War And Masonry In Missouri
need not say of this old and flourishing lodge that it stands
unsurpassed among the lodges of the State with that Prince of Masters
at its head, Brother R. E. Anderson."
UNION LODGE No.19 (Paris, Mo.): The
lodge at Paris, Mo. continued to meet throughout the war and, in 1865,
the Deputy reports that it was in a favorable condition and capable of
doing good work.
LONDON LODGE No. 21 (New London, Mo.):
In 1862 the Grand Secretary reported that the charter of this
lodge was then in his possession.
LODGE No. 22 (De Kalb, Mo.): The
lodge at De Kalb did not become active until 1865, in which year the
District Deputy reports it to be in good condition.
LODGE No. 23 (Florida, Mo.): The
lodge at Florida made no returns for the years 1860, 1861, 1862 or
1863. The Grand Secretary
reports in that year that the lodge was supposed to have gone down
during the year.
LODGE No. 26 (Mexico, Mo.): The
lodge at Mexico was one of those which made report annually during the
war period. District
Deputy Ralls, in 1865, stated that "he had visited the lodge in
April, finding them in a good and convenient hall; witnessed the work
and lectures done according to ancient usage; prosperous and with
records in good condition."
LODGE No. 26: During the
Civil War period many Missouri Masonic lodges failed to weather the
storm. In the case of
this lodge perhaps we can look to the pilot of the ship for the
June 16, 1857, to June 18, 1861, and from June 17, 1862, to June 19,
1866, Samuel Martin Edwards was Worshipful Master of the lodge.
Brother Edwards was born January 23rd, 1832, in Henry County,
Va., the youngest of ten children, the son of John Edwards and Martha
(Johnstone) Edwards. John
Edwards was born in Albemarle County, Va., and was a Captain in the
War of 1812, in Colonel Jospeh Martin's regiment.
His grandfather, on his mother's side, was one of Washington's
body guards in the Revolutionary War and was wounded at Bunker Hill.
Edwards was educated in the common schools of his native county and in
his early manhood taught school.
He finished his law course in the University of Virginia at
Charlottesville. He came
to Missouri in the fall of 1840, settling in St. Charles County, and,
in 1856, he located for the practice of his profession at Mexico,
Audrain County, Mo. He
was twice married, the first time to Miss Lucy Shryrock, by whom he
had three children; the second time he was married to Miss Hattie
Lakenan, by this union there was one son.