Prince Hall Masons

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Prince Hall Masons of Maryland trace their history to Massachusetts and Prince Hall, who is believed to been born the year of 1735 and died on December 4, 1807. I am assuming my gggrandfather German Downes belong to the Seventh Masonic District which consist of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Annes’, and Talbot Counties. I had read an article in the newspaper that mention that members of the order which German Downes belonged to assisted in preparing his grave after someone had vandalize it several years after his death.

German’s grandson Wilson Downes was Past Worthy Patron of Olive Branch Lodge No. 93 in  Caroline County Maryland. German’s great-grandson had moved to Philadelphia and joined the Pennsylvania’s Prince Hall Masons.

                             

Uncle reginald

Reginald Downes

My uncle Reginald joined and was raised to a Master Mason in Light of Elmwood Lodge #45 in 1990. He went to Temple Lodge in 1994 and was appointed Senior Deacon and later became Worship Master of Temple Lodge #22. He served as Worshipful Master several times.He served as High Priest of King Solomon Chapter #1 Holy Royal Arch, Deputy Master, Hiram King of Tyre of Charles E. Gordon Consistory #65. He received his 33rd degree from Charles E. Consistory #65. He was Illustrious Potentate of Minaret temple #174. He received several outstanding achievement awards that included, Noble of the Year Award, Sublime Prince of the Year, Holy Arch Companion of the Year and many more to numerous to mention.

 

 

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Major Acree Marriage Record

Major Acree, “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”

Name: Major Acree
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Spouse’s Name: Nancy Carter
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Event Date: 23 Jan 1818
Event Place: Caroline County, Virginia
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Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Rachel Carter
Race: Multiple
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86874-0
System Origin: Virginia-EASy
GS Film number: 30826
Reference ID: RECORD PG. 23