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CODDING, James, A History of Union Lodge No. 108, Free and Accepted Masons, Towanda, Pa. Held under a warrant from The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging. by James H. Codding, Past Master.Towanda, Pa., 1899, Reporter-Journal Printing Co., Towanda, Pa., Reprint publication on Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice, 2004, http://www.rootsweb.com/~srgp/jmtindex.htm
To the Right Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania,
The Petition of the Subscribers free and acpted
Master Masons, Inhabitants of the Township of Wysox and Orwell County of
Luzerne and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Humbly Sheweth, That we have been members of regular Lodges of free and Accepted Masons and having the prosperity of the fraternity at heart we are willing to exert our best endeavors to promote and diffuse the genuine principles of Masonry and for the conveniency of our respective dwellings and for other good reasons we are desirous of forming a new Lodge to work half the time in the Township of Wysox and the other half in the Township of Orwell to be named UNION and in consequence of this desire we pray for Letters of dispensation or a Warrant of Constitution to empower us to assemble as a legal lodge to discharge the duties of masonry in a regular and constitutional manner according to the original forms of the order and the regulations of the Grand Lodge.
We have nominated and do recommend our worthy brother Oration Grant to be the first master Amos Mix to be the first senior warden and Ebenezer Tuttle to be the first junior warden of the said lodge and if the prayer of the petition should be granted we promise a strict conformity to all the constitutional laws and regulations of the Grand Lodge.
Wysox Decr 9, 1806
Wm. B. Whitney.
Ebenz. B. Gregory.
Abner C. Rockwell.
Amos V. Mathews.
Wm. B. Foster.
RECOMMENDATION BY LODGE No. 70
“Application having been made to this Lodge
by Sundry Brethren residing at Wysox and Orwell for the assistance of this
Lodge in procuring them a Warrant for opening a New Lodge to be held at
Wysox and Orwell alternately, therefore,
Resolved that this Lodge do recommend the applicants to the Grand Lodge for that purpose and that the W. M. and Secty be authorized and directed to transmit a copy of the resolution to the Grand Lodge together with a recommend in Consequence thereof.
Done at a regular Communication of Lodge No. 70 held at the Lodge room in the house of Brother Stephen Hopkins Tioga Point, December 23, A. D. 1806. A. L. 5806.
Att’d Samuel Satterlee Secy.
DISPENSATION TO CONSTITUTE
Agreeagly to the above resolution we herewith
transmit a Copy thereof recommending the Petitioners for the said Lodge
as worthy and respectable members of the institution. And it is our
opinion that they highly merit the patronage of Grand Lodge in promotion
of their laudable design.
Feby 19. A. D. 1807. A. L. 5807.
Joseph Kingsbery, W. M.
Samuel Satterlee Secy.
DISPENSATION TO CONSTITUTE
WE, JAMES MILNOR Esquire, Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons, in
and for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Masonic Jurisdiction thereunto
To our Worthy and much Respected Brother Joseph Kingsbery a Past Master Mason
Reposing the greatest confidence in your Zeal, Fervor and Constancy in the Craft, We Do by Virtue of the Powers and Authorities in us vested hereby authorize and empower you to call to your assistance a Sufficient Number of known and approved Past Master Masons to open and Constitute a New Lodge, to be held alternately in the Township of Wysox and in the Township of Orwell in the County of Luzerne in the said Commonwealth and there to proceed to the Installation of Our Worthy Brother Oration Grant, Master Elect, and other the officers of the New Lodge there to be established and constituted, to be called “Union” Lodge Number One Hundred and Eight according to the most Ancient and Honorable Custom of the Royal Craft in all Ages and amongst all Nations throughout the known World and not contrarywise.
And make Report to us hereon endorsed of your proceedings. This Dispensation to remain in force for Three Months from the Date hereof and no longer.
Given under our Hand and the Seal of our Right
Worshipful Grand Lodge at the City of Philadelphia
(seal) this Third Day of March in the Year of our
Lord 1807 and of Masonry 5807.
George A. Baker
COPY OF WARRANT
Deputy Grand Master
Robert Lewis, Senior Grand Warden,
Robert Poath, Junior Grand Warden
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging in Ample Form assembled at Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Wisdom Strength Fraternity
Know Ye, that WE the said GRAND LODGE of the most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons (according to the Old Constitutions, revived by his Royal Highness Prince Edwin, at York, in the Kingdom of England, in the Year of the Christian Aera Nine Hundred Twenty and Six, and in the Year of Masonry Four Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty and Six,) by Virtue of the Powers and Authorities vested in US, DO hereby constitute and appoint our trusty and well beloved Brethren Oratio Grant Master, Amos Mix Senior Warden, and Ebenezer Tuttle Junior Warden of a Lodge, to be called “UNION LODGE” Number One Hundred and Eight to be held alternately in the Township of Wysox and the Township of Orwell, in the County of Luzerne in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or within Five Miles of the same. AND WE DO FURTHER authorize and empower our said trusty and well-beloved Brethren Oratio Grant, Amos Mix, and Ebenezer Tuttle to admit and make Free Masons according to the most Ancient and Honorable Custom of the Royal Craft in all Ages and Nations throughout the known World, and not contrarywise. AND WE DO FURTHER impower and appoint the said Oratio Grant, Amos Mix and Ebenezer Tuttle and their Successors to hear and determine all and singular matters and things relating to the Craft within the Jurisdiction of the said Lodge with the assistance of the members of the said Lodge.
AND LASTLY, WE DO hereby authorize and impower our said trusty and well-beloved Brethren Oratio Grant, Amos Mix and Ebenezer Tuttle to install their Successors, and first duly elected and chosen, to whom they shall deliver this Warrant, and to invest them with all the Posers and Dignities of their Offices respectively belonging, and such Successors shall in like manner, form time to time, install their Successors &c. &c. &c. Such Installation to be upon or near St. JOHN THE EVANGELIST’S Day, during the continuance of this Lodge for ever. Provided always, That the said above named Brethren, and their Successors, pay due respect to this RIGHT WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE and the Ordinances thereof, otherwise this Warrant to be of no Force or Effect.
GIVEN in open GRAND LODGE, under the Hands of our Right Worshipful
Grand Officers and the Seal of our Grand Lodge at Philadelphia, this Second
(Seal) Day of March A. D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven and of Masonry
Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven.
Attest, Grand Treasurer
George A. Baker
THE RETURN ON THE DISPENSATION TO CONSTITUTE
“Agreeably to the within dispensation and by
virtue and authority of the same, convened the members of Union Lodge No.
108, at the house of Brother Amos Mix in Wysox, April 3, A.D. 1807 A. L.
5807. Having present a sufficient number of known and approved Pass
Master Masons, a Lodge was opened in due form on the three first degrees
of Masonry; and after the proper precautions, proceeded, according to the
most ancient and honorable custom of the royal craft in all ages and amongst
all Nations throughout the known world to constitute the said Lodge, and
install the officers thereof, - the same being done and proclaimed, and
the proper salutations given, the Lodge was closed in harmony.
Joseph Kingsbery, W. M. Ld No. 70.”
BYE-LAWS – 1807
UNION LODGE NUMBER 108,
UNDER DISPENSATION FROM THE GRAND LODGE
OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF
This Lodge has power and authority to make
from time to time local bye-laws and new regulations, for their own particular
benefit, and the good of Masonry in general; provided always that nothing
therein shall be inconsistent with the regulations of the Grand Lodge of
this state, and that the ancient Land-marks be carefully preserved; and
provided also that such regulations be duly proposed in writing for the
consideration of all the members, and be at last duly entered, with the
consent of the majority.
The Officers of the Lodge (the senior and junior deacons and tyler only excepted) shall be elected by ballot of the majority of the members present, on the Lodge night next preceding the anniversary of St. John the Eva. In each year; and in case of vacancy by death or total absence, a new election shall take place at the next meeting of the Lodge thereafter; which election shall stand until the next annual election ensuing.
Of behavior in the Lodge while open: at the third stroke of the Master’s gavel, there shall be general silence; and he who breaks silence without leave from chair, shall be publicly reprimanded. Under the same penalty every brother shall keep his seat, and not move about from place to place, while the Lodge is open, except the Wardens as having more immediately the care of the Lodge.
No brother is to speak but once to the same subject of affair, unless to explain himself or by leave of the Master.
Every one who speaks shall rise and keep standing, addressing himself in a proper manner to the presiding officer; nor shall any presume to interrupt him under the aforesaid penalties; unless the Master find him wandering from the point in hand, and shall think fit to reduce him to order; for then the speaker shall sit down. But after he has been set right, he may again proceed if he please.
Whoever shall be so rude as to hiss or make any disrespectful gestures at any brother, or at what another says, or has said, eh shall be forthwith solemnly excluded the communication, and declared incapable of ever sitting again in this Lodge, till another time he publicly owns his fault, and his grace be granted.
No motion for a new regulation, or for the continuance or alteration of an old one, shall be made, till it be first handed in writing to the presiding officer, and after it has been by him perused, the thing may be moved publicly, and then it shall be audibly read by the secretary; and if it be seconded and thirded, it must immediately be committed to the consideration of the whole assembly, that their sense may be fully heard about it; after which the question shall be put pro and con.
If in the Lodge any member be twice called to order, at any one assembly for the transgressing these rules, and is guilty of a third offense of the same mature, the presiding officer shall peremptorily order him to quit the Lodge room for that night.
The opinion or votes of members are to be signified by holding up of hands, that is one hand each member; which uplifted hands the Wardens are to count, unless the number of hands be so unequal as to render the counting useless.
Nor should any other kind of division ever be admitted among freemasons. In order to preserve harmony, counters and a balloting box shall be used when occasion requires.
While this Lodge is open for work, no member shall hold private conversation or committees, without leave from the Master; or talk of anything foreign or impertinent to the work in hand; nor act ludicrously while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious and solemn, but every one shall pay due deference and respect to the officers and fellows of the Lodge.
Every brother found guilty of a fault, shall stand the award of the Lodge, unless he appeals to the Grand Lodge.
No private piques or quarrels about nations, families, religion, or politics, shall be brought within the door of this Lodge.
When the Lodge is closed, the brethren may enjoy themselves with innocent mirth; but avoiding all excess and compulsion, both in eating and drinking, considering each other in the hours both of labor and festivity as always free. And every brother shall be perfectly at liberty to retire when he pleases.
Every person desirous of being made a freemason
in this Lodge, shall be proposed by a Master Mason who is a member thereof,
who shall give an account of the candidate’s name, age, quality, title,
trade, place of residence, description of his person, and other necessary
requisites. Such proposal shall also be seconded by some one or more
members, who likewise know something of the candidate; and such proposal
shall also be made in Lodge hours at least one month before initiation;
unless it shall otherwise be determined by the voice of the Lodge.
The brother who proposes a candidate shall at the same time deposit two
dollars in the hands of the treasurer of the Lodge; which sum shall be
forfeited to the Lodge if the candidate should not attend according to
his proposal; but to be returned to him if he should not be approved or
elected. In case he be elected, he is to pay in addition to his deposit,
eight dollars into the funds of the Lodge, for passing two dollars and
for raising to the sublime degree of a Master Mason three dollars.
Every candidate after having been proposed as aforesaid, and approved, shall if he request it, have the perusal of the by laws, and also the Warrant or dispensation of the Lodge, and also a list of the members thereof.
No person shall receive more than one degree at one sitting of the Lodge, urgent necessity excepted. And no one after receiving the first or second degree, shall be passed or raised, except he hath his lesson perfect. Every brother after being initiated, passed or raised shall within three months after repeat their lesson in the Lodge unless it be otherwise determined by the members present.
No visiting brother shall be admitted in the Lodge, except he be first strictly examined by a committee to be appointed by the presiding officer, who shall afterwards administer the test to such visiting brother, if he be approved by the committee, unless he is regularly avouched for by a member of the Lodge.
This Lodge shall assemble for work once in every Lunar month, and oftener if cases of emergency require it. There shall not be more than five new brethren made at one time, unless by dispensation of the Grand Master.
If the Lodge be convened at the particular request, and for the purpose of doing business for the benefit of any particular brother or brethren, he or they shall defray the expense of such extra Lodge.
At the closing of the Lodge, before the brethren retire, the steward shall make out a bill of the expense of the evening, and receive of each member his proportion thereof; until a store of necessaries shall be provided by the Lodge. If a visiting brother should be present a second time, when a store of refreshments are provided by the Lodge, he shall pay his equal proportion with the members of the Lodge.
The Committee of Charity of this Lodge shall consist of all the officers thereof, who are to hear all petitions, and to order such relief to distressed petitioner as their case require, and prudence direct.
All collections, contributions, and sums of money for charitable purposes, given or belonging to the fund of this Lodge, are to be deposited in the hands of the treasurer, or such other person or persons as the Lodge may specially appoint, no part of which must be disbursed or expended on any account, without an order from the Committee of Charity, signed by the presiding officer, and countersigned by the secretary, after being approved by a majority of the committee then present, and entered in their transaction book, with the name or names of the person or persons to whom the same is given.
If a complaint be made against a brother by another brother, and he be found guilty, he shall stand to the determination of the Committee of Charity, or the Lodge, there being in all cases a right of appeal from the Committee of Charity to the Lodge itself. But if the accuser or complainant cannot support his charge, he shall incur such penalty as the committee shall see cause to inflict leaving their privilege of appealing to the Lodge itself.
A book shall be kept in this Lodge to contain the bye-laws, the names of the members, with a list of all the lodges under the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and united in general communication, with the usual times and places of meetings of such lodges.
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS
FOR DISTRICTS INCLUDING BRADFORD COUNTY
|For Years||Name||District Composed Of|
|1822 to 1825 incl.||Joseph Kingsbery||Bradford, Tioga and Lycoming|
|1826 to 1836 incl.||do||Bradford and Tioga|
|1837 to 1839 incl.||No appointment|
|1840 to 1842 incl.||Joseph Kingsbury||Bradford and Tioga|
|1843 to 1844 incl.||do||Bradford, Tioga, Susquehanna and Luzerne|
|1845 to 1846 incl.||Samuel Huston||Bradford and Tioga (The printed proceedings for 1846 add Lycoming and Clinton to the District.|
|1847 to 1849 incl.||Henry Pettibone||Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Bradford|
|1850 to 1852 incl.||Samuel Huston||Bradford, Wyoming and Susquehannal|
|1853 to 1854 incl.||John V. Smith||do|
|1855||Robert C. Simpson||Bradford, Tioga, Wyoming and Susquehanna|
|1856 to 1857 incl.||George H. Bull||Bradford, Wyoming and Tioga|
|1858 to 1860 incl.||do||Bradford, Wyoming, Tioga, Susquehanna and Sullivan|
|1861||do||Bradford and Tioga|
|1962 to 1865 incl.||Robert C. Simpson||do|
|1866||do||Bradford, Potter and Tioga|
|1867||John H. Dusenbury||Bradford, Wyoming and Susquehanna|
|1968||George D. Montanye||Bradford and Sullivan|
|1869||do||Bradford, Susquehanna and Sullivan|
|1870 to 1871 incl.||Henry B. McKean||do|
|1872 to 1874 incl.||Edward Herrick||Bradford and Sullivan|
|1875 to 1876 incl.||do||Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming|
|1877 to 1878 incl.||James H. Codding||do|
|1879 to 1880 incl.||George E. Davis||Bradford, Sullivan and Lodges Nos. 248 and 263 in Wyoming|
|1881 to 1882 incl.||William Chamberlin||do|
|1883 to 1898 incl.||Charles E. Riggs||do|
|1899||Lester R. Frost||do|
THE WARDENS OF THE LODGE
|Year||Senior Wardens||Junior Wardens|
|1807||Amos Mix||Ebenezer Tuttle|
|1808||Josiah Grant(Died in office.
Alpheus Choate was elected May 5
|William B. Whitney|
|1809||Rogers Fowler||Theron Darling|
|1810||Rogers Fowler||Theron Darling|
|1811||Rogers Fowler||Asahel Johnson|
|1812||Asahel Johnson (became W. M. July 23,
And Eliphalet Mason was elected S.W.
|1813||Eliphalet Mason||Chester Gridley|
|1814||Eliphalet Mason||Chester Gridley|
|1815||Asahel Johnson||John Fox|
|1816||Lemuel Streator||Burr Ridgway|
|1817||Lemuel Streator||Burr Ridgway|
|1818||Hiram Mix||David Olds|
|1819||No Record of election and every meeting
Is 1819 filled "pro tem".
|1820||William Myer||David Olds|
|1821||Harry Morgan||Adonijah Warner|
|1822||Burr Ridgway||Adonijah Warner|
|1823||LEmuel C. Belden||Adolphus Martin|
|1824||Lemuel C. Belden||Arunna Wattles|
|1825||Arunna Wattles||Elliott Whitney|
|1826||William Myer||Arunna Wattles|
|1827||William Myer||Arunna Wattles|
|1828||Arunna Wattles||William Myer|
|1829||Arunna Wattles||William Myer|
|1839||Samuel Huston||Joseph C. Powell|
|1840||Samuel Huston||Arunna Wattles|
|1841||Ethan Baldwin||Harry Morgan|
|1842||George H. Bull||William B. Foster|
|1843||George H. Bull||Henry S. Salisbury|
|1844||Gordon F. Mason||E. Reed Myer|
|1845||Edwin W. Morgan||Henry S. Salisbury|
|1846||Henry S. Salisbury||William H. Baird|
|1847||William H. Baird||Luther H. Scott|
|1848||Luther H. Scott||Jeremiah Culp|
|1849||Luther H. Scott||Daniel Vandercook|
|1850||H. Lawrence Scott||Mathew Marshall|
|1851||E. Hastings Mason||Luther W. Tiffany|
|1852||Luther H. Scott||Luther W. Tiffany|
|1853||E. O’Mera Goodrich||George E. Fox|
|1854||George E. Fox||Henry J. Madill|
|1855||Henry J. Madill||William Lewis|
|1856||Henry J. Madill||Henry B. McKean|
|1857||Henry B. McKean||Paul D. Morrow|
|1858||George E. Fox||Edward D. Payne|
|1859||E. Hastings Mason||Edward S. Benedict|
|1860||Adolph H. Kingsbury||Ira H. Smith|
|1861||W. H. Harrison Gore||George D. Montanye|
|1862||Calvin B. Patch||Chauncey S. Russell|
|1863||Stephen B.Tidd||Henry Mercur|
|1864||Henry Mercur||John W. Means|
|1865||John W. Means||Patrick Phelan|
|1866||Patrick Phelan||R. Harlan Patch|
|1867||R. Harlan Patch||W. H. Harrison Gore|
|1868||William A. Peck||William T. Bishop, Jr.|
|1869||William T. Bishop, Jr.||Charles F. Cross|
|1870||Charles F. Cross||B. Frank Voorhees|
|1871||Henry H. McGaw||James C. Irving|
|1872||James C. Irving||James M. Piatt|
|1873||James H. Codding||William L. Dimock|
|1874||William L. Dimock||J. Russ Parsels|
|1875||J. Russ Parsels||William Chamberlin|
|1876||William Chamberlin||Edward Walker|
|1877||Edward Walker||Charles P. Patch|
|1878||Charles P. Patch||Andrew J. Dowd|
|1879||Andres J. Dowd||Clarence T. Kirby|
|1880||Clarence T., Kirby||George W. Buck|
|1881||George W. Buck||John McGovern|
|1882||John McGovern||Thomas M. Buttles|
|1883||Thomas M. Buttles||Morris E.Rosenfield|
|1884||Morris E.Rosenfield||Allen D. Albert|
|1885||Allen D. Albert||William F. Dittrich|
|1886||William F. Dittrich||Edwin M. Mason|
|1887||Edwin M. Mason||Edward O. Macfarlane|
|1888||Edward O. Macfarlane||Samuel W. Buck|
|1889||Samuel W. Buck||Frank C. McKee|
|1890||Frank C. McKee||John N. Califf|
|1891||John N. Califf||William H. Minor|
|1892||William H. Minor||Lester R. Frost|
|1893||Lester R. Frost||Henry C. Porter|
|1894||Henry C. Porter||W. Henry Dodge|
|1895||W. Henry Dodge||Herbert S. Putnam|
|1896||Herbert S. Putnam||George B. Winter|
|1897||George B. Winter||C. Manville Pratt|
|1898||C. Manville Pratt||Thomas M. Stalford|
|1899||Thomas M. Stalford||Evan M. Muir|
LIST OF TREASURERS AND SECRETARIES
|1807||Josiah Grant||George Scott|
|1808||Asahel Johnson||William Myer|
|1809||Asahel Johnson||Alpheus Choate|
|1810||Cyprian Grant||Ebenezer Tuttle|
|1811||Elisha Wyeth||Eliphalet Mason|
|1812||Adonijah Warner||Elisha Wyeth|
|1813||Adonijah Warner||Hiram Mix|
|1814-1815||Adonijah Warner||William Myer|
|1816-1817||Adonijah Warner||Hiram Mix|
|1818||William Myer||Harry Morgan|
|1819||Adonijah Warner||Harry Morgan|
|1820||Stephen Wilson||Harry Morgan|
|1821-1822||Stephen Wilson||Adolphus Martin|
|1823||Stephen Wilson||Harry Morgan|
|1824||Harry Morgan||Hiram Mix|
|1825-1827||Harry Morgan||Alvin Whitney|
|1828||Peter Allen||Burr Ridgway|
|1839||Jesse Woodruff||Sidney S. Bailey|
|1840||Harry Morgan||Sidney S. Bailey|
|1841||William Myer||Sidney S. Bailey|
|1842-1843||John F. Means||Wilson Scott (Died in 1843. Bro. D. Mitchell Jr., Completed the term of office|
|1844||Harry Morgan||Thomas B. Overton|
|1845||John F. Means||Sidney S. Bailey|
|1846||John F. Means||William H. Perkins|
|1847-1848||William Keeler, 2d||William H. Perkins|
|1849||Charles Reed||William H. Perkins|
|1850||William Patrick||William H. Perkins|
|1851-1852||E. O’Meara Goodrich||William H. Perkins|
|1853-1854||George C. Gore||William H. Perkins|
|1855||George C. Gore||E. Hastings Mason|
|1856-1858||James H. Webb||E. Hastings Mason|
|1859-1860||James H. Webb||George E. Fox|
|1861||Allen McKean||George E. Fox|
|1862||John A. Codding||George E. Fox|
|1863||Edwin B. Coolbaugh||George E. Fox|
|1864||William T. Davies||Henry B. McKean|
|1865||Stephen B. Tidd||Henry B. McKean|
|1866||Stephen B. Tidd||William T. Bishop, Jr.|
|1867||William T. Bishop, Jr.||John H. Kingsbury|
|1868||George D. Montanye||Edwin B. Coolbaugh|
|1869||George D. Montanye||Charles L. Tracy|
|1970||George D. Montanye||George V. Myer|
|1871||George D. Montanye||A. Delevan Harding|
|1872||James H. Codding||George V. Myer|
|1873-1874||Henry H, McGaw||George V. Myer|
|1875||Henry H. McGaw||James H. Codding|
|1876-1877||David S. Pratt, M.D.||James H. Codding|
|1878-1879||Clinton S. Fitch||James H. Codding|
|1880-1899||William Chamberlin||James H. Codding|
MEETINGS AND WORK
PAGES 148 AND 149