge voted to subscribe for the Southern Masonic Miscellany edited by Brother A. G. Mackey of Charleston, S. C.
October 15—Preparations were made to solemnize the funeral of deceased Brother Simmons B. Staton.
November 21—“Resolved that this lodge approve the enterprise proposed by the R∴W∴Grand Lodge of building a Masonic College in the state of North Carolina, with a preparatory school attached thereto, and that our Delegate to Grand Lodge in voting for the location give preference to Oxford.”
December 27—A communication from the Secretary of the Washington National Monument Committee asking for a donation was laid over until next meeting.1851
Wm. H. Hines, Master; Wm. Geo. Thomas, Senior Warden; Wm. S. Long, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Wm. Harrill, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular and two Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers F. M. Parker, John J. Garrett, David B. Bell, John W. Sanders, Joseph J. Garrett, Josiah D. Jenkins and A. S. Cotten.
Affiliated: Brothers Geo. C. Sugg and Thomas C. Hussey.
January 18, 1851—A committee was appointed to secure voluntary contributions to the Washington National Monument.
April 1—W∴Brother L. L. Stevenson, Grand Lecturer, was Master for the Meeting.
April 19—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws. W∴Brother L. L. Stevenson was paid $40 for lecturing lodge one week.
May 17—The Treasurer now has $572.09 in bonds and interest and $321.92½ in cash.
May 24—A member was expelled for un-Masonic conduct.
July 19—A bill for regalia for $161.50 was allowed.
October 18—The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother A. T. Jerkins, requested $20 for the Seminary of Learning. Action was postponed.
November 15—Twenty dollars was voted for the Masonic College.
December 20—Worshipful Brother Wm. H. Hines received $20 for attending Grand Lodge. Brother Lewis C. Pender received $19.52 for serving as Secretary. Brother Lewis Bond was allowed $8 for framing two pictures for the lodge. New by-laws were adopted.1852
Henry T. Clarke, Master; Frank M. Parker, Senior Warden; Josiah S. Pender, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Thos. C. Hussey, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Andrew J. Cotten, Wm. F. Barron, Nathan Adams, John H. Leigh and Gray Cobb.
Affiliated: Brother Wm. S. Duggin.
Withdrawn: Fellow Craft Richard A. Savage.
January 18, 1852—The Tyler was allowed $29.75 for services in 1851. “A letter was read from Wake Forest Lodge No. 97 informing this lodge that __________ was expelled from all the rights and privileges of Masonry for gross un-Masonic conduct, the said __________ is about 40 years of age and by profession a merchant and is a corpulent man of red complexion.” This letter is typical of a great many received all during these years from lodges all over the state.
February 29—This Special Meeting was held on Sunday for committal service at grave of deceased Brother Wm. Crockett, who died February 27.
April 17—Brother Lewis Bond, Treasurer of Concord Lodge, was reported to be in ill health.
May 15—A communication was read from Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth asking that Concord Lodge associate with them in observing the Festival of St. John the Baptist on June 24.
June 19—A report shows that the Treasurer has $367.88½ in cash and $359.33 in bonds and interest. Arrangements were made for funeral of deceased Brother Wm. Pender, Sr.
September 9—Grave ceremonies were held for Brother Solomon Pender, deceased.
December 19—Every officer at this Meeting was protempore. The annual election of officers for 1853 was held.
James Mehegan, Master; Josiah S. Pender, Senior Warden; Wm. Harrill, Junior Warden; Henry T. Clarke, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Thos. C. Hussey, Tyler.
Nine Regular Meetings and one Special Meeting.
Raised: Brothers L. D. Johnson, Henry R. Johnson, Robt. D. Johnson, Baker W. Mabry and David Pender.
Withdrawn: Brothers Wm. Hines and A. S. Cotten.
March 19, 1853—“A communication was received from Perseverance Lodge No. 59, Plymouth, N. C., dated October 3rd A.L. 5852, A.D. 1852, stating that __________ a member of the Masonic fraternity was duly expelled by unanimous vote of the lodge from all the rights and benefits of Freemasonry for conduct grossly un-Masonic. The said __________ is a native of this state, by profession a lumber merchant, about five feet eleven inches high, dark complexion, brown hair, blue eyes and about 32 years old.” Communications were received from five other lodges stating that members had been expelled.
April 16—The 1853 officers were installed by W∴Brother H. T. Clarke, P.M.
June 18—“A communication was received from American George Lodge No. 17, Mufreesboro, N. C., inviting this lodge to meet with them on the 24 inst., as lodge is laying the corner stone of the Wesleyan Female Institute in Murfreesboro, which on motion the lodge refused to turn out as a body or lodge.” Letters were received from six lodges telling of expelled members.
September 17—A request from the Masonic Board of Relief of the city of New Orleans for a donation for distressed Masons in that city was answered with $25 being sent. A widow in Edgecombe County asked for a donation.
November 19—The widow who requested a donation in September was granted $20.
December 17—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws. “The lodge was called from labor to refreshment until 6½ o'clock p.m.” when two brothers were Raised.
December 27—The officers for 1854 were installed. A committee was appointed to draft resolutions for deceased Brother Wm. H. Hines, P.M.1854
James Mehegan, Master; Henry T. Clarke, Senior Warden; Mayo Worsley, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; John H. Leigh, Tyler.
Twelve Regular Meetings and one Special Meeting.
Raised: Edwin G. Worsley and Joseph H. Brown.
Withdrawn: Brothers Epemetus Cromwell and John W. Sanders.
January 21, 1854—The Regular Meetings are now held on the third Saturday of the month. New by-laws were adopted and the Secretary was ordered to have 100 copies printed.
June 17—Twelve members and two visitors were present. A communication was received from Eagle Lodge No. 71, Hillsboro, N. C., stating that a brother had been restored to all the rights and benefits of Masonry from which he had been suspended.
A Special Meeting was held the first Sunday in August when the lodge performed the usual grave services for deceased Brother Henry R. Johnson.
November 18—A communication was received from Solomon Lodge No. 20, F. & A.M., Jacksonville, Florida, containing resolutions on death of Brother Michael Hearne, Sr., formerly a member of Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M. of Tarboro.
December 27—Officers for 1855 were installed. A resolution was adopted: “Resolved, that this lodge tender the use of its hall so long as the members thereof see proper, to the Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows of this town, until they can procure a more convenient place for their meetings.”1855
David Cobb, Master; B. W. Mabry, Senior Warden; E. Cromwell, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; John H. Leigh, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Henry A. Todd, R. H. Garrett, Chas. H. Jenkins, C. B. Killebrew and Wm. F. Knight.
Many petitions for degrees are rejected by the lodge.
Saturday, January 20, 1855—Brother Frederick D. Little was reported dead. “Resolved, that the Secretary be instructed to purchase two copies of Stuart's Manual from Brother A. L. Wilson for the use of the lodge.”
February 17—Nine members and one visitor present. “A communication was received from Brother H. W. Dankley, Grand Lecturer, wishing to know if his services is wanting in this lodge, and on motion the Secretary was instructed to inform Brother Dankley that his services are not wanting at present.”
March 17—Thirteen members and one visitor present. A committee was appointed “to ascertain and report at the next Regular Meeting the difficulty, if any, between” two brothers of the lodge.
April 21—The difficulty between two brothers was taken up and settled in a satisfactory manner.
May 19—It was decided to celebrate St. John's Day and members present at the celebration pay $1 and visiting brothers’ expenses will be paid out of treasury.
September 15—Seventeen members and one visitor present. “It was moved and carried that $25 be sent to Norfolk and Portsmouth for the benefit of the suffering families and their orphans of Masons.”
November 16—A committee was appointed to examine and report on necessary repairs to lodge room.
November 27—Arrangements were made for funeral of deceased Brother Geo. A. Meeks.
December 15—Twenty-three members present. The committee on repairs to hall made the following report: “The committee appointed to examine into the propriety of making some alteration and improvement in the lodge building respectfully report, that the entrance be changed to the southern end and that a new stairway be built according to the plan laid before the Trustees of the Academy for their concurrence, four feet wide commencing on the southern end near the door, landing on a platform; then running along partition wall and landing where the stairway now lands. They further recommend that the ceiling and entry be newly plastered and the sides and ends of lodge room where it may
be necessary so to do; that new furnishings be attached to the shutters and the windows glazed where necessary, all of which is respectfully submitted.” A committee was appointed to carry out the recommendations. Brothers David Cobb and Wm. Harrill were allowed an expense account of $37.85 for attending Grand Lodge.1856
David Cobb, Master; B. W. Mabry, Senior Warden; Elisha Cromwell, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Joheph H. Brown, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Leonidas Little, John A. Knight, Joseph H. Hyman and Gray L .Brown.
Withdrawn: Brothers Josiah S. Pender, Nathan Adams, James Carney, Robt. D. Johnson and John O. Oates.
March 15, 1856—A communication received from Brother F. W. Capehart, Grand Lecturer, was tabled until next meeting. The Treasurer now has cash $287.27, notes and interest $321.74. The committee on Charities reported donations for 1855: to the Masons of Norfolk and Portsmouth $25; to tuition of Caroline Bell for two sessions $25.
April 19—On motion the Secretary was instructed to inform the Grand Lecturer, Brother F. M. Capehart, that the lodge is anxious for his services, but not at the present time.
May 17—“It was moved and adopted that if any installment be due from this lodge to St. John's College, be paid on demand from the agent.”
June 21—An invitation was received from Sharon Lodge No. 78, Greenville, N. C., to participate with them in the celebration of St. John's Day. It is customary since Concord Lodge No. 58 was organized in 1811 to ballot on a candidate separately for each degree. On this day a brother who had the Entered Apprentice Degree was balloted on to become a Fellow Craft and was rejected. Later in the meeting when labor was suspended in the Master's Lodge and a lodge opened on the First Degree for work, this rejected petitioner was permitted to enter.
October 18—A donation of $20 was made to a brother “who was in low health” and not a member of Concord Lodge.
November 15—It was reported that Brothers Wm. F. Barron and Peyton T. Boyette had died. The latter brother was not a member of Concord Lodge.
December 20—It was ordered that $30 be given to a family of a deceased brother. The Delegates to Grand Lodge received $56.50 for expenses. The sum of $23.38 was allowed for the tuition of the children of a deceased brother, and also $15.50 for tuition of Caroline Bell.1857
Wm. S. Long, Master; David B. Bell, Senior Warden; John H. Leigh, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; Lewis C. Pender, Secretary; Joseph H. Brown, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and five Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Geo. B. Lipscomb, John A. Purvis, Thomas M. Carter, John W. Jones, S. S. Hicks and Wm. T. Gray.
January 17, 1857—A committee was appointed to have bell frame repaired.
February 21—The Treasurer, Brother Lewis Bond, reported sick.
March 21—The lodge has cash $170.13, bonds and interest $353.01.
May 16—Brother James Mehegan, P. M., delivered lecture on Third Degree. A bill for $8.17 was allowed for furnishing and glazing 65 panes of glass.
July 18—For hanging bell to the lodge building $22.50 was allowed.
August 15—A circular was read from Trustees of St. John's College.
September 19—Brother James Mehegan, P. M., lectured the lodge. The widow of a deceased brother was given $25.
October 17—“It was moved and adopted that the Treasurer pay to Brother H. T. Clarke, agent for Brother C. W. Moore's Masonic Magazine, all arrearages due for said magazine and that the Secretary have all back volumes bound.”
November 7—A member was expelled for forging name of a brother, and Secretary was ordered to notify lodges.
December 27—St. John's Day fell on Sunday this year and the lodge met and installed officers for 1858. Brother Henry T. Clarke was presiding officer. If an elective officer was absent there would be a proxy for the installation.1858
James Mehegan, Master; B. W. Mabry, Senior Warden; John H. Leigh, Junior Warden; Lewis Bond, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; Joseph H. Brown, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and eight Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers A. H. MacNair, Richard H. Gatlin, Dr. Reuben Cobb, Issac L. Cushing, M. M. Mallon, John H. Speed and James M. Savage.
January 16, 1858—Two members were appointed Stewards “whose duty it shall be to collect all dues from the members of this lodge and purchase all things necessary for the lodge”. The Secretary was allowed $23.41 for expense during the past year and the Tyler received $18. Brother Henry T. Clarke, P.M., was authorized to purchase suitable lamps for the lodge room.
February 20—A vote was taken to determine if a candidate whose petition had been received four years before should be allowed to take the degrees. The vote was favorable.
March 20—A widow of a deceased brother petitioned the lodge for assistance. The brethren were asked to respond individually.
April 17—Brother Henry T. Clarke, P.M., suggested the need for new jewelry and furniture for the lodge.
August 21—Communications were read from five lodges telling of expulsions. The account of Brother C. B. Killebrew for the tuition of a deceased brother's children was allowed for $24.48.
October 16—A diploma was granted to Brother John W. Jones, now in Paris, France. A committee reported as follows: “To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons of North Carolina—We the members of Concord Lodge No. 58, Tarboro, N. C., feeling aggrieved at the compulsory tax levied upon us for the purpose of completing St. John's College, claiming it an imprudent move and questioning whether it be truly a Masonic purpose since it deprives us of the means for the support and education of those objects of charity in our own vicinity, most respectfully petition that the said law be repealed and do instruct our Delegates to cast their influence in behalf of same.” Signed for
Committee: Henry T. Clarke, B. W. Mabry, Thomas M. Carter. Brother Henry T. Clarke to present same to Grand Lodge.
Sunday October 24—Present were 28 members and two visitors. The occasion was the funeral of deceased Brother Lewis Bond, P.M., and for 14 years Treasurer of Concord Lodge. A procession went to the home where there was a sermon by the Rev. Mark Bennett and thence to the grave where the body was interred with the usual Masonic ceremonies.
December 18—Brother Wm. W. Peteway reported dead.
December 27—Dr. Donald Williams was Initiated.1859
B. W. Mabry, Master; Wm. S. Long, Senior Warden; Reuben Cobb, Junior Warden; Thomas M. Carter, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; S. S. Hicks, Tyler.
Twelve Regular and four Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Dr. Donald Williams, John F. Ward, Spier Pittman, Joseph B. Coffield, Andrew Sorg, Fred H. Jenkins, and Isaac F. Batts.
Withdrawn: Brother John J. Garrett.
February 19, 1859—The Treasurer now has on hand in cash and bonds $658.97.
March 13—Brother B. Cox, Grand Lecturer of the Eastern District of North Carolina, delivered a lecture on the First Degree.
April 16—A destitute widow of a deceased brother received $25. Brother James Banks, a visiting brother, Chairman of Historical Committee, was introduced and gave a sketch of history of Concord Lodge. On motion by Brother Henry T. Clarke it was ordered that “the charter of Concord Lodge be framed in a mahogany frame and covered with glass”.
May 21—The Secretary was allowed for his services during 1858 $1 for each Regular and Special Meeting. It was moved and carried that the lodge secure one copy of “Masonic Jurisprudence”. Brother John Knight was reported dead.
June 18—A request was received from the Trustees of Female Academy that the lodge join with them in having the building we now occupy underpinned.
July 16—It was voted to have lodge building underpinned and also “to have the house thoroughly repaired commencing at the foot of stairway extending the repairs throughout the entire portion of upstairs used for Masonic purposes”.
November 19—One hundred copies of by-laws were ordered printed.
December 17—A committee was appointed “to call on Mr. Wm. Benj. Smith, Editor of Tarboro Mercury, for the purpose of getting some deduction” from amount to be charged for printing by-laws.1860
Henry T. Clarke, Master; Joseph H. Hyman, Senior Warden; William Harrill, Junior Warden; Robert H. Pender, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; S. S. Hicks, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and 7 Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Thomas F. Cherry, Benj. T. Hart, Robt. C. Brown, Wm. Benj. Smith, John Mac Jenkins, and N. Macon Knight.
February 18, 1860—The Treasurer now has in cash and notes $642.28.
April 20—Brother Benjamin B. Batts was reported dead.
May 19—“The Secretary was ordered to write out in Masonic language the proceedings of Regular Meeting of April 20.” A communication from Unanimity Lodge No. 7, Edenton, was read asking for “pecuniary assistance” and $10 was sent.
September 10—Past Grand Master Alfred Martin of Wilmington was present, occupied the East and opened the lodge. He gave lecture in Third Degree to a brother who was raised.
October 20—The account of $6.80 for tuition of deceased Brother Henry Johnson's children was ordered paid.
November 2—This Special Meeting, with 32 members present, was called for funeral services of deceased Brother Benj. M. Jackson. He had been Initiated at the third meeting of Concord Lodge held on May 27, 1811. “A procession marched to Geo. Howard's Hotel and then repaired with corpse to Episcopal Church” where a sermon was preached by the Rev. J. B. Cheshire. The procession then moved “to the grave and performed the last sad rites” for a deceased brother.1861
Reuben Cobb, Master; Donald Williams, Senior Warden; J. B. Coffield, Junior Warden; Robt. H. Pender, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; S. S. Hicks, Tyler.
Three Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brother L. D. Pender.
No Meetings were held from February 22 to November 26.
November 26, 1861—This was a Special Meeting to make arrangements for funeral of deceased Brother N. M. Knight.
December 1—The funeral services were held for deceased Brother N. M. Knight “who sacrificed his life in the defense of his home and country, against an unrelenting foe.” The Rev. Mr. Stamper preached a sermon and services were performed at the grave. This is the first intimation in the minutes of Concord Lodge of the great civil upheaval in the country. Incidentally Brother Knight is the only member of the lodge that the minutes record as having died in the war of 1861-1865. Undoubtedly there were others.
December 20—A Regular Meeting was held. Brothers I. F. Batts and J. B. Coffield are reported to be in “Confederate States Service.” Officers for 1862 were elected: Baker W. Mabry, Master; Wm. S. Long, Senior Warden; Wm. Harrill, Junior Warden; John H. Leigh, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; S. S. Hicks, Tyler. Due to the exigencies of war no further Meetings were held until April 15, 1865.1865
Henry T. Clarke, Master; Don Williams, Senior Warden; L. D. Pender, Junior Warden; L. C. Pender, Treasurer; David Pender, Secretary; G. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Nine Regular and seven Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers John M. Horn, Joel P. Daughtry, A. B. Nobles, Wm. Gaston Lewis, C. E. Bennett, M. C. Battle, Geo. Battle and J. T. Bellamy.
From December 20, 1861 to April 15, 1865, approximately three and a third years, Concord Lodge did not have a meeting. The Civil War was
raging and Edgecombe County was giving its best in this implacable contest. But while the lodge was inactive Masonry still lived in the hearts of its members, most of whom were privileged to resume labor when the terrible conflict came to an end. During these perilous years one of the Past Masters of Concord Lodge, Worshipful Brother Henry T. Clarke, was Governor of North Carolina. Governor John W. Ellis died in office and on July 7, 1861 Lieutenant Governor Henry T. Clarke became Governor and served until September 8, 1862. Brother Henry T. Clarke was again called on to serve as Master of Concord Lodge when the Meetings were resumed in 1865.
The first meeting was held on April 15 when six petitions were received. During the year 29 petitions were received, 20 men were Initiated and eight brothers were Raised.
October 21—It was ordered that the blinds and window sashes of the Masonic Hall be repaired and at a later meeting it was decided to purchase the necessary jewels for the lodge.
December 16—It was voted to purchase a suitable wood stove for the hall. Bills for $44.62 for refitting hall and $17.60 for candles were ordered paid. A committee was appointed to select suitable books and periodicals for the lodge and to subscribe to one copy of Brother W. Benj Smith's Masonic publication.1866
Donald Williams, Master; James Mehegan, Senior Warden; Wm. Harrill, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; H. T. Clarke, Secretary; Geo. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Eight Regular and three Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers Frederick Phillip, Nathan M. Lawrence, John Lawrence, Willis Knight, Reddin Long, Spencer L. Hart ,W. W. Purvis, R. A. Watson, Edwin Foxhall, Reddin Sugg and Orren Williams.
January 20, 1866—The sum of $70.70 was ordered paid for lodge jewelry.
February 18—Brother H. T. Clarke was allowed $21 for attending Grand Lodge.
March 17—On the account of a former Treasurer a motion was made “to amend it, by deducting one-third of the amount payable in Confederate money.” “The petition of Joel Sugg was continued by request till his return from New York where he is now attending on the medical lectures.”
April 23—It was “Resolved that a committee of three be appointed to present suitable memorials to such members of our lodge as have been killed or died in army during the late war for Southern independence.” It was decided that the funeral service of late Brother John A. Knight be “celebrated with Masonic ceremonies” on May 13.
There is no record of Meetings in September, October and November, yet some must have been held for officers had been elected for 1867.
December 27—St. John's the Evangelist Day. This was for installation of officers. Only the Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Tyler were present and they were installed. A Reference Committee is appointed for the first time.1867
Donald Williams, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; N. M. Lawrence, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; R. S. Sugg, Secretary; Geo. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Eleven Regular and eight Special Meetings.
Raised: Whitmel P. Lloyd.
Affiliated: Brothers W. S. Broaddus from Danville Lodge No. 101, Rush County, Texas; J. W. Cotten, Entered Apprentice, from Centerville Lodge No. 18 of Florida; Isaac B. Palamountain.
Withdrawn: Brothers R. H. Pender and Thos. O'Berry.
Demitted: Brother J. B. Daughtry. This is the first time the word “demit” is used.
January 17, 1867—It was voted to allow the Treasurer to use his own discretion for the best interest of the lodge in collecting funds.
February 13—Brother Thomas M. Gardner, Grand Lecturer, of Wilmington, was present.
February 21—The account of Brother G. B. Lipscomb, Tyler, for services rendered in 1866 and for washing and repairing regalia amounting to $24.50 was ordered paid. It was decided to give the Stewards a list of members who were delinquent in their dues and if they failed to pay they would stand suspended.
March 21—A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws. An account of $10 was allowed for repairing locks and making spittoons. It was ordered that 200 copies of “A Summons To Attend the Lodge” be printed.
April 11—Funeral ceremonies were held at home of deceased W∴Brother David Cobb, P.M., with sermon by the Rev. John A. Daniel of the Primitive Baptist Church and the body was interred with Masonic honors.
April 18—The proposed by-laws were presented and on motion the Rules of Order used in St. John's Lodge No. 1, Wilmington, N. C., was added to the by-laws and laid over to next meeting. A committee was appointed to refit and rearrange lodge hall. On motion of the Treasurer, Brother C. B. Killebrew, the Secretary and Tyler were authorized to buy a new desk for the use of the Secretary, the old one to be for the use of the Treasurer.
May 16—The revised by-laws were adopted. The printed Constitution is pasted in the minute book and is as follows:“CONSTITUTION
“This Lodge shall consist of a Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Secretary and Treasurer, Senior and Junior Deacons, Tyler and an unlimited number of members.
“This Lodge shall meet regularly on the Third (3rd) Saturday of each and every month, at 10 o'clock A.M., and on the Festivals of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, and at such other times as the Master shall direct.
“The officers of this Lodge shall be elected at the regular meeting in October and shall be installed on that day.
“All elections shall be by ballot, and be decided by a majority of the members voting; seven at least in this and all other cases being required to constitute a legal decision, and all questions submitted to the Lodge shall be decided in like manner unless otherwise provided for.
“It shall be the duty of the W∴Master to see that the By-Laws, rules and regulations of the Lodge are duly observed, that the officers and Committees perform their duties faithfully, and that the records
and accounts are truly and faithfully kept. He shall sign all orders on the Treasurer, see that the regular returns are made, and dues paid to the Grand Lodge, and that the Lodge is duly represented at each grand convocation. He shall cause the balance sheet to be read before any balloting takes place, and each member entitled to a vote shall deposit his ballot as his name is called.
“It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep just and true accounts, and at every meeting to have a balance sheet on his table. He shall receive all monies due the Lodge through the hands of the Secretary, giving his receipt for the same. He shall pay no money without a written order signed by the W∴Master. At a regular meeting in December, and oftener if required, he shall exhibit a full account of all receipts and expenditures, together with a general statement of members’ accounts, setting forth the exact financial condition of the Treasury. It is his especial duty also to notify every member in arrears over twelve months, to see that in twelve months thereafter the names of all such as do not settle be stricken from the list of members, aprising the Lodge thereof, and having the same inserted on the minutes. At every regular meeting he shall have a corrected balance sheet on the W∴Master's desk, and shall furnish the Secretary with a corrected copy every quarter. And for his services he shall receive One Dollar for each meeting he attends.
“The Secretary shall keep a fair record of the proceedings of the Lodge, receive all monies due the Lodge, enter the same on the minutes, and pay them immediately over to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor. It shall be his duty to issue all summonses, and all notices of all meetings of the Lodge, and written notices of their appointment to the members of all committees, and to see that every member sign the By-Laws. For each Diploma granted he shall receive One Dollar, one-half of which shall be for himself, and the other for the use of the Lodge. At the regular meeting in November of each year, he shall submit a statement of the amount of funds received by him, and for his services he shall receive One Dollar and Fifty Cents for each meeting he attends.
“The Tyler shall serve all summons placed in his hands by the W∴Master or the Secretary, if within his power. He shall have the Lodge Room properly lighted, warmed and supplied with fresh water, and the Furniture and Jewels in their proper places, and in good order, and for his services he shall receive One Dollar and Fifty Cents for each meeting he attends.
“The W∴Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, shall constitute a __________ committee, ex-officio, the Committee of Charity, and shall have power to appropriate from the funds of the Lodge such sums, not to exceed Ten Dollars, as they may require for the relief of distressed brethren, their widows and orphans, and shall report their proceedings to the Lodge quarterly, at the regular meetings.
“Petitions for the Degrees in this Lodge must be signed by the applicant, recommended by two or more members, and presented at a regular meeting, at which, it shall be read and referred to a special committee of three, who shall report to the W∴Master at the next regular meeting, or sooner if required, and no petitioner shall be balloted for until the next regular meeting succeeding that at which his petition was presented, except in cases of emergency, so determined by two-thirds of the members present, and the ballot in cases, to admit a candidate, must be unanimous.
“Every petition shall be addressed to the Master, Wardens and Brethren of Concord Lodge No. 58, setting forth the age, occupation and place of residence of the candidate.
“The fees for the Degrees in this Lodge, shall be as follows: Ten Dollars for the Entered Apprentice, Ten Dollars for the Fellow Craft's and Five Dollars for the degree of a Master. The fee for the E.A. in all cases to accompany the petition, and the fees for the other degrees to be paid over to the Secretary before they are respectively conferred. The fees for membership to be Four Dollars.
“Notwithstanding the reception of any candidate, he shall not in any case be promoted without the unanimous consent of the Lodge to which the application for promotion shall be made, after due examination in open Lodge, and in all cases of such refusal, no new application shall be made until the next regular meeting.
“In all cases of the rejection of a candidate, the fee shall be returned by the Secretary, and any person rejected on the first application for initiation into this Lodge, may renew his application at the expiration of twelve months, and not before.
“No member or visiting brother shall make known the member or members rejecting a candidate, under the penalty of expulsion, if a member; and of not being again admitted to enter the Lodge, if a visitor.
“If a brother wishing promotion has a Lodge especially convened for that purpose, he shall pay the expenses attending such meeting.
“Application for membership must be made through a member at a regular meeting, and shall lay over until the next regular meeting, and if elected, his membership may be confirmed by signing the By-Laws. But no one shall be eligible, who is a member of, or in arrears to, another Lodge, of which he may have been a member. Any Brother having taking the degrees in this Lodge, may become a member by signing the By-Laws, provided he does so within three months after being Raised, after which time he is not considered a member, and must make regular application and abide by the decision of the ballot, but he shall not be required to pay any admittance fee.
“The Lodge shall impose a fine on the members of any committee that shall fail to report at the time specified, not to exceed Fifty Cents each; which the Secretary shall proceed to collect, unless they appear next regular meeting after the recording of such fine, and show cause why the payment should not be enforced.
“Any member desirous of withdrawing from the Lodge, may by prefering a petition in writing, at a regular meeting, and paying the Secretary all arrears due by him, be permitted to withdraw, but if at any future period he shall again wish to become a member, he shall pay Four Dollars, provided, that, if he had withdrawn in consequence of change of residence, he shall, if admitted, possess all the privileges of the Lodge, without paying any fee.
“Any member wishing a demit, must make application at a regular meeting, and the Secretary shall, with the consent of the Lodge, after all his dues are paid, furnish him with a certificate of withdrawal.
“Every member shall pay quarterly to the Secretary, for the use of the Lodge, One Dollar, and should he fail to pay his dues for twelve months, he shall forfeit all the privileges of membership, from that time until all arrearages are paid, and at the expiration of two years, shall they still remain unpaid, his name shall be erased from the list of members, due notice of such arrearages having been given him by the Secretary, nor can he again be admitted to membership until such dues are paid; Provided, that the Lodge shall have the right to remit such dues whenever the inability of a member to pay the same is apparent. Nonresident members shall pay Fifty Cents quarterly, only; and no member in arrears over six months, shall be permitted to vote.
“The cash funds of the Lodge shall be subject to the control of a majority of the Lodge, and whenever the unappropriated monies belonging to the Lodge shall exceed the sum of One Hundred Dollars, they may be put at interest by loaning the same in sums not to exceed Two Hundred Dollars to each borrower, for the period of twelve months, he giving bond to the Treasurer with two good securities to be judged of by the Lodge. The principal and interest to be paid when due, and new bonds given in case the loans are continued.
“It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master to have these By-Laws together with the regulations of the Grand Lodge for the government of Subordinate Lodges read at least once every quarter.
“All additions or amendments to these By-Laws must be proposed in writing at a regular meeting, read at the next regular meeting, and be approved by two-thirds of the members present voting. These By-Laws to take effect from and after the date of their ratification.”“RULES OF ORDER
“All communications shall first be handed to the W∴Master for his inspection.
“No member shall be allowed to speak without first rising and respectfully addressing the W∴Master. Two or more rising at the same time, shall abide the decision of the W∴Master.
“No member shall speak twice on the same subject without express permission; and the speaker shall peremptorily be called to order for irrelevance, or for a wanton consumption of time.
“No Brother shall change his seat in the Lodge but by permission, nor shall he enter or depart the same, but in strict accordance with Masonic usage.
“Official notice only shall be given applicants of the proceedings on their petitions—any violation of this Rule shall be punished by fine or suspension.
“Ratified in Regular Meeting, May 16, 1867, A.L. 5867.”
“On motion Brother D. Pender was directed to secure a Seal of the old device, if possible, for the use of this lodge.” The Treasurer was directed to subscribe for one copy each of the “Square and Compass” and “The National Freemason” to be kept on file in the lodge for the benefit of the craft. Two accounts for the years 1860 and 1861 were ordered paid. On motion the W∴Master appointed a committee to see
how much money could be raised from the brethren “only” to build a new lodge.
July 21—Three members of the lodge were charged with un-Masonic conduct, specifically, drunkenness.
August 3—One member charged with drunkenness was sentenced to be reprimanded in open lodge.
August 17—“On motion it was ordered that hereafter Brother James Mehegan be exempted from all dues to this lodge and be considered as an Honorary member.” W∴Brother Mehegan. P.M., had long been an active working member of the lodge and gave the lectures in the Degrees.
August 31—A member was expelled for drunkenness. Another member was expelled for drunkenness and later it was noted he had died.
October 12—This Special Meeting was “to solemnize the funeral rites of our deceased Brother, Britton Howell, who died October 10, 1867.” The services were held October 13 with a sermon by the Rev. Wm. Bell.
October 19—The sum of $150.60 was ordered paid for lodge furniture. A brother was charged with failure to obey a summons and confessing guilt was excused.
November 16—The Rev. Brother J. W. Jenkins “made a few appropriate remarks to the brethren on their Masonic duties to each other and the lodge”. Many of the brethren had been summoned to attend this meeting and 40 were present. The Secretary was ordered to summon all members who had not previously been summoned. Much effort has been expended in collecting dues. The officers are very active in stimulating the brethren to be diligent about lodge affairs.
December 21—Election of officers was held. A charge was prepared against a brother for non-attendance after being summoned.1868
Don Williams, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; N. M. Lawrence, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; R. S. Sugg, Secretary; Geo. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Fifteen Regular and eight Special Meetings.
Raised: Brothers F. L. Thigpen and John W. Cotten.
Affiliated: Brothers J. H. Griffin, A. J. Daniel, C. W. Knight and Wm. McDowell.
Demitted: Brothers J. L. Horne, J. M. Horne, W. D. Mercer, W. F. Mercer, Dr. J. R. Mercer, R. H. Garrett and John H. Leigh—to join Edgecombe Lodge U. D.
January 18, 1868—Two brothers were charged with failure to obey summons to attend a meeting. The Treasurer's book showed a balance on hand of $33.95. The Reference Committee reported having settled differences between two brothers. “The tuition of F. S. Wilkinson's account of $5.32 was for Alonzo Miller, son of a deceased brother.”
February 15—“On motion of Brother H. T. Clarke the original subscription list for building the Masonic hall with the names and amounts of the several subscribers was ordered to be suitably framed and hung in the lodge hall.”
April 18—Six lodges reported expelling members.
April 30—This Meeting was to receive a visit from M∴ W∴Grand Master, Brother R. W. Best, who “instructed the lodge in the Masonic working as directed by the last Grand Lodge”.
May 16—“On motion it was ordered that Mrs. Miller be removed from where she now resides to a house belonging to Mr. J. A. Williamson between J. B. Pender and Nathers Weddell and that the lodge become surety to Mr. Williamson for the amount of rent.”
June 17—Brother John W. Cotten was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft.
June 20—The by-laws were amended to read: “That whenever it shall come to the knowledge of the W∴Master that a brother Mason is sick or in such a state of health as to require nursing, that it be his duty to cause a detail of two or more Masons to go to the home of the family and offer assistance.”
July 18—The members of an Investigating Committee were fined 50 cents each for failure to report. A member was expelled for drunkenness.
August 4—This Special Meeting was to observe funeral obsequies of late Brother Joseph J. B. Pender. Grave ceremonies were conducted in the Episcopal Church yard.
September 19—It was reported that $95.77 had been raised for Mrs. E. Miller.
November 5—Brother John W. Cotten was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. (See year 1932 for sketch of his life.)
November 21—“A motion was made instructing the Treasurer to collect all funds of this lodge now loaned out as soon as practicable, and that all such money be subscribed to the capital stock of the Masonic Building Association of Edgecombe County”. It was decided to petition the Grand Lodge to change the law requiring a lodge to notify every other lodge in the state of their Suspensions and Expulsions, and in lieu thereof to print same in “Square and Compass”, published at Raleigh. A committee consisting of Brothers C. B. Killebrew, Gen. W. G. Lewis and B. T. Hart “were directed to assess the value of the lodge stove in possession of Brother N. M. Lawrence.
November 22—Funeral ceremonies, with a sermon by Brother J. W. Jenkins, was observed for deceased Brother T. C. Hussey, who died November 21 and was buried “in the old church yard”.
November 28—This Meeting was convened by order of M∴W∴Grand Master, Brother R. W. Best, through his proxy, Brother J. S. Carroll, who appealed to the lodge for financial help for St. John's College. A committee was appointed to raise funds.
December 19—The lodge stove was sold to Brother N. M. Lawrence for $20. The Delegates to the recent Grand Lodge, Brothers N. M. Lawrence, C. B. Killebrew and R. S. Sugg, were allowed $38.1869
Don Williams, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; N. M. Lawrence, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; John W. Cotten, Secretary; Geo. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Thirteen Regular and eleven Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers T. B. Hyman, Sol H. Goodman and J. P. Sugg.
At this period in the lodge's history when an Entered Apprentice was ready to be Passed to a Fellow Craft it was customary to open an Entered Apprentice Lodge and examine the candidate as to his proficiency. The Entered Apprentice Lodge was closed and a Fellow Craft Lodge opened to confer the Degree. The same procedure followed when a Fellow Craft was ready to be Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. During this year the word “Communication” in place of “Meeting” for the lodge Assemblage begins to appear.
February 20, 1869—The by-laws were amended to elect and install officers at Regular Meeting in October. W∴Brother H. T. Clarke, P.M., presented the lodge with a list of the officers since the year 1811. This list has not been found in the minutes or other records of the lodge. The Treasurer was authorized to purchase Mitchell's Masonic History and Digest, price $10.
March 20—The W∴Master read a communication from the Grand Lodge in regard to drunkenness and profanity and also on election of officers. An account of $13.50 for lambskin aprons for the officers was allowed. The by-laws were ordered altered to conform with resolution of Grand Lodge in regard to election of officers.
April 17—Brother H. I. Lee of Kinston was paid $15 for lecturing lodge for past ten days.
May 1—Two members were tried for drunkenness, One was expelled and the other was reprimanded.
May 15—A protest was ordered sent to Edgecombe Lodge U. D. for electing a member who had previously been rejected by Concord Lodge.
June 24—The Secretary was authorized to purchase a new seal for the lodge, the old one being unfit for use. The lodge was called from labor to refreshment for one hour and then voted to give dinner left over to the poor.
August 21—Two brothers having trouble, it was recommended that charges be preferred. The Worshipful Master was instructed to confer with the Odd Fellows Lodge to see if they would assist in aiding family of a deceased brother who had belonged to both lodges.
September 18—The annual election of officers was held.
October 16—The Tyler was instructed to have two cords of wood cut and placed up stairs for the use of the lodge. A bill for $20 for provisions furnished the family of a deceased brother was ordered paid.
November 20—The Secretary not being present and he having key to desk the minutes of previous Meeting could not be read. The officers were installed.
November 23—Brothers F. L. Thigpen, A. J. Daniel, and John W. Cotten will attend Grand Lodge.
December 18—A committee was appointed “to enquire into the best plans for procuring another lodge room either by purchase, rent or otherwise.”
December 27—The by-laws were amended to provide for two Regular Meetings each month.1870
N. M. Lawrence, Master; F. L. Thigpen, Senior Warden; A. J. Daniel, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; John W. Cotten, Secretary, Geo. B. Lipscomb, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Sol Thaddeus Cherry, and Dr. L. L. Staton.
Affiliated: Brother Wm. Bagley.
Demitted: Brother G. C. Battle.
During the year three members were dropped for non-payment of dues. Two Regular Communications are held each month, on the first Thursday night and third Saturday morning. During the year the first Thursday night was changed to first Friday night.
January 15, 1870—The lodge declined the offer of the Odd Fellows to rent the Masonic hall. All during this year. a committee was seeking
quarters for another meeting place. Brother H. T. Clarke, on behalf of the lodge, received an altar Bible presented by Brother C. B. Killebrew. The old Bible is to be placed in archives of lodge.
February 19—A widow had applied for aid, the lodge investigated and found that her late husband had never been a Mason and declined to aid her. One brother was charged with fraud and another with drunkenness. The trials were set for March 4 and the Secretary was instructed to summon all members living within 10 miles of Tarboro.
March 4—The member was expelled for fraud and the one charged with drunkenness was given another chance.
May 21—The Treasurer was instructed to settle with a brother fifty cents on the dollar, who had given a note to the lodge. A communication was read from the President of the N. C. Masonic Life Insurance Co. Edgecombe Lodge No. 298 was invited to attend St. John's Day.
June 24—Dr. L. L. Staton was Raised, and a dinner served, which cost the lodge $67.66.
October 16—This Resolution was adopted: “Whereas, by resolution of the Grand Lodge of N. C. the Subordinate Lodges are required to elect their officers at least 10 days previous to the festival of St. John the Baptist or St. John the Evangelist and in conformity with this resolution I move that hereafter the election of officers in this lodge be held on Saturday the Regular Meeting in November”.
November 4—It was moved and carried “that the Master and Wardens are hereby authorized to contribute a sufficient amount of the funds of this lodge to the relief of Brother Jas. Mehegan”.
November 19—Election of officers was held. The Treasurer was authorized to purchase 10 shares of B & L stock.
November 27—This Special Communication was for the funeral of late Worshipful Brother James Mehegan, P.M., one of the oldest members of the lodge and for many years a most active Mason. A procession marched to home of the deceased and “thence to grave where the body was deposited in accordance with Masonic usage”.
December 16—Brother Don Williams, Master elect, was allowed $18.25 for attending Grand Lodge.
December 27—It was moved and adopted that Brother A. Sorg have four rods made for use of the lodge. The 1871 officers were installed. Brother John W. Cotten not being reelected Secretary, when signing the minutes of this Communication added the word “Finis” after his name.1871
Don Williams, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; Wm. Bagley, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; B. T. Hart, Secretary; L.L. Staton, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers James H. Grimes, Elijah Rawls, and Thos. H. Gatlin.
Demitted: Brothers Fred Phillips, Reuben Cobb, N. M. Lawrence, P.M., Jas. H. Grimes, Thos. L. Maner, and T. B. Hyman.
The Fees for Degrees at this time are $10 for E.A., $10 for F.C. and $5 for M.M. and are usually paid when the Degree is taken. At almost every Communication one or more visitors are reported present. This statement will hold true for the entire history of Concord Lodge No. 58.
January 6, 1871—A bill for $12 for provisions for two families of deceased brothers was ordered paid.
February 18—A member was expelled for drunkenness. The Treasurer was authorized to subscribe to Moore's Freemason, a monthly magazine, for the benefit of the lodge.
March 3—A communication was read from Brother Samuel H. Rountree, Grand Lecturer 2nd District, notifying the lodge of his appointment as Grand Lecturer, and that Delegates must be sent to attend his instructions at Goldsboro. On motion it was “Resolved, that the W∴Master communicate with Brother H. I. Lee, the former Lecturer from whom we received the work, and request him to give us such a recommendation as will save a second outlay of money for what has already been done and that he will designate some qualified brother in this lodge to act as Lecturer”. Brother A. Sorg was allowed $3.50 for making four rods.
April 15—Brother Littleberry Brown was excused from further payment of dues because of advanced age.
May 20—With 19 members present a committee consisting of Brothers J. B. Coffield, C. B. Lewis and Gen. W. G. Lewis made a report to “remove the lodge to second story over the store now occupied as Post Office and tin shop”, and it was adopted. It was Resolved, “that the stock now owned by this lodge in the Building and Loan Association be sold . . . . and the proceeds be applied to the payment of rents of the lodge room rented from N. M. Lawrence”. A committee consisting of Brothers J. B. Coffield, John W. Cotten, and Geo. B. Lipscomb was appointed to fix new lodge room. For 53 years the lodge had been meeting over the Academy situated south of Wilson Street, near Hendricks Creek and near the present site of the municipal water plant. The new location of lodge over the “Post Office and tin shop” was probably on the south side of Saint James Street, midway between Main Street and Saint Andrews Street.
June 2—A member was charged with embezzling funds amounting to $283.
June 14—The member was tried, found guilty and Expelled.
July 1—A member was indefinitely Suspended for drunkenness.
July 15—The new lodge room is not yet ready for use.
September 1—A bill for $34 for fixing new lodge room was allowed.
October 21—A member of a neighboring lodge, now living in the jurisdiction of Concord Lodge, was charged with drunkenness. It was “moved and adopted that Concord Chapter No. 5 be allowed the use of this lodge room for their meetings.” It is not definitely stated but it is presumed that the Communications are now held in new lodge room. One member was Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
November 18—Lodges are still notifying Concord Lodge of their Expulsions and Suspensions. One lodge reported 10 Expulsions and eight Suspensions.
November 19—This Special Communication was for funeral of deceased Brother Whitmel P. Lloyd. “The lodge repaired to the residence of our deceased brother and escorted the body to the grave where it was interred with the proper Masonic honors.”
December 16—A committee was appointed to rent old lodge hall. The election of officers for 1872 was held. Brother John W. Cotten, representative to recent Grand Lodge, gave a report.1872
Don Williams, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; John W. Cotten, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; E. W. Rawls, Secretary; Andrew Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brother Charles J. Austin.
Affiliated: Brothers James N. Whitney and Lafayette Leggett.
January 4, 1872—The Special Communication was for funeral of deceased Brother I. F. Batts, with sermon by the Rev. T. R. Owens and Masonic services at the grave.
January 5—“Concord Lodge No. 58, A.Y.M., met in Regular Communication Friday, January 5, A.D. 1872, A.L. 5872.” This is the form in which the minutes begin. “A.Y.M.” is Ancient York Masons. The Tyler was instructed to purchase suitable lamps for lighting lodge room.
January 20—“The manner of supporting Masonic widows was discussed at some length.” The sum of $10.50 was paid for stove for lodge room.
February 17—“The 10 shares owned by this lodge in the Edgecombe Building and Loan Association were sold to Brother C. B. Killebrew for $36 per share.” The lodge subscribed to 10 shares of stock in the contemplated Masonic Temple at Raleigh.
March 16—A petition was received with $25 for the three degrees. This is the first time the entire amount accompanied a petition and was the practice hereafter.
June 17—A motion was carried that the lodge subscribe for one copy of the “Masonic Monitor” published at Goldsboro by J. A. Bonitz.
August 2—For the first time the minutes were read for approval at close of Communication.
October 4—Several lodges reported Suspensions and Expulsions.
October 19— A committee was appointed to purchase a “suitable metal bell for lodge”.
November 1—The Worshipful Master ordered the Secretary to issue a summons to every member to appear at the Communication on December 21 and that the Secretary have a statement of the indebtedness of every member.
December 21—The summons for this Communication produced 33 members, with 17 failing to obey the summons. Election of officers for 1873 was held. A resolution was adopted on death of Brother A. J. Daniel. A motion was made and carried that the Secretary be paid $2.50 for each meeting he attended and the Treasurer be paid $1 for each meeting he attended. The sum of $102 was received for dues.
December 27—The officers for ensuing year were installed. “The lodge was addressed by Past Masters Henry T. Clarke and Wm. Bagley upon the duties and beauties of Masonry.”
Members of the lodge at this time are: C. J. Austin, Newsom Allsbrook, B. B. Barron, M. J. Battle, Wm. Bagley, John T. Bellamy, W. S. Broaddus, Gray L. Brown, Joseph H. Brown, Littleberry Brown, R. C. Brown, S. T. Cherry, J. B. Coffield, M. C. S. Cherry, John W. Cotten, A. J. Cotten, H. T. Clarke, J. A. Cobb, E. Cromwell, W. S. Duggan, Lemon S. Dunn, T. H. Gatlin, R. H. Gatlin, Sol Goodman, J. J. Garrett, J. B. Griffin, Wm. Harrill, B. T. Hart, S. L. Hart, C. H. Jenkins, J. M. Jenkins, I. D. Jenkins, J. W. Jones, C. B. Killebrew, C. L. Killebrew, Chas. W. Knight, W. H. Knight, Lafayette Leggett, H. L. Leggett, W. G. Lewis, G. B. Lipscomb, Leonidas Little, W. R. Long, W. S. Long, N. Mathewson, A. H. MacNair, Wm. McDowell, A. B. Nobles, David Pender, W. W. Purvis, F. M. Parker, E. Rawls, J. L. Savage, Andrew Sorg, L. L. Staton, J. P. Sugg, R. S. Sugg, F. L. Thigpen, J. F. Ward, R. A. Watson, W. H. Weathersby, A. J. M. Whitehead, James N. Whitney, David L. Williams, Don Williams, and Oren Williams.1873
Don Williams, Master; John W. Cotten, Senior Warden, Thos. H. Gatlin, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; R. S. Sugg, Secretary; Andrew Sorg, Tyler.
Twelve Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
Raised: Brother N. B. Killebrew.
Affiliated: Brother N. M. Lawrence, P.M.
Demitted: Brother T. B. Hart, to join a lodge in Texas.
This was a short Masonic year as the by-laws were changed to elect officers immediately preceding St. John's Baptist Day.
January 3, 1873—A financial report shows receipts of $274 from dues and fees in 1872. The minutes of this Communication are the first recorded in the Fifth Minute Book.
January 18—Brother J. B. Coffield was allowed $10.45 and Brother John W. Cotten $13.45 for attending Grand Lodge.
March 7—A communication was read from Franklin Lodge No. 109 of Beaufort, N. C., announcing the death of Brother James N. Whitney, a member of Concord Lodge. The Worshipful Master of Franklin Lodge No. 109 was the father of the deceased member.
March 15—The by-laws were amended to provide for annual election of officers preceding St. John's Baptist Day in June.
April 19—Permission was granted the Lodge of Good Templars to use the old Masonic hall.
May 17—A motion made by a member that the lodge contribute $25 to Oxford Orphan Asylum was deferred for time being.
May 25—“The Rites of Masonic Burial” were performed for deceased Brother Littleberry Brown, who died February 17, 1873.
June 21—Election of officers was held.1873-1874
Thos. H. Gatlin, Master; J. W. Cotten, Senior Warden; J. P. Sugg, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; R. S. Sugg, Secretary; Andrew Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brother W. H. Mahone.
Affiliated: Brothers Matthew R. Jones, Abraham Whitlock, Lewis Heilbroner and O. C. Farrar.
Reinstated: Brothers E. D. Foxhall and I. B. Palamountain.
Demitted: Brother R. S. Sugg, to join a new lodge at King's Mountain, N. C.
The Masonic year now begins with June 24, St. John's Day.
June 24, 1873—There were present 32 members and 32 visitors. The officers were installed. “Brother Thos. H. Gatlin, Master-elect . . . . signifying his assent to the ancient charges and regulations, all but Past Masters were requested to retire. Past Masters H. T. Clarke, J. W. Garrett, Don Williams, and N. M. Lawrence then proceeded with the installation, and on the return of the brethren Brother Gatlin was declared duly installed.” Then the other officers were installed. A committee of five was appointed to inquire into feasible plans by which a new lodge room can be built. After refreshments the lodge was called to labor and then formed a procession to the court house where an address was made by Brother Col. F. S. Keenan of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 117 of Wilson.
June 25—This Special Communication was called for the last sad rites for deceased Brother Wm. McDowell, who was killed by lightning on June 24. The Lodge was called “from labor to refreshment to meet at our late brother's house, where in the gin house the lodge was called to labor.” A procession was then formed and marched to the house and thence to the grave where the deceased was interred with Masonic ceremonies.
August 16—The committee on a new building reported, “No success” and were discharged. A financial report from January 1, 1873 to July 1, 1873 showed receipts of $107.15. The Treasurer's account for the same period showed total receipts, including cash on hand, $341.47 and disbursements $273.27, leaving a balance of $68.20.
October 18—It was decided to rent old lodge hall for 12 months to Temperance organization in Tarboro.
November 4—A brother was tried for drunkenness and was suspended indefinitely.
November 7—The Master stated there was no probability of renting hall to Temperance Society.
November 15—It was ordered that all members be summoned who were two years in arrears. “The Secretary was directed hereafter to collect the member's dues, either in or out of the lodge.” A motion to “sugar coat” the peremptory summons to delinquent members was almost unanimously voted down, as derogatory to the dignity and authority of the lodge.
December 5—The Worshipful Master enlightened the brethren on the proceedings of the Grand Lodge which he recently attended.
January 17, 1874—A communication was read from Most Worshipful Brother John Nichols, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, authorizing an election to be held to fill unexpired term of the Secretary, Brother R. S. Sugg, who is moving away. Brother N. M. Lawrence was elected Secretary. At end of minutes of this Communication is noted “Exit Sugg, enter Lawrence”.
February 6—Brother R. S. Sugg was due $22 from the lodge for services rendered and he gave half of this to the lodge and half to “St. John's Orphan Asylum”. A committee was appointed to secure a new meeting place. The Secretary was instructed to subscribe for “The Freemason's Magazine” published in Boston, Mass., by Chas. W. Moore.
March 6—The committee on securing a new lodge room reported that a contract be made with Geo. Howard, Esq., for the purchase of half interest in a lot situated on corner St. James and St. Andrews streets, at northeast corner of this square and that he build a lodge room to comprise the second story, 24 by 55 feet, with a pitch of 13 feet, with stair case and anteroom, plastered and whitewashed inside and painted outside and to pay $1500. To secure this money the dues were to be raised to $10 and that 10 shares of stock be purchased in Tarboro B & L Association and to borrow money on this stock. This was adopted.
March 21—The Building Committee consisting of Brothers J. B. Coffield, J. W. Jones and D. Pender reported they had successfully contracted for building at $1513. The report was adopted and the committee discharged. Another committee to have supervision of building's erection was composed of Brothers T. H. Gatlin, J. W. Cotten, W. G. Lewis and N. M. Lawrence.
April 3—It was reported that five shares of stock had been purchased in Edgecombe B & L Association and had secured a deed “cojointly” with Mr. E. R. Stamps. A note had been given for $115 to bear 8% interest until paid.
April 16—Former Governor, W∴Brother Henry T. Clarke, P.M., died April 14, 1874. Funeral services were held today with the Rev. Dr. Cheshire preaching sermon at Episcopal Church and the deceased was
buried with Masonic honors. A page in the minutes has appropriate resolutions for him.
April 18—The present lodge room had been leased from Brother N. M. Lawrence and this was released to take effect July 1, 1874.
May 16—Charges were preferred against three brethren for failure to obey summons.
May 30—The three brothers were tried. One was ordered to appear at a later Communication to receive a reprimand; charges against the other two were withdrawn.
June 5—The Building Committee reported that $300 had been borrowed from B & L Association and paid over to Geo. Howard, Esq., securing a deed for the property conjointly with Mr. E. R. Stamps. The sum of $800 was borrowed from an individual at 8% interest and this was turned over to Mr. Howard. The building is now about complete. A communication was read from Right Worshipful Brother D. W. Bain, Grand Secretary, about “prohibiting the use of a manual of the work in cipher or secret writing.” A communication was read from Edgecombe Lodge No. 50, I.O.O.F.
June 20—The Committee on St. John's Orphan Asylum made their “usual report in writing: Nothing collected, nothing forwarded.” In the early days of the Orphanage little interest seemed to be evinced by the brethren of Concord Lodge. Edgecombe Lodge No. 298 invited Concord Lodge No. 58 to help celebrate St. John's Day and this was accepted. Election of officers for ensuing year followed.1874-1875
T. H. Gatlin, Master; J. W. Cotten, Senior Warden; J. P. Sugg, Junior Warden; C. B. Killebrew, Treasurer; N. M. Lawrence, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and three Special Communications.
Withdrawn: Brother F. L. Thigpen.
June 24—1874—Officers were installed on this St. John's Day. It was reported that many of the brethren had met with Edgecombe Lodge No. 298 at Temperance Hall and “had a most pleasant time, a good dinner and a good address by Brother King of Wilson.”
July 11—This was a Special Communication and the first Communication held in the new hall at the corner of St. James and St. Andrews streets. The purpose was for the trial of a member charged with failure to obey a summons, but it was deferred to another day.
July 18—The Treasurer's account showed $512 had been collected since January 1 and there was now on hand $44.30.
August 7—Some members wanted to sell the lodge bell but the majority favored keeping it.
September 4—After some discussion the Secretary was ordered to notify all the members who had been paying half-dues that from and after October 1 all members of the lodge shall pay alike.
September 19—The Building Committee made a final report showing that $1980.40 had been borrowed and $1959.70 disbursed, leaving a balance of $20.70 which was turned over to the Treasurer. The Committee then stated: “We trust the duty performed will be more satisfactory to the lodge than the performance has been agreeable to us.” The Committee was thanked and discharged. A communication was received from Bayboro Lodge No. 331 announcing the death of Lemon S. Dunn, who was formerly a member of Concord Lodge but now non-affiliated.
October 17—A brother stated he had joined the Primitive Baptist Church and wished to withdraw from the lodge as this church did not permit their members to be Masons.
November 30—This Special Communication was for funeral and burial ceremonies of deceased Brother Charles W. Knight, who died November 28, age 40. Brother Gen. W. G. Lewis was always Marshal for funeral processions.
December 4—Brother Andrew Sorg reported that he had placed lodge bell in position. Brother J. W. Cotten was Delegate to Grand Lodge.
January 19, 1875—This Special Communication was for funeral services of W∴Brother Wm. Bagley, P.M., deceased. The sermon was preached by Brother F. D. Swindell. The body was taken to Williamston where it was buried in due form by Skewarkee Lodge No. 90.
April 2—The lodge had given a note for 11 shares of stock in Masonic Temple Association of Raleigh and were pressed for payment. At this time $50 was paid.
April 17—The Committee on St. John's Orphan Asylum reported that they had made personal appeals to nearly every member of the lodge, some had contributed, others positively refused. They urged the necessity of prompt action and appealed to Masons to carry out the principles of our Order and sustain the Asylum in its great work.
May 15—The Committee on St. John's Orphan Asylum reported receipts of $58.05 and stated that clothing and food had also been sent. “The Asylum had 115 orphans and their total expenses are less than $30.00 per head.” It was ordered that the lodge furniture be insured.
June 19—The annual election of officers was held. The following resolution was adopted: “Resolved, that we petition the Grand Lodge as follows: Whenever a petition for Dispensation to form a new lodge shall be applied for it shall be positively required that the written permission of the nearest lodge, signed by the Secretary, with the seal of the lodge and the demit of each applicant shall accompany it and the merits of no application shall be considered unless the provisions of this Resolution be complied with.”1875-1876
T. H. Gatlin, Master; J. W. Cotten, Senior Warden; J. P. Sugg, Junior Warden; D. Pender, Treasurer; N. M. Lawrence, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular Communications.
Affiliated: Brother N. J. Pittman.
Demitted: Brothers S. H. Goodman, C. B. Killebrew and Dr. J. T. Bellamy. Brother Dr. Joseph J. Garrett was granted a demit to join Enfield Lodge.
Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues: six members.
June 24, 1875—The officers were installed. The following amendment to the by-laws was adopted: “Any member of this lodge whose dues shall remain unpaid for two years shall be notified by the Secretary and if he shall not pay the same or be excused by the lodge his name shall be stricken from the roll of members.” The Secretary was ordered to forward this amendment to the Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence for their approval. “Brother J. B. Coffield moved that the Treasurer be instructed to purchase 1 dozen common spittoons for the lodge. Brother Mathewson moved to amend by requesting each brother to throw out his quid of tobacco at the door. A vote being taken the amendment was
lost and the original motion carried.” A fine dinner was served in the old lodge hall.
July 2—A financial report from November 11, 1874 to July 1, 1875 showed receipts of $484.95 and disbursements of $441.
July 17—A circular received from the Grand Secretary announced the preparation of a “Digest of Masonic Law” and seven copies were subscribed for. “A communication from Geo. Howard, President Board of Trustees of the Tarboro Academies, was read asking the lodge for the most liberal terms on which they would cede to them their interest in the old lodge.” A committee with power to act was appointed. The quarterly circular of the Grand Secretary giving the names of Masons Suspended and Expelled was read. The request of Concord Lodge several years ago asking that the Grand Secretary do this must have borne fruit.
August 6—The committee reported that the old lodge hall had been sold to the Trustees of the Academies for $100.
November 20—The Committee on St. John's Orphan Asylum reported that there had been collected at the exhibition of nine orphans in Tarboro on November 12 the sum of $117.55 which had been turned over to Supt. J. H. Mills. This is the first record in Tarboro of what later was called Oxford Orphanage Singing Class. Brother J. W. Cotten was elected Delegate to Grand Lodge.
December 18—The Committee on St. John's Orphan Asylum reported having received $12.20 from the M.E. Church, South.
January 7, 1876—A notation at end of minutes of this Communication reads: “As the Secretary did not come in until the meeting was half over he charges nothing for his services.”
January 15—The by-laws were amended to read that the fees for E. A. Degree, $10; F. C. Degree, $10; M. M. Degree, $5. The fee for E.A. Degree to accompany the petition and the fees for the other degrees to be paid before being conferred.
April 7—A man claiming to belong to a lodge in Kentucky and asking for aid was found by telegraphing the lodge to be an impostor.
April 15—Brother W. E. Anderson of Raleigh was appointed to represent Concord Lodge at meeting of stockholders of Masonic Temple Association in Raleigh July 6.
June 17—The annual election of officers was held. The Treasurer's salary was reduced to $10 per year.1876-1877
John W. Cotten, Master; Don Williams, Senior Warden; J. P. Sugg, Junior Warden; D. Pender, Treasurer; N. M. Lawrence, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
Reinstated: Brother T. M. Carter.
Demitted: Brothers Wm. H. Mahone and W. R. Long.
Suspended for Non-payment of Dues: four members.
June 24, 1876—The Treasurer had a balance of $40.37.
August 19—Goods valued at $62.40 and $1 in currency were sent to Oxford Orphan Asylum.
October 6—The brethren discussed means of getting members to pay dues promptly and in advance in order that lodge could liquidate its debts.
November 18—Worshipful Brother J. W. Cotten, Master of Concord Lodge, will be the Delegate to Grand Lodge.
January 5, 1877—Nine members were present. Finances and small attendance were discussed.
January 20—Nine members were present. There was received for dues $97.50.
February 17—Every member was summoned for Special Communication on March 7 to discuss lodge finances.
March 7—At this Special Communication 40 brethren were present and ten were absent, only one without an excuse. Payment of dues amounted to $287.50.
March 16—The lodge owed at this time: on the Savage note $181.75, Edgecombe B & L Association $241.92, to Brother N. M. Lawrence $50, to brother J. W. Cotten $45.20, a total of $518.87.
April 6—Attention was called to a leak in the roof.
April 21—The Committee on “St. John's Oxford Orphan Asylum” reported that they had received from a man named Harrell $11.40 from exhibiting his educated hog and $3.86 from Lewis’ mite box, all of which had been forwarded to Oxford, less ten cents for Post Office order.
June 16—The Secretary was ordered to write in minutes the names of twelve brethren who left the lodge without permission.1877-1878
T. H. Gatlin, Master; W. G. Lewis, Senior Warden; J. P. Sugg, Junior Warden; D. Pender, Treasurer; N. M. Lawrence, Secretary; Andrew Sorg, Tyler.
Sixteen Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
Raised: Brother H. W. Lane.
Affiliated: Brothers S. F. Jenkins and B. P. Jenkins.
Reinstated: Brother L. M. McCullen, E.A.
Demitted: Brother F. M. Carter.
One member Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
July 6, 1877—There is no money in the Treasury, all being paid out on bills. There are three Standing Committees: Reference, Finance, and St. John's Orphan Asylum. All bills presented are referred to Finance Committee for approval before being paid.
August 18—By-laws were amended to make annual dues $6, beginning January 1, 1878.
December 15—“The Special Committee on the indebtedness of the lodge to the Edgecombe B & L Association reported that according to the decision of the Supreme Court the lodge owes the Association $194.” This was ordered paid. The lodge was called from labor to refreshment and dinner was served in lodge hall. There was one petition for membership with accompanying fee of $4, which has been the amount required for Affiliation for many years.
March 16, 1878—The Secretary was ordered to purchase ink and pens for use of the lodge.
April 20—A communication from the Grand Master stated that the last Grand Lodge passed a law that five cents per member should be paid each month for the support of the Orphan Asylum and also $5 for each Initiate. This was ordered paid. At this time there is $182.50 owing the lodge for dues.
May 3—It was moved and carried that the lodge subscribe for one copy of the Orphans’ Friend. The Secretary announced that the original note for $800 had been taken up and cancelled.
May 18—An invitation from Greenville Lodge No. 284 to join them in celebrating St. John's Day was accepted. The sum of $125 was received from dues.
June 2—This Special Communication on Sunday morning was for the funeral of deceased Brother Josiah D. Jenkins, aged 68, who died suddenly on May 31 on his way home from Tarboro. The sermon was preached by Brother F. D. Swindell and the body was interred “with the formalities of the Order.”
June 15—The special Committee on Indebtedness to Edgecombe B & L Association reported: “We have carefully investigated the whole matter and find the state of the debt so different from what the members of the lodge thought . . . . We find that the lodge owes the B & L Association according to the decision of the Supreme Court $261.37 and the manager of the Association claims $249.13. Mr. John Norfleet offers to receive what money the lodge may be able to pay at this time and take a note at 8% interest for remainder.” This was done. Scotland Neck Lodge No. 68 granted a waiver for a petitioner. The by-laws were amended to pay the Secretary $25 per annum, the Tyler $20 and the Treasurer nothing.1878-1879
T. H. Gatlin, Master; J. P. Sugg, Senior Warden; Lewis Heilbroner, Junior Warden; D. Pender, Treasurer; N. M. Lawrence, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Seventeen Regular Communications.
Raised: Brothers D. B. Batts, D. Lichenstein and A. P. Hyman.
Affiliated: Brothers Henry Morris and E. T. Hamilton.
One member was Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
July 5, 1878—Installation of officers was held. The officers not present were installed by proxy.
November 1—Brother John W. Cotten was elected Delegate to Grand Lodge.
January 18, 1879—It was moved and carried that the Treasurer insure the lodge buildings for $600 and the furniture for $20.
February 15—The by-laws were amended to provide for Suspension of a member when in arrears one year.1879-1880
Don Williams, Master; J. P. Sugg, Senior Warden; J. W. Cotten, Junior Warden; N. J. Pittman, Treasurer; D. Pender, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular Communications and One Special Communication.
Affiliated: Brother P. S. Sugg.
July 7, 1879—A member was expelled for un-Masonic conduct.
October 18—It was resolved that “Brother J. B. Coffield be credited on his dues the amount he paid for carpet for the lodge in excess of his subscription.”
November 15—It was reported that $34.46 had been collected for Orphan Asylum.
March 20, 1880—It was decided to rent the lodge hall to the Edgecombe Lodge No 504 Independent Order of Knights of Honor for $12 per quarter.
June 5—Seven members were present. A committee was given authority to rent lodge hall to Royal Arcanum and other organizations.
June 19—There were 19 members present and officers were elected. It was reported that lodge hall had been rented to Tar River Council American Legion of Honor.1880-1881
J. P. Sugg, Master; E. D. Foxhall, Senior Warden; I. B. Palamountain, Junior Warden; N. J. Pittman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twelve Regular Communications.
Demitted: Brothers R. H. Gatlin and H. W. Lane.
During the year five members were suspended for Non-Payment of Dues and three of these were later Reinstated.
September 18, 1880—At this time the Treasurer had $111.69. The sum of $14.20 was ordered paid as remainder due to Masonic Temple Association at Raleigh. The lodge dues were reduced from $6 to $4. A committee was appointed to revise the by-laws.
October 16—“Oxford Orphan Asylum Committee reported in writing nothing received and nothing forwarded since last report.” This sentence recurs again and again in the minutes of the lodge over a period of years. Yet the lodge occasionally made a contribution.
November 20—Brother J. W. Cotten was elected Delegate to Grand Lodge. It was reported that $1.75 was received for Orphan Asylum.
February 19, 1881—St. John's Orphan Asylum Committee reported in writing not one dollar nor one cent collected since the 1st of January 1881. A premium paid on lodge insurance was $12.75.
April 16—It was decided to secure a Lecturer for one evening and invite neighboring lodges. “The proposition to amend the several Articles of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in respect to the office of Deputy Grand Master” was ratified by Concord Lodge.1881-1882
J. W. Cotten, Master; Henry Morris, Senior Warden; I. B. Palamountain, Junior Warden; N. J. Pittman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Demitted: Brother D. Pender.
June 24, 1881—St. John's Day—The officers were installed for ensuing year. It was reported that a balance of $304 was in the lodge treasury. A procession was formed and marched to Willis’ Opera House “where they were highly entertained for 1¼ hours to a most excellent Masonic address by Brother B. Craven of Trinity Lodge No. 256.” After the lodge closed they went “to the Common where a sumptuous repast was spread by the committee, which seemed to give general satisfaction to all who partook.”
July 16—The dinner on St. John's Day cost the lodge $50.
August 5—Lodge funds to the extent of $279.06 were ordered to be loaned out for best interest of lodge.
August 20—The Committee on Orphan Asylum failing to make a report, the Worshipful Master ordered the Secretary to notify Chairman of the Committee that it was obligatory to make report at each Communication.
November 19—Brother J. W. Cotten will be Delegate to Grand Lodge.
December 17—Brother N. J. Pittman attended Grand Lodge.
January 6, 1882—“Resolved that the Finance Committee be empowered to invest what funds they have in hand to the best advantage for the lodge.”
January 12—A Special Communication was called to make arrangements for funeral of deceased Brother E. T. Hamilton who was to be buried at Battleboro on the 13th. Later it was ascertained the family did not want a Masonic funeral. Suitable resolutions were prepared.
February 3—A committee was appointed to rent lodge hall to other Orders any night not conflicting with Concord Lodge meeting dates, and another committee was ordered to put the hall in good condition.
February 18—The Finance Committee reported $250 invested at 8%.
March 3—The hall was rented to Una Council for $25 per annum.
April 7—This Special Communication was for funeral of deceased Brother Dr. A. H. McNair, who died April 5, age 62. The lodge accompanied the remains to the Presbyterian Church and then to the Episcopal Cemetery where body was interred with Masonic ceremonies.
June 2—It was reported that the Episcopal Guild was renting the hall at 75 cents per meeting. It was called “St. Barnabas Guild.”1882-1883
J. W. Cotten, Master; Henry Morris, Senior Warden; N. B. Killebrew, Junior Warden; N. J. Pittman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A Sorg, Tyler.
Five Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
June 24, 1882—St. John's Day—Receipts during the past year were $472.75 and Disbursements $471.40. At the election held on June 17 Brother N. J. Pittman had been elected Master, but as he had never served as a Warden he was declared ineligible. Brother T. H. Gatlin was elected Treasurer and declined to serve.
There is no record of any Communication being held from June to December.
December 1—It was reported that the hall had been rented to the American Legion of Honor for two nights each month and to the Virginia Dare Council No. 14, Friend of Humanity, for two nights each month. With a Dispensation from the Grand Master the lodge proceeded to elect a Master and a Treasurer. Elected were Brother J. W. Cotten, Master and Brother N. J. Pittman, Treasurer.
December 3—This Special Communication was for funeral of deceased Brother Nathan Mathewson who died at Palmyra on December 1. The lodge marched to the Toole Burying Grounds, three miles from Tarboro, where the remains were met and deposited with Masonic honors.
February 2, 1883—Only six members named as being present. Brother J. W. Cotten presented expense account of $11.75 for attending Grand Lodge.
March 2—Again only six members reported present. It was stated that the hall was being rented to Temperance Society one night a week for $1.50 per month.
June 16—The proposition from the Grand Lodge to make the Deputy Grand Master an elective officer was adopted.1883-1884
N. M. Lawrence, Master; N. J. Pittman, Senior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Junior Warden; E. Rawls, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and four Special Communications.
Raised: F. U. Samuels.
June 29, 1883—This was the observance of St. John's Day because this year the 24th came on Sunday. The by-laws were amended to have Communications on 1st and 3rd Friday nights of each month and on St. John's Baptist Day and St. John's Evangelist Day at 11 a.m.
July 6—The amount invested by the lodge is now increased to $350. It was moved and carried that the Finance Committee be empowered to draw from the Treasurer $50 for investment, when this could be done without detriment to the lodge.
August 3—Attention was called to “Edict of Grand Lodge” which required that on the first day of June in each year the Secretary of every Subordinate Lodge shall send each member a statement of his dues and if not paid in three months he shall be summoned.
August 17—A motion was carried that the hall be repaired and put in good condition and that the Secretary's books be bound in one neat and durable volume.
September 7—The minutes show considerable correspondence with Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 117 of Wilson in regard to a brother who had received the first two Degrees in Concord Lodge No. 58 some years past. He was now living in Wilson and Mt. Lebanon Lodge desired a waiver from Concord Lodge. This lodge was loath to grant the waiver because the brother in times past had been drunk and profane. However after Mt. Lebanon Lodge gave assurance that the individual was now living a sober and upright life the waiver was granted on this date.
October 19—On appeal, $5 was donated to a distressed brother of Williamston, member of Skewarkee Lodge No. 90.
November 16—It was reported that the Una and Virginia Dare Councils had stopped renting the hall.
February 15, 1884—The Secretary was ordered to summon every town member for the next Communication.
March 21—“Brother L. L. Staton having been appointed to state his views and opinion of Masonry gave us an interesting lecture.”
April 4—This is the last Communication recorded in the Fifth Minute Book.
April 18—Beginning of Sixth Minute Book.
May 2—Brother B. F. Dixon, Superintendent of Orphan Asylum, was present and made a talk in behalf of the institution.
May 16—This Special Communication was for the funeral of deceased Brother Elisha Cromwell who died May 15, age 63. The sermon at the home was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Woodard of Wilson and the body was interred with Masonic ceremonies in family burying ground about three miles from Tarboro.
May 16—Regular Communication—Orphan Asylum Committee reported collecting 20 cents.
June 6—All members in town are to be summoned for the 3rd Friday night in June and all country members requested to attend.1884-1885
N. M. Lawrence, Master; J. B. Coffield, Senior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Junior Warden; Henry Morris, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary, Andrew Sorg, Tyler.
Ten Regular and two Special Communications.
Raised: Brother J. P. Kinsey.
Demitted: Brother J. P. Sugg.
Two members Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 24, 1884—St. John's Day—The receipts during past year were $352.10 and disbursements $231.76. A donation of $25 was made to Orphan Asylum.
July 4—The Hall Committee reported that the hall was being rented to Tar River Council No. 186 American Legion of Honor for $25 per year.
July 22—This Special Communication was for funeral of deceased Brother W. H. Weathersbee, who died at his home three miles from town on July 21, age 43. The lodge proceeded to the residence and the remains were interred with Masonic honors in the “Primitive Church Grounds.”
No Communications were held in September, October and November.
December 5—The Committee on Orphan Asylum reported forwarding the following: $14.63 in currency, 7 bushels peas, 3 bags potatoes, 1 barrel potatoes, 1 barrel cakes and bread. On appeal for help from a brother of Blue Rapids Lodge in Kansas a donation of $1 was made. The Secretary was ordered to purchase a seal in place of one that got burned.
January 2, 1885—The following resolution was proposed: That the lodge instruct our Representative to Grand Lodge to have the by-laws of Grand Lodge amended to read, “that the fees for the degrees shall not be less than $15 instead of $20 as it now reads.” This resolution no doubt stemmed from the fact that very few petitions were being received by the lodge.
No Communications were held during February and March.
April 17—A “leaky condition of hall” was reported.1885-1886
Henry Morris, Master; A. P. Hyman, Senior Warden; F. U. Samuels, Junior Warden; J. W. Jones, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Thirteen Regular Communications and One Special Communication.
Demitted: Brother T. H. Gatlin, O. C. Farrar and J. B. Coffield.
One member Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 24, 1885—The officers were installed. It was reported that the lodge now has $403.67 invested and there is $159.26 in hands of Treasurer.
July 20—A Special Communication was held for funeral services for the late Brother, Dr. D. B. Batts, who died July 19, age 45. The lodge went in carriages to residence six miles from Tarboro and the deceased was buried near the home with Masonic honors.
August 7—The sum of $100 surplus funds has been invested.
September 4—A communication was read from Brother Dixon, Superintendent of Oxford Orphan Asylum, asking for assistance to furnish the Walker Memorial Building and $10 was donated.
October 2—The hall was rented to the Knights of Honor for $25 per annuam. The Reference Committee reported they were unable to resolve a difference between two brothers and recommended that the brothers have the privilege of taking demits before any action be taken.
No Communications were held in January, February and April, 1886.
March 5, 1886—Eight members were present. A communication was read from Delhi Lodge No. 439 of Delhi, Delaware, New York, informing “us of a lost jewel with the inscription of Concord Lodge on it.” Bill was presented for $23.35, premium on policy No. 123899, presumably fire insurance.
May 7—The sum of $60 was ordered paid to Oxford Asylum. It was reported that Delhi Lodge No. 439, A.F. & A.M. of Delhi, Delaware, New York, had returned “the Square that had been missing for 20 years, said Square having been taken from our lodge during the late war.”
May 21—It was reported that 17 members of the lodge had gone to Washington, N. C., by boat to be present at the laying of corner stone of the soldier's monument. The cost for each for round trip was $2.
June 18—The Hall Committee was authorized to spend $25 for “alabastine painting” of lodge hall. It was decided to have a dinner on St. John's Day. Brother N. M. Lawrence was sent as representative of lodge to meeting of the Oxford Orphan Asylum.1886-1887
A. P. Hyman, Master; N. M. Lawrence, Senior Warden; R. C. Brown, Junior Warden; J. W. Jones, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Seventeen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Wm. H. Thom, Lamb Lawrence, and Isaac Bloomingthall.
Affiliated: Brothers W. T. Knight, Dr. Donald Williams, the Rev. T. J. Gales, and L. B. Bradley.
Three members Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 24, 1886—St. John's Day—The by-laws were amended to have Communication at 11 a.m. on 3rd Thursday instead of 3rd Friday. The lodge now has loaned $403.67 and there is $210.51 in Treasury. The Secretary was instructed to purchase four Masonic Codes.
July 2—The action to “kalsamine” lodge hall was rescinded.
July 14—The by-laws were amended to provide that fees for Degrees shall be $20, $5 to accompany petition, $5 for F.C. Degree and $10 for M.M. Degree. Application for Membership fee was changed from $4 to $2. The Hall Committee reported the hall had been rented to the Tarboro Assembly No. 1948, Knights of Labor, for $50 a year, to meet weekly.
August 6—The sum of $2.29 was collected for the Orphan Asylum.
September 13—This Special Communication was to discuss the advisability of inviting the Grand Master to lay the corner stone of the new Public School Building. The following was adopted: “That it is the opinion of this lodge that the cause of Masonry will be advanced by inviting the M∴W∴Gr. Master to lay the corner stone of the Public School Building to be erected on the former site of Concord Lodge No. 58 established in 1811 and to make a public address.” Brother J. W. Cotten was appointed to confer with the Grand Master.
October 14—This Special Communication was to make arrangements for laying corner stone on Friday, October 16. The Deputy Grand Master, Brother Charles M. Robinson, stated the Grand Lodge would convene at 10 o'clock in the morning.
On October 15 the Grand Lodge was opened in Ample Form with Deputy Grand Master, Brother Charles M. Robinson, as Grand Master. Brethren from Concord Lodge and other nearby lodges filled the other Grand offices. About 42 Masons were in attendance. The Grand Lodge then moved in procession to the site of the new Public School Building, which was on former site of Concord Lodge, and the corner stone was laid according to ancient craft usage. The lodge and audience then proceeded to the Female Academy where an address was delivered on Education by Mr. S. M. Finger, Supt. Public Instruction. After this there was a “sumptuous banquet” and later the Grand Lodge was closed in Ample Form.
November 5—The Dinner Committee reported that $130.65 was cost of dinner at laying of corner stone. It was moved and carried that a committee “be appointed to arrange our hall so as to have a refreshment room attached.”
December 3—A donation of $5 was made to Oxford Orphan Asylum as a Christmas gift.
February 4, 1887—It was reported that Brother J. W. Cotten, P.M., had been elected Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge.
April 1—Dates of Communications were changed to 1st and 3rd Friday nights of each month.
May 6—The American Legion of Honor gave notice that the hall would no longer be rented.
May 20—Superintendent Dixon's appeal for help to equip the “Industrial Building” at Oxford Orphan Asylum was answered with $25.
June 19—The financial report showed $488.96 loaned and $230.96 on hand. The Tyler was instructed to buy two dozen fans for lodge hall.1887
A. P. Hyman, Master; Don Williams, Senior Warden; R. C. Brown, Junior Warden; J. W. Jones, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Nine Regular Communications.
Affiliated: Brother J. A. Leslie.
October 7, 1887—It was “moved that Brother J. W. Cotten confer with the Town Commissioners as to the cost of building a new Masonic Hall over the Town Hall which they propose to erect.”
October 21—The by-laws were amended to provide for annual election of officers on the Communication preceding St. John's the Evangelist Day. Since 1873 the lodge had held the annual election on the Communication preceding St. John's the Baptist Day. The minutes stated that the change was made so that the election would be held near the time when the Grand Lodge met.
November 4—Use of the hall, free of charge, was granted the Grange.
December 16—The annual election of officers was held.
December 27—St. John's Day—the officers for 1888 were installed. The Knights of Labor gave up renting hall and the Knights of Honor began renting hall.1888
Don Williams, Master; A. P. Hyman, Senior Warden; R. C. Brown, Junior Warden; J. W. Jones, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and 10 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers C. G. Bradley, A. Williamson, Laurie Weddell, H. K. Nash, Haywood Clark, J. J. Whitehurst, J. R. Gaskill and Dr. J. M. Baker.
Affiliated: Brother J. W. Day.
Reinstated: Brother R. A. Watson.
January 20, 1888—Brothers J. W. Cotten and Don Williams reported they had attended Grand Lodge.
February 17—The Hall Committee reported renting hall to Farmer's Alliance Club for 75 cents per month. The Treasurer reported $119.09 on hand, 403.67 in loans and $226 owing lodge for dues. During 1887 $60 had been sent to Orphan Asylum.
March 16—Fees for the Degrees were changed from $20 to $15, ($5 for each Degree).
April 6—An invitation from Orr Lodge No. 104 of Washington, N. C., to attend the unveiling of the Soldier's Monument on May 10 was accepted. Two petitions for degrees were received.
April 21—Four petitions were received. “The following resolution was adopted that all non-affiliated Masons be reinstated only by unanimous vote of lodge.”
May 18—This Special Communication was “to pay respect to Brother Isidore Blumenthall of Dancy Lodge No. 187, New York, who died last night at his residence in Tarboro, age 50.” The body was accompanied to the depot, to be sent to Goldsboro for interment.
August 27—A committee was appointed to ask Grand Lodge to lay corner stone of “the cotton factory.”
September 7—A distressed brother, member of Joseph Warren Lodge No. 92 of Stantonsburg, was granted $5.
September 25—Two members were indefinitely Suspended for un-Masonic conduct.
November 2—“A communication from Grand Lodge considering the question of moving the site of the Grand Lodge from Raleigh to Oxford was read.”
December 21—Three petitions were received. The annual election of officers was held. After Brother, Dr. J. M. Baker, was raised, “lodge was then called from labor to refreshment for 30 minutes and as guests of Brothers J. R. Gaskill, L. Weddell, Haywood Clark and H. K. Nash was invited to Cooper's Restaurant when a table laden with all the delicacies of the season was spread with a hearty welcome to eat, drink and be merry, to which all did due obedience pay.”1889
Don Williams, Master; Laurie Weddell, Senior Warden; C. G. Bradley, Junior Warden; J. W. Jones, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-five Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers O. Williams, Jr., John A. Weddell, C. H. King, and T. F. Cherry.
Affiliated: Brothers W. W. Hargrove and W. F. Beasley.
Four members were Excluded for Non-payment of Dues.
January 4, 1889—Money now invested plus cash on hand is $748.78.
January 18—Brother Don Williams attended Grand Lodge and reported that Brother J. W. Cotten is now Senior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge of North Carolina A.F. & A.M.
February 1—“Brother J. M. Baker . . . . . approached the East with a most beautifully carved gold headed crook, saying a rather novel duty has been assigned me, the youngest Mason of this lodge, of inflicting upon the Worshipful Master, one of the oldest Masons, corporal punishment, not literally but Masonically. Your brothers of this lodge ask you to accept this crook as a token of their friendship and appreciation of your enlightenment in Masonry. May the day be far removed when it will be needed to support you in your declining years, but may it always remind you of our high regard for you as a man, a citizen and a Mason.” Brother Don Williams, W.M., most graciously accepted the cane.
April 5—Orphan Asylum Committee reported 25 cents collected; several times this year the same report was given.
April 19—A committee was appointed to secure photographs of all Past Masters.
May 17—A class of eight orphans will appear in Tarboro May 20.
June 7—The lodge will have a dinner on St. John's Day. Receipts from entertainment given by class of orphans were $82.75.
June 20—This Lodge of Sorrow was called to pay the last respects to Brother A. J. Cotten who died June 19, age 69. He had been a member of Concord Lodge for 37 years. The members of the lodge “had a hot ride of 12 miles to his residence”, where they accompanied the remains “on a hot ride of seven miles to the Belcher place where the body was interred with Masonic honors.” Again, “there was hot ride of eight miles back to Tarboro.”
June 24—St. John's Day—A committee was appointed to see about a new lodge hall.
September 1—It was moved and carried that the lodge secure 10 shares of Edgecombe Homestead and Loan Association stock. The payment of $60 annually to Orphan Asylum was discontinued.
November 1—The building of a new lodge room was considered and two propositions were placed before the brethren. One was to purchase from Judge Howard the Carlisle store and Ten Pin Alley, 37 by 90 feet, for $4,500. The other one was for $150 cash and the present lodge room Judge Howard will give the privilege of putting a second story on the present building. A committee was appointed to investigate and report.
November 15—The Building Committee reported that they recommend both propositions be turned down and this was adopted.
December 20—The meeting time for the Regular Communications was changed from 1st and 3rd Friday nights to 2nd and 4th Tuesday nights of each month. After many, many changes Concord Lodge finally found dates for the Communications that have not been changed for 69 years. Election of officers was held.
December 27—St. John's Day—The officers for 1890 were installed. A committee was appointed to purchase new regalia and Bible rest for lodge.1890
Don Williams, Master; Laurie Weddell, Senior Warden; C. G. Bradley, Junior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and six Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Geo. B. Wright, J. H. Thom, John R. Pender and S. R. Alley.
One member Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 3, 1890—Total funds of lodge are now $763.63.
January 28—The expense of Brother Don Williams to Grand Lodge was $11.75. “Upon motion the collection of dues at each meeting was made the order of business. ________ The Resolution that this lodge request King Solomon Lodge No. 56 at Jackson to confer the Master's Degree upon F. C. Brother Calvert, the fee being $5, was adopted.”
February 25—“Upon motion Brothers Don Williams, J. W. Cotten and N. M. Lawrence were requested to lecture the lodge.”
March 11—All through these years there are many requests for aid for distressed brothers from lodges over the state. The lodge sends gifts in some cases and in others no response is made. A committee was appointed on Train Excursion to Norfolk.
May 13—The following motion was adopted: “That St. John's Day be celebrated by an address in the public hall from a prominent Mason of the state and all proceeds therefrom be donated to the Oxford Orphan Asylum. ________ Upon motion this lodge yielded our privilege of the first excursion over N & C Railroad to Norfolk to N. M. Lawrence for graded school.”
May 27—Brother W. G. Lewis, now living in Goldsboro, was welcomed to this Communication.
June 10—The lodge accepted an invitation from Conoho Lodge No. 399 at Hamilton to go there on St. John's Day.
June 24—St. John's Day—The lodge was opened and it was stated that the members would leave by special train for Hamilton at 10 a.m.
August 26—A committee was appointed to repair hall, not to exceed $300.
September 9—The will of the late Mr. F. L. Bond, donating a lot to Concord Lodge was read. The following resolution was adopted: “In consideration of the devise to Concord Lodge No. 58 by the late F. L. Bond, Resolved that the motion in regard to repairing present lodge passed at the last meeting be reconsidered, and Resolved Further, that the Master, Secretary and Treasurer of this lodge be constituted a committee for the purpose of consulting with the widow of the late Mr. Bond and the Executor of the will in regard to the title of the property.”
September 26—At a special Communication the Bond Property Committee reported they had seen Mr. W. H. Johnson, the Executor, “and owing to lease on said property there seemed to be some difficulty in getting immediate possession of same.” The following was adopted: “That the Bond Property Committee offer Mrs. Bond the sum of $500 for her life interest in said property and lodge, if practicable, to have her life insured.”
October 14—Bond Property Committee reported that Mrs. Bond declined the offer of $500, but was willing to rent the property. A motion was made and carried to proceed with repairs of lodge hall.
November 20—Permission was granted to York Rite Chapter to hold meetings in lodge hall.
December 7—A Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother Wm. H. Knight, who died on December 6, age 58. Owing to the inclemency of the weather the funeral was postponed until the next day.
December 8—The lodge opened again in Special Communication and the body of deceased Brother Wm. H. Knight was taken to the family burying ground several miles in the country and interred with Masonic honors.
December 9—Perquimans Lodge No. 106 was requested to confer Master Mason Degree upon Brother H. H. Griffin, F.C. The Hall Committee reported they had exceeded the $300 allowed for repairing hall to the extent of $210.1891
Don Williams, Master; C. G. Bradley, Senior Warden; J. M. Baker, Junior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and 10 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Geo. Howard, Geo. J. Studdert, H. R. Culley, J. W. Charles, Rolf Liles, W. H. Hargrove, Dr. J. N. Carr, E. C. Knight, and A. L. Hazardshort.
Reinstated: Brother F. M. Parker.
Demitted: Brothers J. L. Savage and the Rev. T. J. Gales.
January 13, 1891—“Upon motion Brothers Henry Morris, J. M. Baker and R. C. Brown were appointed a special committee to act with Dr. Allen in regards to giving an entertainment for the benefit of Orphan Asylum.”
January 27—The assets of the lodge are $646.76.
April 28—“Upon motion no smoking allowed in lodge room.”
May 26—The following lodges were invited for St. John's Day: Conoho, Stonewall, Corinthian, Rising Sun, Skewarkee and Greenville.
June 24—The Rev. Geo. Hubbard, pastor of the Episcopal Church, and a member of Hebasco Lodge No. 67 of New York, gave a lecture on the obligation of a Master Mason. Many visitors were present. All Masons, with their wives, children and sweethearts, were invited to a dinner in the Common.
June 29—Cost of dinner on St. John's Day was $60.38.
July 28—A committee was appointed to have hall painted.
August 11—A communication was received from Grand Lodge asking donation of $25 to help pay off indebtedness at Orphan Asylum.
September 22—The hall was rented to Knights of Phythias for $40.
October 27—The lodge agreed to purchase from Judge Howard for $1,150 his part of the Masonic building, which was lower floor, occupied by Southerner Printing Office.
November 24—“Resolved that the privileges of the reading room to be established by this lodge be extended to a limited number of citizens, not Masons, to be known as contributing members.”
December 8—The Secretary was ordered to notify the members that there would be a supper at next Communication, paid for by officers elect.
December 22—There were 33 present. Permission was granted King's Daughters to use hall. Election of officers was held.1892
C. G. Bradley, Master; J. M. Baker, Senior Warden; J. R. Gaskill, Junior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and two Special Communications.
Raised: Brother L. D. Howell.
Affiliated: Brother D. Pender.
Demitted: Brothers Wm. Benj. Smith and J. W. Jones.
January 12, 1892—All bills for many years are referred to Finance Committee before being paid. Total receipts from dues and fees in 1891 were $411.75.
January 26—The available funds of the lodge are now $411.98. The Finance Committee suggested that an entertainment be gotten up to raise funds for the lodge. The Hall Committee reported purchasing four new lamps for $10. Brother Don Williams was presented a Past Master's jewel.
February 9—This Special Communication was called to pay last respects to Brother C. H. Jenkins, who died February 8 at his home nine miles from Tarboro, age 64. The body was buried with Masonic honors at the Redmond Dupree place, five miles from his residence.
February 9—At this Regular Communication a letter was read from the Grand Master regarding “Cerneauism.”
February 23—Collection for Orphan Asylum was 25 cents. The expenses of Brothers Geo. Howard and J. R. Gaskill to Grand Lodge were $8.85 for each.
March 8—It was reported “that lower part of building had been fitted up.”
March 22—The Finance Committee was given authority to raise enough funds to complete lower floor.
April 12—A committee of five was appointed to attend World's Fair next year. Another committee was “appointed to see about conferring side degrees on ladies.”
June 14—Brother Rolf Liles loaned $150 to be used on lodge hall. Brother J. W. Cotten was instructed to arrange, file and tabulate all papers in the archives of the lodge.
June 24—St. John's Day—A resolution was adopted requiring the Secretary, at time of election of officers, to read the number of meetings each officer and member had attended during the year. No games are to be played in lower part of building.
July 11—The lower floor is not to be rented for dancing. The Hall Committee reported they could rent lower floor for $10 a month.
August 9—It was recommended that lower floor be rented and the personal property on this floor sold.
September 13—The lodge accepted an invitation from Rising Sun Lodge to be present at laying of corner stone of Methodist Church at Whitakers.
September 25—Brother A. Sorg's account as Tyler for $37.75 was allowed, but as there was no money in the Treasury he was given a note bearing 6% interest.
October 11—The Hall Committee reported “spending $174.26 in fitting up lower floor.”
October 25—Brother J. N. Carr was instructed to investigate damage to lamp and hall door.
November 22—At many Communications 25 cents is reported as having been received for Orphan Asylum.
December 13—It was decided “to secure a picture of Brother D. W. Bain, Grand Secretary, properly framed.” Brother C. J. Austin, Secretary of the lodge, was reported sick. Election of officers was held.1893
J. M. Baker, Master; John R. Pender, Senior Warden; J. R. Gaskill, Junior Warden; H. Morris, Treasurer, J. N. Carr, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and 10 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Lovett Boykin, A.M. Fairley, Wm. McRae Boykin, Geo. A. Holderness, Henry Johnson, J. R. Harrell and Lorenzo Carr.
Demitted: Brothers N. M. Lawrence, Geo. A. Holderness and A.B. Nobles.
January 24, 1893—Permission was granted Pamlico Club to build a water closet in rear of lodge. The Junior Deacon passed around the hat and several brethren paid certain amounts to be credited on their dues. Brothers Don Williams and J. M. Baker were representatives to Grand Lodge.
February 14—The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John W. Cotten was present and was given Grand Honours. It was reported that 25 cents had been collected for Orphan Asylum.
February 28—The members had been summoned to this Communication for the purpose of paying dues and $33 was received.
April 11—A motion was passed as follows: “All accounts of $20 and over should be settled by note, bearing 6% interest, when there should be no money in lodge treasury.
April 25—Four brethren paid dues amounting to 80 cents.
May 15—This Special “sorrowful Communication was called for the purpose of attending the obsequies of our late Brother, Dr. N. J. Pittman” who died May 14. The lodge accompanied the remains to Calvary Church and thence to the grave where the body was interred with Masonic honors.
June 24—St. John's Day—The roof of hall was reported to be in bad condition.
June 27—Grand Master Cotten reported visiting Oxford Orphan Asylum and told of the grand work being done. The Grand Master and Past Master Don Williams talked entertainingly of instituting new lodges.
July 11—A general discussion took place concerning Instituting lodges in small places and it was the concensus that the practice was detrimental to Masonry.
September 12—Grand Master John W. Cotten opened this Regular Communication in Ample Form.
September 26—Again the Regular Communication was opened in Ample Form by the Grand Master.
October 24—At almost every Communication appeals are read for aid for distressed brothers from various lodges. A communication from Grand Master Cotten was read asking for aid for Orphan Home. A motion was made to request each member to give one dollar.
November 14—The sum of $5 was received for Orphan Home, and $9.75 for dues. The members pay as little as 10 cents on their dues. This reflects the stringent money conditions at this time in the life of the nation. The dues are $4 per year.
November 28—The Grand Master was petitioned for a special dispensation to have election of officers on second Tuesday night in December.
November 29—This Special Communication was for members to pay dues. A motion was passed that any who were members for 30 years be relieved of dues, except Grand Lodge per capita tax, which at this time was 60 cents. Brother Joseph H. Brown's dues were remitted for life, with exception of per capita tax. At this Communication $37.50 were collected on dues and $22.75 for Orphan Asylum.
December 12—The sum of $14.75 was raised for Brother J. H. Thom who lost his house by fire. Election of officers was held.
December 26—It was decided “to draft a memorial to be sent to Grand Lodge suggesting the practicability of creating an endowment fund for the Oxford Orphan Home.”
December 27—Officers were installed by Grand Master John W. Cotten. Balance in hands of Treasurer was $3.34.1894
John R. Pender, Master; Jas. R. Gaskill, Senior Warden; O. Williams, Jr., Junior Warden; Henry Morris, Treasurer, J. N. Carr, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brother Geo. T. McDuffie.
Demitted: Brother W. W. Hargrove.
January 9, 1894—A bill for $2 for entertaining Brother H. R. Coleman, who lectured the lodge, was ordered paid. Brothers Don Williams and J. N. Carr attended Grand Lodge.
January 23—The “Secretary was instructed to send an official communication to the Grand Master asking the following question: Has a visiting Mason a right to demand an inspection of the charter before being examined for admittance to a lodge?” Brother John W. Cotten is still Grand Master during 1894 and attended most of the Communications of Concord Lodge this year.
February 13—Brother B. B. Barron was placed on retired list. It was ordered that the club room be rented to Pamlico Club for $6.25 per month, payable in advance.
April 24—The Hall Committee was instructed to exterminate the bats in loft of building.
May 8—Four brothers paid dues amounting to $1.25.
May 22—Dues were paid by six brethren amounting to $2.75.
June 12—Brother A. Sorg tendered in writing his resignation as Tyler, stating that he was too old and feeble to attend to the duties of the office. He had served as Tyler since 1872.
June 20—This Special Communication was for funeral service of deceased Brother W. McRae Boykin.
June 26—This was observed as St. John's Day. Visiting Brother C. L. Hoffman gave an eloquent address. Brother A. Sorg was extended the thanks of the lodge for faithful services as Tyler for 22 years. He was rarely absent.
July 24—Lodge finances were fully discussed. It was decided to borrow $150 to pay the B & L Association.
August 15—The Finance Committee reported they had been unable to borrow any money after repeated trials and think it impossible to borrow money on a second mortgage and recommend that the York Rite Chapter be asked to help out. Some suggested that money could be borrowed on personal note of individual members of lodge.
August 28—The members had been summoned to this Special Communication to devise plans to relieve the lodge of its financial distress. It was moved that the roll be called and each member state what he would do about paying his dues. Some offered to pay by a certain time, others gave their note and a few paid in $36.10. This was ordered paid to Building and Loan Association.
September 23—Brother Geo. B. Wright died on September 22. The lodge accompanied the remains to the cemetery where the Knight Templars took over.
September 23—A communication was read from the Order of the Eastern Star.
October 23—It was reported that some members were gambling.
December 11—It was reported that $18.25 had been collected for Oxford Orphan Asylum and the Secretary was instructed to send same to Supt. N. M. Lawrence, P.M., formerly a member of Concord Lodge No. 58. The Finance Committee reported that the Secretary had received since May 22, 1894 the sum of $170.69. The Treasurer now had on hand $8.29. There were now 55 members composing Concord Lodge and only five had their dues fully paid, the remaining 50 owing dues amounting to $181.13. The lodge now owes $237.74.
December 25—It was voted to rent hall to Knights of Honor for $25 per year. Election of officers followed.
December 27—St. John's Day—It was ordered that when Secretary was absent at any Regular Communication he would forfeit his proportinate salary. M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, Grand Master, installed the officers.1895
Don Williams, Master; O. Williams, Jr., Senior Warden; Geo. Howard, Junior Warden; A. Williamson, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. C. Swindell and Joe Frank Liles.
Affiliated: Brothers J. A. Lee and James L. Hobgood.
Two members were Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 3, 1895—The newly elected officers furnished a supper at this Special Communication. It was reported that Brother R. C. Brown died December 27, 1894, age 60. The Hall Committee was empowered to rent lower floor to Mr. Don Gilliam for law office at $10 per month.
January 8—Brother A. Williamson will act as keeper of the hall for $30 per year and Brother A. Sorg will be nominal Tyler.
January 22—Concord Chapter, R.A.M., was charged $35 for use of hall during 1894 and St. George Commandery was charged $12. The Finance Committee reported lodge now owed $232.87 and there was owing the lodge $244.51. Concord Lodge now has 56 members and dues are $4 per annum.
February 12—“Communication from Supt. N. M. Lawrence of the Oxford Orphan Asylum was read, stating that he had sent to Mr. T. H. Cherry a child, named Lena Gregg, who was now under the jurisdiction of this lodge and requesting that the Orphan Asylum Committee look after her.”
February 26—Brother O. Williams, Jr., attended Grand Lodge in December. The Finance Committee was instructed “to borrow enough money from B & L Association to put the lodge on a sound financial basis.”
March 12—This Lodge of Sorrow was to pay last respects to deceased Brother Wm. S. Long, P.M., who died March 10, age 71. He had been a Mason for 37 years. The lodge members went to residence of deceased, seven miles in the country, where the body was interred with usual Masonic ceremonies.
March 12—Five brethren, A. M. Fairly, Lovett Boykin, Raiford Liles, Geo. Howard and J. M. Baker, agreed to carry 10 shares of B. & L stock for the lodge.
March 26—Bill for repairing lower floor came to “about $70.” Past Grand Master Cotten stated that Brother Beasley, in the name of the lodge, had pledged $100 for the building fund at Orphan Asylum. The
Orphan Asylum Committee was instructed to try to raise same and if there was any deficiency that Brother S. P. Beasley would be expected to make same good.
April 19—This Special Communication was for funeral service of deceased Brother David D. Andrews, who was a member of Stonewall Lodge No. 296, Robersonville. The body was taken to the Missionary Baptist Church and buried in the Missionary Baptist Cemetery with Masonic service.
May 28—The Secretary was instructed to notify the Supt. of Orphan Asylum that Brother Beasley had pledged $100 to building fund without consent of lodge and further the Secretary was instructed to write Brother Beasley to pay the $100. Brother J. M. Baker proposed to give three pigs for a dinner on June 22, each member to pay 50 cents to be turned over to the Treasurer.
November 12—All members are to be summoned for November 26.
November 26—Consideration of finances and collection of dues was the business of this Special Communication held at 11 a.m. Dues amounting to $60, owed by five brethren, were remitted. Dues paid amounted to $61.50.
December 10—The Master stated that the lodge finances were improved due to efforts of Secretary and Treasurer. This was time for election of officers, but after 28 ballots were taken without an election, the election was postponed until Tuesday, December 24.
December 24—The election was held. Brother Raiford Liles, Delegate to Grand Lodge, was instructed to vote to keep per capita at 60 cents. Brother J. M. Baker offered the following resolution which was adopted: “Resolved, that the representative from Concord Lodge to the Grand Lodge at its coming session urge upon that body the desirability of selling or otherwise disposing of the Oxford Orphan Asylum at its present valuation and the establishment of a purely Masonic institution for the care of destitute Masons and Masonic orphans.”1896
Don Williams, Master; Geo. Howard, Senior Warden; Raiford Liles, Junior Warden; A. Williamson, Treasurer; C. J. Austin, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
Raised: Brother L. F. Johnson.
January 28, 1896—Brothers J. W. Cotten and O. Williams, Jr., gave an interesting account of meeting of Grand Lodge. Brother A. Williamson was employed as keeper of the hall for 1896 at $30. The Finance Committee reported that the finances were in better shape than they had been for several years. Receipts for past year were $376.93 and the Treasurer had $39.15 on hand. It was estimated there should be a nice balance by end of year. Bills now outstanding amount to $211.57.
April 28—A fine portrait of Brother Don Williams, Worshipful Master, was presented to the lodge. Also a portrait of the late Brother W. S. Long was received from his widow. Both “were ordered hung in hall for future generations.”
October 27—“A lengthy and informal discussion was had as how to induce our members to attend the meetings more punctually.”
November 30—Worshipful Brother Don Williams, Master of Concord Lodge died November 29, age 59. The remains were taken to the Presbyterian Church and thence to family burying ground at Shiloh where body was interred with Masonic honors.
December 22—The Secretary was instructed to send a letter of thanks to Miss Minerva Pittman for picture of her father, the late Dr. N. J. Pittman, who was Senior Warden of Concord Lodge 1883-1884.
December 28—St. John's Day was celebrated. Officers were installed and Brother John A. Weddell was appointed Custodian of Hall.
A list of the members of Concord Lodge in 1896 has been secured from the Grand Lodge Proceedings. This list does not include the officers for 1896 named above. S. R. Alley, C. G. Bradley, W. F. Beasley, Lovit Boykin, Gray L. Brown, Joseph H. Brown, S. B. Bradley, B. B. Barron, J. M. Baker, Haywood Clark, John W. Charles, T. Frank Cherry, R. H. Culley, I. N. Carr, S. T. Cherry, John W. Cotten, J. W. Day, A. M. Fairley, J. R. Gaskill, A. L. Hassardshort, W. F. Hargrove, Wm. Harrill, J. L. Hobgood, J. R. Howell, A. P. Hyman, Lewis Heilbroner, Henry Johnson, S. F. Jenkins, S. F. Johnson, N. B. Killebrew, C. L. Killebrew, B. H. Jenkins, C. H. King, E. C. Knight, W. T. Knight, J. F. Liles, J. A. Lee, D. L. Lichenstein, W. G. Lewis, Lam Lawrence, H. Morris, H. K. Nash, J. R. Pender, D. Pender, I. B. Palamountain, Geo. Stoddard, F. M. Samuels, J. C. Swindell, B. S. Sugg, J. H. Thome, J. J. Whitehurst, R. A. Watson, O. Williams, Jr., John A. Weddell.1897
Geo. Howard, Master; O. Williams, Jr., Senior Warden; J. R. Gaskill, Junior Warden; J. W. Day, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary, A. Sorg, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and four Special Communications.
During 1897 there was no degree work, no applications, exclusions or demits. Four members are reported as dying.
January 26, 1897—A resolution on death of Brother Don Williams was received from Conoho Lodge No. 399 of Hamilton. Brother Geo. Howard, W.M., attended Grand Lodge.
February 9—M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., gave an interesting talk about the Grand Lodge Communication.
February 23—The Secretary was instructed to purchase suitable molding and have same put up in hall to hang the portraits.
March 9—The Finance Committee reported $181.35 received during 1896 and $177.35 paid out. Dues and rents owing to the lodge amount to $294.65.
March 23—M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., was asked to donate a portrait of himself “to the lodge for the benefit of succeeding generations.”
April 27—The by-laws were changed to have annual election of officers on Communication immediately preceding St. John's the Baptist Day.
May 14—This Lodge of Sorrow was held to pay last respects to late Brother Henry Morris who died May 13. He was born in England 1840. The remains were escorted to the depot and the body was taken to Richmond for burial. The Worshipful Master appointed Brothers J. W. Cotten and D. Lichenstein to accompany the remains to Richmond and act as Masonic escort. Attention was called to death of Brother James H. Thome.
June 24—St. John's Day—Resolutions were adopted on death of Brother Henry Morris who had been a very active member of Concord Lodge. Brother D. Pender was exempted from all further dues, save the per capita tax. Due to a minunderstanding the officers were not elected at the preceding Communication as called for by new change in by-laws. The Grand Master by telegram granted a special dispensation to hold
the election on St. John's Day. This was done and all old officers were reelected. The Worshipful Master decided that because all officers were reelected no installation would be necessary.
June 27—This Special Communication was held to pay last respects to Brother W. W. Thomas, deceased, at the request of Orr Lodge No. 104 of Washington, N. C. The lodge marched to the depot, received the remains, marched to the Missionary Baptist Church and held Masonic funeral in Baptist Cemetery.
September 8—A Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother David Pender. The lodge marched to the Episcopal Church, took charge of remains and body was deposited in Episcopal Cemetery with usual Masonic honors.
September 27—Brother I. B. Palamountain, “who had been a faithful member of the lodge for 30 years or more” and had been born in England 1825, died and the lodge marched to the residence and took remains to Episcopal Cemetery where they were interred with Masonic honors.
November 9—It was decided to rent hall to Knights of Pythias for $75 per annum.
December 14—Concord Lodge was invited by Orr Lodge No. 104 of Washington, N. C., to attend corner stone laying of Methodist Church in that town.
This concludes the minutes of the Sixth Minute Book. The Seventh Minute Book, which should contain the minutes from December 15, 1897 to January 10, 1910, is missing. However there has been found an “Order Book” in which the Secretary, the late Brother J. P. Keech, took the minutes down at the lodge Communication to be later transcribed to the regular minute book. Hence the following history from May 8, 1906 to August 10, 1909 is secured from this source.
Through the courtesy of Right Worshipful Brother W. L. McIver, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina A.F. & A.M., some information for the missing years has been secured.1898-1899
George Howard, Master, C. G. Bradley, Senior Warden; J. R. Harrell, Junior Warden; John W. Day, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.1899-1900
George Howard, Master; J. Robert Harrell, Senior Warden; S. R. Alley, Junior Warden; John W. Day, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A. Sorg, Tyler.1900-1901
George Howard, Master; J. Robert Harrell, Senior Warden; S. R. Alley, Junior Warden; John W. Day, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A Sorg, Tyler.
Brother Sorg died August 8, 1900, after having served continuously as Tyler for 29 years. This established a record for office holding in Concord Lodge that has not been equalled before or since.1901-1902
George Howard, Master; J. R. Harrell, Senior Warden; S. R. Alley, Junior Warden; R.E.L. Cook, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A. P. Hyman, Tyler.
In 1901 Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., was representative at Grand Lodge.1902-1903
George Howard, Master; J. Robert Harrell, Senior Warden; S. R. Alley, Junior Warden; W. M. Arnheim, Treasurer; John A. Weddell, Secretary; A. P. Hyman, Tyler.1903-1904
George Howard, Master; Gus L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; Chas. B. Keech, Junior Warden; W. M. Arnheim, Treasurer; A. P. Hyman, Secretary; R. A. Watson, Tyler.
The members, not including the above officers were: S. R. Alley, C. J. Austin, R. W. Alexander, Wade H. Andrews, J. G. Andrews, J. M. Baker, W. F. Beasley, J. I. Barnhill, G. L. Brown, H. G. Brown, Joseph H. Brown, L. Boykin, John W. Cotten, Haywood Clark, R. E. L. Cook, T. T. Cherry, J. W. Day, B. F. Eagles, A. M. Fairley, J. R. Gaskill, W. F. Hargrove, J. R. Harrell, A. A. Haynes, M. Heilbroner, J L. Hobgood, S. F. Jenkins, C. L. Jenkins, J. P. Keech, C. L. Killebrew, E. C. Knight, W. T. Knight, E. A. LaFrage, Lam Lawrence, I. Levin, D. Lichenstein, J. C. Liles, J. F. Liles, R. Liles, J. B. Lloyd, John W. Martin, J. C. McCann, W. Michael, J. M. Moore, Aaron Morris, H. K. Nash, J. K. Newton, J. R. Pender, L. L. Poplin, F. P. Pulley, E. L. Roberson, W. J. Rollins, R. L. Savage, W. L. Stallings, G. J. Studdert, P. S. Sugg, J. C. Swindell, J. A. Weddell, J. J. Whitehurst, R. L. Whitley, W. L. Wilkins, J. O. Worsley.
Brother C. B. Keech was representative at Grand Lodge in January.CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN TOWN COMMON
“The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina convened in Special Communication at the Hall of Concord Lodge No. 58, in the city of Tarboro, on Tuesday, May 10, 1904, at 11 o'clock, a.m., and was opened in form by R∴W∴Francis D. Winston, Deputy Grand Master, acting Grand Master, it appearing that a constitutional number of lodges were represented. Prayer by the Grand Chaplain. Grand Officers present: M∴W∴Francis D. Winston as Grand Master, R∴W∴John W. Cotten as Deputy Grand Master, R∴W∴ Dr. J. M. Baker as Senior Grand Warden, R∴W∴C. B. Keech as Junior Grand Warden, R∴W∴C. J. Austin as Grand Treasurer, R∴W∴W. W. Willson as Grand Secretary, W∴Rev. R. W. Alexander as Grand Chaplain, W∴J. C. Liles as Senior Grand Deacon, W∴A. M. Fairley as Junior Grand Deacon, W∴R. A. Watson as Grand Marshal, W∴J. R. Harrell as Grand Sword Bearer, W∴C. L. Killebrew as Grand Pursuivant, W∴F. P. Pulley as Grand Steward, W∴S. F. Jenkins as Grand Steward, W∴R. H. Bradley, Grand Tiler. Brother A. P. Hyman was appointed Bearer of Great Lights.
“The following lodges were represented: Nos. 5, 40, 58, 104, 124, 218, 470, and 517: also No. 51, Virginia, and No. 143, of Maryland. The
Grand Master announced that the Communication was called for the purpose of laying the corner stone of the Edgecombe Confederate Monument. The procession was formed under the direction of the Grand Marshal and prceeded in a body to the Court House, where it was joined by William Dorsey Pender Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, headed by a band of music and proceeded under escort of the Edgecombe Guards to the town common, where the foundation of the proposed monument had been prepared.
“The following program was carried out: Selections by the Band. Hon. H. C. Bourne, Presiding Officer. Opening Prayer—Rev. R. W. Alexander. Address of Welcome—Mayor R. G. Allsbrook. Response by Acting Grand Master Francis D. Winston. The corner stone was then laid according to the ancient usages of the Craft. The following articles were placed in the crypt of the corner stone: Photograph of President Davis, photograph of General Lee, photograph of General Pender, given by Mrs. Mary Hargrave Foxhall. Sketch of life of Gen. Pender, by James Pender (nephew). Sketch of life of Gov. Clark, by Bishop Cheshire. Confederate flag, given by Miss Miriam Lanier. Confederate money, given by Mrs. Bettie C. Daniel, Pauline Powell and Henry Clark Bourne. North Carolina State Bank note, given by Sally Staton. North Carolina ‘shin-plaster’ money and Confederate button, given by Mrs. R. C. Brown. Constitution of Wm. Dorsey Pender Chapter, U.D.C. First annual report of Chapter. Autograph list of members of Chapter. List of members of Lewis Dowd Wyatt Camp, U.D.C. List of members of Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M. List of members of Edgecombe Guards. Tarboro Southerner, Weekly, May 5, 1904. Tarboro Southerner, Daily, May 9, 1904. Programme for Memorial Day, May 10, 1904. Poem “Apostrophe to the Confederate Dead’, written for the day by Mary Groome. Picture of ‘Old Blandford Church’ at Petersburg, Va., presented by Chas. M. Walsh.
“The Grand Lodge then proceeded in a body, escorted, as before, to the Town Hall, where the programme of the day was concluded, as follows: The Rear Guard—Irene Fowler Brown and Miss Reba Bridgers. Memorial Address—Hon. Claude Kitchen, introduced by Hon. Fred Phillips. Presentation of Crosses of Honor to Confederate Veterans—Mrs. H. C. Bourne, President William Dorsey Pender Chapter. Chorus—The Old North State. Dixie—By the Band.
“The Grand Lodge then returned to the Hall of Concord Lodge No. 58, and there being no further business, the lodge was closed in form. Francis D. Winston, Acting Grand Master. W. W. Willson, Acting Grand Secretary.”1904-1905
Geo. Howard, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; C. B. Keech, Junior Warden; J. A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; A. P. Hyman, Tyler.1905-1906
George Howard, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; C. B. Keech, Junior Warden; J. A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; A. P. Hyman, Tyler.
May 8, 1906—The officers at this time are Geo. Howard, Master; S. R. Alley, Senior Warden; C. B. Keech, Junior Warden; J. A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary. No one is listed as Tyler, but during the next three years almost every Communication has a different
member serving as Tyler. This was a Special Communication and the Master stated the object was to raise money to build a Masonic Temple. The following shares of stock in Edgecombe Homestead and Loan Association were subscribed for: Brothers C. J. Austin (2), S. R. Alley (2), W. H. Andrews (2), J. G. Andrews (1), W. M. Arnheim (4), R. W. Alexander (1), Joseph H. Brown (1), H. G. Brown (2), J. M. Baker (4), J. I. Barnhill (2), C. C. Biggerstaff (2), J. W. Cotten (1), R. E. L. Cook (2), T. T. Cherry (2), W. R. Cherry (1), W. E. Fenner (1), J. W. Howard (4), J. L. Hobgood (1), G. L. Heilbroner (2), M. Heilbroner (2), F. H. Harding (1), O. P. House (2), S. F. Jenkins (1), J .W. Day (4), R. A. Fitch (2), W. R. Felton (2), B. F. Eagles (2). George Howard (4), J. L. Hobgood (1), G. L. Heilbroner (2), M. Heilbroner (2), F. H. Harding (1), O. P. House (2), S. F. Jenkins (1), J. W. Martin (1), T. Perry Jenkins (2), W. T. Knight (4), E. C. Knight (1), W. T. Knight, Jr. (2), C. B. Keech (2), J. P .Keech (2), Lam Lawrence (4), Raiford Liles (2), J. F. Liles (1), J. C. Liles (2), J. B. Lloyd (2), Paul Liles (2), J. McCann (4), J. K. Newton (1), J. R. Pender (4), L. L. Poplin (1), F. P. Pulley (1), E. L. Roberson (1), J. C. Ruffin (2), J. R. Gaskill (4), W. L. Stallings (2), P. S. Sugg (2), J. A. Weddell (2), J. O. Worsley (1), R. L. Whitley (2), W. A. Williams (2), Geo. Gammon (4), C. V. Brooks (1), Whitney Bridges (2), D. Rosendorff (2).
At this time, in addition to the above names the following are also members of Concord Lodge: Brothers J. H. Jacocks, W. J. Mayo, Wm. Michael and R. A. Watson. The by-laws were amended to make the fees for the degrees $21.
May 22—W. L. Barlow, Jr., and P. B. Tomlinson were Initiated.
June 12—The annual election of officers was held. The Singing Class from Orphan Asylum will appear in Tarboro on June 26. A motion was carried to appoint a Building Committee with the Worshipful Master as Chairman. Brother A. J. M. Whitehead was reported having died and was buried by a Rocky Mount Lodge. Brother W. L. Barlow, Jr., was Raised.1906-1907
Geo. Howard, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; C. B. Keech, Junior Warden; J. A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary.
Nineteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers W. H. Killebrew, H. C. Edwards, Chas. E. Cobb, R. G. Allsbrook and J. Robt. Pender.
Affiliated: Brothers C. V. Brooks and T. E. Cherry.
Reinstated: Brothers N. B. Killebrew, E. D. Foxhall, A. Williamson and E. Rawls.
September 2, 1906—This Special Communication was to pay last respects to deceased Brother A. P. Hyman.
October 23—Forty-six members were present. It was announced that each member would pay for the H & L stock subscribed for and carry it to maturity. The Building Committee was instructed to sell the old lodge hall at not less than $2250.
November 27—As a Thanksgiving present $10 was sent to Oxford Orphanage.
January 25, 1907—This Special Communication was for purpose of paying respect to deceased Brother J. P. Sugg, a former member of Concord Lodge No. 58, but late a member of Ionic Lodge No. 337. The lodge went to the Methodist Church and thence to Primitive Baptist Cemetery where body was interred with usual Masonic honors.
May 28—The Singing Class from Oxford Orphanage will be in Tarboro on June 21.
June 6—This was a Special Communication for funeral of deceased Brother Gray Brown.
June 11—Annual election of officers. The Master stated that work on building Temple would soon begin.1907-1908
Geo. Howard, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; John R. Pender, Junior Warden; John A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary.
Twenty-two Regular and four Special Communications.
Raised: Brother W. C. Sugg.
Affiliated: Brothers S. C. Whitaker, R. G. Kittrell and Geo. R. Gammon.
Demitted: Brothers J. B. Lloyd, J. W. Day and J. C. Watson.
August 19, 1907—Trustees were named in connection with building the new Masonic Temple: Brothers Geo. Howard, J. A. Weddell, J. P. Keech, G. L. Heilbroner, John R. Pender and W. R. Felton.
November 26—Thanksgiving offering for Oxford Orphan Asylum was $8.25.
December 10—The Secretary reported 13 members had been admitted during the year and the membership of the lodge was now 91.
December 27—The members were urged to take more shares of stock in H & L Association to be applied to building fund.
January 2, 1908—A resolution was passed to borrow $8000 from Edgecombe H & L Association.
January 14—Brothers J. W. Cotten and R. G. Kittrell attended Grand Lodge in Raleigh.
January 28—The U.D.C. was granted use of lower floor on February 6.
February 11—“Brother J. W. Cotten reported that Mrs. J. L. Bridges had presented to the lodge a picture of her father, Governor H. T. Clark, who was a former Master of this lodge.”
February 25—A committee was appointed to see about purchasing a carpet for new lodge room.
March 27—This was a Lodge of Sorrow for deceased Brother James I. Barnhill. The remains were taken to the Methodist Church, thence to the cemetery where the body was deposited with Masonic honors.
May 11—“Motion was made and carried that lodge move into new Temple lodge room as soon as window shades and lights were fixed.”
May 26—Proceeds from the Singing Class which appeared in Tarboro on May 15 were $76. Brother John R. Pender stated he would present to the lodge new aprons for the officers. “Brothers G. L. Heilbroner and J. P. Keech were authorized to see to the moving of the furniture into new Temple.” The following was ordered placed in the minutes: “Tonight the members of Concord Lodge bid farewell to the building in which they have met for the past 36 years. This building at the corner of St. James and St. Andrews Streets is near and dear to all but we leave to meet hereafter in our new Temple on Main and Pitt Streets. Of the living who were members in 1872 five or six are yet active members and J. W. Cotten who presides tonight was Senior Warden in 1872 and C. J. Austin was Senior Deacon.”
The lot, on which the Temple was built in 1907, was given to Concord Lodge No. 58 by Francis L. Bond, a resident of Tarboro and son of Brother Lewis Bond, who was a long time member of said lodge. Mr. Francis L. Bond was not a Mason.
That part of his last will and testament bequeathing to Concord Lodge this property is given below. After making certain bequests to his wife, Martha E. Bond, and his sister and other heirs the will reads as follows:
“6. After all these expenses have been met and paid, I give and devise to Concord Lodge No. 58 Ancient York Masons located in said town of Tarboro for the purpose of erecting a Masonic Temple, the devise to be managed only by the Master of the Lodge, the Secretary and Treasurer thereof, and three other members of said Lodge, who shall constitute a board of Trustees and shall be elected annually by said Lodge at the time of installing the other officers, the piece of land situate in said Town of Tarboro described as follows, That part of Lot No. 71 in said Town beginning at the corner of Main and Pitt Streets and running along the line of Pitt Street a distance of one hundred feet to Bond's Alley; thence up Bond's Alley a distance of twenty six (26) feet; thence along a line parallel with Pitt Street one hundred (100) feet to Main Street, thence down Main Street, twenty six (26) feet to the beginning, on which there is an unexpired lease held by the estate of John Norfleet, deceased. This devise to said Concord Lodge No. 58 is however made on the express condition that said Lodge shall cause to be erected on said piece of land, a Masonic Temple within the term of fifteen years from the time that said Lodge shall obtain possession thereof and in the event said Concord Lodge No. 58 shall fail to erect said temple within said time, then I devise the said piece of town lot No. 71 to my nephew, James Mehegan, or in the event of his death prior to said time to his lawful heirs. But in the event said Concord Lodge No. 58 shall comply with the condition herein prescribed, I request said Lodge as a tribute of respect to my deceased father to cause a stone tablet to be placed in the Lodge room, with an inscription on it of his name and dates of birth and death and of the number of years he served as an officer of the chapter and officer of said Concord Lodge, and that this item of my will be copied and recorded in the Lodge book.” This will was dated November 15, 1887 and witnessed by Joseph Cobb and Benj. Norfleet. William H. Johnston was named Executor.
Concord Lodge gladly complied with Mr. Francis L. Bond's request and a marble tablet was placed on the wall of the lodge room with the following inscription:
BORN JULY 23, 1795
DIED OCTOBER 22, 1858
21 YEARS AN OFFICER OF CONCORD LODGE NO.
58 A.F. & A.M. 5 YEARS AN OFFICER OF
CONCORD CHAPTER NO. 5 R.A.M.
Above the tablet hangs a portrait of Brother Lewis Bond.
Brother Bond was Raised in 1827 and served as Master in 1830, 1831 and 1844; he was Treasurer for 14 years and Tyler one year.
The lot given to Concord Lodge No. 58 by Mr. Francis L. Bond in memory of his father is located on the corner of Main and Pitt Streets (east side of Main Street and north of Pitt Street). The new Temple, 26 by 100 feet, completed in the spring of 1908, is a 3 story brick structure erected at a cost of $25,000. The first floor, with entrance on Main Street, has been used as a drug store, for many years rented by Brother R. E. L. Cook and later by Brother M. A. Moore. The second floor is divided into office rooms which are rented, and the third floor has a banquet hall and lodge room. The entrance to the stairway for second and third floors is on Pitt Street.
June 9—At this first Communication in new Temple 41 were present. The annual election of officers was held. Brother Geo. Howard invited the entire lodge to a dinner in the grove at rear of his home on June 24. A vote of thanks was extended to Building Committee “for the
admirable way they had succeded in building such a fine Temple.” J. H. Britt was Initiated. A “motion was made and carried that the names of all present at this the first meeting” in the new Temple be inscribed and framed and placed upon the wall of the lodge room.
June 15—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother W. T. Knight. The body was interred in family burying grounds with Masonic honors.1908-1909
George Howard, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; John R. Pender, Junior Warden; J. A. Weddell, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary.
Twenty-two Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers T. M. Staton, Lee D. Hargrove, W. J. Thigpen, T. F. Marrow, R. W. Scott, Jr. and M. L. Killebrew.
Reinstated: Brother W. F. Beasley.
Affiliated: Brothers J. D. Gaskins and W. W. Eagles.
Demitted: Brother I. Levine.
One member Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 24, 1908—Brother John R. Pender was appointed to take charge of new degree team. Brother George Howard was thanked for giving dinner to entire lodge.
September 8—“A vote of thanks was extended to Brother W. R. Felton for presenting the hat racks to the lodge.”
November 24—W∴Brother J. W. Rowell, Assistant Grand Lecturer, presided in the East. He was lecturing the lodge for two weeks. Brother John R. Pender presented the lodge with aprons for the Master and Wardens.
December 27—The lodge was opened and then went to the Jewish synagogue where a sermon was delivered by the Rev. R. W. Alexander.
February 9, 1909—On account of the illness of Brother T. F. Marrow, a Fellow Craft, the lodge was called from labor to refreshment to meet on February 10 and on February 10 the lodge resumed labor and Raised Brother T. F. Marrow to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
May 25—Receipts from the Singing Class of Oxford Orphanage which came to Tarboro May 17 were $72.
June 8—A communication was received from the local Chapter D.A.R. requesting that they be allowed “to place a tablet in the building commemorating the fact that General and President George Washington on his one visit to Tarboro stopped at a hotel which was on the site of the present Masonic building.” This was referred to the Trustees with power to act.
June 19—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for Brother P. S. Sugg, deceased. The body was interred with Masonic honors.1909-1910
G. L. Heilbroner, Master; J. A. Weddell, Senior Warden; R. G. Allsbrook, Junior Warden; E. L. Roberson, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary.
Twelve Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brother C. M. Cobb.
June 24, 1909—“Brother John R. Pender, High Priest of Concord Chapter No. 5, made a report stating the Chapter had spent $500 in fixing up the lodge room and presented the same to the lodge.” The Secretary's salary had been $30 per year and this was ordered raised to $60 per year. The officers were installed.
July 13—The dues were increased from $4 to $6. The Trustees were given authority to sell old lodge hall.
July 27—“Brother J. A. Weddell reported that all necessary information had been secured for fixing tablet to Lewis Bond in the building in compliance with the will of Frank Bond.” It was reported that the “old building” had been sold for $2,000.
August 10—Brother J. W. Rowell, Assistant Grand Lecturer, presided in the East.
This completes the minutes in the order book from which it is supposed they were transcribed to a regular minute book, No. 7, which has been missing for many years.Beginning of Eighth Minute Book
January 11, 1910—It was reported that Brother L. A. Hinson had died in Suffolk, Virginia. The members were advised of the necessity of paying interest on H & L shares carried by them on the Temple.
April 26—The Singing Class will appear in Tarboro on May 11. The Orphanage was sent a gift of $15.
June 14—It was decided to get a present for Brother G. L. Heilbroner, Worshipful Master, who had moved to New York City to make his home. Election of officers was held.1910-1911
J. A. Weddell, Master, R. G. Allsbrook, Senior Warden; W. J. Thigpen, Junior Warden; E. L. Roberson, Treasurer; L. D. Hargrove, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and six Special Communications.
Raised: Brother D. Earnest Braswell.
Demitted: Brother F. H. Harding.
June 24, 1910—The Worshipful Master stated that W∴Brother G. L. Heilbroner, P.M., had purchased for the lodge one chart of the different Degrees and 12 lambskin aprons. It was noted that next year, 1911, the lodge would be 100 years old. Brother George Howard made a motion, which was carried, that a small tablet be put on the right hand side of the lodge in memory of every deceased brother.
July 20—This Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother E. L. Roberson, Treasurer of the lodge, who died July 19.
September 13—Brother C. B. Keech was elected Treasurer to fill vacancy. Brother W. C. Sugg made an interesting talk on “The Duties and Benefits of Masonry.”
September 27—The lodge presented W∴Brother G. L. Heilbroner, P.M., a beautiful watch fob.
October 15—This Special Communication was held to pay “tribute of respect to late Brother Geo. R. Gammon.” The lodge proceeded to the residence and thence to the cemetery where the body was interred with Masonic honors.
November 9—This Special Communication was for the purpose of assisting Toisnot Lodge No. 298 with burial service for deceased Brother T. B. Winstead. The lodge met the remains at the depot and the body was interred with Masonic honors at Leggett.
February 14, 1911—It was reported that about $85 had been spent repairing house of Brother Joseph H. Brown. The following committee was appointed to arrange for One Hundredth Anniversary of Concord Lodge on November 22, 1911: Brothers J. A. Weddell, George Howard, J .W. Cotten, John R. Pender, G. L. Heilbroner, W. R. Felton, J. C. Ruffin, and J. P. Keech, Chairman.
February 28—M∴W∴Brother J. W. Cotten P.G.M., reported he had attended Grand Lodge.
April 25—The body of Brother Louis Boykin, late member of Hatcher Lodge No. 310, was met at the train and escorted to Greenwood Cemetery and buried with Masonic honors.
May 9—It was ordered that $5 be sent to Brother Francis D. Winston of Windsor, Chairman of a committee to place a bust in the rotunda of the State Capitol to our first Grand Master, M∴W∴Brother Samuel Johnston.
May 23—The Master Mason lodge had dispensed with labor and a Fellow Craft lodge was opened for work. On account of “Fire Bell” the lodge was called to “at ease”. Labor was resumed in Fellow Craft lodge on May 30 and two brethren were Passed.
June 13—Annual election of officers was held.1911-1912
J. A. Weddell, Master; R. G. Allsbrook, Senior Warden; W. J. Thigpen, Junior Warden; C. B. Keech, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and 12 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers P. B. Walker, B. Benjamin, J. Rosenbloom, P. B. Tomlinson, A. G. Arnheim, W. N. Horton, J. E. Simmons, D. W. Cox, W. C. Baker, Geo. E. Pennington and J. B. Pennington.
Affiliated: Brother J. G. Elmore.
One member was Suspended one year for un-Masonic Conduct.
July 11, 1911—Brother John R. Pender had been elected Treasurer for the year but declined to serve. The Secretary reported receiving for past 12 months $1,845.55. Dues now owing lodge are $443.68. Rents now due are $149.50.
August 8—Orr Lodge No. 104 of Washington, N. C., was requested to confer Degrees on M. A. Killebrew. Brother R. A. Watson having been a member for 47 years was relieved from paying dues for remainder of his life.
August 22—Brother Joseph H. Brown having been a faithful member for many years was allowed his dues for remainder of his life.
September 12—“Brother T. T. Cherry moved and it was ordered by the lodge to notify Chairman of Centennial Committee that the celebration be postponed and that committee be discharged with thanks for their services.”
October 10—The lodge voted to allow the D.A.R. to use lodge room for annual convention to be held in November.
October 15—This Communication was to pay last respects to Brother T. M. Staton, deceased. The body was interred with Masonic honors at his home. A page in the minute book is “Sacred to memory of Samuel F. Jenkins who died September 17, 1911.”
November 14—The resignation of Worshipful Brother John A. Weddell as Master of the lodge was accepted by M∴W∴Grand Master R. N. Hackett. The Secretary was instructed to purchase an oil stove for use in ante-room.
November 21—Regardless of a former motion passed on September
12 the lodge on this date had a Special Communication, with 47 members present, and celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Concord Lodge No. 58. A banquet was served. “M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten read a letter from Brother A. B. Andrews of Raleigh, N. C., presenting to the lodge a steel engraving of Richard Lord Edgcumbe, for whom Edgecombe county was named.”
The letter is as follows: “General John W. Cotten, Tarboro, N. C. My dear Sir and Brother: November 21, 1911, will be the One Hundredth Aniversary of the granting by the Grand Lodge of Masons of North Carolina of the charter to Concord Lodge No. 58 located at Tarboro, which was directed to Alexander Falconer as Master, Nathan Matthewson as Senior Warden, and Ed. D. McNair as Junior Warden. Not knowing whether Concord Lodge will celebrate this Centennial Anniversary, and desirous of carrying out the promise made to you last summer, I am today sending by express a picture of Richard, Lord Edgcumbe, for whom Edgecombe County was named, which please do me the favor to present to Concord Lodge No. 58, with the hopes that the past one hundred years of its achievements is but an earnest pledge of its success and future in the years to come. In asking the lodge to accept the picture, it is tendered without any reservation whatever, but if anything should happen to your lodge, so that its property should become scattered, I sincerely trust that the engraving may be tendered to some organization or persons who will properly take care of the same. However, the expressing of such a wish as this is entirely unnecessary, when one thinks of the many and various vicissitudes through which the people of Edgecombe County have passed, events and incidents too numerous to mention, yet Concord Lodge No. 58 with its changing membership due to its initiating members and others passing away still survives and now reaches its Centennial Anniversary, which is an event that even now very few religious and municipal bodies, local in their character, can so state, much less any strictly human organization, not of a religious or governmental nature. Herewith is enclosed a sketch of Lord Edgcumbe's Life taken from McMillan's Dictionary of Biography. With kindest and highest personal regards to you, and asking that you will remember me most kindly to the brethren of Concord Lodge and wish for them, as well as for the Lodge, all success and happiness in the future, I am, Fraternally and faithfully yours, A. B. Andrews, Jr.” This letter was dated November 17, 1911 at Raleigh, N. C.
The sketch of Lord Edgcumbe's life sent by Brother Andrews is as follows: “Richard Edgcumbe, first Baron Edgcumbe (1680-1758), was the only surviving son of Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Mount Edgcumbe, who was one of the knights for the County of Cornwall in the reign of Charles II. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (M.A. 1698), and in 1697 wrote some elegant Latin verses on the occasion of the return of William III to England (printed in the collection entitled Gratulatio Academiae Cantabrigrensis de Reditu Suenissim: Regis Guliemi III post Pacem et Literta tem Europae feliciter Restitutam Anno M.D.C.X.C.VII.) In 1701 he was returned for the County of Cornwall: in 1702 for the town of St. Germans: and in the same year for Plympton, for which borough he sat until his elevation to the peerage. On 22 June 1716 Edgcumbe was made lord of the treasury, and again on 11 June 1720. On 3 April 1724, with Hugh Boscawen, Viscount Falmouth, he accepted the offices of Vice-Treasurer, receiver general, treasurer of war and paymaster-general of his majesty's revenues in Ireland. Edgcumbe was one of Walpole's most trusted subordinates. He managed the Cornish boroughs for him; and in 1725 Lord Carteret made overtures to the premier through Edgcumbe, which were accepted (Coxe, Walpole, ii. 488-490). On the fall of Walpole he was raised to the peerage to prevent his being examined by the secret committee concerning the management of the Cornish borough, (Horace Walpole's Letters, ed. Cunningham, i. 156), the actual date of his creation being
20 April 1742. Edgcumbe was appointed chancellor of the dutchy of Lancaster in December 1743, and in the following January lord-lieutenant and custos rotulourum of the county of Cornwall, and sworn of the privy council. On the outbreak of the rebellion of 1745 he was one of the twelve noblemen who were commissioned to raise a regiment of foot at the public expense. On 24 Jan. 1758, having resigned the office of chancellor of the dutchy of Lancaster, he was appointed warden of the King's forests beyond Trent. He died on 22 Nov. 1758, and was succeeded by Richard his eldest son by his wife, Matilda, daughter of Sir Harry Fremess. Though he was corrupt with the political corruptions of his age Edgcumbe seems to have been in other respects a worthy person, and Horace Walpole laments him as one of the honestest and steadiest men in the world (ib. iii. 193). He is said to have been popular with George II because he was shorter than that diminutive monarch (Lord Harvey, Memoirs ed. Crocker, i. 93 n.) From McMillan's Dictionary of National Biography. (New York and London). 1888.”
At this Communication on November 21, 1911 Brother J. P. Keech presented to the lodge the first and original minutes of Concord Lodge in 1811 which were beautifully framed.
November 28—A brother stated that Mrs. John A. Weddell desired to present the lodge with a picture of the first Junior Warden of Concord Lodge, Brother Edmund D. MacNair, and it was voted to accept the same with thanks.
January 23, 1912—A communication from Brother F. M. Winchester of Charlotte was read asking aid to build a home for aged and indigent Masons. The request was denied. Brother R. A. Watson died on this date.
February 27—Brother John W. Cotten reported that in response to an inquiry from the Worthy Grand Matron, Order of the Eastern Star, he did not think it advisable to organize a Chapter of the Eastern Star. It was ordered that $93 be paid to Brother John W. Cotten for fire insurance on the Temple. Brother Cotten presented to the lodge with the compliments of Brother M. Heilbroner a picture of Brother George Washington closing a lodge.
March 12—Some members had stopped paying on H & L shares for Temple and a committee was appointed to see what arrangements could be made with Edgecombe H & L Association.
April 7—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for Brother Joseph H. Brown, deceased, the oldest member of the lodge. He was buried with Masonic honors.
April 9—The Secretary gave a financial report from June 23, 1911 to April 8, 1912: Received from dues $299; from fees $217; from rents $1,089.60. A banquet was furnished by the newly Raised Masons. The Singing Class will come April 11.
April 23—Arrangements were made to give a note to Edgecombe Homestead and Loan Association for $1,000.
May 14—Brother C. J. Austin presented an oil stove for banquet room.
May 28—The lodge voted to sponsor Joseph and Easter, children of Joe Savage, for admission to Oxford Orphan Asylum.1912-1913
R. G. Allsbrook, Master; W. J. Thigpen, Senior Warden; J. P. Keech, Junior Warden; George E. Pennington, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Sixteen Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers N. Parker, P. L. McCabe, J. Kelly Turner, L. R. Sugg, J. E. Morrissett and W. P. McCraw.
Three members were Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues and one member was Suspended for one year.
October 8, 1912—During these years many letters are received from lodges all over the state asking aid for distressed brothers and very often the lodge responds by sending $2.
November 12—Brother P. L. McCabe presented the lodge with 100 “very pretty membership cards.”
November 26—It was noted “that something had to be done about the Temple debt.”
December 7—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother E. C. Knight who was buried with Masonic honors.
December 10—It was reported that $24 had been sent to Oxford Orphanage. It was ordered that the first and second floors of the Temple be rented for not less than $100 per month. Brother George Howard was appointed to purchase Christmas presents for small children of deceased Masons.
January 14, 1913—Durham Lodge No. 352 wrote that they had conferred the three degrees on J. Kelly Turner. Brother John R. Pender was given authority to rent the first and second floors of the Temple and “wooden building north of same under control of the lodge.” A resolution was passed to arrange for $25,000 in bonds to finance the Temple. Actually 123 bonds of $100 denomination were issued.
January 25—On behalf of Meridian Lodge No. 284 of Richmond, Virginia the lodge was opened on account of the death of Brother Rosendorf. The remains were accompanied to A.C.L. depot and Brother J. W. Cotten was appointed to accompany same to Richmond.
January 28—Brother Thomas E. Marshall was Raised as a courtesy to Randleman Lodge No. 209.
February 25—Brother R. E. L. Cook was given a lease for three years on first and second floors of Temple and the wooden building adjoining on north, on Main Street for $1,325 per annum.
April 8—Proceeds from Singing Class on April 3 were $105.
April 22—With 45 members present it was decided to have a fire escape made for Temple. The newly made Masons gave a banquet.
May 6—At this Special Communication 47 members were present for trial of a member charged with unMasonic conduct, but on account of the death of his nephew the trial was postponed.
May 26—At 10:30 a.m. a Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother W. M. Arnheim, who was killed in an automobile accident on May 25. Brothers R. E. L. Cook, B. Benjamin and J. W. Cotten were appointed to escort body to Richmond, Virginia.
May 26—At 8:15 p.m. a Special Communication was held for trial of a member who was Suspended for one year.
June 9—Thirteen members were present. Fraternal Lodge of Richmond, Virginia reported they had interred remains of deceased Brother W. M. Arnheim at request of Concord Lodge and sent a bill for $12.50 for expenses of Tyler and a carriage. The bill was ordered paid. Brothers Geo. Howard, John R. Pender and W. R. Felton were elected Trustees of the lodge for ten years “for the purpose of securing the bonds of the lodge issued to those members who carried the stock to maturity in the Edgecombe Homestead and Loan Association under contract with the lodge, by means of which the lodge was enabled to erect the Temple.”1913-1914
W. J. Thigpen, Master; J. P. Keech, Senior Warden; Geo. E. Pennington, Junior Warden; J. E. Morrissett, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; Raiford Liles, Tyler.
Sixteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers C. Lee Killebrew, Alfred Tait and Eugene F. Rimmer.
Affiliated: Brother Thos. E. Marshall and Dr. J. G. Raby.
Demitted: Brothers W. M. Michael, H. H. Shular, L. L. Poplin and Paul W. Liles.
One member was Expelled.
June 24, 1913—The Temple bonds had been prepared by Brother R. G. Allsbrook and they were to be delivered to the proper persons. Brother R. E. L. Cook, Chairman of the Finance Committee, had audited the books of the Treasurer and Secretary and found them correct. Fire insurance cost the lodge $242.87. The Secretary reported that during the past Masonic year $1,250.43 had been received from rents, $266.50 from dues and $84 from fees. Repairs to Temple cost $28. The Secretary is now to receive a salary of $36 per annum and the Tyler will be paid 50 cents for each Communication.
September 23—The old wooden building next to the Temple which had been wrecked by a storm was sold for $25 and the money was donated to the youngest daughter of Brother C. B. Braddy, deceased. Visiting Brother A. O. Kiff made a Masonic address.
October 14—This Communication was taken up with considering excuses of several members who had failed to obey a Summons.
December 9—A contribution of $44.19 was sent to Orphan Asylum.
January 13, 1914—A letter was read from Brother George Howard stating the Temple had been built for $25,000 and that all the stock is owned by members of the lodge. He hoped that $5,000 of the indebtedness could be retired at this time in order to put the lodge on a sound basis.
January 27—The Rev. W. B. Daughtry, a Baptist minister and member of Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth, had recently moved to Tarboro and died. Perseverance Lodge sent thanks for courtesies extended Brother Daughtry in his illness. “On motion of M∴W∴ Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., a communication from Eastern Star Masonic Home was tabled.” Itasca Lodge No. 289 of Wisconsin requested Concord Lodge to confer second and third degrees on Brother H. E. Cartee and this was granted.
March 5—This Special Communication was to devise ways and means to make settlement with the Executor of Mrs. Bond's estate.
March 10—A letter was read from Mrs. W. B. Daughtry thanking the lodge for material help received at time of her husband's death.
March 24—It was reported that another series of H & L stock on the Temple had matured and a committee was appointed to get matter in proper shape.
April 28—Net receipts of Singing Class, which appeared in Tarboro March 26, were $61.55. “A communication from Eastern Star Home was tabled.”
June 23—Annual election of officers was held. Total receipts during the Masonic year were $2,031.11 and disbursements were $2,013.66.1914-1915
J. P. Keech, Master; G. L. Heilbroner, Senior Warden; W. R. Felton, Junior Warden; J. E. Morrissett, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular Communications and One Special Communication.
Raised: Brother H. F. Taylor.
June 24, 1914—Brother George Howard stated that the lodge was
in bad shape financially and suggested several plans to relieve conditions. Thirteen brethren agreed to carry one share each of H & L stock. It was decided not to take lodge money for social functions. After the lodge closed the members went to the Fair grounds where a barbecue dinner was served and Brother Francis D. Winston of Windsor delivered an address.
July 14—“On motion of Brother John W. Cotten a communication from Eastern Star was tabled.” The Secretary was instructed to secure all funds possible from Concord Chapter No. 5, R.A.M. The Finance Committee made a report which was adopted, that as many members as possible take H & L shares to help pay for Temple.
September 8—It was stated that all members who were due to receive interest on H & L stock were willing to forego same in order to improve lodge finances.
After September 22 no more Communications are recorded being held in 1914.
January 12, 1915—A communication from the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother J. T. Alderman, was read requesting all lodges to pray for peace in war torn Europe. It was ordered that $5 be sent to Committee of Mercy at Asheville, N. C., to aid suffering Masons who are living in or exiled from Belgium. The Secretary was instructed to write Catherine Staton a letter of thanks for altar cover sent the lodge.
January 26—Brother J. W. Cotten reported attending Grand Lodge. Brother E. F. Rimmer of Orphan Asylum Committee took up a collection of $5.05. Brother G. L. Heilbroner stated refreshments would not be served on account of oyster boat not arriving.
February 9—It was ordered to have roof on Temple repaired at once.
May 25—Brother R. C. Dunn of Enfield was invited to address the lodge on St. John's Day.
June 22—The Secretary reported that $1,312 had been received during the year and that there was now owing the lodge for dues $616.73.1915-1916
S. R. Alley, Master; J. W. Martin, Senior Warden; E. F. Rimmer, Junior Warden; J. E. Morrissett, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular Communications.
Raised: Brother George Howard, Jr.
Reinstated: Brother T. F. Cherry.
Demitted: Brothers P. B. Tomlinson and R. R. Savage.
Four members Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
August 10, 1915—The Secretary was instructed to purchase copies of Revised Code for use of lodge. Bill due D. D. Wagner for concrete sidewalk at Temple for $5.55 was ordered paid.
September 14—The Worshipful Master instructed the Secretary to mail statements to each member the amount of their dues.
October 12—The Secretary reported that dues now owed amounted to $345.23. As H & L stock matured the owners were given bonds for same.
October 26—Permission was granted request of Dr. J. M. Baker for District Medical Society to use lodge room on November 9.
November 9—It was decided that hereafter none of the cooking utensils, dishes and other furniture belonging in lodge banquet hall should be loaned.
November 23—Visiting Brother S. F. Horning of Watertown, New York made an instructive talk.
December 14—Bill amounting to $1.25 was ordered paid Brother A. Williamson for cleaning snow from roof of Temple. The Grand Lodge per capita tax amounted to $86. The “Secretary was instructed to write Brother A. B. Andrews of Raleigh, Acting Grand Master, acknowledging receipt of and thanking him for the photograph of Brother Lewis D. Wilson, who was distinguished member of Concord Lodge, also to have same framed and hung on lodge wall, and an enlarged copy made also to be placed on lodge wall.”
January 11, 1916—A communication from Eastern Star Home asking lodge to instruct representatives to Grand Lodge to pledge a certain amount of funds was tabled. The Masonic and Eastern Star Home at Greensboro, which had been recently established, received lukewarm or no support at all from many Masons over the state. This attitude is shown by several actions of Concord Lodge. In referring to it as the “Eastern Star Home” they evidently failed to realize that the Masons had three-fifths interest in the Home. “The Secretary read a letter from Brother George Howard in regards to amount due him, interest on mortgage he holds on Masonic Temple Building, asking that lodge give him an answer.”
January 25—Brother J. P. Keech attended Grand Lodge. Applications of Herbert Glenn White and Henry Grady White for admission to Oxford Orphan Asylum were presented .
February 8—A letter was read from Supt. R. L. Brown of Oxford Orphan Asylum asking for increased collection for expenses of Baby Cottage.
March 28—A motion was carried “that Finance Committee arrange with Brother George Howard to accept 4% Temple bonds for amount due him in notes and interest he holds against lodge.”
April 11—All members owning automobiles were requested to meet train tomorrow at 9 a.m. and take Singing Class children to homes provided for them.
May 9—It was reported that $100 had been turned over to Brother L. W. Alderman, Director of Singing Class.
May 23—It was decided to have dinner in banquet hall on St. John's Day.
June 13—The Finance Committee reported that from 1910 to 1914 members of the lodge had paid $3,037.16 as interest on H & L shares. That at present bonds had been issued totaling $17,100. Receipts from all sources during past year were $1,633.75. Members now owe dues amounting to $523.23. The lodge now owes Brother George Howard about $6,000 and recommend that lodge give him note for same bearing 6% interest. The Secretary was instructed to thank the Grand Secretary, R∴W∴Brother John C. Drewry, for his photograph sent to the lodge.1916-1917
John W. Martin, Master; W. J. Thigpen, Senior Warden; L. R. Sugg, Junior Warden; J .E. Morrissett, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and six Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers T. T. Adams, A. P. Hyman, J. R. Pender, Jr., S. J. Nathanson and M. S. Brown.
Demitted: Brothers P. B. Walker and J. D. Gaskins.
Two members Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 27, 1916—Treasurer reported paying $764 as interest on bonds.
The total indebtedness of the lodge at this time: bonds $17,100, due Brother George Howard $6,000, due individuals for interest on H & L stock $3,163.26, making $26,263.26. The Finance Committee was instructed to “take up at once with the Grand Lodge the matter of having the Grand Lodge take some action in regards to having duplicate Temple Construction Company bonds issued to Concord Lodge and receipt issued to all members for amounts paid by them on Temple Construction.” This referred to Masonic Temple in Raleigh. The Finance Committee was instructed to prepart bonds for members who had paid interest on H. & L. stock, to be dated July 1, 1916, and bear 4% interest.
August 8—It was reported that the applications of Herbert C. and Henry G. White for admission to Oxford Orphan Asylum had been approved.
September 26—The Temple Committee recommended that the first and second floors be rented for $100 per month and that the tenant furnish heat and water for lodge room. Several brethren were due a balance in interest after bonds had been issued them and they were urged to contribute same to the lodge.
October 24—The Temple Committee was instructed to have roof repaired and glass put in at head of stairs on second floor and to see that electric light at stairway on second floor was kept burning.
November 14—A letter from Brother W. W. Willson, Acting Grand Secretary, was read announcing death of Brother John C. Drewry, Grand Secretary, on October 2, 1916. The lodge approved application of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Drake to adopt children from Oxford Orphan Asylum. Visiting Brother H. L. Taylor explained to the lodge about “The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets.”
November 17—This Lodge of Sorrow was for deceased Brother Jas. R. Gaskill who died November 16 and was buried with Masonic honors.
November 28—Brother L. R. Sugg resigned as Junior Warden and Brother T. T. Cherry was elected to fill unexpired term.
January 9, 1917—A bill due Brother J. W. Cotten for $155.25 for insurance on Temple was ordered paid.
March 27—It was reported that Brother J. P. Keech had been severely wounded on March 3 by a gun while in performance of his duty, trying to apprehend a lawbreaker.
April 10—“A communication was read from Supt. R. L. Brown of the Orphanage soliciting contributions for the erection of an arch in memory of the first Superintendent, John H. Mills.”
April 24—Proceeds from the Singing Class of Oxford Orphanage which appeared in Tarboro April 17 were $100 and this was turned over to Brother L. W. Alderman, Director of the Class. It was reported that Brother C. L. Killebrew had died.1917-1918
J. W. Martin, Master; J. P. Keech, Senior Warden; Geo. Howard, Jr., Junior Warden; A. P. Hyman, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; G. L. Heilbroner, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and seven Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Harry Fagan, Rurik G. Gammon, P. A. Taylor, R. R. Copeland, M. L. Laughlin and R. V. Knight.
Affiliated: Brother J. H. Koonce.
June 26, 1917—This was in observance of St. John's Day and the lodge met in the forenoon and it was announced that barbecue would be served at DeBerry's Grove at 1 p.m. Brother M. S. Brown was thanked for serving coca cola and ginger ale at the barbecue. Brother John R. Pender, District Deputy Grand Master, installed the officers. This is the
first mention of a member of the lodge being a District Deputy Grand Master. The Secretary reported he had received $1,825.93 during past year.
July 24—Brother S. R. Alley presented the lodge a portrait of M∴W∴Brother Lewis D. Wilson, P.G.M. The Finance Committee called “attention to the missing records of the lodge (the Seventh Minute Book) and the $300 of Grand Lodge Masonic Temple bonds, which have not been located and on which the interest has not been collected for a number of years.” The lodge now has 78 members and the indebtedness is $25,575. This is $575 more than the original cost of the Temple which was erected ten years ago.
August 14—Many appeals for aid from distressed brethren of other lodges are still received. The Grand Secretary, R∴W∴Brother W. W. Willson, in a communication warned the lodge not to answer appeals for aid unless in regular form.
September 25—William Wood was accepted for admission to Orphanage.
May 14, 1918—Proceeds from the Singing Class were $154. The portrait of Brother Joseph Coffield, former member of the lodge, was presented. An appeal from Grand Master, M∴W∴Brother George S. Norfleet, to help pay for Masonic Club House at Camp Sevier, S. C., to be used by Masons in U. S. Army was responded to with $20. Brother J. G. Raby sent a letter from Camp Hospital, Morrison, Virginia, thanking the lodge for identification tag sent him.
May 23—On behalf of Stonewall Lodge of Robersonville a Masonic funeral was held for Brother J. T. Mobley, deceased, who had been a frequent visitor to Concord Lodge.
June 18—The Grand Master granted a special dispensation for the election of officers on this date.1918-1919
J. P. Keech, Master; R. G. Allsbrook, Senior Warden; B. Benjamin, Junior Warden; M. S. Brown, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Fourteen Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers G. B. Andrews, T. N. Taylor, A. S. King, H. H. James and C. C. Todd.
Affiliated: Brothers Jas. B. Lloyd and J. D. Foster.
July 17, 1918—The lodge attended funeral of Brother G. L. Heilbroner, deceased. The body was escorted to depot and the burial was at Goldsboro.
July 23—Total receipts for past year were $1,595.26.
September 10—Morehead City Lodge was requested to confer F. C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother W. R. Wyatt. The Secretary read letters from Brothers E. F. Rimer and A. P. Hyman who are “with the colors.” Brother John R. Pender offered to donate a Service Flag which was accepted.
September 24—A letter was read from Brother J. G. Raby with American Forces in England. This was the last Communication held in 1918 due to Influenza Epidemic.
January 16, 1919—The Thanksgiving offering to Orphan Asylum was $108.20. Bonds were ordered issued to five brethren who had carried H & L stock to maturity. It was reported that Fellow Craft W. I. Hobbs had died.
March 11—The request from Skewarkee Lodge of Williamston to confer the F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother Turner G. Grimes was
granted. Miss Elizabeth Hutchins sent a letter thanking lodge for paying her bill while sick with influenza in hospital. The Secretary read a letter from Brother A. P. Hyman, who was then stationed in Germany, and a card from the Washington-LaFayette Masonic Club, Paris, France, stating that Brother E. F. Rimmer had been entertained at club on January 17. It was decided to request every Initiate, if possible for him to do so, to carry one share of H & L stock to help on lodge debt.
March 25—Raleigh Lodge No. 500 requested Concord Lodge to confer F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Dr. O. H. Graham, which was granted.
April 8—A brother who had been a member for 28 years asked to be put on list who paid only $1 a year and he was informed that he would have to be a member for 30 years before he could be so classified.1919-1920
George Howard, Jr., Master; M. S. Brown, Senior Warden; Harry Fagan, Junior Warden; B. Benjamin, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; G. B. Andrews, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and eight Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers L. H. Hobgood, H. L. Kele, Rev. R. A. Lapsley, Rev. D. E. Earnhart, G. A. Leggett, John R. Pender, Jr., Rawls Howard, J. P. Bunn, J. R. Puckett, E. L. Hart, R. B. Peters, Jr., Wilson Davis and Geo. N. Earnhart.
Affiliated: E. H. Marrow and C. A. Shipp.
Reinstated: Brothers J. Frank Liles and W. S. Parsons.
Demitted: Brothers R. R. Copeland and P. A. Taylor.
June 24, 1919—A picture of late Brother G. L. Heilbroner was presented the lodge by his widow. Brother R. C. Dunn of Enfield delivered an address and a barbecue dinner was served at Fair Grounds.
July 23—The Secretary was instructed to order 100 cloth aprons. The Temple Committee was ordered to have leak in roof repaired, front window to lodge room repaired and fire escape painted.
August 12—A request from Corinthian Lodge No. 542 of Greensboro to confer F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother Paul G. Trogden was granted. The Secretary was instructed to put an advertisement in the Tarboro Southerner for chair of Senior Warden taken from lodge room on July 4.
August 16—This was a Lodge of Sorrow for departed Brother W. A. Williams who was interred with Masonic honors in Greenwood Cemetery.
September 9—The Grand Secretary requested Concord Lodge to pay per capita tax on a brother from 1910 to 1919. The brother was now living in Red Springs and his name had been omitted from roll of membership. Brother A. P. Hyman, who had recently returned from overseas gave an interesting talk on his Masonic experiences in France and Germany.
October 14—Brothers E. F. Rimmer and A. P. Hyman were relieved of all lodge dues during time they were in U. S. Army. The Tyler was instructed to install new lights in lodge room.
October 21—A committee was appointed to “draft resolutions of sympathy and respect to M∴W∴Brother J. W. Cotten, P.G.M., in the recent loss of his son, Howard Cotten.”
December 9—A donation of $100 was sent to Oxford Orphanage.
December 19—This was a Lodge of Sorrow for deceased Brother J. L. Hobgood who was interred in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
December 23—The lodge voted unanimously to increase dues to $12 annually and fee for degrees to $40.
February 24, 1920—“A committee was appointed to represent the Blue Lodge in regards to establishing a Masonic club on second floor of Temple building.”
March 9—The Temple Committee reported they had an offer of $137.50 per month for first floor and heat furnished for both second and third floors. Brother H. L. Kele was requested to place notice of Masonic meetings in hotel and barber shops. “Brother John R. Pender asked for quit claim deed for the alley in rear of Masonic Temple beyond this building as he owned all abutting property. By vote of lodge the request of Brother Pender was granted.”COPY OF DEED FROM JOHN R. PENDER AND WIFE
“North Carolina, Edgecombe County. This deed, made this 21st day of May, by John R. Pender and his wife, A. L. Pender, party of the first part, to Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M., of Tarboro, North Carolina, party of the second part. Witnesseth: That for and in consideration of the sum of $10 and other good and valuable consideration, paid to the party of the first part by the party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said John R. Pender, and his wife, A. L. Pender have released, relinquished and quit claimed, and do by these presents forever release, relinquish and quit claim unto the said Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M., its successors and assigns, the following described lot or parcel of land to wit: That certain lot or parcel of land situated and being on East Pitt Street in the Town of Tarboro, aforesaid State and county, lying just east of and adjacent to the Masonic Temple Building and being well known as Bond's Alley, the part herein conveyed being bounded on the South by the said Pitt Street, on the West by the Masonic Temple Building, on the North by the line of the north wall of the Temple Building extended across said alley, and on the East by the land of the said John R. Pender, and being the part of the said Bond's Alley fronting on the said Pitt Street running back between parallel lines the depth of the said Masonic Temple Building. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD above mentioned and described lot or parcel of land, and all right, title and interest therein, together with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M. of Tarboro, North Carolina, its successors and assigns, forever. WITNESS WHEREOF, the said John R. Pender, and his wife, A. L. Pender, party of the first part, have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals, as on the day and date first above written.
John R. Pender, (Seal)
A. L. Pender, (Seal)
“North Carolina, Edgecombe County. I, A. T. Walston, Clerk of the Superior Court, do hereby certify that John R. Pender, and his wife A. L. Pender personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing deed, and the said A. L. Pender, wife of the said John R. Pender, being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband touching her voluntary execution of the same, doth state that she signed the same freely and voluntary, without fear or compulsion of her said husband, or any other person, and that she doth still voluntarily assent thereto. Let the same, with this certificate, be registered this the 29 day of May, 1923. A. T. Walston, C.S.C. Filed for registration this the 30 day of May, 1923 at 10 a.m. and duly registered. Register of Deeds. H. S. Bunn.”
April 13—A bill was presented for repairs to roof and closet amounting to $109.70.
June 22—Proceeds from Singing Class were $297. Brother J. W. Patton, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was invited for first week in September. Election of officers for ensuing year was held.1920-1921
M. S. Brown, Master; J. D. Foster, Senior Warden; M. L. Laughlin, Junior Warden; B. Benjamin, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; G. B. Andrews, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and seven Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Newsome P. Battle, Ashley C. Speir, Henry C. Bourne, Murray A. Stancill, J. J. Lane and Wm. S. Long.
Affiliated: Brother Gurney P. Hood.
Reinstated: Brother John W. Charles.
July 16, 1920—The application of Robert Jones for admission to Oxford Orphanage was approved.
July 27—Receipts for the past year were: dues $1,135.58, fees $563, rents $1,247.50, total $2,946.08. Dues uncollected were $475. District Deputy Grand Master R. R. Tucker stated he was glad to see so much activity in the lodge.
August 4—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother D. E. Braswell and the body was interred in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
August 10—The Tyler will be paid $50 per annum.
August 24—The Secretary will receive $100 per annum. An invitation was extended for District Meeting to be held in Tarboro in October.
September 3—Fifty-one members and 18 visitors were present. Most Worshipful Brother J. C. Braswell, Grand Master, was present and “gave a beautiful lecture . . . . . on Masonry.”
September 14—Assistant Grand Lecturer J. W. Patton was present.
This completes the minutes of the Eighth Minute Book.
September 28—A request of Hickory Lodge No. 343 to confer the degrees on Homer R. Yount was granted.
November 29—This Lodge of Sorrow was for deceased Brother Lam Lawrence. The lodge proceeded to the home of the late brother and the remains were interred with Masonic honors.
December 4—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother Charles J. Austin. The body was interred in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
December 14—A committee was appointed to investigate matter of organizing an Eastern Star Chapter in Tarboro. The sum of $134.25 was sent to the Orphanage.
February 8, 1921—Chapel Hill Lodge was requested to confer the degrees on R. S. Anderson. Brothers M. L. Laughlin and J. D. Foster attended Grand Lodge. Assistant Grand Lecturer J. W. Patton lectured the lodge for one week .
March 8—The Secretary reported he had drafted on all brethren for dues to January 1, 1922.
March 22—The lodge voted to waive jurisdiction over a man in favor of Macclesfield Lodge No. 581.
April 12—The Secretary reported all brethren had made arrangements about paying dues. Net proceeds of Singing Class were $210.24.
April 26—The lodge decided to have a basket picnic and a good speaker on St. John's Day. Collections are taken at each Communication for Oxford Orphanage and $2.55 was collected at this time.
May 10—The Secretary was instructed to purchase two curtains for anteroom.
May 24—The Secretary was instructed to purchase U. S. flag for lodge room.
June 14—A bill was rendered for a plate glass window amounting to $67.68.1921-1922
M. S. Brown, Master; J. D. Foster, Senior Warden; M. L. Laughlin, Junior Warden; C. C. Todd, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular and four Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. M. Shields, John N. Josey, F. L. Gammon, V. H. Creech, B. H. Stancill and W. H. Morning.
June 24, 1921—St. John's Day—The officers were installed by W∴Brother John A. Weddell, P.M., and after the lodge closed the members and their families went to Noble's Mill for a picnic.
June 28—University Lodge No. 408 of Chapel Hill reported they had conferred all the degrees on R. S. Anderson.
September 27—Brother J. G. Raby told of visiting lodges in England.
October 11—A letter was read from Brother J. M. Baker, Chairman of Edgecombe County Red Cross, asking the lodge to aid this cause. A committee was appointed.
October 25—The Secretary stated that Brother J. M. Baker was donating two Temple bonds amounting to $100 each to be used for purchasing a stereopticon and slides to illustrate the degrees. Brother Baker was given a rising vote of thanks.
December 14—The sum of $25 was given to the Red Cross.
January 10, 1922—Thanksgiving collection for Oxford Orphanage was $100. Paving assessment bills of $78.90 and $95.02 were ordered paid. A motion was made to install a telephone on third floor and that a water closet be placed on third floor if the cost did not exceed $50.
January 24—A committee was appointed to confer with Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in regard to paying rent for lodge room. Brother John A. Weddell, Chairman of Finance Committee, stated that the last report had been made in July 1917. The report now showed: Resources: cash in Farmers Banking and Trust Co. $209.47; in Treasurer's fund at interest $2,000; dues unpaid $562.85; rents due $687.50; total $3,459.82. Liabilities: note due George Howard, Sr. at 6% interest $5,700; 116 bonds at 4% due 3-28-23, $11,600; 60 bonds at 4% due 9-28-24 $6,000; 20 bonds at 4% due 7-1-26 $2,000; 7 bonds at 4% due 7-1-26 $350; 17 bonds at 4% due 7-1-26 $425; paving assessment $855.23; total $26,930.23. The estimated income for year $3,206, estimated outgo $2,287, leaving $919 that could be applied on debt.
February 14—It was stated that it would take $200 to install closet on third floor and the idea was abandoned.
February 28—Brother R. C. Gyles was Raised as a courtesy to Blacksville Lodge No. 639 in South Carolina.
March 14—The $2,000 in hands of Treasurer was ordered paid on note of Brother George Howard, Sr.
March 28—The request of Wm. G. Hill Lodge No. 218 of Raleigh to confer the F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother G. C. Edge was granted.
April 11—Singing Class proceeds were $200.
April 25—Brother John A. Weddell was given a rising vote of thanks for having lodge room cleaned so nicely.
June 13—A letter was read from Most Worshipful Brother James H. Webb, Grand Master, urging all brethren to make a donation to the W. J. Hicks Memorial Hospital to be erected at the Orphanage. Officers were elected for ensuing year.1922-1923
John W. Martin, Master; M. L. Laughlin, Senior Warden; John R. Pender, Jr., Junior Warden; C. C. Todd, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; A. Williamson, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and 16 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Rev. B. E. Brown, H. P. Foxhall, David H. Andrews, H. D. Hardison, W. C. Hargrove, O. O. Boykin, Cicero Price, W. O. Howard, R. S. Weeks, J. Wright Wiggins and T. O. Moses.
Affiliated: Brothers F. B. Hall, L. B. McDaniel, Rev. Daniel Iverson and J. L. McGhea.
Reinstated: Brother Geo. J. Studdert.
Demitted: Brother C. L. Jenkins.
July 11, 1922—A request was received from Summerville Lodge No. 133 of Preston, Mississippi to confer the F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother H. L. Henderson. Receipts for past year were: dues $508.50, fees $277, rents $2,005.13, making a total of $2,790.63.
July 25—Visiting Brother L. M. Epps made a talk on Masonry. “W∴Brother L. H. Pender, P.M., of Greenville Lodge No. 284, expressed himself as being very glad to visit Concord Lodge and stated his father was at one time W.M. of Concord Lodge.” Brother A. Williamson resigned as Tyler and Brother G. B. Andrews was appointed in his place.
September 12—Attention was called to the serious illness of Past Grand Master John W. Cotten.
September 26—Brother G. B. Andrews tendered his resignation as Tyler.
October 3—A Lodge of Sorrow was called for deceased Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M. The Master stated that the Grand Lodge of North Carolina would be opened in this hall and conduct the Masonic services and that the funeral would be held at Calvary Episcopal Church. (See year 1932)
October 10—The Secretary was instructed to order lantern slides. “A letter was read from Brother John R. Pender stating he expected to build a store on vacant lot next to Masonic Temple and asked permission to connect to wall of Temple and to use 18 inches across alley of the lodge in rear of building.” A committee was appointed to investigate same. It was noted that several brethren were greatly in arrears in payment of dues.
November 28—Brother John A Weddell, Chairman of Finance Committee, made a report and stated it would be necessary in 1923 to refinance maturing bonds. The Secretary was asked to write each brother who was more than one year in arrears on dues to be present at next Communication.
December 12—It was ordered that $1,000 be paid to Brother George Howard, Sr., on note. Brother George Howard proposed to the lodge that if it would get the Legislature to authorize an issue of $20,000 First Mortgage bonds, non-taxable, bearing 5% interest, he would buy the bonds at par. His offer was accepted. The lodge voted to send a letter to each member who was in arrears that if dues were not paid by second regular Communication in January 1923 they would be dropped.
December 26—The Thanksgiving offering for Oxford Orphanage
was $180.64. The lodge voted to place a tablet in lodge room in memory of M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., deceased.
December 31—This was a Special Communication to celebrate St. John's Day. The lodge went to Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. and heard an address by R∴W∴Brother Hubert M. Poteat, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge N. C., A.F. & A.M. “The address of Brother Poteat was forceful, inspiring and helpful and a vote of thanks was tendered Brother Poteat for his masterly presentation of a ‘Mason's Opportunity in a Modern World’ ”.
January 23, 1923—Attending the Grand Lodge were Brothers John W. Martin, M. L. Laughlin and John A. Weddell. The lodge voted to summon to next Communication all brethren one year in arrears in dues.
February 6—Brother G. Cleveland Edge was Raised for Wm. G. Hill Lodge No. 218 of Raleigh.
February 13—It was stated that one office had been rented to daughter of Nathan Williams (colored) to be used as a beauty parlor for white only. Twenty-nine members had been summoned to this Communication on account of dues. Each case was taken up separately and disposed of. Seven brethren failing to heed summons were cited for trial. Brother Daniel Iverson read Short Talk Bulletin No. 1 on Paul Revere.
February 27—A committee was appointed to raise funds for Memorial Hospital at Orphanage. Visiting Brother B. B. Slaughter made an address.
March 13—Brother Weddell stated that bill allowing Concord Lodge to issue $20,000 in bonds had passed, but tax exemption clause had been stricken out which called off deal with Brother George Howard to purchase bonds. He suggested that all bond holders be contacted to see if they would exchange their bonds for the new 5% bonds. There were issued 200 bonds in $100 denomination to run from April 1, 1923 to April 1, 1943, interest at 5% payable semi-annually. Brother George Howard, Sr., John R. Pender and W. R. Felton were Trustees. The amount owing in dues to January 1, 1923 was about $600.
March 22—Ten brethren were summoned to this Communication who had failed to heed prior summons.
March 27—A committee was appointed to secure contributions to the George Washington National Masonic Memorial at Alexandria, Virginia. The lodge voted to ask District Deputy Grand Master John W. Martin to hold District Meeting in Tarboro. The following action was taken: “On motion of W. C. Hargrove, seconded by Alfred Tait and on a vote of the lodge duly carried, it is hereby resolved that Concord Lodge accept the offer of John R. Pender of One Thousand Dollars cash for the use of the present north wall of the Temple building, to be used by him only for the purpose of connecting thereto a two story brick store building, which he proposes to erect on the vacant lot just north of the Temple building; and it is further resolved that Concord Lodge convey to the said John R. Pender all their or its right, title, and interest in that part of the strip of land known as Bond's Alley which lies north of a line which begins eighteen inches south of the northeast corner of the Temple building and runs in an easterly direction parallel with Pitt street for the width of the said Bond's Alley, upon the said John R. Pender executing and delivering to said lodge a deed for all his right, title and interest in and to that part of said Bond's Alley lying south of the line above described, and also for a strip of land eighteen inches wide lying just east of said Alley, and fronting eighteen inches on Pitt street and running back in a northerly direction between parallel lines for about twenty-five feet; and be it further resolved that the Worshipful Master, Secretary, Treasurer, Senior and Junior Wardens are hereby appointed Trustees of said Concord Lodge to execute the necessary deeds for and in behalf of said lodge.”
April 24—It was reported there had been received a $200 donation for Hicks Memorial Hospital at the Orphanage. Brother J. W. Rowell, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was invited to lecture the lodge for two weeks. Proceeds of Singing Class were $265.19. St. John's Lodge No. 4 of Kinston was pleased to confer F.C. and M.M. Degrees on Brother Ex Nobles.
May 8—It was decided to deposit all Temple bonds over $13,600 with Farmers Banking and Trust Co. for safe keeping. Owners of bonds were as follows: Farmers Banking and Trust Co. Nos. 1 to 89 inclusive $8,900; George Howard Nos. 90 to 134 inclusive $4,500; R. G. Allsbrook Nos. 135 and 136 $200; deposited in Farmers Banking and Trust Co. for safe-keeping Nos. 137 to 200 inclusive $6,400; total $20,000. Brother W. C. Hargrove reported that $26.50 had been contributed to George Washington National Masonic Memorial.
May 22—Brother J. W. Rowell, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was present and work in the First Degree was exemplified.
May 31—W∴Brother George Howard, Jr., stated he was glad to be present as he had been living out of town for past two years.1923-1924
M. L. Laughlin, Master; W. C. Baker, Senior Warden; C. C. Todd, Junior Warden; Alfred Tait, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; Raiford Liles, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and 17 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. R. Sexton, S. G. Jenkins, W. D. Wagner, W. G. Clark, Jr., Wm. H. Powell, J. M. Traylor, Ex Nobles and S. W. Anderson.
Four members were Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
August 10, 1923—This Special Communication was called to show sorrow and respect for our late President Warren G. Harding as brother Mason, a man and as Chief Executive of our country and to attend the memorial service to be held in Town Common at 3 o'clock.
August 14—Brother John A. Weddell was instructed to get a tablet commemorating late M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., at a cost of $65. The lodge invited District Deputy Grand Master John A. Weddel to hold District Meeting in Tarboro.
September 11—A petitioner for the Degrees asked that Concord Lodge request some lodge in Chicago to confer the Degrees on him. This was granted. The Short Talk Bulletin No. 9 on Warren G. Harding was read by Brother Weddell. Most Worshipful Brother H. M. Poteat, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, invited the brethren to attend the ceremonies of laying corner stone of the George Washington Memorial at Alexandria, Virginia on November 1, 1923.
September 17—This Special Communication was to entertain the 18th District composed of the lodges in Edgecombe and Martin Counties. Most Worshipful Brother H. M. Poteat, G.M., was present; also, M∴W∴Brother J. C. Braswell, P.G.M., and Right Worshipful Brother W. C. Wicker, Educational Field Secretary.
September 25—The lodge voted to send five cents per capita for relief of Japanese sufferers.
January 8, 1924—The lodge at Wadesboro was requested to confer the degrees on a candidate.
January 22—Brother J. W. Martin attended Grand Lodge. The per capita tax was raised to $2.50.
April 3—At the trial of a brother charged with un-Masonic conduct 80 members were present, Twenty-seven members were excused for non-attendance and six brethren who failed to answer the summons had charges filed against them.
April 23—The Secretary was instructed to summon 21 brethren who were one or more years behind with their dues. Proceeds of Singing Class were $367.50 which was turned over to Brother L. W. Alderman, Director of Class.
May 13—The lodge voted that beginning with next year all ministers belonging to lodge would pay as dues only the per capita tax.
June 10—The officers were authorized to sign notes for any funds that might be needed to retire bonds due. It was ordered that resolutions of sorrow and respect for death of Mrs. J. W. Cotten, widow of late M∴W∴Brother J. W. Cotten, P.G.M., be drawn.1924-1925
M. L. Laughlin, Master; W. C. Baker, Senior Warden; R. E. L. Cook, Junior Warden; Alfred Tait, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; Raiford Liles, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and six Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Wm. Augustus Harrell, Roy Lee McLawhon and Julian A. Turrentine.
Affiliated: Brothers T. H. Gaskin, E. S. White and A. D. Mizell.
June 24, 1924—It was reported that $1,000 in bonds had been retired and $613.87 were owing in dues. W∴Brother John A. Weddell, District Deputy Grand Master, installed some of the officers of Macclesfield Lodge No. 581. After the lodge closed the brethren went to the Fair Grounds for barbecue and brunswick stew dinner.
July 8—It was ordered that lodge buy Mackey's Encyclopedia for $5.
August 12—The lodge voted to loan a young lady some funds to secure a business education.
October 14—A committee was appointed to see about a corner stone or tablet at new school building. It was stated that the roof of Temple was badly in need of repairs.
October 27—Brother H. E. Frazer was Raised as a courtesy to Etiwan Lodge No. 95 of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
November 11—The lodge approved the action of the Worshipful Master in promising $2.50 as a prize to Edgecombe Public Library to be awarded to some child or children for best paper written on some subject.
January 27, 1925—Three hundred dollars in bonds were retired. Brother R. E. L. Cook attended Grand Lodge. The Secretary was instructed to order “The Master Mason” for one year.
February 4—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother R. G. Allsbrook, P.M. The lodge went to the home, thence to Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church and then to Greenwood Cemetery where the body was interred with Masonic honors.
February 24—A committee was appointed to draft resolutions for deceased Brother George Howard, Sr., who died February 21, 1925.
April 14—W∴Brother K. W. Winstead, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was present.
May 30—This Special Communication was to show respect to deceased Brother John Pender who died May 28, 1925, age 40. The lodge went to the home and then to Calvary Episcopal Church and the body was deposited in church yard with Masonic honors.1925-1926
W. C. Baker, Master; R. E. L. Cook, Senior Warden; W. C. Hargrove, Junior Warden; G. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; T. H. Gaskins, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brother A. R. Wiggins.
Demitted: Brothers George Howard, Jr. and Ex Nobles.
June 24, 1925—This was the observance of St. John's Day; the officers were installed and a dinner was served at Fair Ground.
July 14—The Secretary was instructed to order cut, with square and compasses, to give notice of Regular Communications in Tarboro Southerner.
August 25—Several brethren were summoned on account of dues.
September 3—A Lodge of Sorrow was called for late Brother F. P. Pulley who died September 2, 1925. The lodge went to the home, then to Greenwood Cemetry where the remains were interred with Masonic honors.
October 8—This Lodge of Sorrow was for deceased Brother W. O. Howard. The lodge went to the home, then to Methodist Church and to Greenwood Cemetery where the body was deposited with Masonic honors.
October 28—The lodge voted to send $10 to Miles Harvey Chapter, D.A.R., to help pay for bronze tablet commemorating the visit of George Washington to Tarboro in 1791.
November 24—The lodge was invited to Enfield on December 22 at formal dedication of new Masonic Temple. A telegram was read announcing death of Brother A. S. Barnes on November 13. It was ordered that $25 be sent to Oxford Orphanage and $10 to Eastern Star Home. Visiting Brother E. H. Cranmer made an address.
December 7—A Lodge of Sorrow was held to show respect to deceased Brother A. F. Leighton, who had been a member of Macclesfield Lodge No. 581. The lodge went to Carlisle Funeral Home, then to Bethany Church where the remains were interred with Masonic honors.
December 8—Brother B. E. Brown agreed to serve as Educational Secretary for the lodge. He gave an illustrated lecture on the Holy Land. Brother T. O. Moses reported he and Brother John A. Weddell attended dedication of new Temple at Enfield. “A beautiful turkey supper was served before meeting by ladies of Eastern Star Chapter.”
January 12, 1926—As a Thanksgiving offering $114.65 was sent to Oxford Orphanage. Brother John A. Weddell presented for the family a portrait of Brother Lam Lawrence, deceased, and for himself a copy of “The Builders” by Newton and a copy of “Symbolic Masonry” by Hayward.
February 9—Brother J. P. Keech presented to the lodge from Brother J. H. Jacocks a picture taken by Brother B. E. Brown on hill overlooking Jerusalem and site of King Solomon's Temple. Brother Brown gave a talk on the 25 Landmarks of Masonry.
March 9—Brother Weddell called attention to minutes and other records of lodge that seemed to be missing.
April 27—Brother K. W. Winstead, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was present.
May 11—A committee reported that they had submitted to State Highway Commission a proposition to rent second floor of Temple for $75 per month. Brother B. E. Brown gave a lecture on “Patriotism and Masonry.”
June 8—Proceeds from Singing Class were $170.65.
R. E. L. Cook, Master; W. C. Hargrove, Senior Warden; T. O. Moses, Junior Warden; George Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; T. H, Gaskins, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. L. Bullock and Stephen Lee Elrod.
Affiliated: Brothers Ex Nobles and Thos. E. Bass.
June 24, 1926—St. John's Day. The officers were installed. It was decided to have a Field Secretary to collect all dues owing the lodge and he would receive 10% of the collection.
July 27—At this time uncollected dues are $825, uncollected rents $114, total liabilities $19,575.15, estimated annual income $3,750, estimated disbursements $2,870, apparent surplus to retire bonds $880.
August 10—Worshipful Brother R. E. L. Cook, Master, made a talk on “The Present Mexican Situation.”
August 24—The Worshipful Master made a talk on “The Origin of Freemasonry.”
September 14—W∴Brother Cook, Master of Concord Lodge, made a talk on “The Book of Job.”
October 12—Brother Weddell stated that Brother W. C. Wicker, Educational Secretary for Grand Lodge, would give an illustrated lecture at Conetoe tomorrow night. W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., gave a talk on “The Good Samaritan.”
October 26—The lodge voted to send $10 to Florida victims of recent storm. It was decided to celebrate the 115th anniversary of Concord Lodge on November 22.
January 25, 1927—Brother R. E. L. Cook, W.M., attended Grand Lodge and made a report. He was made District Deputy Grand Master of the 18th District.
February 22—The Thanksgiving offering sent to the Orphanage was $78. Talks were made on George Washington by Brothers J. P. Keech, P.M., and R. E. L. Cook, W.M.
March 30—This Special Communication was for purpose of getting the brethren together. There was an attendance of 38 members. The Worshipful Master stated that Concord Lodge got its name from the first battle of the Revolutionary war, which was fought at Concord, Mass., and the word Concord at that time was famous for said reason. Nine other brethren made talks.
April 26—Proceeds from Singing Class of Oxford Orphanage were $169. The lodge voted to send $25 to Mississippi flood sufferers. The supper on March 30 cost the lodge $48.59.
May 6—Brother R. C. Hogshead was Raised for Eureka Lodge No. 195 in Virginia.
May 24—Brother Cook made a very instructive talk on “Mussolini, Dictator of Italy.” The 18th District Meeting will be held in Tarboro June 8, 9, and 10.1927-1928
J. P. Keech, Master; W. C. Hargrove, Senior Warden; T. O. Moses, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; J. C. Liles, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brother F. M. Hill.
Affiliated: Brothers Rev. L. C. Larkin and Thos. E. Bass.
Demitted: Brother F. B. Hall.
June 24, 1927—Brother J. M. Baker, P.M., on behalf of Mrs. George Howard's family presented a portrait of W∴Brother George Howard, deceased, who had been a Master of Concord Lodge for 15 years, and he delivered a “beautiful eulogy” on the life of the late brother.
July 12—The lodge voted to give its moral support to a public golf course. It was stated that “quite a number” of members were badly in arrears in dues.
September 13—It was reported that $140.39 was paid for a plate glass window. A daughter of a deceased member was loaned $80 to help with her education.
November 22—The lodge members met but did not open the lodge. There was a bountiful supper and a talk on “The Relation of Christianty to Masonry” by Brother, the Rev. J. A. Vache of New Bern.
December 13—The lodge voted to send $10 to Masonic and Eastern Star Home at Greensboro.
January 10, 1928—The lodge bought a car of coal from the Town of Tarboro for $277.61. The Thanksgiving offering for Orphan Asylum was $113.25.
January 18—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother Raiford Liles. The lodge went to the home, thence to Greenwood Cemetery and interred the body with Masonic honors.
January 24—It was decided to purchase new shades and repair plastering. Brothers R. E. L. Cook, J. A. Weddell and T. O. Moses attended Grand Lodge.
February 13—The lodge adopted a resolution of sorrow and regret on the death of Brother R. L. Brown, Superintendent of Oxford Orphanage for many years.
February 25—“Brother John A. Weddell explained to the brothers and gave the history of officer's apron that is framed and hanging on lodge room wall, how it had been stolen by a Yankee soldier during the Civil war, and how it had been returned to Concord Lodge a few years ago by a Captain in the Union army, who had taken it from a private.”
Also hanging on the wall of the ante-room is a framed letter which Brother Weddell received early in 1900 explaining in detail the incidents connected with this stolen apron. The letter is as follows:
“Delhi, Deleware Co., New York
February 17, 1900
“John A. Weddell, Esq.,
Secretary Concord Lodge, Tarboro, N. C.
Dear Sir & Brother:
“Your very interesting communication of January 24th came to hand by due course of mail, and its contents have given myself and the brethren of Delhi Lodge No. 439, a great deal of real pleasure. The fraternal spirit conveyed therein is understood and appreciated by its members to the fullest extent.
“You ask me to again give you the circumstances under which the Jewel came into my possession. The decaying memories of more than thirty-five years makes this a little difficult as to details, but I easily recall the main features. The organization to which I belonged, formed a part of what was called the Burnside Expedition. At some point in the state of North Carolina, just where I have no clear recollection whatever, I met a soldier, not of my own regiment but of the Union Army, who had
in his possession a Masonic Jewel, a silver square, and as now appears a Masonic apron, both of which I in some manner secured, either by coaxing or by purchase, but of details in this regard I have entirely forgotten.
“Soon after this, having been unable to ascertain the ownership I took them home with instructions to place them in the Archives of our lodge for safe keeping. The silver square had the word Concord inscribed on one prong, and the word Lodge on the other. Some twenty years later, having occasion to visit the Masonic Temple in New York, it occurred to my mind to examine the transactions of North Carolina in quest of Concord Lodge. Having found it I addressed a letter to its Worshipful Master, Wardens and brethren, giving an account of the manner of how the jewel came into my possession, and saying to them that if they would communicate with J. S. Page or F. L. Norton, at Delhi, Deleware Co., New York, their property would be returned. That was done and the jewel was returned to its proper owners. At this time and for many years afterwards, the fact had entirely gone from my memory that there was an official apron with the jewel. This fact was accidentally brought to my mind, when on a regular Communication we had the pleasure of a visit of the Grand Master of Masons of the state of Arkansaw. Masonic incidents were the order of the hour and in giving this for the benefit of young Masons my attention was called to the apron and that fact was the basis of my recent letter to you. The apron will follow this missive very closely.
“And now brethren, if this incident shall have the effect of strengthening the mystic tie, nay more, if it will form ever so small a link in the chain of mutual respect which is bringing the people of the North and South together in all that makes for good citizenship, and whose earnest effort in life will be to determine who can best work and best agree, our object in this correspondence will have been fully accomplished.
“In closing, permit me to say, that I know I am but voicing the sentiments of all the brethren of Delhi Lodge No. 439, when we here give expression to an earnest hope for your welfare in this world and in the world to come, and we also feel honored in subscribing ourselves on behalf of the brethren,
Truly and Fraternally yours,”
The signature to this fraternal and most cordial letter is indistinct.
March 27—A bill for $126.58 for painting and repairing lodge room was ordered paid. Brother Jas. B. Lloyd read an address that he had delivered on St. John's Day 1904. At this time the fee for the Degrees is $40.
June 12—The Singing Class proceeds were $200. The annual election was held.1928-1929
T. O. Moses, Master; J. L. Bullock, Senior Warden; Thos. E. Bass, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; J. C. Liles, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and two Special Communications.
Demitted: Brothers T. P. Jenkins, M. L. Killebrew and John R. Pender, Jr.
Eight members were Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 26, 1928—This Communication was in observance of St. John's Day and Brother B. E. Brown, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, gave a talk on St. John the Baptist.
August 14—The lodge voted to waive jurisdiction over a profane in favor of Cleveland Lodge No. 202 of Shelby.
August 28—The lodge voted to waive jurisdiction over a profane in favor of Palmyra Lodge No. 147 of Dunn.
October 9—It was reported that Brother A. Williamson, one of the oldest members of the lodge, had been missing for a week. A committee was appointed to devise ways of locating him. He has never been found.
October 23—W∴Brother W. C. Manning, District Deputy Grand Master, member of Skewarkee Lodge No. 90 of Williamston, was present and appealed to the lodge to help in the $250,000 drive for Oxford Orphanage.
November 13—A hospital bill amounting to $29 for a brother was ordered paid.
January 22, 1929—The rent of second floor to State Highway Commission was reduced to $62.50 per month. It was ordered that suitable resolutions be drawn for W∴Brother John R. Pender, P.M., who died January 15, 1929. Brother T. O. Moses, W.M., attended Grand Lodge. The Secretary was instructed to call on all members to pay their dues or they would be summoned.
February 12—The lodge voted to retire $1,500 of bonds. It was ordered that the funds of Concord Lodge be deposited and kept in two separate accounts. All rent money is to be used for paying off bonds and interest and upkeep of Temple; all dues and fees to pay lodge expenses.
February 25—It was reported that 22 bonds held in escrow by Farmers Banking and Trust Co. had been cancelled.
March 12—The Secretary and Treasurer were instructed to make a loan of $200 for 30 to 60 days to meet interest on Temple bonds.
April 9—Receipts of Singing Class were $125.
May 14—The annual dues were reduced from $12 to $6. Brother J. C. Liles resigned as Tyler and Brother C. B. Keech was appointed Tyler. The lodge voted to give the Eastern Star Chapter the right to hang their charter on the walls of Concord Lodge.
May 28—It was stated that the District Meeting would be held at Robersonville June 5.1929-1930
W. C. Hargrove, Master; M. L. Laughlin, Senior Warden; H. D. Hardison, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; C. B. Keech, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and four Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers R. O. Watson, Jack Benjamin, D. F. Horn, Roy O. Madra and R. P. Cherry.
Affiliated: Brother Thomas L. Shipp.
Demitted: Brother L. C. Larkin.
Two members Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
June 24, 1929—Brother D. Mac Johnson of Enfield gave an address on this St. John's Day.
September 21—A lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother W. J. Thigpen, P.M. Brother C. K. Proctor, Superintendent of Oxford Orphanage, conducted Masonic services at the grave. The lodge went to the home, thence to Calvary Episcopal Church and the body was interred in church yard with Masonic honors.
September 24—Before the lodge opened a supper was served by ladies of Charles J. Austin Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Brother
T. G. Vickers of Henderson made an address. W∴Brother J. M. Baker, P.M., the oldest member of Concord Lodge, who was made a Mason over 40 years ago, gave a talk.
October 8—The Secretary and Treasurer were instructed to borrow $100 to pay Grand Lodge Dues.
October 22—There was an oyster supper before lodge opened. Brother C. K. Proctor, Supt. of Oxford Orphanage, made an address.
November 12—A sick brother was given $45.
A turkey supper was served by ladies of the Eastern Star and the lodge was addressed by Brother C. L. Reed.
December 10—The brethren from Rocky Mount conferred the Third Degree.
January 14, 1930—The lodge instructed its delegates to Grand Lodge to vote for lower per capita tax.
January 25—The vacant lot in rear of Temple was rented to Baker Mercantile Co. for $25 with the lodge reserving the right to use space to unload coal. Brother John A. Weddell attended Grand Lodge. It was reported that Brothers T. H. Gaskins and Joe Bunn were both slowly improving from sickness.
February 11—A brother asked for a loan of $50 and a committee was appointed to secure same from the brethren.
February 25—The family of deceased Brother John R. Pender presented a number of books to the lodge.
March 11—The lodge voted to request the North Carolina Congressmen to support bill providing for Educational Secretary in President's cabinet.
March 25—Brother J. M. Baker appealed to the lodge in behalf of a distressed daughter of a deceased Mason, who had been a life time member of the lodge. The sum of $15 was granted and a committee appointed to confer with the Grand Master about sending out a letter of appeal to lodges in the state.
April 8—There were 22 members present from Ahoskie, Powellsville, and Rocky Mount lodges. Brother Roy O. Madra was Raised for Concord Lodge No. 58 and Brother J. T. Gaskill for John C. Britton Lodge No. 653 of Powellsville. Brother H. S. Corey of Queen City Lodge No. 602 of Rocky Mount presided in East during conferring of Degrees and was assisted by brethren from his lodge. Brother J. J. Taylor of Powellsville gave the lecture.
April 22—The matter of running water in barber shop was referred to Temple Committee.
May 13—Proceeds of Singing Class on May 12 were $100. Brother John A. Weddell read a detailed audit from July 1, 1925 to May 1930 and was paid $70 for his work.
June 10—Brother D. F. Horn stated that he and Brother W. D. Wagner, who were appointed to attend meeting of civic clubs and Salvation Army on May 28, had done so, had been put on a committee to solicit funds and had completed their work and turned over proceeds to Salvation Army.1930-1931
M. L. Laughlin, Master; H. D. Hardison, Senior Warden; A. D. Mizell, Junior Warden; George N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; E. H. Marrow, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and three Special Communications.
During the entire year there were no Degrees conferred, none were Affiliated, Demitted or Suspended. Two members died.
July 8, 1930—The Grand Lodge per capita tax is $284. It was decided to have portraits in lodge room hung in a more artistic manner. Brother R. E. L. Cook attended St. John's Day at Oxford Orphanage.
July 22—W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., made an address on “The Landmarks of Masonry.”
August 12—The State Highway Commission desires to have second floor offices they occupy renovated. There were cancelled $500 in Temple bonds. Brother W. C. Baker made a 15 minute talk.
August 26—Brother J. M. Traylor was reported to have been in an automobile accident and confined to bed. Brother R. E. L. Cook made a talk on early history of Grand Lodge, which was organized in Tarboro 1787. He gave some interesting facts about first 18 lodges in the state. The Finance Committee desired to make a loan to pay Grand Lodge dues.
September 23—The second floor was renovated at a cost of $250. Brother B. E. Brown made a talk on “God and Immortality.”
October 12—A Lodge of Sorrow was held for deceased Brother C. B. Keech, age 59. The lodge met at the home, went to the Methodist Church and interred the body in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
This completes the minutes in the Ninth Minute Book.
October 15—The applications of Brother and Mrs. T. H. Gaskins to enter Masonic and Eastern Star Home were acted on favorably.
November 11—Brother Haywood Clark, one of the oldest members of Concord Lodge, died at Wilmington October 30, 1930. Dues of two brethren were remitted on account of sickness.
November 25—An oyster supper was served by the ladies of the Eastern Star Chapter before the lodge opened. Brother A. Paul Bagby made an address. Twenty-three members were present.
January 27, 1931—The Thanksgiving offering for the Orphanage was $28. Brothers J. P. Keech, D. F. Horn, Edgar Hart and R. V. Knight attended Grand Lodge. In discussing having a supper one brother stated the lodge should not have a supper when there were hungry people in Tarboro, but should give such amount to charity. It was decided to have a supper at next Communication at Rainbow Inn, each brother to pay for his supper. The Secretary stated the lodge must practice the strictest economy with so many brethren behind in dues. Much discussion obtained about collecting these dues.
February 24—The lodge carried $11,000 insurance on building and premium ordered paid was $99.
March 24—The Worshipful Master stated “quite a few Masons” were applying for aid. Brothers D. F. Horn and M. S. Brown, P.M., were reported sick.
April 14—Bonds for $300 were cancelled, reducing the debt to $15,200.
April 28—Several brethren visited a lodge at Rocky Mount, which is now meeting in the new Temple.
May 18—This Special Communication entertained the 18th District Meeting with 32 members and 21 visitors including Most Worshipful J. W. Winborne, Grand Master; Right Worshipful John J. Phoenix, Grand Treasurer; Right Worshipful John H. Anderson, Grand Secretary; and, Worshipful W. C. Manning, District Deputy Grand Master. Labor was dispensed with and members of Charles J. Austin Chapter No. 193, Order of the Eastern Star, were admitted and listened to talks by the Grand Officers.
May 26—Singing Class proceeds on May 22 were $75.
June 9—The State Highway Commission protested that $75 per month rent for second floor was too high.
A. D. Mizell, Master; J. L. Bullock, Senior Warden; T. L. Shipp, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. H. Jacocks, Secretary; Cicero Price, Tyler.
Twenty-eight Regular and five Special Communications.
There is no record in the minutes of any election of officers in June 1932 but an election was held on December 13, 1932. There is therefore here recorded a term of 18 months.
Raised: Brothers H. A. Blankenship and Julius Sharp.
Affiliated: Brother Dr. W. O. House.
July 14, 1931—Brother T. H. Gaskins was present and stated that he and his wife were enjoying living at Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro. Brother Gaskins was given a life membership.
August 11—It was reported that Brother Moses Heilbroner had died in Richmond, Virginia. The amount due Grand Lodge was $255. The bonded indebtedness is now $14,800. Dues now outstanding are $1,029.75.
November 10—Brother J. H. Jacocks, Secretary, is very ill and W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., was appointed Acting Secretary.
November 24—Brother R. E. L. Cook was leased part of first floor for $1,200 per year. Thanksgiving collection for Orphanage was $27.
February 23, 1932—A letter from the Grand Secretary stated that 25 cents per member would be allowed on the per capita tax. It was ordered that this refund of $25 be sent to Oxford Orphanage. Brother R. E. L. Cook attended Grand Lodge. Appropriate remarks were made on 200th anniversary of birth of Brother George Washington.
March 8—An article on the life of M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten, P.G.M., was read. This was prepared by Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., and at this time Acting Secretary. The article is as follows:
“John W. Cotten of Tarboro, N. C. Born August 11, 1845—died October 1, 1922. Past Master Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M., Tarboro N. C. Charter member Concord Chapter No. 5, R.A.M. Director Oxford Orphanage many years. Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina 1893-1894. Lt. 10th Heavy Artillery and Signal Corps, C.S.A. Captain Edgecombe Guards Co. A, N.C.S.G. Brig. Genl. 1st Brigade N.C.S.G., 1891-1896. Major 2nd Regiment N. C. Voluteers May 27, 1898. John Whitaker Cotten was a soldier born to command and he possessed to an eminent degree the qualities of a noble and successful commander, and too by his military bearing and decorum he won the confidence and esteem of his superior officers and he rose in rank and popularity. All that knew him did admire him and he easily won the hearts of his men for he had a high sense of honor, and while he was grave and dignified and reserved yet he was prompt and decided. He never sought self aggrandizement but was generous and magnanimous, ever willing to give the praise to others. In life, among all, he was considered a most able and influential man, and in the galaxy of representative men he stood forth preeminent. His record and service to the state will be a pleasant memory to all those that came in contact with him in his life.”
March 22—A motion was carried that each member be notified that if $6 were paid for dues the same would be credited as dues for 1932 and all other past dues would be remitted, but this must be done by June 1, 1932.
April 8—Right Worshipful Brother John H. Anderson, Grand Secretary, was present and talked on Masonic law. The Singing Class appeared on April 6.
April 12—Brother J. H. Jacocks, who had been Secretary for 20 years, died on April 10. The Worshipful Master stated he had received $540 from the Grand Lodge for six Masonic Temple Construction bonds of Raleigh and that $500 had been placed in Edgecombe H & L Association in paid up certificate.
April 26—Brother Gaston Lichenstein of Meridian Lodge No. 284 of Richmond, Virginia was present and presented a portrait of his father, David Lichenstein, a former member of Concord Lodge.
May 10—Brother T. T. Cherry was recognized as having been a Mason for 40 years.
July 26—It was decided to pay the Secretary $60 and the Tyler $20 per year. Brother J. A. Weddell was reported very sick in Rocky Mount.
August 10—A Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother Mark Shipp, who was a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 117 of Wilson. The lodge went to the home of Brother T. L. Shipp and body was interred in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
November 22—W∴Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M., and his wife were injured in an automobile accident and are in a Raleigh hospital.
December 13—Visiting Brother J. L. Peacock made an address. Election of officers for 1933 was held.
December 27—The officers were installed. The Thanksgiving offering for Orphanage was $15.1933
J. L. Bullock, Master; T. L. Shipp, Senior Warden; D. F. Horn, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; J. C. Lyles, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular and two Special Communications.
Affiliated: Brother James Howard Brown.
Demitted: Brother L. R. Sugg.
January 10, 1933—Concord Lodge now has a membership of 103 and the per capita tax is $1.25.
January 24—All Past Masters were called to the East: Brothers J. M. Baker, J. A. Weddell, J. W. Martin, T. O. Moses, W. C. Hargrove, W. C. Baker, M. L. Laughlin, J. P. Keech and A. D. Mizell. Brother H. C. Bourne gave an address on “History of Lodge.”
March 14—It was noted that Brother Alfred Tait died February 21. Visiting Brother J. Howard Brown, P.M., member of Rich Square Lodge No. 488, talked on “Masonic and Eastern Star Home.”
March 28—The per capita tax to June 30, 1932 was $230 and the per capita tax to December 31, 1932 was $128.75.
April 4—A Special Communication was called by order of Most Worshipful Brother H. C. Alexander, Grand Master. Brother J. L. Peacock offered prayer, Brother W. O. House read selections of the Ancient Precepts, Brother J. Howard Brown led the members in repeating obligation of the Third Degree, Brother H. C. Bourne gave an address on the American Flag and Brother T. L. Shipp read Charges of the three Degrees.
April 11—The store on first floor was rented to W∴Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M., for $75 per month.
April 25—Brothers D. F. Horn and T. L. Shipp attended Grand Lodge in Asheville. Fees for Degrees were placed at $30. A committee was appointed to arrange for Sesqui-Centennial celebration in Tarboro in 1937 commemorating founding of Grand Lodge in Tarboro in 1787.
May 9—Brother James Howard Brown was elected to membership on demit from Rich Square Lodge No. 488 of Rich Square under plan of continuous membership. Brother H. K. Nash died April 27.
June 13—Singing Class receipts were $20.
June 27—Brother T. H. Gaskins, who now is a guest at Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro, was present and made a talk.
September 26—Brother Cook, who had been absent for a long time on account of an accident, made a talk.
October 10—A resident of Hobgood, not a Mason, asked help in getting two children in Oxford Orphanage.
December 26—The application of Katherine Hoke Hooker for admission to Oxford Orphanage was approved. The annual election was held.
December 27—St. John's Day—The officers were installed with Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., installing officer.1934
T. L. Shipp, Master; D. F. Horn, Senior Warden; J. G. Raby, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; A. S. King, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers W. J. Eason and J. D. Mobley.
Affiliated: Brothers J. L. Peacock and B. L. Juren.
January 9, 1934—The annual report showed 101 members and per capita tax of $252.50. If the Grand Lodge tax was paid before April 1 $25.25 could be deducted.
February 13—All Past Masters were called on for talks. Present were Brothers R. E. L. Cook, M. L. Laughlin, W. C. Hargrove, J. L. Bullock, J. P. Keech, and J. Howard Brown, Past Master of Rich Square Lodge No. 488, now a member of Concord Lodge No. 58.
February 27—W∴Brother M. L. Laughlin stated he had resigned as District Deputy Grand Master.
March 13—It was decided to put a new roof on Temple. Brother D. F. Horn was ordered to audit books of Secretary and Treasurer.
March 27—Person Lodge No. 113 requested that F.C. and M.M. Degree be conferred on Brother M. A. Moore. Brother J. L. Bullock was presented a Past Master's jewel.
April 16—Brother M. A. Moore was Raised as a courtesy to Person Lodge No. 113. Brother W. J. Eason, who was Raised, served a supper to the brethren before the Communication.
May 22—A letter from the Grand Secretary stated that all Initiates would receive a book, “Introduction to Freemasonry” for which the lodge would pay $1. Brother W. J. Rollins died May 19.
June 12—Brother P. C. Stott, Assistant Grand Lecturer, was present and lectured the lodge for a week.
July 31—District Deputy Grand Master D. E. Bullock of Rocky Mount was present.
August 23—Brother B. R. R. O'Neal was Raised as a courtesy to Enfield Lodge No. 447.
September 11—Belk Tyler Co., occupying the building north of the Temple, was allowed right of ingress and egress to vacant lot in rear of Temple for $25 per annum. Brother N. B. Killebrew died in September.
October 9—The drug store on first floor will be painted.
November 13—All Past Masters present were presented to the East. Brother Norman Gold of Rocky Mount made an address.
November 27—The Grand Secretary, R∴W∴Brother J. H. Anderson, and W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., were present and made addresses. A barbecue supper was served before lodge opened.
December 11—It was decided that any member in arrears who paid $12 would be marked paid to December 31, 1934. The election of officers was held.
December 27—Worshipful Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., was the installing officer. The new officers gave a supper before the lodge opened.1935
D. F. Horn, Master; J. G. Raby, Senior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; W. D. Wagner, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and eight Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers T. D. Levy, H. H. Hicks and Dr. S. H. Justa.
Affiliated: Brother J. M. Britt.
Demitted: Brothers J. E. Simmons, Sr., T. F. Marrow, Ex Nobles and R. L. McLawhon.
Sixteen members were Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 8, 1935—All members owing $30 or more will be summoned if not paid by February 12, 1935.
January 22—Annual report showed 103 members with Grand Lodge dues $232.78. Brother T. L. Shipp was presented a Past Master's jewel.
February 26—W∴Brother J. W. Martin, P.M., was reported to be very sick.
March 1—This Special Communication was called at request of W∴Brother J. W. Martin, P.M., who was very sick at his home. The Reverend and Brother J. L. Peacock, pastor of First Baptist Church of Tarboro offered a prayer and the Reverend and Brother B. E. Brown, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church of Tarboro, made a talk on Brother Martin's life.
April 23—Proceeds of the Singing Class on April 19 were $50.
April 28—This Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother J. W. Martin, P.M., who died April 27. The lodge went to the home of the deceased brother and body was interred with Masonic honors.
May 14—Ladies Night will be held in Community House on May 31.
June 6—This Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother Sam P. Marler, who was a member of Corinthian Lodge No. 230 of Rocky Mount. The lodge went to the home of the deceased brother and then the body was taken to Rocky Mount, where it was met by Corinthian Lodge.
August 2—This Special Communication was to “pay last tribute” to deceased Brother J. M. Britt, who had been Affiliated with Concord Lodge only two months. The lodge went to First Baptist Church and the body was conveyed to Rocky Mount where it was interred with Masonic honors.
August 27—The District Meeting was held in Rocky Mount July 25.
September 10—Brother J. Howard Brown, a member of the board of Directors of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home at Greensboro, made a report of the Board meeting on August 29.
September 24—Brother J. L. Peacock made an address on Masonic Education.
October 8—Brother Peacock again addressed the lodge on the same subject as before.
October 22—W∴Brother J. M. Baker, P.M., died October 19. Brother J. Howard Brown talked on Masonic Education.
December 10—An offering of $30.50 was sent to Oxford Orphanage. An election was held. W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., addressed the lodge.
December 27—St. John's Day—W∴Brother A. D. Mizell, P.M., died December 13. W∴Brother J. L. Bullock, P.M., reported he had collected 33 bags of peanuts and sent them to the Orphanage. W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., installed the officers and a Past Master's jewel was presented to W∴Brother D. F. Horn. The officers gave a supper before the lodge opened.1936
Dr. J. G. Raby, Master; Dr. J. Howard Brown, Senior Warden; Dr. J. L. Peacock, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; Dr. J. P. Keech, Secretary; Cicero Price, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular and two Special Communications.
Affiliated: N. E. Gresham.
January 14, 1936—The Secretary was instructed to write all members who had been Suspended in 1935 that if they would pay $12 they would be Reinstated.
February 11—Brother J. B. Lloyd died January 30.
February 25—Brother W. D. Wagner reported second floor had been repaired. Brother J. L. Peacock presented the lodge a portrait of Dr. A. G. Mackey, an eminent Mason. Brother Peacock gave an address, “Duties and Privileges of a Mason.”
March 24—Brother T. D. Levy talked on “Entered Apprentice.”
April 14—Brother H. H. Hicks gave a talk on life of Dr. A. G. Mackey.
April 20—This Special Communication was held to pay last respects to deceased Brother R. L. Whitley, who died April 19. The lodge went to the home, then to Greenwood Cemetery where the body was interred with Masonic honors.
April 28—It was reported all work of repairs on Temple had been completed at a cost of $652. A committee was appointed to see members of Macclesfield Lodge, which had surrendered its charter, about uniting with Concord Lodge.
May 12—Singing Class proceeds on April 21 were $30.35. It was decided to have telephone removed from third floor.
May 26—W∴Brother P. C. Stott, Assistant Grand Lecturer, will come for a week on June 22. It was decided to hold only one Communication per month during June, July, August and September. The District Meeting will be held in Rocky Mount June 19.
August 11—Rent of second floor will be $50 per month and store on first floor $100 per month.
September 22—Brother S. J. Nathanson died September 14.
October 27—It was decided to place the $25 received from rent of vacant space at rear of Temple in a special Charity Fund. It was reported that Irvin Colvin had been hired as fireman at $2.50 per week. Brother W. D. Wagner was instructed to fix hall on third floor and lodge room at a cost of $150.
November 10—The moving picture, “Trail of the Circuit Rider”, will be shown December 16. The Secretary was instructed to write the Grand Secretary about the Grand Lodge observing the 150th anniversary of its organization which was done at Tarboro in 1787.
November 18—This Special Communication was to pay last respects to deceased Brother J. L. Mewborne, who was a member of Lenoir Lodge No. 233 of LaGrange. The lodge went to the home and the body was interred in Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic honors.
December 8—The sum of $17.72 was sent to Oxford Orphanage and $5.45 to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home.
December 22—The annual election of officers was held. Brother J. G. Raby was presented a Past Master's jewel.1937
J. Howard Brown, Master; J. L. Peacock, Senior Warden; A. R. Wiggins, Junior Warden; Geo. N. Earnhart, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty Regular and 10 Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers Zeb C. Cummings, Jr., J. L. Sawyer, William Lee Page and A. M. Smith.
Affiliated: Brothers H. F. Slaughenhaupt, A. K. Ateyeh, J. K. Gay, Jr., W. C. Darrow and E. W. Olschner.
Demitted: Brothers R. B. Peters, Jr. and B. L. Juren.
Four members were Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 12, 1937—W∴Brother D. Ernest Bullock of Rocky Mount, District Deputy Grand Master, installed the officers. Plans were made for Ladies’ Night on February 23. Brother J. M. Broughton of Raleigh was present on Ladies’ Night and made the address of the evening.
March 9—A copy of new by-laws for Concord Lodge was read. The salary of Secretary was fixed at $60 per annum and the Tyler at $10 per annum. The lodge endorsed application of Rosa May Spain, 5 years old, for admission to Oxford Orphanage.
March 23—Brother J. L. Peacock made a talk on “The Woman Mason.” Brother T. Frank Cherry died March 18.
April 13—Proceeds of the Singing Class on April 8 were $55.60. The Secretary was instructed to see the insurance company regarding broken plate glass window on first floor caused by fire from across the street.
April 27—Present were 12 brethren from Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth to help celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their lodge as well as the 125th Anniversary of Concord Lodge No. 58, both organized in 1811. Most Worshipful Brother Watson N. Sherrod, Grand Master, of Enfield and Right Worshipful Brother John H. Anderson, Grand Secretary, of Raleigh made talks. Judge J. W. Darden of Plymouth gave a history of Perseverance Lodge and Dr. J. L. Peacock told of Concord Lodge's history. The Treasurer's report at this time showed Concord Lodge had $676.78 in Bond and Interest account and $217.98 in General Expense account. A banquet was served at the Baptist Church before the lodge opened.
May 11—The Reverend and Brother B. E. Brown, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, was reported as having died. The insurance company replaced glass window at a cost of $95.
July 13—W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., stated the District Meeting would be held at Rocky Mount September 20. Brother J. L. Peacock presented a picture of Grand Lodge Officers which had been found at Edgecombe General Hospital.
August 10—Brother A. K. Ateyeh invited the members of the lodge to go to his store for refreshments after lodge closed. His invitation was accepted.
September 16—This Special Communication was called at request of Grand Master Sherrod to enter into the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Constitution of the United States and to listen to a speech over the radio given by Senator William E. Borah of Idaho. “The address was clear and greatly enjoyed.”
October 12—At this time Concord Lodge has one child at the Orphanage—Hoke Hooker.
October 26—Brother H. H. Hicks stated the Temple building was insured for three years.
November 9—This was Past Masters’ Night. Past Masters present were Brothers R. E. L. Cook, M. L. Laughlin, J. G. Raby, D. F. Horn, J. P. Keech and D. E. Bullock of Rocky Mount, District Deputy Grand Master. Most Worshipful Brother E. W. Timberlake, P.G.M., made an address on “The Landmarks of Masonry.”
December 14—The Orphanage collection amounted to $29.75. Also, 14 bags of peanuts were sent to the Orphanage. There are now 83 members in Concord Lodge.1938
J. L. Peacock, Master; A. R. Wiggins, Senior Warden; W. D. Wagner, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Nineteen Regular Communications and One Special Communication.
Raised: Brothers B. E. Taylor, William J. Bateman and Dr. H. O. Pearson.
Reinstated: Brother Claud Wilson.
Affiliated: Brother J. T. Sadler.
January 11, 1938—It was stated that information had been received from the Grand Master that it would be impossible to have a Grand Lodge Communication in Tarboro to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge. The budget for 1938 was adopted.
January 25—The Treasurer stated the lodge carried $400 insurance on the furniture and $15,000 on the building.
February 22—Brothers J. L. Peacock and J. H. Brown spoke on life of Brother George Washington. Brother N. E. Gresham made a talk on Patriotism.
March 8—The Treasurer's report showed $29.10 in Bond and Interest account and $304.68 in General Expense account. It was reported that the Eastern Star Chapter agrees for lodge to use their United States Flag.
March 22—A Past Master's jewel was presented to Brother J. H. Brown.
May 5—At this Special Communication Brother W. R. Smith of Raleigh was Master in the Degree work and the Past Master's Club of Rocky Mount composed the Degree team when three brothers were Raised.
May 10—Receipts of the Singing Class, which appeared April 28, were $60.
May 24—The Secretary was instructed to thank Brother P. C. Stott for lecturing the lodge.
July 12—The District Meeting will be held at Spring Hope July 20. Brother J. Howard Brown addressed the lodge on “Democracy and Masonry.”
September 27—It was decided to have the Worshipful Master select some brother to collect the dues at 10%.
October 11—Brother Roy Madra told of his trip to California.
November 22—Before the lodge opened newly Raised Brothers W. J. Bateman, B. E. Taylor and H. O. Pearson gave a supper.
December 13—The sum of $38.50 was sent to Oxford Orphanage and $12.50 to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home.
December 27—St. John's Day—W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., of Rocky Mount installed the officers.1939
A. R. Wiggins, Master; W. D. Wagner, Senior Warden; Wm. Lee Page, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; T. N. Taylor, Tyler.
Seventeen Regular and three Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers R. W. Bland and R. C. Speight.
Affiliated: Brothers S. D. Bundy and C. C. Lamb.
Demitted: Brothers H. P. Foxhall and Joe P. Bunn.
January 10, 1939—The Treasurer made a report for 1938 showing that $400 had been paid to redeem bonds. Visiting Brother W. A. Schwinge of Wisconsin made a talk.
February 28—All Past Masters were asked to furnish a photograph for lodge room. Brother J. L. Peacock, P.M., made a talk about forces in the world trying to destroy Masonry and religion.
March 14—The Secretary distributed a bulletin with list of members.
March 28—W∴Brother John A. Weddell, P.M., died March 27.
April 12—This is the last Communication reported in the Tenth Minute Book.
April 25—Brother C. A. Elliott of Rich Square made a talk.
May 23—Proceeds of Singing Class, which appeared April 26, were $40. The death of Brother R. O. Watson was reported. This was Past Master's Night. Present were Brothers J. P. Keech, M. L. Laughlin, T. O. Moses, J. L. Bullock, J. H. Brown and J. L. Peacock. Visiting Past Masters were Brothers W. A. Schwinge, E. H. Liverman and R. H. Lucas. Brother Lucas of Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth gave an address. The Past Masters occupied the chairs and closed the lodge in due form.
June 24—This was to celebrate St. John's Day at 11 a.m. and a dinner was served after close of lodge.
July 11—The death of Brother C. A. Shipp was reported to have occurred in New Orleans July 10.
August 8—Brother S. D. Bundy made a talk on “The Unknown Mason.”
September 12—Brothers W. O. House and H. H. Hicks were reported killed in an airplane accident near Rocky Mount on August 20.
October 10—The Secretary stated that Belk-Tyler Company had ceased to rent vacant space in rear of Temple. Brother H. F. Slaughenhaupt presented a marble top for one of the pedestals.
October 20—This Special Communication was called to entertain District Meeting. Present were M∴W∴Brother J. Edward Allen, G.M.,
W∴Brother W. J. Bundy, Grand Steward, and W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M. and 23 other visitors. The Grand Master made a stirring address. Refreshments were served after the meeting, prepared by the Eastern Star Chapter.
December 12—Brother H. F. Slaughenhaupt died December 11. Brother W. D. Wagner, Senior Warden, accompanied the remains to York, Pennsylvania. The annual election was held. The sum of $40 was sent to Oxford Orphanage and $10 to Masonic and Eastern Star Home. The new officers will be installed at a Communication to be held in Rocky Mount December 29.1940
W. D. Wagner, Master; W. Lee Page, Senior Warden; S. D. Bundy, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy Madra, Tyler.
Eighteen Regular Communications.
Affiliated: W∴Brother Milton J. Moye, P.M. of Skewarkee Lodge No .90 of Williamston; Brother M. A. Moore from Person Lodge No. 113 of Roxboro.
Fourteen members were Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 9, 1940—Committees for the year were announced as follows:
FINANCE, M. L. Laughlin, J. Kelly Gay, Jr., A. M. Smith.
REFERENCE, R. E. L. Cook, Dr. J. L. Peacock, A. K. Ateyeh.
ORPHANAGE, D. F. Horn, W. J. Bateman, T. D. Levy, A. R. Wiggins, W. J. Eason, R. V. Knight, A. M. Smith.
EDUCATIONAL, Dr. J. H. Brown, Dr. J. G. Raby, Dr. J. L. Peacock, Dr. J. P. Keech.
SOCIAL, W. L. Page, B. E. Taylor, T. D. Levy, Zeb Cumings, Jr., R. W. Bland.
SICK & CHEER, Dr. J. L. Peacock, N. E. Gresham, Cicero Price, R. O. Madra.
PUBLICITY, Zeb Cummings, Jr., S. D. Bundy, Dr. J. H. Brown, D. F. Horn.
MASONIC & EASTERN STAR HOME, Dr. J. H. Brown, A. R. Wiggins, Dr. J. L. Peacock.
ATTENDANCE, S. D. Bundy, R. E. L. Cook, D. F. Horn, J. D. Mobley, Dr. J. G. Raby, T. D. Levy, Zeb Cummings, Jr.
January 23—The officers gave an oyster supper after adjournment.
February 13—Brother A. R. Wiggins was presented a Past Master's jewel.
February 27—A toilet will be installed on first floor at a cost of $90.
March 12—M∴W∴Brother J. Edward Allen, Grand Master, and W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., were elected honorary members of Concord Lodge.
March 26—Twenty-six members and seven visitors were present, including M∴W∴Brother J. E. Allen, G.M., and W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M. Brother T. T. Cherry was presented a 50 year Certificate. The following were presented 25 year Certificates: Brothers R. E. L. Cook, J. C. Liles, J. P. Keech, W. R. Cherry, D. H. Parker, W. R. Felton, W. J. Mayo, L. D. Hargrove, J G Raby, H G. Brown, J. W. Charles, T. H. Gaskins, J. H. Koonce, J. Robt. Pender and J. L. Peacock. A supper was served.
April 23—Proceeds of the Singing Class on April 18 were $50. On behalf of the lodge Brother Cook presented to Brother J. L. Peacock a silver cup as a tribute to his services as Master of Concord Lodge in 1938.
May 28—It was decided to have only one Communication per month during June, July and August. Brother P. C. Stott, A.G.L., will lecture the lodge the week of June 3.
September 24—Brother J. H. Koonce died August 12 and Brother G. A. Leggett died August 24.
October 8—The District Meeting at Nashville on October 3 was reported by Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M.
October 22—All members were invited to attend a supper on the following Friday at 6:30 p.m. to be given by the ladies of the Eastern Star Chapter.
November 12—A letter was read from the Grand Master about placing an American flag in lodge room and giving Pledge of Allegiance at each Communication. Brother W. E. Fenner died November 6. W∴Brother D. F. Horn, P.M., was reported injured in an automobile accident.1941
W. Lee Page, Master; S. D. Bundy, Senior Warden; N. E. Gresham, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-one Regular Communications and one Special Communication.
Raised: Brothers Dr. J. E. Wright, R. E. Thomas, George Howard Fountain, R. B. Havens, Jr., W. L. Dunn, Jr. and J. E. Simmons, Jr.
Affiliated: Brothers D. M. Frank from Skewarkee Lodge No. 90 of Williamston, D. H. Cole from Sanford Lodge No. 151, J. S. Dean from Oxford Lodge No. 122 and L. G. Sanders from Queen City Lodge No. 602 of Rocky Mount.
Reinstated: Brothers S. G. Jenkins, J. L. Bullock and R. S. Weeks.
Demitted: Brother Sam G. Jenkins.
January 28, 1941—W∴Brother J. E. Bellamy of Enfield, D.D.G.M. of the 4th District, made a talk.
February 11—Brother N. E. Gresham talked on “George Washington, the Mason.”
February 25—The lodge recommended Walter Lee Hayes for admission to the Orphanage.
March 25—The Secretary was instructed to order a set of working tools.
April 8—Proceeds of the Singing Class on April 3 were $54.60. W∴Brother W. D. Wagner, Past Master, was presented a jewel.
May 13—It was stated that the lodge would have to pay tax on first and second floors of the Temple and that a valuation of $12,000 had been placed on these floors. Heretofore the lodge did not pay any tax.
June 10—It was decided to hold only one Communication each month during June, July and August.
August 12—It was announced that Walter Lee Hayes had been admitted to Oxford Orphanage. District Meeting will be held December 11.
September 14—Brother T. H. Gaskins, a member of Concord Lodge, died September 11 at the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro.
The lodge went to the home of Joseph Wagner and to Greenwood Cemetery where the body was interred with Masonic honors.
December 9—Eight hundred pounds of peanuts and $52.50 were sent to Oxford Orphanage and $17.50 to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home.1942
S. D. Bundy, Master; D. F. Horn, Senior Warden; M. J. Moye, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Sixteen Regular Communications.
Affiliated: Brothers W. J. Davis from Unanimity Lodge No. 7 of Edenton and R. H. Percival from MacDonough Lodge No. 76 of Jericho, Vermont.
Reinstated: Brothers W. C. Baker and G. B. Andrews.
Demitted: Brothers S. H. Justa and J. J. Lane.
January 13, 1942—The Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, W∴Brother Wm. J. Bundy of Greenville and brother of the incoming Master installed the officers. Brother J. T. Bundy, father of the Bundy brothers, was Marshal. A Past Master's jewel was presented to W∴Brother W. Lee Page.
January 27—W∴Brother J. Exum Bellamy of Enfield was elected to honorary membership. “The Temple Committee was instructed to have the floor and wall of R. E. L. Cook's Drug Store on the first floor repaired and painted.”
February 10—The application for admission into the Orphanage of Charlie Leroy Sears was approved.
February 24—It was “moved and carried that the lodge remit the dues of all those members who enter into active service of the U. S. for the duration.” This refers to World War II.
March 24—W∴Brother D. E. Bullock, D.D.G.M., presented the certificate of honorary membership to W∴Brother J. E. Bellamy of Enfield.
April 14—Proceeds of the Singing Class on April 10 were $76.88. A letter was read from Brother B. E. Taylor who is now in the army.
May 12—Brother W. R. Felton died April 30. The Treasurer reported Temple bonds now outstanding $10,200. Paid out during 1941 from Bond and Interest account $2,180.22 and from General Expense account $337.09. It was decided to have only one Communication each month during the summer.
May 26—It was stated that Charlie Sears could not enter Oxford Orphanage on account “of the age limit.” Brother P. C. Stott, A.G.L., will come for one week beginning June 8.
September 8—Brother R. E. Thomas is “now in active war service of our country.”
October 13—“The Master conducted a quiz regarding Masonry.”
October 27—The Treasurer made a talk on Obligation of Third Degree.
November 10—The lodge decided to buy a $50 war bond “and that all the members assist in buying and in selling the war bonds.” Seven members attended the District Meeting in Rocky Mount November 6.1943
D. F. Horn, Master; W. J. Davis, Senior Warden; R. C. Speight, Junior Warden; J .Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-two Regular Communications.
Raised: Brothers Alphonso Edmondson, W. H. Batchelor, W. M. Mashburn, I. O. Hucks and H. Bruce Russell.
Affiliated: Brother H. M. Stott from Wendell Lodge No. 565.
Demitted: W∴Brother A. R. Wiggins, P.M.
January 12, 1943—A contribution of $75 was sent to Oxford Orphanage and $25 to Masonic and Eastern Star Home. “It was reported by members that more than $3,000 worth of U. S. war bonds had been sold by them.” Concord Lodge now has a membership of 79.
February 23—The following resolution was adopted:
“WHEREAS on the 13th day of March, 1923, Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. and A.M., Tarboro, North Carolina, by resolution duly passed authorized the issuance of $20,000 in refunding bonds to be dated April 1, 1923, and becoming due and payable on April 1, 1943, the same being secured by deed of trust upon the Masonic Temple and the lot upon which the same is now situate in the Town of Tarboro, North Carolina.
“AND WHEREAS the said bonds will become due and payable on April 1, 1943, and it is necessary to borrow the sum of Nine Thousand Five Hundred and No/100 ($9500) to take up the unpaid part of said bonds at maturity.
“THEREFORE, be it resolved, that Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. and A.M., Tarboro, North Carolina be and it is hereby authorized and empowered to borrow the sum of $9500 from the Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company, Tarboro, North Carolina, and to execute its note therefor in said amount, bearing interest from date at the rate of 4% per annum payable semi-annually and becoming due and payable six months after its date, and for the purpose of securing the payment of same to execute a deed of trust upon the Masonic Temple property in the Town of Tarboro. And the Worshipful Master and Secretary and Treasurer be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to execute said note in behalf of said Lodge and the Worshipful Master, Secretary, Treasurer, Senior Warden and Junior Warden be and they are hereby authorized to execute said deed of trust securing the payment of said note by the conveyance of said real property on behalf of this Lodge. The Seal of said Lodge shall be affixed to said note and deed of trust.
“AND it is further resolved that the said Worshipful Master, Secretary, and Treasurer be and they are hereby authorized from time to time to renew or extend the payment of said note or the unpaid balance due thereon, but in no event to exceed the said sum of $9500; it being understood and agreed that the said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company will renew the said note or the unpaid balance due thereon on each recurring six months’ period, and agree to give the Lodge twelve month's notice before requiring payment of said note and said deed of trust to be in default.”
“Upon motion of Brother S. D. Bundy, duly seconded by Brother J. E. Simmons, Jr., the foregoing resolution was unanimously adopted on this the 23rd day of February, 1943.”
March 9—Brother Julius Sharp died March 5.
March 23—Brother W. H. Batchelor being Raised presented the lodge with a Masonic emblem he had made.
April 13—The Master “stated that he desired the members to raise $100 for the Orphanage as the Singing Class could not make its regular visit.”
April 27—The plate glass windows are now insured. Brother J. Howard Brown spoke on “The Wages of Masonry.” “Thanks were extended to Brothers A. Edmondson and W. H. Batchelor for the supper served at this Communication.” The following resolution was adopted:
“WHEREAS under date of March 28, 1913, Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M. issued one hundred and twenty three of its bonds in the sum of One Hundred Dollars each, becoming due and payable ten years after date, and to secure the payment of said bonds, duly executed a deed of trust conveying the Masonic Temple property in Tarboro, N. C., to George Howard, John R. Pender and W. R. Felton, Trustees, which deed of trust is duly recorded in book 163 at page 550 of the Edgecombe County Registry;
“AND WHEREAS, said bonds were refinanced in 1923, and all of said bonds were surrendered to said Lodge, marked paid and destroyed, and said deed of trust has been lost or misplaced, and the same has never been cancelled of record, and the said Lodge has and does hereby request the personal representative of each of said Trustees, all of which are now dead, to cancel said deed of trust upon the public record,
“THEREFORE, Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M., of Tarboro, N.C., upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, at its regular meeting on April 27th, 1943, does hereby bind itself and its successors, that it will hold harmless and free from loss or damage of any kind, George Howard, Jr. and Rawls Howard, as Executors of George Howard, deceased; Annie L. Pender, Administrator of John R. Pender, deceased; and Annie Pitt Felton, Administrator of W. R. Felton, deceased; jointly and severally, by reason of their exercising the trust imposed under said deed of trust and cancelling the same upon the public record, either in person or through an attorney in fact by them appointed.
“That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, and a certified copy of same furnished to each of the personal representatives of said deceased Trustees.
“We hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and exact copy of a resolution this day passed by Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M., Tarboro, N. C., as appears upon its minutes of meeting of this date. This the 27th day of April, 1943.
“D. F. Horn, Worshipful Master. Attest J. P. Keech, Secretary.”
May 11—The minutes on this day show the following resolution:
“WHEREAS, Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M. of Tarboro, North Carolina, has heretofore duly authorized the Officers and Trustees of this Lodge to borrow $9,500 from the Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company of Tarboro, N. C., and to execute and deliver a deed of trust on the Masonic Temple property in Tarboro, N. C., to secure the payment of same, and it was agreed that said deed of trust was to be a first and prior lien upon said property;
“AND WHEREAS, said Lodge is at this time unable to secure the cancellation of that certain deed of trust from Concord Lodge to George Howard, John R. Pender, and W. R. Felton, Trustees, dated April 1st, 1923 and recorded in book 246 page 525, Edgecombe Registry, securing the payment of 200 bonds in the sum of $100 each, by reason of the fact that 48 of said bonds cannot at this time be located, which 48 bonds are supposed to have been surrendered and cancelled many years ago and are now lost, misplaced or destroyed, and it is the desire of said Lodge to indemnify and save harmless from loss or liability said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company, by reason of said deed of trust not being cancelled of record;
“THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Worshipful Master and Secretary of this Lodge be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver to said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company a written sealed contract agreeing that said Lodge pay and surrender any one or more of said 48 bonds that may be hereafter be presented for payment, or upon failure of said Lodge to immediately procure cancellation of such bond or bonds by payment or otherwise, then said Bank is authorized to take up such bond and interest, and such amount will bear interest from such date at six percent per annum payable semi-annually, and that in addition to any security such bond may have, that said Lodge will execute and deliver such further mortgage, deed of trust or security upon the Masonic Temple property, and upon such terms and conditions, as may be required by said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company.” This resolution was adopted.
May 25—The Treasurer reported that work of refinancing lodge had been completed. It was noted that $111 had been raised for the Orphanage. There will be only one Communication each month during the summer.
June 8—The lodge contributed ten cents per member to help defray expenses of District Meeting.
July 13—Brother S. D. Bundy explained some of the rulings of Grand Lodge.
August 24—A letter was read from Most Worshipful Brother J. W. Payne, Grand Master, concerning “Masonic Service Association of Washington, D. C., coming to North Carolina for special work.”
October 12—The District Meeting will be held in Rocky Mount November 4. The Treasurer stated the note at bank had been renewed for $9200 at 3% interest.
November 9—Brother W. R. Cherry died October 31.
December 28—A contribution of $100 was sent to the Orphanage and 33 subscriptions were secured for the Orphan's Friend. Brother R. S. Weeks died December 26.1944
W. J. Davis, Master; R. C. Speight, Senior Warden; J. E. Simmons, Jr., Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and four Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers George C. Heath, L. G. Sheffield, J. H. Jones, Christis S. Pistolis, R. L Dunn, J. K. Harper and W. H. Phillips, Jr.
Reinstated: Brothers J. C. Liles, O. O. Boykin and E. S. White.
Affiliated: Brother T. G. Howard from Aulander Lodge No. 516 and Brother Leo E. Dail from Grifton Lodge No. 243.
Demitted: Brother A. K. Ateyeh.
January 7, 1944—Brother T. G. Howard was Raised as a courtesy to Aulander Lodge No. 516.
January 11—During 1943 $1800 was received from rents and $499.13 from Dues and Fees. The lodge membership is now 81.
February 22—Several brethren talked on the life of Brother George Washington.
March 14—Brother Bundy read and discussed the by-laws. Ten dollars was donated to Red Cross.
March 28—The Master stated the lodge room had been thoroughly cleaned at a cost of $15.
April 11—Brother B. R. R. O'Neal, member of Enfield Lodge No. 447, was thanked for the gift of a collection cup.
July 11—Brother J. E. Simmons, Jr., talked on “The Declaration of Independence.”
August 8—Brother C. M. Cobb died July 18. Brother R. B. Havens was reported with U. S. Army in Italy. Brother J. P. Keech spoke on “Physical Qualifications to Become a Mason.”
September 26—Brother H. G. Brown died August 14. The Secretary was instructed to write the Grand Secretary for the Vocabulary and Official Standard of the Work.
October 10—Brother C. S. Pistolis was thanked for supper he served to the brethren.
October 24—A Past Master's jewel was presented to W∴Brother Sam D. Bundy.1945
R. C. Speight, Master; J. E. Simmons, Jr., Senior Warden; M. A. Moore, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and eight Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. F. Yarboro, B. A. Steadman, W. B. Pitt, Wayland Joyner, Jr., Frank K. Ballard, J. T. Lawrence, Jr., B. F. Harris, L. W. Kessler, C. W. Harris, Morris Friedman, J. H. Carr, W. W. Colson, Lerov Cooper, J. W. Quinton, F. J. Warren, Wilbur Boysworth and A. E. Miller.
Reinstated: Brothers S. W. Anderson, J. G. Elmore, F. L. Gammon and Claud Wilson.
Demitted: Brother E. S. White.
Three Members Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 9, 1945—It was announced that the officers of Concord Lodge were installed at Rocky Mount by the Most Worshipful Grand Master on January 4.
January 23—A new boiler was installed at a cost of $862.37.
February 13—“Brother J. H. Brown gave the lecture of the Master's Degree to the candidates who were Raised January 23.” The new officers gave a supper before the lodge opened.
February 27—Brother W. J. Davis was presented a Past Master's jewel. The Grand Lodge dues for 1944 were $366.50. Brother J. P. Keech talked on “The Origin of Masonry.”
March 13—The bath tub on second floor was sold for $20. Brother L. D. Hargrove died March 5. Brothers J. K. Harper, W. B. Phillips and R. L. Dunn gave a supper before the lodge opened.
March 27—The lodge indebtedness is now $8300. A letter received from the Grand Master stated that the Grand Lodge would not hold its Annual Communication due to war restrictions. Ten dollars was given the Red Cross.
April 10—It was decided to pay the Treasurer $50 per annum, $100 to the Secretary and $20 to the Tyler.
May 8—“Today, May 8, was V.E. Day (Victory in Europe) and the Allied Armies had conquered Germany. All members stood and offered silent prayers of thanks.”
May 22—Brothers J. T. Lawrence, Jr., L. W. Kessler, C. W. Harris and B. F. Harris served a supper to the brethren.
June 12—The roof will be repaired and painted. Brother W. H. Batchelor presented the lodge a compasses which he had made.
June 26—Five dozen new aprons were purchased. An anonymous gift of a set of picture slides was received by the lodge.
July 24—A visiting Brother was Leon Carrodegreas of Cuba.
August 14—“The Sceretary made mention of this day, August 14, 1945, as the ending of the Second World War, and of the fact that several of the members of the lodge were in service . . . . Today the world faces a new day; for the first time in several years all the world is free from war. This day when there are prospects for building a new brotherhood among all peoples. From the membership of this lodge have gone the following to serve our country: Brothers B. E. Taylor, W. M. Mashburn, R. B. Havens, Jr., R. E. Thomas and R. H. Percival; and now we rejoice that they will soon be with us again.” The Master requested the Secretary to lead the lodge in prayer.
September 11—Brother Horn stated that the State Highway Commission would vacate the offices on second floor on October 1. An invitation was extended by Brother R. L. Dunn to attend services at the Pinetops M. E. Church on September 14 when the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Whedbee, would preach a Masonic sermon. (Several brethren attended.)
October 23—The Temple Committee reported all offices on second floor had been rented.
November 13—Brothers R. C. Speight, J. H. Brown and W. H. Batchelor attended the Communication of Grand Lodge which had been postponed from last April.
November 27—Brother W. N. Horton died recently in Norfolk, Va.
December 11—Brother V. H. Creech died December 6.1946
J. E. Simmons, Jr., Master; M. A. Moore, Senior Warden; H. Bruce Russell, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; A. Edmondson, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular and five Special Communications.
Raised: Brothers D. V. Talbert, Worth Wicker, J. E. Wagner, Jr., C. F. Clayton, Vernon L. Conyers, A. F. Felton, J. A. Knox, W. T. Knox, J. W. VanLandingham, M. E. Dail, E. G. Narron, W. L. Stallings, John Pearce, W. C. Ranes, Jr., and F. E. Grayiel.
Reinstated: Brother Burt Stancill.
Affiliated: Brother C. E. Gardner by Grand Lodge Demit from defunct Macclesfield Lodge No. 581.
Demitted: W∴Brother Sam D. Bundy, P.M.
January 8, 1946—The Treasurer reported $225 sent to the Orphanage and $75 to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home. Brother R. C. Speight was presented a Past Master's jewel.
January 22—A Fifty-Year Certificate was received for Brother T. T. Cherry and Twenty-Five year Certificates for Brothers N. P. Battle, J. Howard Brown, M. S. Brown, H. H. James, R. V. Knight and W. R. Wyatt.
February 12—A supper was given by Brothers M. Freidman, W. W. Colson and J. H. Carr.
March 12—A vote of thanks was given to Brothers R. C. Speight, L. G. Sheffield and A. Edmondson for making and placing a Masonic name plaque on the Temple near the entrance.
March 29—The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred on Brother John R. Deaver as a courtesy to Maxton Lodge No. 417.
April 9—Twenty-five members attended District Meeting in Rocky Mount on March 27. W∴Brother M. L. Baker of Rocky Mount is now District Deputy Grand Master.
May 14—Brother John R. Deaver was Raised as a courtesy to Maxton Lodge No. 417.
July 9—A bill for $49.33 for painting was ordered paid. Charles J. Austin Chapter No. 193, Order of the Eastern Star, donated new shades for the lodge hall. It was decided that $10 be sent to the Orphanage in lieu of flowers for the funeral of Brother C. K. Proctor, late Superintendent of Oxford Orphanage.
July 23—Brother J. W. Charles was killed by an automobile in Washington, N. C., July 14. It was decided to give a copy of Bahnson's Manual to each candidate upon being Raised.
July 25—Mr. H. L. Flynn was Initiated as a courtesy to Phoenix Lodge No. 8 of Fayetteville.
August 13—Brother D. H. Cole died August 3.
August 27—The Temple Committee was empowered to buy and install a coal stoker.
September 10—Concord Lodge endorsed its former member, Past Master Sam D. Bundy, for Superintendent of Oxford Orphanage. The Temple Committee reported that a stoker had been installed.
September 24—The brethren of Macclesfield gave a supper.
October 22—Brother H. L. Flynn was Passed as a courtesy to Phoenix Lodge No. 8 of Fayetteville.
November 12—Brother P. C. Stott, Asst. G.L., visited the lodge the week beginning November 4. Brother H. L. Flynn was Raised as a courtesy to Phoenix Lodge No. 8 of Fayetteville.
November 26—W∴Brother M. L. Baker, D.D.G.M., addressed the lodge. At a recently held Ladies’ Night former member and Past Master, Sam D. Bundy, now a member of Farmville Lodge No. 517, was the humorous speaker at that delightful occasion.1947
M. A. Moore, Master; H. Bruce Russell, Senior Warden; R. L. Dunn, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-three Regular Communications.
Raised: Brothers G. P. Miller, J. C. Marrow, W. R. Felton, W. W. Roberson, H. H. James, Jr., R. H. Cannon, R. E. Sheffield, Thomas E. Stirewalt, G. O. Mason, J. S. Day and D. L. Smith.
Reinstated: Brother D. M. Frank.
Affiliated: Brother H. L. Flynn from Phoenix Lodge No. 8 of Fayetteville; Brother Oscar Brill from Amicable Lodge No. 25, Baltimore, Md.; Brother Dr. J. S. Bramham from Union City Lodge, Union City, Tenn.
Demitted: Brothers Claud Wilson, Frank K. Ballard and T. O. Moses.
January 14, 1947—Brother J. O. Worsley died January 6. W∴Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M., installed the officers.
March 11—Brother W. H. Batchelor presented three gavels to the lodge. W∴Brother J. E. Simmons, Jr., received a Past Master's jewel. The officers gave a supper with 51 members present.
March 25—Brother Geo. R. Bennette, Superintendent of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, addressed the lodge.
April 22—Brother W. C. Ranes, Jr., H. Bruce Russell and J. Howard Brown gave a report on their Grand Lodge attendance.
May 27—A plan to help pay the lodge debt of $6,700 was presented by the Treasurer and adopted. This was to sell to the members non-interest bearing bonds in denominations of $25, $50 and $100.
October 14—The 18th District Meeting was held in Rocky Mount recently and Brothers M. A. Moore, W.M., and D. F. Horn, P.M., reported their attendance.
October 28—It was reported that Brother Thomas E. Stirewalt had been Raised by Semper Fidelis Lodge No. 680 of Midway Park, N. C., as a courtesy to Concord Lodge No. 58. The Treasurer reported that the note at Edgecombe Bank and Trust Co. had been reduced to $4,200.
November 11—This was the 136th Anniversary of Concord Lodge and 44 members were present. W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M. and Secretary, gave a talk on early history of lodge. A supper was served before the lodge opened.
December 9—It was noted that Brother T. T. Cherry had been a Mason for 60 years and he was relieved of paying any further dues. Brother W. C. Ranes, Jr., reported that $400 had been raised for the Orphanage and the Home.1948
H. Bruce Russell, Master; R. L. Dunn, Senior Warden; L. G. Sheffield, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Eleven Regular, 11 Stated, two Special, and three Emergent Communications. (This year the minutes show the change from “Regular” to “Stated” Communications and from “Special to “Emergent” Communication as called for by new Code. The first change noted is an “Emergent” Communication on July 13 to entertain the District Meeting.)
Raised: Brothers R. W. Whitehead, H. E. Best, Jr., W. M. Batchelor, R. E. Dowd, W. D. Wages, J. P. Ballard, John Pistolis, Herbert L. Brown, J. E. Wagner, Sr., J. G. Brown and Irvin R. Adler.
Demitted: Brother D. M. Frank.
Two members Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 13, 1948—Past Master, Brother D. F. Horn, installed the officers.
February 24—As a courtesy to Bethel Lodge No. 589 of Bethel Brother Burton Roy Ayers was Raised.
March 9—Charles Austin Chapter No. 193, O.E.S., was given permission to place a plaque on wall of lodge room.
April 27—A motion made and seconded was carried to have an evergreen planted at the grave of Brother J. R. Sexton's son who was killed in World War II.
May 11—The decision was made to employ Nash and Mizell of Tarboro as Rental Agency for the Temple and to collect the rents.
June 22—The Worshipful Master stated that W∴Brother J. Howard Brown, P.M., who had been Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina, Order of the Eastern Star, during the past year had Instituted 17 new Eastern Star Chapters. A Past Master's jewel was presented Brother M. Alvin Moore.
July 13—The Twelfth Minute Book begins with this Communication. The District Deputy Grand Master, Worshipful Brother M. L. Baker of Rocky Mount, made a talk.
July 16—This Emergent Communication was held to entertain Meeting of 18th District. Present were M∴W∴Brother M. E. Hoffman, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, R∴W∴Brother W. L. McIver, Grand Secretary, and W∴Brother M. L. Baker, D.D.G.M.
July 27—The fee for the Degrees was raised to $50.
August 24—The Eastern Star Chapter was given permission to paint five chairs white.
September 14—Brother W. D. Wagner's bid of $475 to repair roof and parapet wall was accepted.
September 28—A donation of $50 was made to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home on the Hospital Building Fund.
October 12—This was Past Masters’ Night with 40 members present. Past Masters present were Brothers J. P. Keech, Dean of the Past Masters, R. E. L. Cook, D. F. Horn, W. D. Wagner, W. J. Davis, R. C. Speight, J. E. Simmons, Jr., and M. A. Moore.
November 23—Brother J. Robt. Pender died on this day. The Treasurer reported that $400 would be applied on the note.
December 14—Officers were elected for 1949. Ladies’ Night was held on December 10.
December 28—The officers were installed and a Past Master's jewel was given to Brother H. Bruce Russell.1949
R. L. Dunn, Master; L. G. Sheffield, Senior Warden; Vernon L. Conyers, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. P. Keech, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and four Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers L. E. Raskin, R. V. Knox, A. N. Mason, Berry L. Anderson, W. J. Edmondson, Weeks A. Andrews, R. L. Blaeser, C. W. Fisher, L. M. Brock, Carl Lamb, Jr., and C. R. Jones.
Restored: Brother O. O. Boykin.
January 11, 1949—Brother W. C. Ranes, Jr., reported that $249 had been raised for the Orphanage and the Home. It was decided to have a supper on first Stated Communication of each month, same to be paid for by a group of brethren.
February 8—Fifty-three members present. Brother R. H. Cannon died January 29 and Eagle Rock Lodge No. 19 of Hillsboro conducted the Masonic funeral at Hillsboro.
April 12—Ten dollars was sent to Catherine Hoke Hooker at Oxford Orphanage as a graduation present.
June 14—New aprons were ordered for officers of the lodge.
August 9—Worshipful Brother T. G. Bunting of Morning Star Lodge No. 85 of Nashville, D.D.G.M. of 18th Masonic District, gave plans for the year.
August 23—Brother P. C. Stott, A.G.L., was present.
September 27—It was announced that the District Meeting would be held in Nashville September 29.
October 11—W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., made a talk on History of Lodge. The Treasurer stated that the note at the Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company had been paid in full and that the only indebtedness on the lodge was non-interest bearing certificates held by some of the members.
November 29—Brother R. B. Jones of St. John's Lodge No. 13 of Kenansville conferred the Third Degree on his son, Brother C. R. Jones.
December 13—Brother J. S. Day reported that $432.72 had been raised for Oxford Orphanage and Masonic and Eastern Star Home. The Treasurer stated that Certificates held by brethren of the lodge amounted to $3525.
December 27—The officers were installed. A financial report for 1949 submitted by the Treasurer showed Bond and Interest Account Receipts $5011.91 and paid out $4877.43; General Expense Account Receipts $2348.21 and paid out $1589.77.1950
L. G. Sheffield, Master; V. L. Conyers, Senior Warden; W. H. Batchelor, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. S. Day, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and two Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. W. Fryer, W. H. Stell, Jr., Tom L. Collins, O. S. Moore, W. D. Evans, J. R. Spruill, D. R. Hoke and J. E. Roberson.
Restored: Brother Murray A. Stancill.
Affiliated: Brother Albert W. Hedgepeth from William G. Hill Lodge No. 218 of Raleigh; Brother John G. Hanner from Franklin Lodge No. 14, Troy, Ohio; Brother W. C. Ranes, Sr., formerly a member of Scotland Neck Lodge No. 470 (now defunct); and Brother, the Rev. Carl Lee Ousley from Siler City Lodge No. 403.
Demitted: Brothers H. M. Stott and Morris Friedman.
January 10—At a supper before the lodge opened 54 members were present.
January 24—Brother J. W. Quinton, Auditor for the lodge, reported that the books of the Treasurer and Secretary were in order.
March 28—Brother W. R. Wyatt died March 18 and a Masonic funeral was conducted by Corinthian Lodge No. 230 of Rocky Mount.
April 11—At this Stated Communication 47 members were present and heard a talk by W∴Brother Tom L. Bunting, D.D.G.M.
May 9—It was stated that Brother W. H. Batchelor, Junior Warden, had recently become a Certified Lecturer. Brother F. J. Warren died today.
June 13—Consent was given for a new lodge at Scotland Neck to be known as Scotland Neck Lodge U.D. The District Meeting will be held at Rocky Mount June 23.
June 27—It was reported that 45 brethren attended services at First Baptist Church in Tarboro on June 25.
July 25—Brothers J. Howard Brown, D. F. Horn and J. G. Hanner were appointed to revise the by-laws to conform with the North Carolina Code. Brother Vernon L. Conyers read an article from Time magazine, “Can a Mason be a Christian.”
August 8—The Temple Committee was given authority to dispose of two old stoves.
August 22—The revised by-laws were adopted. The lodge voted favorably on application of two sons of Brother W. M. Batchelor, Arnold Morton, age 11, and Robert Wayne, age 8, for admission to Oxford Orphanage.
September 12—W∴Brother Tom L. Bunting, D.D.G.M. 18th Masonic District, and W∴Brother W. C. Francis, D.D.G. Lecturer 17th and 18th
Districts, made talks. Elected Trustees of the lodge were Brothers L. G. Sheffield, V. L. Conyers and W. H. Batchelor.
October 10—An invitation was received from Hiram Lodge No. 40 of Raleigh to attend an Emergent Communication on October 21 when the Third Degree would be conferred before 550 visiting brethren from Pittsburg, Pa. (Several brethren from Concord Lodge attended.)
November 14—Ladies’ Night will be held December 6 at the First Baptist Church.
November 28—A committee consisting of Brothers J. Howard Brown D. F. Horn and H. Bruce Russell was appointed to consult with Brother J. P. Keech about preparing a history of Concord Lodge.
December 12—Contributions for the Orphanage and the Home were $353.
December 26—It was stated that 45 members having contributed $5 or more to the Orphanage fund would be given a subscription to the Orphan's Friend. The officers were installed.1951
Vernon L. Conyers, Master; W. H. Batchelor, Senior Warden; H. H. James, Jr., Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; J. S. Day, Secretary; Roy O. Madra, Tyler.
Twenty-three Stated and five Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers M. Rudolph Sexton, R. E. Evans, S. T. Robeson, C. C. Pittman and J. H. Lamb.
Restored: Brother H. D. Hardison.
Demitted: Brothers R. C. Speight, P.M., and R. S. Whitehead.
January 8, 1951—This Emergent Communication was held to conduct a Masonic funeral for Brother H. H. James, Jr., who died January 6 and was Junior Warden at time of death.
January 23—Brother H. H. James, Sr., was elected Junior Warden.
March 27—The lodge Auditor, Brother J. W. Quinton, reported that the books of the Treasurer and Secretary were correct and in order.
April 10—The Finance Committee was given authority to increase the insurance on the Temple. Only $15,000 is now carried and it is estimated that the building is worth $60,000. The Treasurer reported that all certificates had been redeemed and that the lodge was now out of debt for the first time in many years. The Temple was completed in 1908 and thus the lodge was 43 years paying for it.
April 24—W∴Brother R. L. Dunn, P.M., reported for the Finance Committee that the Temple was now insured for $50,000 and that a $10,000 Liability policy had been purchased. Brothers Vernon L. Conyers, W. H. Batchelor, H. H. James, Sr., and J. Howard Brown attended Grand Lodge.
June 2—A Masonic funeral was held at Macclesfield for deceased Brother E. G. Narron.
July 10—It was decided to invite Brother W. H. Batchelor, Certified Lecturer, to lecture the lodge.
August 1—This Emergent Communication was called to entertain the 18th District Meeting. Present were M∴W∴Brother H. M. Foy, Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, R∴W∴Brother W. L. McIver, Grand Secretary, and Brother Leon Godown, Editor The Orphans’ Friend, each making a talk.
October 9—Madera Lodge No. 280 of Madera, California, reported they had conferred the First and Second Degrees on J. H. Lamb. Brother Lamb was then Raised by Concord Lodge.
October 19—The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred on Brother E. A. Reardon as a courtesy to Corinthian Lodge No. 230 of Rocky Mount.
October 23—Brother E. A. Reardon was Raised as a courtesy to Corinthian Lodge No. 230 of Rocky Mount.
December 11—Ladies’ Night was held at the Baptist Church on November 2. Whitley Paint and Wall Paper Co. was successful bidder to paint outside of Temple for $382. Brother Pate Miller reported that $500 had been raised for the Orphanage and Home. Brother W. H. Batchelor was given a turkey for work on furnace and stoker.1952
W. H. Batchelor, Master; H. H. James, Sr., Senior Warden; C. R. Jones, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Vernon L. Conyers, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and nine Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers Percy L. Newbern, J. W. O'Neal, Edward O. Hanke, Wm. Lee Page, 3rd, Carl L. Kornegay, and Gene D. Miller.
Affiliated: Brother Frank L. Fenn.
Demitted: Brothers E. W. Olschner and J. P. Ballard.
Two members Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 8, 1952—The officers were installed. Brother T. O. Moses, P.M., now living at Raeford, made a talk.
January 22—The lodge approved application of Brother T. T. Cherry for admission to Masonic and Eastern Star Home. Brother Geo. R. Bennette, Superintendent of the Home, addressed the lodge.
February 12—Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., gave a progress report on writing lodge history.
February 26—A George Washington program was given by Worshipful Brothers D. F. Horn, P.M., and Vernon L. Conyers, P.M.
March 25—Brother H. A. Blankenship died December 25, 1951. The report of the Auditor, Brother J. W. Quinton, was accepted as read, the books of the Treasurer and Secretary being in order.
April 22—Arrangements were made to purchase new Winding Stairs.
May 27—Brother H. H. James, Sr., Senior Warden, presented the lodge rods for the Deacons and Stewards in memory of his son, late Brother H. H. James, Jr.
June 10—A committee was appointed to consult an architect about renovating the Temple.
June 16—This Emergent Communication was held to conduct Masonic burial service for Brother J. B. Evans of Semper Fidelis Lodge No. 680 of Midway Park. W∴Brother L. D. Cardwell, Certified Lecturer of Seaside Lodge No. 429, presided in the East. The funeral was held in St. James Methodist Church, Tarboro, and the body was deposited with Masonic honors in Greenwood Cemetery, Tarboro.
June 24—W∴Brother W. D. Waters, D.D.G.M., of Rocky Mount addressed the lodge.
July 22—Brother N. E. Gresham died July 21.
September 9—The 18th District Meeting will be held in Rocky Mount September 24.
September 23—The lodge authorized The Orphans’ Friend sent to each member of the lodge.
October 5—A Masonic funeral was held for Brother S. L. Elrod who died in an automobile accident October 3. The lodge went to the home and thence to the grave where W∴Brother W. H. Batchelor, Master, C. L., conducted the Masonic service.
October 14—Ladies’ Night will be observed November 13. Brother C. C. Lamb, Jr., who is now 2nd Lieutenant in Air Force, made a talk. W∴Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M., gave a talk on the “Powers of the Grand Master.”
November 9—Funeral services were held for W∴Brother J. P. Keech, P.M., who died in an automobile accident November 7. Services were held at St. James Methodist Church and W∴Brother W. H. Batchelor, Master of Concord Lodge and Certified Lecturer, conducted Masonic service at Greenwood Cemetery. The late Brother Keech, P.M., had been a member of Concord Lodge for 50 years and was Secretary for 18 years.
November 11—A program was given commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Initiation of George Washington. Brother H. D. Hardison addressed the lodge.
November 25—“A lengthy discussion was held relative to increasing our attendance.” The Twelfth Minute Book ends with this Communication.
December 4—This Emergent Communication was to conduct the funeral of deceased Brother Charlie Blake of Rocky Mount and a member of Owens Lodge No. 164, A.F. & A.M. of Norfolk, Virginia. The lodge went to St. James Methodist Church and the body was interred in Greenwood Cemetery in due and ancient form.
December 9—Worshipful Brother W. D. Waters, D.D.G.M., of Rocky Mount addressed the lodge. Forty members and six visitors were present.
December 23—The contribution to Oxford Orphanage was $450 and to the Home at Greensboro $150. Brother G. Pate Miller, Chairman of the committee to raise these funds, was thanked for a splendid piece of work. The officers for 1953 were installed, W∴Brother W. H. Batchelor was presented a Past Master's jewel.1953
H. H. James, Sr., Master; C. R. Jones, Senior Warden; John G. Hanner, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Vernon L. Conyers, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and eight Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers J. Roland Davis and Oscar S. Parks.
Affiliated: Brother Lewis Corning, 3rd, and M.M. Marshall.
Demitted: Brother H. L. Flynn.
January 13, 1953—It was decided to pay the Secretary $150 for services during 1953, $75 to the Treasurer and $60 to the Tyler. Brother W. H. Batchelor, P.M., and Certified Lecturer, will lecture the lodge some time during the year.
January 27—An invitation was extended to the District Deputy Grand Master to hold a District School of Instruction in Tarboro during March. The Lecture service will begin February 2.
February 10—“It was moved and carried that Brother J. H. Brown be a committee of one with power to act to contact Miss Vera Keech and make settlement with her regarding the notes on the History of the Lodge made by her father, deceased Brother J. P. Keech.”
February 24—Thirty dollars was contributed to help entertain the Boy Scout Camporee to be held in Tarboro April 7.
March 10—“It was moved and carried that Brother J. H. Brown continue writing the History of Concord Lodge No. 58 which was halted due to the death of Brother J. P. Keech.” A committee is now working on plans to renovate the Temple. Brother S. T. Robeson gave a talk on the Third Degree. Forty-eight members and two visitors were present. It is the rule now for a group of members (8 or 10) to give a supper on the first Communication of the month. Hence the attendance is markedly improved.
March 24—W∴Brother D. F. Horn, P.M., gave a talk on the Landmarks of Masonry. A committee reported that architects estimated it would cost from $50,000 to $75,000 to put Temple in good condition.
April 14—The Temple Renovating Committee, consisting of Brothers W. J. Davis, P.M., Chairman, C. R. Jones, H. Bruce Russell, P.M., and John G. Hanner, recommended that the following work be done:
“We, members of the Temple Renovating Committee of Concord Lodge No. 58, wish to make the following report:
“We have met on numerous occasions with Mr. Harry J. Harlee, Architect, Rocky Mount, who we employed to furnish plans to consider, along with Mr. Jones of Modern Builders, Contractors, Rocky Mount, for advice as to what should be done to the Temple. On one occasion Mr. Thomas Herman, Architect, Wilson, North Carolina, and Dillon Rose of D. J. Rose and Son, Contractors, Rocky Mount, were shown over the Temple to get their advice as to the work that should be done.
“After consideration of all the facts, we recommend that the following work be done:
“Renovate the furnace room, install necessary fire wall, and wall for coal bin, plaster furnace room so as to provide resistance to any fire which may originate there. Provide necessary supports in front part of basement for existing drug store floor.
“(2) Stairway and Stairwell to Second and Third Stories
“Jack up, level and make necessary repairs to existing Stairway and Stairwell to second and third stories.
“(3) First Floor
“Renovate vestibule and offices in the rear of the drug store.
“(4) Second Story
“Install complete new ceiling with necessary permanent conduit for electrical wiring. Completely renovate toilets and install all new fixtures in them.
“(5) Third Story
“Install one toilet and lavatory. Repair walls and ceiling of lodge and anteroom as required.
“(6) Electrical Work
“Install new electrical wiring from building entrance to secondary outlets on first, second and third floors. Install new electrical wiring complete on second floor.
“(a) First Floor—Paint vestibule and offices renovated.
“(b) Second Floor—Paint all walls and ceiling.
“(c) Third Floor—Paint walls and ceilings of lodge room and anteroom as required.
“(d) Stairway and Stairwell—Paint and varnish as required.
“After talking to the contractors and architect, we believe this work can be accomplished for a maximum of $25,000. It is our recommendation that the lodge arrange to secure the necessary funds to do the work outlined and the expenditure be limited to a maximum of $25,000.
“We have checked with the banks and, based on 4% interest, $25,000 could be furnished over a period of 15 years for the sum of $184.85 per month. We believe a monthly payment in this neighborhood would not impose undue hardship on the lodge with the present income and economic conditions.”
This recommendation was approved by the lodge and the committee was discharged with words of praise.
April 28—Brothers H. H. James, W.M., W. H. Batchelor, P.M., and John G. Hanner, J. W., attended Grand Lodge in Charlotte April 21 and 22. The lodge paid $36.70 for their expenses.
May 12—The following committee was appointed to supervise the renovating of the Temple: Brothers W. J. Bateman, Chairman, Sam Dean and W. H. Batchelor, P.M.
May 15—Brother Dorsey H. Parker, who had been a long time member of the lodge, died May 13. The brethren went to the Episcopal Church at Speed “and taking possession of the body proceeded to the cemetery where Masonic Burial Rites were administered.”
May 26—The lodge will attend services at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro on Sunday, May 31. (48 were present)
June 23—On behalf of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina W∴Brother W. D. Waters, D.D.G.M., presented W∴Brother R. E. L. Cook, P.M., with a 50-Year Veteran's Emblem.
July 7—This Emergent Communication was to conduct funeral of Brother George W. Holoway, deceased, of Edgefield Lodge No. 254, Nashville, Tennessee. The lodge went to Carlisle Funeral Home, thence to Greenwood Cemetery and interred the body with Masonic Rites.
July 14—W∴Brother W. D. Waters, D.D.G.M., addressed the lodge.
July 20—Deceased Brother W. J. Mayo was buried at Bethel with Masonic honors. The lodge went first to Johnson Memorial Presbyterian Church at Mayo Crossroad and thence to cemetery at Bethel.
July 28—Repair work on the Temple is progressing satisfactorily. The work is being done by workmen from Henderson Lumber Co. of Tarboro under direct supervision of the Worshipful Master, Brother H. H. James, Sr.
August 29—Brother W. Rufus Felton died on August 28. The lodge went to Macclesfield and interred the body with Masonic honors.
September 8—The 18th Masonic District Meeting will be held at Rocky Mount September 16. The two following Resolutions were adopted:
“Whereas Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F.&A.M., Tarboro, North Carolina, has heretofore authorized the officers of the lodge to make certain extensive and substantial repairs and improvements to the Masonic Temple Building.
“Whereas in order to pay the costs of said repairs and improvements it is necessary for said lodge to borrow certain funds in addition to the funds on hand available for such purposes.
“Therefore be it Resolved that Concord Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M., Tarboro, North Carolina, be and it is hereby authorized and empowered to borrow from the Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company, Tarboro North Carolina, an amount of money not to exceed the sum of $7,500 for said purpose, and to execute its note for such amount as may be borrowed not exceeding the sum herein authorized, bearing interest at the rate of 4½% per annum payable quarterly, the principal of such amount as may be borrowed to be repaid in installments at the expiration of each three months period from the date of such loan, and for the purpose of securing the payment of same, the officers and trustees are hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver a Deed of Trust upon the Masonic Temple property in the Town of Tarboro and to attach the seal of said lodge to said note and Deed of Trust.
“And be it further resolved that the officers of said lodge shall have the power and authority to extend and renew such note and installments thereof from time to time for periods not exceeding three months in the event that the funds on hand in said lodge be not sufficient to pay each installment as and when the same shall become due and payable.”The Second Resolution
“Whereas Concord Lodge No. 58, A.F. & A.M., Tarboro, North Carolina, has heretofore duly authorized the officers and trustees of this lodge to borrow $7,500 from the Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company in Tarboro, North Carolina, and to execute and deliver a Deed of Trust on the Masonic Temple property in Tarboro, North Carolina, to secure the payment of same, and it was understood and agreed that said Deed of Trust was to be a first and prior lien upon said property.
“And Whereas said lodge is unable at this time to secure the cancellation of a certain Deed of Trust from said Concord Lodge to George Howard, John R. Pender and W. R. Felton, Trustees, dated April 1, 1923, and recorded in Book 246 at page 525 of the Edgecombe Registry securing the payment of 200 bonds in the sum of $100 each, all becoming due and payable on April 1, 1943, and 152 of said bonds have been cancelled and are now in possession of said lodge, but 48 of said bonds cannot at this time be located, but it is believed that said 48 bonds were surrendered and cancelled many years ago and have now been destroyed, misplaced or lost, and it is the intent and desire of said lodge to indemnify and save harmless from loss or liability the said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company, by reason of the said Deed of Trust not being cancelled of record.
“Therefore be it resolved that the Worshipful Master, Secretary and Trustees of this lodge be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to execute and deliver to said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company a contract and agreement that the said lodge will pay and surrender to said bank any one or more of said 48 bonds immediately upon presentation of payment, or upon failure of said lodge to immediately procure cancellation of such bonds by payment or otherwise, the said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company is fully authorized and empowered to take up and pay such bond and accured interest thereon as may be presented for payment, and that in addition to the security of said bond, the said lodge will upon request promptly execute and deliver to the said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company such further mortgage or Deed of Trust upon the said Masonic Temple property, and upon such terms and conditions as may be required to fully indemnifty, protect and save harmless from loss the said Edgecombe Bank and Trust Company.”
September 22—A communication was read from M∴W∴Brother Chas. B. Newcomb, P.G.M. and Chairman of Lodge Service Commission, approving application for loan. A letter was read from Brother O. S. Moore giving the lodge a kitchen sink and cabinet.
October 13—W∴Brother Sam D. Bundy, a Past Master of Concord Lodge and now a member of Farmville Lodge No. 517 and District Deputy Grand Master of the 5th District, gave a talk on “The Philosophy and Principles of Masonry.” There were present 63 members, including 15 Past Masters and 13 visitors.
October 27—Arrangements were made for Ladies’ Night on November 5.
November 10—The Temple has now been renovated at an approximate cost of $11,000. It was necessary to borrow only $6,500 from the bank. Too much praise cannot be given to Worshipful Brother H. H. James, Master of Concord Lodge, for this splendid accomplishment. He was responsible for much of the detailed planning and gave daily supervision as the work progressed. It is not exaggeration to state that the Temple is now in better condition than at any time in its life. The electrical wiring has been brought up to standard specifications, ample support has been given in the basement and to the stairway, and the lodge
room and the anteroom have been greatly improved by placing sheetrock on the ceiling. The partition wall separating the anteroom into two parts was partially removed leaving a high arch, thus throwing it all into one room with space for 75 at banquet tables. A kitchen was set off at the east end of this room with a counter, ample cabinet space, kitchen sink, electric stove and electric refrigerator, the refrigerator being given by Brother Joe Fryer. Charles J. Austin Chapter No. 193, Order of the Eastern Star of Tarboro, equipped the kitchen with utensils, china and glass-ware. No toilet was placed on the third floor as called for by the committee recommendations. The lodge room was painted a two-tone gray. Two window fans were placed on the east side of Temple for use in the summer.
November 24—Brother B. A. Steadman died November 17.
December 8—Brother C. E. Gardner died December 5. The contribution to Oxford Orphanage was $353 and to the Home at Greensboro $117.
December 22—The officers for 1954 were installed. W∴Brother R. B. Jones, Certified Lecturer of St. John's Lodge No. 13 of Kenansville and father of the incoming Worshipful Master, Brother C. R. Jones, made an excellent talk on Masonry.1954
C. R. Jones Master; John G. Hanner, Senior Warden; Alfonso F. Felton, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Vernon L. Conyers, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and four Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers Charles M. Sparrow, Charles H. Lockhart, George F. Whitehurst, Graham Warren and Harvey T. Edmondson.
Affiliated: Brother Roscoe B. Sharpe.
Demitted: Brother R. E. Thomas.
Three members Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 26, 1954—Brother J. W. Quinton, Auditor for the lodge, made a report, stating the finances of the lodge were in order. It was decided to give Brother Quinton $15 for his services and he requested that this be sent to Oxford Orphanage as a contribution from him.
February 9—For several years Nash and Mizell has been the rental agency for the lodge. It was now decided to discontinue their services. W∴Brother H. H. James, P.M., was named Manager of the Temple, under the direction of the Trustees. He will rent the first and second floors, collect the rent, supervise the work of the janitor and have general oversight and management of the building. He will receive $100 per annum for his services. Six copies of the Masonic Education Book will be purchased.
March 23—A proposed amendment of the by-laws to change hour of Communication from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. was defeated. Concord Lodge authorized “the lodge in Rocky Mount . . . . to invite several boys in our jurisdiction to witness an Initiation in the DeMolay on Sunday, March 28.”
April 13—Labor was dispensed with and a group of boys from Rocky Mount exemplified the work of DeMolay.
April 27—Brother J. G. Hanner reported that chairs had been ordered for the hall. Brothers J. G. Hanner, A. F. Felton, H. H. James, W. H. Batchelor and J. H. Brown attended Grand Lodge in High Point.
May 11—It was announced that W∴Brother V. L. Conyers, P.M., and Secretary of Concord Lodge, had been appointed District Deputy Grand Master of 18th District. Concord Lodge invited the District to meet in Tarboro on June 17.
May 25—It was decided to sell the old kitchen sink for $4.00.
June 8—The lodge voted to attend services at the Christian Church in Macclesfield on the fourth Sunday in June. (About 20 attended)
June 17—This Emergent Communication was to entertain the 18th Masonic District meeting with the 17th District as guests. Present were M∴W∴Brother Robert L. Pugh, Grand Master and W∴Brother C. H. Walker, D.D.G.M. of 17th District. Brother Nelson Banks of Washington, N. C., spoke on Oxford Orphanage.
June 22—The Secretary was ordered to purchase jewels for the officers.
July 13—The lodge now owes $5,000 for repairs made last year.
July 27—Fifty-five new chairs for the lodge hall have arrived. The cost is $375.21. The chairs have red leather folding seats and will be made stationary to the floor. Many of the old chairs will be disposed of. An inscription plate will be made and attached to the Deacons and Stewards Rods to read as follows: “Given in memory of my son, Harvey James, Jr. (Harvey James, Sr.). Two old ceiling fans were sold for $50.
August 10—A contribution of $325 from the members of the lodge was sent to Oxford Orphanage for the Recreational Building Fund. The lodge gave a brother in the hospital $25.
August 15—Brother T. T. Cherry, the oldest member of Concord Lodge, who had been a Mason for over 60 years, died at the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro, where he had been a guest. The lodge went to the home of his daughter in Tarboro and thence to Nahala Presbyterian Church four miles west of Scotland Neck where the Masonic burial rites were conducted by W∴Brother W. H. Batchelor, C.L.
August 24—W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., made an official visit to the lodge and presented the Grand Master's three point program.
September 28—Ladies’ Night will be held November 11 at Hilma Country Club. W∴Brother J. L. Peacock, P.M. of Concord Lodge, died in Raleigh September 24.
October 12—Brothers J. Howard Brown, D. F. Horn and S. T. Robeson were appointed on Educational Committee to work on the Grand Master's program.
October 26—The lodge will continue to send The Orphans’ Friend to all members. Hurricane “Hazel” of October 15 smashed the plate glass window on first floor, destroyed on window and venetian blind of lodge hall on third floor and carried away the sky light on roof.
November 9—It was decided to replace glass window in drug store on first floor as it was before.
November 23—Brother P. S. White of Jeff Nelson Lodge No. 605 of Tryon and Supt. Leggett High School, addressed the lodge on the Public School System in North Carolina. W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., presented a Merit of Award in name of the Grand Lodge for contributing $2 or more per member to Oxford Orphanage Recreational Building Fund. Ladies’ Night held on November 11 had an attendance of 144.
December 14—Officers were elected for 1955.
December 28—The glass window has been replaced in the drug store. The Thanksgiving contribution to the Orphanage was $402 and to the Home there was a contribution of $134. The Treasurer reported that two war bonds of $25 denomination had matured and it was ordered that they be cashed. The officers were installed by W∴Brother V. L. Conyers, D.D.G.M. W∴Brother C. R. Jones, P.M., was presented a Past Master's jewel. Brother H. D. Simmons of Franklin Lodge No. 144 of Troy, Ohio and father-in-law of the incoming Worshipful Master, Brother John G. Hanner, presented him a letter of congratulation from his old lodge, Franklin Lodge No. 144 of Troy, Ohio.
John G. Hanner, Master; A. F. Felton, Senior Warden; Tom L. Collins, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Carl L. Kornegay, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-four Stated and 10 Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers E. L. Elrod, H. C. Hux, H. N. Weathersby, James Albert Pitt, George Washington Rawls and Royce Wade Godwin.
Affiliated: Brother William Donaldson King.
January 11, 1955—The Secretary reported the membership is now 155. The Treasurer reported Receipts from all sources during 1954 were $7,119.08 and Disbursements were $7,045.04.
January 25—The Worshipful Master was authorized to sign a Proof of Loss for the lodge for repairs on the building damaged by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The Auditor, Brother J. W. Quinton, reported that the books of the Treasurer and Secretary were in order. The lodge voted to give Brother Quinton a gift costing $15 for his services.
February 8—Thirty-six members were present. The 1954 Thanksgiving offering for the Orphanage was $402 and for the Home $134. Letters were read from these institutions thanking the brethren for their generosity. The District Deputy Grand Master, Worshipful Brother V. L. Conyers, announced a School of Instruction would be held with Corinthian Lodge No. 230, Rocky Mount, on February 10. Concord Lodge will exemplify the Second Degree at this time. Brother Worth Wicker gave an address on “Foundations of Masonry.”
February 22—Brother Percy Newbern died February 14. He was buried with Masonic honors by Ahoskie Lodge No. 684.
March 8—Fifty members and seven visitors were present. Worshipful Brother Richard H. Lucas, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, A.F. & A.M., a member of Perseverance Lodge No. 59 of Plymouth, gave a masterful address on “Masonic Light.”
April 12—Brother Hiram Mayo, Principal of Bridgers Public School in Tarboro, and a member of Bayboro Lodge No. 331, made a splendid talk on Oxford Orphanage.
April 26—Attending the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge held in Wilmington were Brothers H. H. James, V. L. Conyers and J. H. Brown. It was noted that several old chairs had been sold and the receipts were $108. Fifty steel folding chairs will be purchased at $4 each.
May 10—Thirty-nine members and one visitor were present. Worshipful Brother Wade H. Dickens of Scotland Neck Lodge No. 639 “gave a very wonderful talk” on “The Beginning of Masonry.”
May 24—It was decided to purchase Lecture Charts for the lodge.
June 14—Thirty-one members and three visitors were present. The brethren will attend church in a body at St. James Methodist Church in Tarboro on June 19. Thirty-two were present at this church service. Worshipful Brother Sam D. Bundy, former Master of Concord Lodge and now a member of Farmville Lodge No. 517, spoke very interestingly on “Keeping Masonry Alive in 1955.”
June 28—The 18th District Meeting will be held at Rocky Mount on July 27. The Treasurer reported that the lodge debt is now $3,000.
July 26—The lodge and Eastern Star Chapter held a picnic on July 20 at which 65 were present.
September 13—Worshipful Brother V. L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., made an official visit to the lodge.
October 11—Thirty-three members and six visitors were present. The insurance company will pay for repairs to roof and windows for damages caused by the hurricane. The Orphans’ Friend will be sent to all members. The members will attend church services at the First Baptist Church in Tarboro on October 23, at which time Worshipful Brother A. D. Leon Gray, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina and Superintendent of Oxford Orphanage, will preach. About 50 attended this service. The Treasurer spoke on “The 47th Problem of Euclid.” Worshipful Brother J. A. Simpson, District Deputy Grand Lecturer of 18th District and member of Corinthian Lodge No. 230 of Rocky Mount, was present and made a few remarks.
October 25—A School of Instruction will be held at Rocky Mount on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Worshipful Brother V. L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., was reported to have suffered a heart attack and is recuperating nicely in Edgecombe General Hospital in Tarboro. The Worshipful Master announced that Brother J. Howard Brown had recently received the 33° Honorary, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry at Washington, D. C.
November 8—Brother W. F. Wooten, a member of St. John's Lodge No. 4 of Kinston and a resident of Tarboro, entertained today about 50 members of the lodge at his Barbecue Place on West St. James Street.
November 22—Ladies’ Night held on November 18 at First Baptist Church was highly enjoyed. Brother Delemar of Corinthian Lodge No. 230 addressed the lodge on DeMolay. A committee consisting of Brothers Gene D. Miller, H. C. Hux and E. L. Elrod was appointed to canvass the possibility of organizing a DeMolay Chapter in Tarboro.
December 27— The lodge voted to sponsor a DeMolay Chapter at a total cost of $51. It was reported that $400 had been sent to Oxford Orphanage and $120 to Masonic and Eastern Star Home. Brother Joe Fryer, Chairman of the Orphanage Committee was thanked for his excellent work. Officers for 1956 were installed by Worshipful Brother C. R. Jones, P.M.1956
A. F. Felton, Master; Tom L. Collins, Senior Warden; Gene D. Miller, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Carl L. Kornegay, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-three Stated and 18 Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers Julius Stanley Vick, Ernest Montgomery Eason, Arthur M. Turner, III, James Henry Satterthwaite, Jenkins Redmond Satterthwaite, Eugene Powell Satterthwaite, Samuel Robert Satterthwaite, Joshua Lee Satterthwaite, James Perry Satterthwaite, Eugene Travis Speed, Dorsey Jackson Elrod, Roy Hickman Webb, Milton Alvin Moore, Jr., and Wade Allen Mullikin .
Restored: Brothers E. H. Marrow, Sr., John Kelly Gay and J. C. Liles.
Demitted: Brothers W. H. Batchelor, P. M., C.L., to join Perquimans Lodge No. 106 at Hertford; and Carl Lee Ousley.
One member Excluded for Non-Payment of Dues.
January 10, 1956—With 32 members present the Treasurer reported that receipts during 1955 were $8,181.53 and disbursements were $7,173.37.
January 24—A father and five sons were receiving the Degrees and the lodge desired to Raise all on the same evening. A letter from M∴W∴Grand Master Charles H. Pugh stated that it was not within his power to grant dispensation for the lodge to Raise more than five at any one
Communication. Brother H. H. James, P.M., will be Manager of the Temple during 1956. Brother L. E. Raskin donated a Past Master's pin which was presented to Brother John G. Hanner.
March 13—It was announced that the Installation of officers for John W. Cotten Chapter of DeMolay would be held on March 25.
March 30—This was an Emergent Communication for work in the Second Degree and is the beginning of the Fourteenth Minute Book. This is a durable loose leaf book with minutes for the first time being typewritten, which is a boon, indeed, for any reviewer.
April 10—W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., was present, greatly improved after his recent illness.
April 24—Brothers A. F. Felton, G. D. Miller and J. H. Brown attended Grand Lodge held in Raleigh on third Tuesday of April. Brother V. L. Conyers was reappointed District Deputy Grand Master.
May 8—The Sick and Cheer Committee was instructed to send cards to all brethren when they became ill. A committee was appointed to purchase and hang a neon Masonic sign on the Temple.
June 12—It was announced that Brothers J. G. Elmore and Dr. R. S. Anderson had recently died.
June 26—The Treasurer stated the note at the bank had been paid and that the lodge was out of debt. The John W. Cotten Chapter of DeMolay was granted permission to use the lodge hall on second and fourth Thursday nights.
June 27—This Emergent Communication was to conduct Masonic funeral for late Brother M. L. Laughlin, P.M., who died June 25. He had been Edgecombe County Auditor for about 30 years. “The brethren proceeded to Saint James Methodist Church in a group, and later took possession of the body at Greenwood Cemetery where Masonic Burial Rites were administered, led by Brother C. R. Jones.”
July 10—The Worshipful Master reported that the Eastern Star Chapter would give $50 on neon sign to be placed on the Temple as their emblem would also be placed on it. Brother H. D. Hardison was reported in hospital with broken hip. “Worshipful Master introduced Brother D. Ernest Bullock, Queen City Lodge No. 602, Rocky Mount, who presented Brother J. H. Brown a Certificate of appreciation from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina for having been a Director of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, Greensboro, for more than 25 years.” Brother T. R. Easterling of Rocky Mount, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina, made some appropriate remarks.
August 14—The 18th Masonic District Meeting will be held at Rocky Mount August 24 and a School of Instruction will be held at same place August 30. Concord Lodge will exemplify first section of Master Mason Degree at this School.
August 28—The lodge was informed that St. John's building at Oxford Orphanage was in serious condition and had been condemned. In order to erect a new building all of the lodges in North Carolina were requested to double their usual donation for a period of three years.
September 11—W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., made an official visit, “was welcomed, escorted to the East and given private Grand Honors.” It was reported that Brothers R. E. Evans and John H. Jones were in an automobile accident on September 10 and that Brother Evans was in a very serious condition. The neon sign cost $210.
September 25—Brother Evans was reported to be better. Sixteen brethren are eligible to receive 25 year membership Certificates.
October 9—The Orphan's Friend will be sent to each member of the lodge.
November 13—A recent Ladies’ Night was held. Six hundred dollars was raised for Oxford Orphanage and $120 for the Home at Greensboro.1957
Tom L. Collins, Master; Joe Fryer, Senior Warden; R. E. Sheffield, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Carl L. Kornegay, Secretary; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
Twenty-three Stated and nine Emergent Communications.
Raised: Brothers John J. Cummings, Thomas Jefferson Porter and Henry Gray Shelton.
Affiliated: Brothers Willie Ray Keel, William Roy Ward and J. K. Avent.
January 8, 1957—Brother P. J. T. Rawlins of Henderson Lodge No. 229 “gave a most enjoyable talk.” The Treasurer reported that during 1956 the lodge received $6,467 and disbursed $5,989.29. The Secretary reported that the membership was now 172.
February 12—W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers, D.D.G.M., “gave a very interesting talk on the theme ‘What We Contribute to Masonry’ ”. W∴Brother A. F. Felton was presented a Past Master's emblem.
March 12—All during 1956 the lodge made strenuous endeavors to clear an Application of Brother John J. Cummings who had been Initiated in Texas. The Secretary reported that the lodge could now proceed with the Application.
April 9—The lodge will attend services at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church on May 5. Brother S. T. Robeson gave a talk on Hiram, King of Tyre.
April 23—Brothers H. H. James, J. H. Brown and A. F. Felton attended Grand Lodge in Winston-Salem.
April 30—Brother J. H. Satterthwaite died April 29. “The brethren proceeded to the Episcopal Church at Speed in a group and later took possession of the body at Greenwood Cemetery . . . . where Masonic Burial Rites were administered, led by Brother C. R. Jones.”
May 14—Brother M. J. Stokes of Rocky Mount, D.D.G.M. of the 18th District, made a talk.
June 11—Labor was dispensed with and Dr. S. P. Bass of Tarboro “gave a very informative talk” on the life of General Albert Pike, who for many years, 1859-1891, was the Soverign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council 33° Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America. The eminent brother was the grandfather of the wife of Dr. Bass, Ethel Denver Pike.
June 25—The lodge approved an application of Mrs. Clyde Morris Page, mother of Brother Wm. Lee Page, Jr., P.M., for admission to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home.
August 13—Brother E. M. Delamar of Rocky Mount spoke on the work of De Molay.
August 27— The lodge gave the local DeMolay Chapter $25 to pay for their charter.
August 31—Brother T. L. Shipp, P.M., who lived in Washington, D. C., died August 29. “The brethren proceeded to Saint James Methodist Church in a group and later took possession of the body at Greenwood Cemetery where Masonic Burial Rites were administered by Brother C. R. Jones.”
September 10—It was decided to paint drug store on first floor. W∴Brother J. E. Simmons, Jr., reviewed his year (1947) as Master of the lodge.
September 24—W∴Brother M. J. Stokes, D.D.G.M., made an official visit. Eight members of the lodge attended a recent meeting in Rocky
Mount in the interest of Oxford Orphanage and Masonic and Eastern Star Home. The District Meeting will be held in Rocky Mount October 10.
October 8—The Auditor, Brother J. W. Quinton, reported that the books of the Treasurer and Secretary for 1956 were correct.
November 12—“Brother M. A. Moore, Jr., was authorized to purchase 100 sets of stainless steel silverware, fork, spoon and knife.” Brother J. A. Simpson, C.L., of Rocky Mount will lecture the lodge for one week beginning November 18. It was announced that W∴Brother Robert Lee Dunn, P.M., had recently been designated Knight Commander Court of Honor by the Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
November 26—Brother Alfonso Edmondson died November 19.
December 10—The office at rear of Temple on first floor is being fitted for Dr. T. S. Fleming, local dentist. It was noted with much regret that Past Master, Brother John G. Hanner, is leaving Tarboro on January 1 to accept a bank position in Troy, Ohio.1958
Joseph W. Fryer, Master; R. E. Sheffield, Senior Warden; E. L. Elrod, Junior Warden; J. Howard Brown, Treasurer; Vernon L. Conyers, Secretary; J. Stanley Vick, Senior Deacon; Joshua L. Satterthwaite, Junior Deacon; M. A. Moore, Jr. and John J. Cummings, Stewards; Leroy Cooper, Tyler.
From January through April there were eight Stated Communications and one Emergent Communication.
Raised: Brothers Henry Milton Edmondson, Robert Jewel Fenner Sawyer and Henry Grady Fisher, Jr.
Affiliated: Brothers Philip Joseph Thomas Rawlins from Henderson No. 229 and Lindley Maxie McRoy from Mt. Hope Lodge No. 128, St. Stephen, S. C.
January 14, 1958—The Treasurer reported that during 1957 $6,505.50 had been received and $5,085.39 disbursed. To Oxford Orphanage had been sent $600 and to the Home $120. The Secretary reported that the lodge membership was 174. A Past Master's emblem was presented to Brother Tom L. Collins.
January 28—Brother J. W. Quinton, Lodge Auditor, stated that the books of the Treasurer and Secretary were correct and in order.
February 25—Mr. Henry Grady Fisher, Jr. was Initiated. “Brother T. L. Collins conferred the degree, Brother J. L. Satterwaite presented the apron and Brother J. H. Brown presented the lecture.”
March 11—The Demolay Chapter changed their meeting nights from second and fourth Thursdays to first and third Thursdays. Brother R. E. Sheffield is now the Chapter Advisor for DeMolay.
March 25—Brother W. B. Howard, Ocean View Lodge No. 335, Norfolk, Va., informed the lodge that he had his grandfather's North Carolina Grand Master's jewel, which he would like to present to Concord Lodge at a later date. His grandfather was M∴W∴Brother John W. Cotten who was Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina 1894 and 1895.
April 8—The first Communication in May will be Home Coming Night. Brother H. G. Fisher, Jr., passed an examination in the Third Degree Catechism.
April 22—Brother L. B. McDaniel died April 14. A committee was appointed to consider the advisability of the lodge sending a girl for one week to Camp Rainbow located near Boone. Delegates to Grand Lodge, Brothers Joseph W. Fryer, J. Howard Brown and Alfonso F. Felton,
gave a report stating they had attended the Dedication of the new Grand Lodge building on Wednesday, April 16. The Worshipful Master announced that the Grand Lodge had conferred the title of Past District Deputy Grand Master on W∴Brother Vernon L. Conyers who had served for three years. Brother J. H. Brown informed the lodge he had completed writing the history of Concord Lodge. A committee consisting of Brothers J. H. Brown, C. R. Jones, H. H. James and J. R. Satterthwaite was appointed to arrange for its publication.
|MEMBERSHIP OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58|
|May 1, 1958|
|Irvin R. Adler||Tarboro||F. L. Gammon||Greenville, N. C.|
|Berry L. Anderson||Tarboro||Royce Wade Godwin||Tarboro|
|S. W. Anderson||Whitakers||Frank E. Grayiel||Tarboro|
|George B. Andrews, Charleston Heights South Carolina||Wm. H. Hackney, Jr. Colonial Heights, Virginia|
|Weeks A. Andrews||Tarboro||John G. Hanner||Troy, Ohio|
|J. K. Avent||Tarboro||H. D. Hardison||Tarboro|
|Walter C. Baker||Wilson, N. C.||W. C. Hargrove||Tarboro|
|N. P. Battle||Rocky Mount, N. C.||B .Frank Harris||Tarboro|
|W. Maylon Batchelor||Tarboro||Clyde W. Harris||Conetoe, N. C.|
|W. J. Bateman||Tarboro||J. K. Harper||Pinetops, N. C.|
|Hugh E. Best, Jr.||Tarboro||R. B. Havens, Jr.||Tarboro|
|Robert L. Blaeser||Charlottesville, Va.||George C. Heath||New Bern, N. C.|
|O. O. Boykin||Tarboro||Albert W. Hedgepeth||Pinetops, N. C.|
|Wilbur Boysworth||Tarboro||D. R. Hoke||Conetoe, N. C.|
|L. M. Brock||Tarboro||D. Frank Horn||Tarboro|
|Oscar Brill||Tarboro||Ivey O. Hucks||Burlington, N. C.|
|M. S. Brown||Tarboro||Howard C. Hux||Tarboro|
|Joseph G. Brown||Tarboro||H. H. James||Tarboro|
|J. Howard Brown||Tarboro||C. R. Jones||Tarboro|
|J. S. Bramham||Tarboro||John H. Jones||Tarboro|
|J. L. Bullock||Tarboro||Wayland Joyner||Tarboro|
|J. H. Carr||Pinetops, N. C.||W. R. Keel||Tarboro|
|R. P. Cherry||Tarboro||W. D. King||Tarboro|
|C. F. Clayton||Tarboro||C. L. Kornegay||Tarboro|
|W. G. Clark, Jr.||Tarboro||R. V. Knight||Tarboro|
|Vernon L. Conyers||Tarboro||J. A. Knox||Tarboro|
|Leroy Cooper||Tarboro||Robert V. Knox||Rocky Mount, N. C.|
|R. E. L. Cook||Tarboro||W. T. Knox||Tarboro|
|Tom L. Collins||Tarboro||C. C. Lamb, Jr.||Macclesfield, N. C.|
|Louis A. Corning, III||Tarboro||C. C. Lamb, Sr.||Macclesfield, N. C.|
|John J. Cummings||Tarboro||James H. Lamb||Macclesfield, N. C.|
|Zeb C. Cummings, Jr.||Tarboro||J. T. Lawrence, Jr.||Tarboro|
|J. G. Dail||Tarboro||Theodore D. Levy||Rocky Mount, N. C.|
|L. E. Dail||Tarboro||James Cobb Liles||Tarboro|
|M. E. Dail||Macclesfield, N. C.||Charles H. Lockhart||Tarboro|
|W. C. Darrow||Tarboro||Wm. S. Long, Staten Island 7, New York|
|J. R. Davis||Pinetops, N. C.||Roy O. Madra||Tarboro|
|W. J. Davis||Hertford, N. C.||M. M. Marshall||Tarboro|
|J. S. Day||Warsaw, Va.||E. H. Marrow, Sr.||Morehead City, N. C.|
|J. S. Dean||Tarboro||J. C. Marrow||Tarboro|
|R. E. Dowd||Fort Myers, Fla.||A. N. Mason||Tarboro|
|R. L. Dunn||Pinetops, N. C.||G. O. Mason||Tarboro|
|W. L. Dunn||Pinetops, N.C.||W. M. Mashburn||Halifax, N. C.|
|Ernest M. Eason||Tarboro||L. M. McRoy||Tarboro|
|W. J. Eason||Tarboro||A. E. Miller||Tarboro|
|H. Milton Edmondson||Conetoe, N. C.||Gene D. Miller||New Bern, N. C.|
|H. T. Edmondson||Tarboro||G. P. Miller||Tarboro|
|W. J. Edmondson||Tarboro||J. D. Mobley||Tarboro|
|Dorsey J. Ellrod||Tarboro||M. A. Moore, Jr.,||Tarboro|
|Elbert Lee Ellrod||Tarboro||M. A. Moore, Sr.||Tarboro|
|R. E. Evans||Tarboro||O. S. Moore||Raleigh, N. C.|
|Wilbur D. Evans||Tarboro||M. J. Moye||Tarboro|
|A. F. Felton||Macclesfield, N. C.||Wade A. Mullikin||Tarboro|
|F. L. Fenn||Tarboro||Jimmie W. O'Neal||Tarboro|
|C. W. Fisher||Tarboro||W. Lee Page||Tarboro|
|Henry Grady Fisher, Jr.||Tarboro||W. Lee Page, III||Parkersburg, W. V.|
|George H. Fountain||Tarboro||Oscar S. Parks||Tarboro|
|Joseph W. Fryer||Tarboro||John Pearce||Tarboro|
|John Kelly Gay, Jr.||Williamston, N. C.||H. O. Pearson||Pinetops, N. C.|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58 (Continued)|
|W. H. Phillips, Jr.||Pinetops, N. C.||L. G. Sheffield||Tarboro|
|James A. Pitt||Tarboro||R. E. Sheffield||Tarboro|
|W. B. Pitt||Pinetops, N. C.||Henry Gray Shelton||Speed, N. C.|
|Curtis C. Pittman||New Bern, N. C.||A. M. Smith||Tarboro|
|Christos S. Pistolis||Tarboro||Charles M. Sparrow||Tarboro|
|John Pistolis||Rocky Mount, N. C.||Eugene T. Speed||Speed, N. C.|
|Thomas J. Porter||Tarboro||James R. Spruill||Florence, S. C.|
|J. W. Quinton||Tarboro||W. L. Stallings||Pinetops, N. C.|
|J. G. Raby||Tarboro||Burke H. Stancill||Greenville, N. C.|
|W. C. Ranes, Jr.,||Naval Mine Depot, Va.||Murray A. Stancill||Tarboro|
|W. C. Ranes, Sr.||Tarboro||Willie H. Stell, Jr.||Tarboro|
|L. E. Raskin||Tarboro||T. E. Stirewalt||Alexandria, Va.|
|P. J. T. Rawlins||Tarboro||Dixon V. Talbert||Tarboro|
|George W. Rawls||Tarboro||B. Elliott Taylor||Atlanta, Ga.|
|J. E. Roberson||Conetoe, N. C.||A. M. Turner, III||Tarboro|
|W. W. Roberson||Conetoe, N. C.||J. W. Van Landingham||Tarboro|
|S. T. Robeson||Tarboro||J. Stanley Vick||Tarboro|
|H. Bruce Russell||Tarboro||Wayne D. Wages||New Bern, N. C.|
|J. T. Sadler||Oak City, N. C.||J. E. Wagner, Jr.||Rockledge, Fla.|
|L. G. Sanders||Tarboro||J. E. Wagner, Sr.||Tarboro|
|E. P. Satterthwaite||Tarboro||W. D. Wagner||Tarboro|
|J. L. Satterthwaite||Tarboro||W. Roy Ward||Tarboro|
|J. P. Satterthwaite||Tarboro||Graham Warren||Tarboro|
|J. R. Satterthwaite||Tarboro||H. Norman Weathersby||Tarboro|
|S. R. Satterthwaite||Tarboro||Roy H. Webb||Macclesfield, N. C.|
|J. L. Sawyer||Norfolk 13, Va.||Worth Wicker||Tarboro|
|R. J. Sawyer||Tarboro||George F. Whitehurst||Hobgood, N. C.|
|J. R. Sexton||Tarboro||J. W. Wiggins, Jr.||Wilson, N. C.|
|M. Rudolph Sexton||Tarboro||J. E. Wright||Fuquay Springs, N. C.|
|Roscoe B. Sharpe||Tarboro||J. Frank Yarboro||Kinston, N. C.|
|J. E. Simmons, Jr.||Tarboro|
|OFFICERS OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58 A.F. & A. M.|
|TARBORO, N. C.|
|YEAR||MASTER||SENIOR WARDEN||JUNIOR WARDEN||TREASURER||SECRETARY||TYLER|
|1811||Alexander Falconer||Nathan Mathewson||Joseph Farmer||Joseph Bell||Michael Hearne|
|1812||Alexander Falconer||Nathan Mathewson||Edward D. MacNair||Joseph Bell||Michael Hearne||Paul Randolph|
|1813||Edward D. MacNair||Robert Joyner||Benj. M. Jackson||Joseph Bell||Benj. G. Pulliam||Paul Randolph|
|1814||Robert Joyner||Benj. M. Jackson||Alex. S. Johnston||Joseph Bell||Lewis D. Wilson||Paul Randolph|
|1815||Alex. S. Johnston||Michael Hearne||Benj. G. Pulliam||Joseph Bell||David Dancy||N. Mathewson|
|1816||David Dancy||Benj. G. Pulliam||Geo. E. Spruill||N. Mathewson||Theo. W. Cockburn||Paul Randolph|
|1817||David Dancy||Benj. G. Pulliam||E. P. Guion||John Hagan||Theo. W. Cockburn||Paul Randolph|
|1818||Benj. G. Pulliam||E. P. Guion||Lewis D. Wilson||John Hagan||Theo. W. Cockburn||John Williams|
|1819||Robert Joyner||E. P. Guion||Lewis D. Wilson||N. Mathewson||Michael Hearne||Wm. Crockett|
|1820||David Dancy||E. P. Guion||Wm. Crockett||John Williams||Robt. Joyner||Samuel Stillman|
|1821||Joseph R. Lloyd||Samuel Stillman||John Williams||Robt. Joyner||John F. Hughes||John Parker|
|1822||Joseph R. Lloyd||B. B. Hunter||B. M. Jackson||Robt. Joyner||John F. Hughes||John L. Southerland|
|1823||B. B. Hunter||H. L. Kirkland||David Dancy||Robt. Joyner||Exum L. Lowe||Henry Johnston|
|1824||B. B. Hunter||Lewis B. L. Dickens||Henry Johnston||Robt. Joyner||Exum L. Lowe||John Parker|
|1825||B. B. Hunter||David Dancy||Henry Johnston||Robt. Joyner||Exum L. Lowe||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1826||Robert Joyner||David Dancy||Henry Johnston||Joseph R. Lloyd||Exum L. Lowe||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1827||Robert Joyner||Wm. Stewart||Gray Little||John Parker||Exum L. Lowe||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1828||Wm. Stewart||Phesanton T. Sugg||Gray Little||Abraham Crane||Exum L. Lowe||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1829||Phesanton T. Sugg||Gray Little||Thomas Cotton||Lewis Bond||Exum L. Lowe||Solomon Pender|
|1830||Lewis Bond||Thos. Gatlin||Solomon T. Braddy||Exum L. Lowe||Reading S. Long||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1831||Lewis Bond||Thos. Gatlin||Frederick Little||Exum L. Lowe||Joseph Edmondson||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1832||Gray Little||Benj. Batts||Theophilus Cherry||Solomon Pender||Joseph Edmondson||Weeks P. Hadley|
|1833||Benj. Batts||Joshua Pender||Theophilus Cherry||Solomon Pender||Simmons B. Staton||Lewis Bond|
|1834||Benj. Batts||Charles Mabry||Theophilus Cherry||Solomon Pender||John Edmondson||Isaac B. Braddy|
|1835||James George||Charles Mabry||Simmons B. Staton||Solomon Pender||Guilford M. Mooring||Isaac B. Braddy|
|1836||James George||Charles Mabry||Simmons B. Staton||Solomon Pender||A. K. Barlow||Nashville Nelson|
|1844||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||A. K. Barlow||Solomon Pender||Lorenzo D. Bell||Wm. Pender|
|1845||Lewis C. Pender||Wm. H. Hines||Wm. S. Baker||Lewis Bond||Ira G. Ellis||Wm. Pender|
|1846||Wm. S. Baker||Lewis C. Pender||James Mehegan||Lewis Bond||Solomon Pender, Jr.||Wm. Pender|
|1847||James Mehegan||Wm. H. Hines||Lewis C. Pender||Lewis Bond||Solomon Pender, Jr.||Wm. Pender|
|1848||James Mehegan||Elisha Cromwell||Wm. Harrill||Lewis Bond||Kenneth Thigpen||John Knight, Jr.|
|1849||James Mehegan||Elisha Cromwell||Wm. Harrill||Lewis Bond||John F. Speight||John Knight, Jr.|
|1850||Wm. H. Hines||Wm. Geo. Thomas||David Cobb||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||Thos. O'Berry|
|1851||Wm. H. Hines||Wm. Geo. Thomas||Wm. S. Long||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||Wm. Harrill|
|1852||Henry T. Clarke||Frank M. Parker||Josiah S. Pender||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||Thos. C. Hussey|
|1853||James Mehegan||Josiah S. Pender||Wm. Harrill||Henry T. Clarke||Lewis C. Pender||Thos. C. Hussey|
|1854||James Mehegan||Henry T. Clarke||Mayo Worsley||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||John H. Leigh|
|1855||David Cobb||B. W. Mabry||Elisha Cromwell||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||John H. Leigh|
|1856||David Cobb||B. W. Mabry||Elisha Cromwell||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||Joseph H. Brown|
|1857||Wm. S. Long||David B. Bell||John H. Leigh||Lewis Bond||Lewis C. Pender||Joseph H. Brown|
|1858||James Mehegan||B. W. Mabry||John H. Leigh||Lewis Bond||David Pender||Joseph H. Brown|
|1859||B. W. Mabry||Wm. S. Long||Reuben Cobb||Thomas M. Carter||David Pender||S. S. Hicks|
|1860||Henry T. Clarke||Joseph H. Hyman||Wm. Harrill||Robt. H. Pender||David Pender||S. S. Hicks|
|1861||Reuben Cobb||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||Robt. H. Pender||David Pender||S. S. Hicks|
|1862||Baker W. Mabry||Wm. S. Long||Wm. Harrill||John H. Leigh||David Pender||S. S. Hicks|
|1865||Henry T. Clarke||Donald Williams||L. D. Pender||L. C. Pender||David Pender||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1866||Donald Williams||James Mehegan||Wm. Harrill||C. B. Killebrew||H. T. Clarke||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1867||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||N. M. Lawrence||C. B. Killebrew||R. S. Sugg||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1868||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||N. M. Lawrence||C. B. Killebrew||R. S. Sugg||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1869||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||N. M. Lawrence||C. B. Killebrew||John W. Cotten||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1870||N. M. Lawrence||F. L. Thigpen||A. J. Daniel||C. B. Killebrew||John W. Cotten||G. B. Lipscomb|
|1871||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||Wm. Bagley||C. B. Killebrew||B. T. Hart||L. L. Staton|
|1872||Donald Williams||J. B. Coffield||John W. Cotten||C. B. Killebrew||E. W. Rawls||Andrew Sorg|
|1873||Donald Williams||John W. Cotten||Thos. Gatlin||C. B. Killebrew||R. S. Sugg||Andrew Sorg|
|1873-74||Thos. H. Gatlin||John W. Cotten||J. P. Sugg||C. B. Killebrew||R. S. Sugg||Andrew Sorg|
|1874-75||Thos. H. Gatlin||John W. Cotten||J. P. Sugg||C. B. Killebrew||N. M. Lawrence||Andrew Sorg|
|1875-76||Thos. H. Gatlin||John W. Cotten||J. P. Sugg||D. Pender||N. M. Lawrence||Andrew Sorg|
|1876-77||John W. Cotten||Donald Williams||J. P. Sugg||D. Pender||N. M. Lawrence||Andrew Sorg|
|1877-78||Thos. H. Gatlin||W. G. Lewis||J. P. Sugg||D. Pender||N. M. Lawrence||Andrew Sorg|
|1878-79||Thos. H. Gatlin||J. P. Sugg||Lewis Heilbroner||D. Pender||N. M. Lawrence||Andrew Sorg|
|OFFICERS OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58 A.F. & A. M.|
|TARBORO, N. C.|
|YEAR||MASTER||SENIOR WARDEN||JUNIOR WARDEN||TREASURER||SECRETARY||TYLER|
|1879-80||Donald Williams||J. P. Sugg||John W. Cotten||N. J. Pittman||D. Pender||Andrew Sorg|
|1880-81||J. P. Sugg||E. D. Foxhall||I. B. Palamountain||N. J. Pittman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1881-82||John W. Cotten||Henry Morris||I. B. Palamountain||N. J. Pittman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1882-83||John W. Cotten||Henry Morris||N. B. Killebrew||N. J. Pittman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1883-84||N. M. Lawrence||N. J. Pittman||A. P. Hyman||E. Rawls||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1884-85||N. M. Lawrence||J. B. Coffield||A. P. Hyman||Henry Morris||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1885-86||Henry Morris||A. P. Hyman||F. U. Samuels||J. W. Jones||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1886-87||A. P. Hyman||N. M. Lawrence||R. C. Brown||J. W. Jones||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1887||A. P. Hyman||Donald Williams||R. C. Brown||J. W. Jones||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1888||Donald Williams||A. P. Hyman||R. C. Brown||J. W. Jones||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1889||Donald Williams||Laurie Weddell||C. G. Bradley||J. W. Jones||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1890||Donald Williams||Laurie Weddell||C. G. Bradley||A. P. Hyman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1891||Donald Williams||C. G. Bradley||J. M. Baker||A. P. Hyman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1892||C. G. Bradley||J. M. Baker||J. R. Gaskill||A. P. Hyman||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1893||J. M. Baker||John R. Pender||J. R. Gaskill||Henry Morris||J. N. Carr||Andrew Sorg|
|1894||John R. Pender||J. R. Gaskill||O. Williams, Jr.||Henry Morris||J. N. Carr||Andrew Sorg|
|1895||Donald Williams||O. Williams, Jr.||George Howard||A. Williamson||John A. Weddell||Andrew Sorg|
|1896||Donald Williams||George Howard||Raiford Liles||A. Williamson||C. J. Austin||Andrew Sorg|
|1897||George Howard||O. Williams, Jr.||J. R. Gaskill||J. W. Day||John A. Weddell||Andrew Sorg|
|1898||George Howard||C. G. Bradley||J. R. Harrell||John W. Day||John A. Weddell||Andrew Sorg|
|1899||George Howard||J. Robert Harrell||S. R. Alley||John W. Day||John A. Weddell||Andrew Sorg|
|1900||George Howard||J. R. Harrell||S. R. Alley||John W. Day||John A. Weddell||Andrew Sorg|
|1901||George Howard||J. R. Harrell||S. R. Alley||R. E. L. Cook||John A. Weddell||A. P. Hyman|
|1902||George Howard||J. R. Harrell||S. R. Alley||W. M. Arnheim||John A. Weddell||A. P. Hyman|
|1903||George Howard||Gus L. Heilbroner||Chas. B. Keech||W. M. Arnheim||A. P. Hyman||R. A. Watson|
|1904||George Howard||G. L. Heilbroner||C. B. Keech||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech||A. P. Hyman|
|1905||George Howard||G. L. Heilbroner||C. B. Keech||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech||A. P. Hyman|
|1906||George Howard||S. R. Alley||C. B. Keech||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech|
|1906-07||George Howard||G. L. Heilbroner||C. B. Keech||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech|
|1907-08||George Howard||G. L. Heilbroner||John R. Pender||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech|
|1908-09||George Howard||G. L. Heilbroner||John R. Pender||John A. Weddell||J. P. Keech|
|1909-10||G. L. Heilbroner||John A. Weddell||R. G. Allsbrook||E. L. Roberson||J. P. Keech|
|1910-11||John A. Weddell||R. G. Allsbrook||W. J. Thigpen||E. L. Roberson||L. D. Hargrove||A. Williamson|
|1911-12||John A. Weddell||R. G. Allsbrook||W. J. Thigpen||C. B. Keech||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1912-13||R. G. Allsbrook||W. J. Thigpen||J. P. Keech||Geo. E. Pennington||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1913-14||W. J. Thigpen||J. P. Keech||Geo. E. Pennington||J. E. Morrissett||J. H. Jacocks||Raiford Liles|
|1914-15||J. P. Keech||G. L. Heilbroner||W. R. Felton||J. E. Morrissett||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1915-16||S. R. Alley||John W. Martin||E. F. Rimmer||J. E. Morrissett||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1916-17||John W. Martin||W. J. Thigpen||L. R. Sugg||J. E. Morrissett||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1917-18||John W. Martin||J. P. Keech||Geo. Howard, Jr.||A. P. Hyman||J. H. Jacocks||G. L. Heilbroner|
|1918-19||J. P. Keech||R. G. Allsbrook||B. Benjamin||M. S. Brown||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1919-20||Geo. Howard, Jr.||M. S. Brown||Harry Fagan||B. Benjamin||J. H. Jacocks||G. B. Andrews|
|1920-21||M. S. Brown||J. D. Foster||M. L. Laughlin||B. Benjamin||J. H. Jacocks||G. B. Andrews|
|1921-22||M. S. Brown||J. D. Foster||M. L. Laughlin||C. C. Todd||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1922-23||John W. Martin||M. L. Laughlin||John R. Pender, Jr.||C. C. Todd||J. H. Jacocks||A. Williamson|
|1923-24||M. L. Laughlin||W. C. Baker||C. C. Todd||Alfred Tait||J. H. Jacocks||Raiford Liles|
|1924-25||M. L. Laughlin||W. C. Baker||R. E. L. Cook||Alfred Tait||J. H. Jacocks||Raiford Liles|
|1925-26||W. C. Baker||R. E. L. Cook||W. C. Hargrove||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||T. H. Gaskins|
|1926-27||R. E. L. Cook||W. C. Hargrove||T. O. Moses||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||T. H. Gaskins|
|1927-28||J. P. Keech||W. C. Hargrove||T. O. Moses||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||J. C. Liles|
|1928-29||T. O. Moses||J. L. Bullock||Thos. E. Bass||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||J. C. Liles|
|1929-30||W. C. Hargrove||M. L. Laughlin||H. D. Hardison||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||C. B. Keech|
|1930-31||M. L. Laughlin||H. D. Hardison||A. D. Mizell||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||E. H. Marrow|
|1931-32||A. D. Mizell||J. L. Bullock||Tom. L. Shipp||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. H. Jacocks||Cicero Price|
|1933||J. L. Bullock||Tom L. Shipp||D. F. Horn||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. P. Keech||J. C. Liles|
|1934||Tom L. Shipp||D. F. Horn||J. G. Raby||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. P. Keech||A. S. King|
|1935||D. F. Horn||J. G. Raby||J. Howard Brown||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. P. Keech||W. D. Wagner|
|1936||J. G. Raby||J. Howard Brown||J. L. Peacock||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. P. Keech||Cicero Price|
|1937||J. Howard Brown||J. L. Peacock||A. R. Wiggins||Geo. N. Earnhart||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1938||J. L. Peacock||A. R. Wiggins||W. D. Wagner||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1939||A. R. Wiggins||W. D. Wagner||Wm. Lee Page||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||T. N. Taylor|
|1940||W. D. Wagner||Wm. Lee Page||Sam D. Bundy||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1941||Wm. Lee Page||Sam D. Bundy||N. E. Gresham||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1942||Sam D. Bundy||D. F. Horn||M. J. Moye||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1943||D. F. Horn||W. J. Davis||R. C. Speight||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1944||W. J. Davis||R. C. Speight||J. E. Simmons, Jr.||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1945||R. C. Speight||J. E. Simmons, Jr.||M. A. Moore||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1946||J. E. Simmons, Jr.||M. A. Moore||H. Bruce Russell||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||A. Edmondson|
|1947||M. A. Moore||H. Bruce Russell||R. L. Dunn||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|OFFICERS OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58 A.F. & A. M.|
|TARBORO, N. C.|
|YEAR||MASTER||SENIOR WARDEN||JUNIOR WARDEN||TREASURER||SECRETARY||TYLER|
|1948||H. Bruce Russell||R. L. Dunn||L. G. Sheffield||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1949||R. L. Dunn||L. G. Sheffield||Vernon L. Conyers||J. Howard Brown||J. P. Keech||Roy O. Madra|
|1950||L. G. Sheffield||Vernon L. Conyers||W. H. Batchelor||J. Howard Brown||J. S. Day||Roy O. Madra|
|1951||Vernon L. Conyers||W. H. Batchelor||H. H. James, Jr.||J. Howard Brown||J. S. Day||Roy O. Madra|
|1952||W. H. Batchelor||H. H. James, Sr.||C. R. Jones||J. Howard Brown||Vernon L. Conyers||Leroy Cooper|
|1953||H. H. James, Sr.||C. R. Jones||John G. Hanner||J. Howard Brown||Vernon L. Conyers||Leroy Cooper|
|1954||C. R. Jones||John G. Hanner||Alfonso F. Felton||J. Howard Brown||Vernon L. Conyers||Leroy Cooper|
|1955||John G. Hanner||Alfonso F. Felton||Tom L. Collins||J. Howard Brown||C. L. Kornegay||Leroy Cooper|
|1956||Alfonso F. Felton||Tom L. Collins||Gene D. Miller||J. Howard Brown||C. L. Kornegay||Leroy Cooper|
|1957||Tom L. Collins||Joseph W. Fryer||R. E. Sheffield||J. Howard Brown||C. L. Kornegay||Leroy Cooper|
|1958||Joseph W. Fryer||R. E. Sheffield||E. L. Elrod||J. Howard Brown||Vernon L. Conyers||Leroy Cooper|
When Brother R. S. Sugg was Secretary in 1867 and 1868 he compiled a list of members with the following notation: “The following record comprises a complete list of all the members of Concord Lodge No. 58 of A.Y.M. from Friday May 24, 1811 (the date of its organization) and is as accurate as could be obtained from the mutilated records of the lodge, which were in a measure destroyed by a raiding force of U. S. Troops on July 20, 1863.” This is dated November 11, 1867.
The author has added to this list all of the available names, showing the year the individual was Raised or Affiliated.
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE NO. 58|
|FROM 1811 to 1958|
|NOTE: Where “A” follows the year this means the member was Affiliated.|
|Henry Austin||1812||Arthur K. Barlow||1834|
|John Allen||1813||Dr. Wm. S. Baker||1834|
|John H. Atkinson||1820||William D. Bryan||1836|
|Thomas Amason||1823||William Biggs|
|William J. Andrews||1823||L. B. Brown||1844|
|Dr. Richard D. Addington||1844||Lorenzo D. Bell|
|Newsom Allsbrook||1847 A||Bolin B. Barron||1848|
|Spencer G. C. Armstrong||1847||Howell Braswell|
|Nathan Adams||1852||David B. Bell||1851|
|Charles J. Austin||1872||William F. Barron||1852|
|S. R. Alley||1890||Joseph H. Brown||1854|
|Wade H. Andrews||1901||Gray L. Brown||1856|
|W. M. Arnheim||1901||Isaac F. Batts||1859|
|J. G. Andrews||1902||Robert C. Brown||1860|
|Rev. R. W. Alexander||1903||Marcus J. Battle||1865|
|R. G. Allsbrook||1906||George C. Battle||1865|
|A. G. Arnheim||1911||Charles E. Bennett||1865|
|T. T. Adams||1916||Dr. I. T. Bellamy||1865|
|G. B. Andrews||1918||David G. Baker|
|David H. Andrews||1922||William S. Broaddus||1867 A|
|Dr. R. S. Anderson||1922||William F. Beasley||1869 A|
|S. W. Anderson||1923||William Bagley||1870 A|
|A. K. Ateyeh||1937 A||D. B. Batts||1878|
|Irvin R. Adler||1948||Isaac Bloomingthall||1886|
|Berry L. Anderson||1949||L. B. Bradley||1886 A|
|Weeks A. Andrews||1949||C. G. Bradley||1888|
|J. K. Avent||1957 A||Dr. J. M. Baker||1888|
|John Bowers||1811 A||Lovett Boykin||1893|
|Joseph Bell||1811||Wm. McRae Boykin||1893|
|James Bell||1813||H. G. Brown||1899|
|Louis Brodie||1813||Claud F. Bland||1899|
|Lawrence Battle||1814||J. I. Barnhill||1900|
|Simmons J. Baker||John A. Baird, Jr.||1901|
|Jeremiah Battle||1814||G. L. Brown|
|Jonas J. Bell||C. C. Biggerstaff||1904|
|William Bowers||1818||C. V. Brooks|
|Geraldus Buntyn||1819||W. L. Barlow, Jr.||1906|
|James Benton||1819||Whitney Bridges|
|Marmaduke N. Bell||1820||D. Earnest Braswell||1910|
|Henry C. Bell||1820||B. Benjamin||1911|
|Henry Bryan||1822||W. C. Baker||1911|
|Benjamin Boykin||M. S. Brown||1916|
|George Bowers||1825 A||J. P. Bunn||1919|
|Solomon T. Brady||1827||Newsome P. Battle||1920|
|Louis Bond||1827||Henry C. Bourne||1920|
|Benjamin Batts||1830||Rev. B. E. Brown||1922|
|Isaac B. Bradley||1833||O. O. Boykin||1922|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|J. L. Bullock||1926||H. R. Culley||1891|
|Thos. E. Bass||1926 A||John W. Charles||1891|
|Jack Benjamin||1929||Dr. J. N. Carr||1891|
|H. A. Blankenship||1931||Lorenzo Carr||1893|
|Dr. James Howard Brown||1933 A||R. E. L. Cook||1899|
|J. M. Britt||1935 A||T. T. Cherry||1901 A|
|William J. Bateman||1938||W. R. Cherry||1904|
|R. W. Bland||1939||Chas. E. Cobb||1906|
|Sam D. Bundy||1939 A||C. M. Cobb||1909|
|W. H. Batchelor||1943||D. W. Cox||1911|
|Frank K. Ballard||1945||R. R. Copeland||1917|
|Wilbur Boysworth||1945||V. H. Creech||1921|
|Oscar Brill||1947 A||W. G. Clark, Jr.||1923|
|Dr. James S. Bramham||1947 A||R. P. Cherry||1929|
|H. E. Best, Jr.||1948||Zeb C. Cummings, Jr.||1937|
|W. M. Batchelor||1948||D. H. Cole||1941 A|
|J. P. Ballard||1948||J. H. Carr||1945|
|Herbert L. Brown||1948||W. W. Colson||1945|
|J. G. Brown||1948||Leroy Cooper||1945|
|R. L. Blaeser||1949||C. F. Clayton||1946|
|L. M. Brock||1949||Vernon L. Conyers||1946|
|Sharack A. Collins||1811 A||R. H. Cannon||1947|
|Henry Cotten||1811 A||Tom L. Collins||1950|
|Frederick Cotten||1813||Lewis Corning, III||1953 A|
|Josiah Cotten||1813||John J. Cummings||1957|
|John B. Cobb||1814||David Dancy||1813|
|Andrew Clark||James Dancy||1818|
|Duncan L. Clinch||1818||Pulaski Dudley||1819|
|Theophilus W. Cockburn||William E. Dancy|
|William Crockett||1818||Joseph Drury|
|John Coffield||1822||Lewis B. K. Dicken||1822|
|William Cloman||1824||Jesse H. Drake||1823|
|Abraham Crane||1826||William R. Debnam||1832 A|
|Theophilus Cherry||1827||John S. Dancy|
|John A. Cotten||Lemon S. Dunn||1850|
|Newsom Cromwell||William S. Duggan||1852|
|Epimetus Cromwell||Duke W. Dixon|
|Elisha Cromwell||1843||Joel P. Daughtry||1865|
|David Cobb||1847||A. J. Daniel||1868 A|
|James Carney||1847||John W. Day||1888 A|
|Marcus C. S. Cherry||1848||Frank L. Dancy|
|James A. Cobb||1849||Wilson Davis||1919|
|Gov. Henry T. Clark||1849||W. C. Darrow||1937 A|
|Alexander S. Cotten||W. L. Dunn, Jr.||1941|
|Andrew J. Cotten||1852||J. S. Dean||1941 A|
|Gray Cobb||1852||W. J. Davis||1942 A|
|Thomas M. Carter||1857||Robert Lee Dunn||1944|
|Dr. Reuben Cobb||1858||Leo E. Dail||1944 A|
|Isaac L. Cushing||1858||M. E. Dail||1946|
|Joseph B. Coffield||1859||J. S. Day||1947|
|Thomas F. Cherry||1860||R. E. Dowd||1948|
|Robert Cotten||J. Roland Davis||1953|
|John K. Cherry||John Edmondson||1830|
|John W. Cotten||1868||Joseph Edmondson||1830|
|J. D. Crispe||John G. Ellis||1841 A|
|Sol Thaddeus Cherry||1870||James Ellinor|
|Haywood Clark||1888||Joseph A. Englehard|
|T. F. Cherry||1889||Henderson Edmondson|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|B. F. Eagles||1900||James R. Gaskill, Jr.||1905|
|H. C. Edwards||1906||George Gammon||1907 A|
|W. W. Eagles||1908 A||J. D. Gaskins||1908 A|
|J. G. Elmore||1911 A||Rurik G. Gammon||1917|
|Rev. D. E. Earnhart||1919||F. G. Gammon||1921|
|George N. Earnhart||1919||T. H. Gaskins||1924 A|
|Stephen Lee Elrod||1926||N. E. Gresham||1936 A|
|W. J. Eason||1934||J. K. Gay, Jr.||1937 A|
|Alphonso Edmondson||1943||F. E. Grayiel||1946|
|W. J. Edmondson||1949||C. E. Gardner||1946 A|
|W. D. Evans||1950||Royce Wade Godwin||1955|
|R. E. Evans||1951||Benjamin B. Hunter|
|Harvey T. Edmondson||1954||Michael Hearn||1811|
|E. L. Elrod||1955||John Hogan||1812|
|Ernest Montgomery Eason||1956||Moses Horne||1812|
|Dorsey Jackson Elrod||1956||Selah Hammond||1816|
|Henry Milton Edmondson||1958||T. A. W. Hunter||1816|
|Alexander Falconer||1811 A||Smith Hogan||1816|
|Joseph Farmer||1811 A||Elisha B. Harrell||1817|
|William Foxhall||1819||Thomas Harris|
|Henry Foxhall||1841||Spencer L. Hart||1820|
|Edwin D. Foxhall||1866||John S. Hawks||1820|
|O. C. Farrar||1873 A||John F. Hughes||1820|
|A. M. Fairley||1893||Weeks P. Hadley||1820|
|W. E. Fenner||Rev. Francis L. Hawks|
|R. A. Fitch||1904||Kinchen Hines||1822|
|W. R. Felton||1906||Samuel Holton||1823|
|Harry Fagan||1917||Josiah R. Horne||1824|
|J. D. Foster||1919 A||Jeremiah Horne||1824|
|H. P. Foxhall||1922||Moses B. Hamilton||1835|
|George Howard Fountain||1941||Theophilus C. Hearn|
|D. M. Frank||1941 A||Britton Howell|
|Morris Friedman||1945||Joshua L. Horne|
|Alfonso F. Felton||1946||Weldon S. Hunter||1841|
|W. R. Felton||1947||Samuel Hyman|
|H. L. Flynn||1947 A||Jesse W. Hussey||1844 A|
|C. W. Fisher||1949||William H. Hines||1844 A|
|Joseph W. Fryer||1950||William Harrill||1844|
|Frank L. Fenn||1952 A||William W. Harper||1848|
|Henry Grady Fisher, Jr.||1958||Thomas C. Hussey||1851 A|
|E. P. Guion||1815||Joseph H. Hyman||1856|
|James C. Green||1818||Seth S. Hicks||1857|
|Asa Griswold||Benjamin T. Hart||1860|
|Ethelred Gray||1826||John M. Horne||1865|
|Isaac D. Guion||1827||Spencer L. Hart||1866|
|Thomas D. Gatlin||1827||George A. Higgs||1869|
|James George||1834 A||Theodore B. Hyman||1869|
|Dr. Joseph J. Garrett||1851||Louis Heilbroner||1874 A|
|Richard H. Garrett||1855||Aquila P. Hyman||1878|
|William T. Gray||1857||E. T. Hamilton||1878 A|
|Richard H. Gatlin||1858||W. W. Hargrove||1889 A|
|John J. Garrett||1859||George Howard||1891|
|Henry H. Griffin||William F. Hargrove||1891|
|Joseph B. Griffin||1868 A||A. L. Hazardshort||1891|
|Solomon H. Goodman||1869||L. D. Howell||1892|
|Thomas H. Gatlin||1871||George A. Holderness||1893|
|James H. Grimes||1871||J. Robert Harrell||1893|
|Rev. T. J. Gales||1886 A||James L. Hobgood||1895 A|
|J. R. Gaskill||1888||Luther V. Hart|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|A. A. Haynes||1898||T. Perry Jenkins||1904|
|G. L. Heilbroner||1898 A||J. H. Jacocks||1905|
|M. Heilbroner||1902||H. H. James||1919|
|F. H. Harding||1905||John N. Josey||1921|
|O. P. House||1906||S. G. Jenkins||1923|
|L. A. Hinson||1907||B. L. Juren||1934 A|
|Lee D. Hargrove||1908||Dr. S. H. Justa||1935|
|W. N. Horton||1911||J. H. Jones||1944|
|George Howard, Jr.||1915||Wayland Joyner||1945|
|A. P. Hyman, Jr.||1916||H. H. James, Jr.||1947|
|L. H. Hobgood||1919||C. R. Jones||1949|
|Rawls Howard||1919||Hezekiah L. Kirkland||1822|
|E. L. Hart||1919||Augustin M. King||1824|
|Gurney P. Hood||1920 A||C. C. Knight||1832 A|
|H. D. Hardison||1922||John Knight||1834|
|W. C. Hargrove||1922||Henry King||1835|
|W. O. Howard||1922||John Knight, Jr.||1841|
|F. B. Hall||1922 A||William H. Knight||1855|
|Wm. Augustus Harrell||1924||Churchill B. Killebrew||1855|
|F. M. Hill||1927||John A. Knight||1856|
|D. Frank Horn||1929||N. M. Knight||1860|
|Dr. W. O. House||1931 A||Willis B. Knight||1866|
|H. H. Hicks||1935||David B. Knight|
|R. B. Havens, Jr.||1941||Chas. W. Knight||1868 A|
|I. O. Hucks||1943||Chas. S. Killebrew||1869|
|George C. Heath||1944||N. B. Killebrew||1873|
|J. K. Harper||1944||J. P. Kinsey||1884|
|T. G. Howard||1944 A||W. T. Knight||1886 A|
|B. F. Harris||1945||Charles H. King||1889|
|C. W. Harris||1945||E. Cromwell Knight||1891|
|D. R. Hoke||1950||J. P. Keech||1902|
|Albert W. Hedgepeth||1950 A||C. B. Keech||1902|
|John G. Hanner||1950 A||A. C. Keech||1905|
|Edward O. Hanke||1952||W. T. Knight, Jr.||1906|
|H. C. Hux||1955||W. H. Killebrew||1906|
|Jacob Ing||1818||R. G. Kittrell||1907 A|
|Rev. Daniel Iverson||1922 A||M. L. Killebrew||1909|
|Robert Joyner||1811||C. Lee Killebrew||1913|
|Henry Jenkins||1811 A||R. V. Knight||1918|
|Randolph Johnston||1811||J. H. Koonce||1918 A|
|Benj. M. Jackson||1811||A. S. King||1918|
|Alexander S. Johnston||1812||H. L. Kele||1919|
|Henry Johnson||1822||Rev. L. W. Kessler||1945|
|Jos. D. Jenkins||1851||J. A. Knox||1946|
|L. D. Johnson||1853||W. T. Knox||1946|
|H. R. Johnson||1853||R. V. Knox||1949|
|R. D. Johnson||1853||Carl L. Kornegay||1952|
|Chas. H. Jenkins||1855||Wm. Donaldson King||1955 A|
|Dr. J. Wesley Jones||1857||Willie Ray Keel||1957 A|
|Fred H. Jenkins||1859||Gray Little||1813|
|John M. Jenkins||1860||John R. Leigh||1816|
|Matthew R. Jones||1873 A||Exum L. Lowe||1819|
|S. F. Jenkins||1877 A||Lewis Abb Lewis Lumpkin||1820|
|B. P. Jenkins||1877 A||Joseph R. Lloyd||1820|
|Henry Johnson||1893||Gray Little, Jr.||1824|
|L. F. Johnson||1896||Blake Little||1825|
|James Frank Jenkins||1899||Reading S. Long||1825|
|Sam P. Jenkins||1899||Frederick Little||1826|
|C. L. Jenkins||1900||Cullen Little||1826|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|William Little||1826||Dr. Augustus H. MacNair||1858|
|Seth Little||1828||M. M. Mallon||1858|
|William H. Lewelling||1830||William McDowell||1868 A|
|Lemuel W. Lawrence||Walter Mehegan|
|Noah Leggett||1835||W. H. Mahone||1874|
|William S. Long||1848||Henry Morris||1878 A|
|John H. Leigh||1852||George T. McDuffie||1894|
|Leonidas Little||1856||Peter McWilliams||1898|
|George B. Lipscomb||1857||James C. McCann||1898|
|Gen. Wm. Gaston Lewis||1865||William Michael||1899|
|Nathan M. Lawrence||1866||John W. Martin||1900|
|Dr. John J. Lawrence||1866||J. M. Moore||1902|
|William R. Long||1866||Aaron Morris||1902|
|Whitmel P. Lloyd||1867||W. J. Mayo||1906|
|Henry S. Leggett||1872 A||T. F. Marrow||1909|
|Lafayette Leggett||1872 A||P. L. McCabe||1912|
|Hugh W. Lane||1878||J. E. Morrissett||1912|
|David Lichenstein||1878||W. P. McCraw||1912|
|Lamb Lawrence||1886||Thos. E. Marshall||1913 A|
|J. A. Leslie||1887 A||E. H. Marrow||1919 A|
|Raiford Liles||1891||W. H. Morning||1921|
|Joe Frank Liles||1895||T. O. Moses||1922|
|Jacob A. Lee||1895 A||L. B. McDaniel||1922 A|
|James B. Lloyd||1899||J. L. McGhea||1922 A|
|James Cobb Liles||1899||Roy Lee McLawhon||1924|
|E. A. LaFrage||1902||A. D. Mizell||1924 A|
|I. Levin||1902||Roy O. Madra||1930|
|Paul Liles||1904||J. D. Mobley||1934|
|M. L. Laughlin||1917||Milton J. Moye||1940 A|
|Rev. R. A. Lapsley||1919||M. A. Moore||1940 A|
|G. A. Leggett||1919||W. M. Mashburn||1943|
|J. J. Lane||1920||A. E. Miller||1945|
|William S. Long||1920||G. P. Miller||1947|
|Rev. L. C. Larkin||1927 A||J. C. Marrow||1947|
|T. D. Levy||1935||G. O. Mason||1947|
|C. C. Lamb||1939 A||A. N. Mason||1949|
|J. T. Lawrence||1945||O. S. Moore||1950|
|Carl Lamb, Jr.||1949||Gene D. Miller||1952|
|J. H. Lamb||1951||M. M. Marshall||1953 A|
|Chas. H. Lockhart||1954||Milton Alvin Moore, Jr.||1956|
|Nathan Mathewson||1811 A||Wade Allen Mullikin||1956|
|Edmond D. MacNair||1811||Lindley Maxie McRoy||1958 A|
|Samuel McMahon||1811 A||Nashville A. Nelson||1835|
|Moses Mordecai||1812||William Norfleet|
|Benjamin Miller||1823||Robert Norfleet|
|John L. Mayo||1823||Dr. Allen B. Nobles||1865|
|Charles Mabry||1827||Henry K. Nash, Jr.||1888|
|Reuben S. Manning||1831||John K. Newton||1898|
|Guilford M. Mooring||1833||S. J. Nathanson||1916|
|Samuel Marshburn||Ex Nobles||1923|
|William D. Mercer||E. G. Narron||1946|
|James Mehegan||1844||Percy L. Newbern||1952|
|Nathan Mathewson||1845||Thomas O'Berry||1846|
|George A. Meeks||1847||John O. Oats||1849|
|Thomas L. Manor||1848||E. W. Olschner||1937 A|
|Thomas N. Mercer||Rev. Carl Lee Ousley||1950 A|
|Dr. John R. Mercer||1849||J. W. O'Neal||1952|
|William F. Mercer||1849||Benj. G. Pulliam||1812|
|Dr. Baker W. Mabry||1853||Lewis C. Pender|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|John Parker||1816||John Pistolis||1948|
|William Pierce||1817||C. C. Pittman||1951|
|Michael K. Parker||1818||William Lee Page, III||1952|
|Dr. James J. Phillips||1820||Oscar S. Parks||1953|
|William Parker||1824||James Albert Pitt||1955|
|Leonard Prather||Thomas Jefferson Porter||1957|
|William D. Petway||1824||J. W. Quinton||1945|
|Willie Price||1824||Paul Randolph||1812|
|Joshua Pender||1826||David Randolph||1812|
|Lemuel Parker||1826||David Ricks|
|William Pender||1826||Danford Richards||1825|
|James Pender||1827||William H. Robards||1831|
|Solomon Pender||1827 A||Elijah W. Rawls||1871|
|James Pender||1833||W. J. Rollins||1898|
|Daniel Parish||E. L. Roberson||1899|
|William A. Pope||C. W. Robinson||1901|
|Robert H. Pender||1842||J. C. Ruffin|
|Josiah S. Pender||D. Rosendorff|
|Joseph J. B. Pender||1843||J. Rosenbloom||1911|
|Solomon Pender, Jr.||1843||Eugene F. Rimmer||1913|
|Eli Parker||1844||Dr. J. G. Raby||1913 A|
|Henry W. Peel||1848||H. Bruce Russell||1943|
|Col. F. M. Parker||1851||W. C. Ranes, Jr.||1946|
|David Pender||1853||W. W. Roberson||1947|
|Joshua Pender||1857||L. E. Raskin||1947|
|John A. Purvis||1857||J. E. Roberson||1950|
|Spier Pittman||1859||W. C. Ranes, Sr.||1950 A|
|Lorenzo D. Pender||1861||S. T. Robeson||1951|
|Fred K. Phillips||1866||Geo. Washington Rawls||1955|
|William W. Purvis||1866||Philip Jos. Thos. Rawlins||1958 A|
|Isaac B. Palamountain||1866 A||Robert Stuart||1812|
|Dr. R. W. Pender||Samuel Stilman|
|Joseph H. Pippen||George E. Spruil||1816|
|Solomon M. Pender||Samuel Sparks||1819|
|Dr. Newsom J. Pittman||1875 A||Henry Sykes||1820|
|John R. Pender||1890||H. C. Simmons||1820|
|Bennett P. Pitt||John L. Southerland||1822|
|D. Pender||1892 A||Bythal Staton, Sr.||1823 A|
|David B. Perry||1901||John P. Stewart||1824|
|L. L. Poplin||1903||William Stewart||1825|
|F. P. Pulley||1903||Thomas Southerland||1826|
|J. Robt. Pender||1906||Dr. Phesanton S. Sugg||1827|
|W. S. Parson||1909||Bythal Staton, Jr.||1828|
|George E. Pennington||1911||Richard Suite||1828|
|J. B. Pennington||1911||Kenneth C. Staton||1828|
|N. Parker||1912||Simmons B. Staton||1831|
|J. R. Pender, Jr.||1916||B. J. Spruil||1836 A|
|R. B. Peters, Jr.||1919||Dr. Robert Staton||1846|
|J. R. Puckett||1919||Rev. John F. Speight||1847|
|Cicero Price||1922||Wilson Sessoms||1847|
|William H. Powell||1923||Richard A. Savage|
|Rev. J. L. Peacock||1934 A||J. W. Sanders||1851|
|William Lee Page||1937||Dr. George C. Sugg||1851 A|
|Dr. H. O. Pearson||1938||John H. Speed||1858|
|R. H. Percival||1942 A||James McG. Savage||1858|
|Christos S. Pistolis||1944||Andrew Sorg||1859|
|W. H. Phillips, Jr.||1944||Wm. Benj. Smith||1860|
|W. B. Pitt||1945||R. S. Sugg||1866|
|John Pearce||1946||Joseph L. Savage||1866|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|Dr. Josiah P. Sugg||1869||Kenneth Thigpen||1842|
|Dr. Lycurgus L. Staton||1870||Spencer Thigpen||1843|
|Henry S. Staton, Jr.||W. D. Thorne||1844|
|Phes. S. Sugg||1879 A||Henry I. Toole|
|F. U. Samuels||1884||Dr. Wm. G. Thomas||1849|
|George J. Studdert||1891||Henry A. Todd||1855|
|Junius C. Swindell||1895||Francis L. Thigpen||1868|
|Wright L. Stallings||1899||Thomas W. Toler|
|R. L. Savage||1901||William H. Thom||1886|
|W. S. Stevens||1905||James H. Thom||1890|
|W. C. Sugg||1907||W. J. Thigpen||1908|
|T. M. Staton||1908||P. B. Tomlinson||1911|
|R. W. Scott, Jr.||1909||J. Kelly Turner||1912|
|J. E. Simmons, Sr.||1911||Alfred Tait||1913|
|L. R. Sugg||1912||H. F. Taylor||1914|
|C. A. Shipp||1919 A||P. A. Taylor||1917|
|Ashley C. Speir||1920||T. N. Taylor||1918|
|Murray A. Stancill||1920||C. C. Todd||1918|
|J. M. Shields||1921||J. M. Traylor||1923|
|B. H. Stancill||1921||Julian Turrentine||1924|
|J. R. Sexton||1923||B. E. Taylor||1938|
|Thomas L. Shipp||1929 A||R. E. Thomas||1941|
|Julius Sharp||1931||D. V. Talbert||1946|
|J. L. Sawyer||1937||Arthur M. Turner, III||1956|
|A. M. Smith||1937||J. W. VanLandingham||1946|
|H. F. Slaughenhaupt||1937 A||Julius Stanley Vick||1956|
|J. T. Sadler||1938 A||George W. Woodman||1812|
|R. C. Speight||1939||Dr. Cary Whitaker||1812|
|J. E. Simmons, Jr.||1941||Col. Lewis D. Wilson||1813|
|L. G. Sanders||1941 A||John Williams||1817|
|H. M. Stott||1943 A||R. J. Walk|
|L. G. Sheffield||1944||Jarrett Wiggins||1824|
|B. A. Steadman||1945||Silas Wilkinson||1825|
|W. L. Stallings||1946||Benjamin Wilkinson||1827 A|
|R. E. Sheffield||1947||John Warmock||1829 A|
|Thomas E. Stirewalt||1947||Benoni M. Wilkinson||1839 A|
|D. L. Smith||1947||James M. Weaver||1841|
|W. H. Stell, Jr.||1950||Timothy W. Ward||1844|
|J. R. Spruill||1950||Mayo Worsley||1847|
|M. Rudolph Sexton||1951||Augustus J. M. Whitehead||1849|
|Chas. M. Sparrow||1954||Edwin G. Worsley||1854|
|Roscoe B. Sharpe||1954 A||Dr. Donald Williams||1859|
|James Henry Satterthwaite||1956||John F. Ward||1859|
|Jenkins R. Satterthwaite||1956||Robert A. Watson||1866|
|Eugene Powell Satterthwaite||1956||Orren Williams||1866|
|Samuel Robert Satterthwaite||1956||David L. Williams||1866 A|
|Joshua Lee Satterthwaite||1956||Wm. H. Weathersby||1866 A|
|James Perry Satterthwaite||1956||William Worsley|
|Eugene Travis Speed||1956||Reddin S. Williams|
|Henry Gray Shelton||1957||James N. Whitney||1872 A|
|Robert Jewel Fenner Sawyer||1958||Abraham Whitlock||1874 A|
|Micajah Thomas||Austin Williamson||1888|
|Jesse Thorpe||1818||Laurie Weddell||1888|
|John S. Tompkins||1819||James J. Whitehurst||1889|
|Jonathan Tart||Orren Williams, Jr.||1889|
|James B. Tart||1822||John A. Weddell||1889|
|Morrison Thomas||1824||Geo. B. Wright||1890|
|James Thigpen, Jr.||1826||C. A. Whitehead||1898 A|
|Job Thigpen||1839||Dr. Donald Williams, Jr.|
|MEMBERS OF CONCORD LODGE (Continued)|
|W. L. Wilkin||1900||R. O. Watson||1929|
|J. O. Worsley||1900||Dr. J. E. Wright||1941|
|R. L. Whitley||1902||F. J. Warren||1945|
|R. A. Watson||Worth Wicker||1946|
|W. A. Williams||1906||J. E. Wagner, Jr.||1946|
|S. C. Whitaker||1907 A||R. W. Whitehead||1948|
|J. C. Watson||1908||W. D. Wages||1948|
|P. B. Walker||1911||J. E. Wagner, Sr.||1948|
|R. S. Weeks||1922||George F. Whitehurst||1954|
|J. Wright Wiggins||1922||Graham Warren||1954|
|W. D. Wagner||1923||H. N. Weathersby||1955|
|L. E. Worsley||1924||Roy Hickman Webb||1956|
|E. S. White||1924 A||Wm. Roy Ward||1957 A|
|A. R. Wiggins||1925||J. F. Yarboro||1945|
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