Jefferson County Freemasonry
Jefferson County has a long and rich Masonic History. The Jefferson
Lodge and its members have been a vital part of the fabric of this county
since the settlement of this area. Many of the earlier members were
members back in Colonial America before they arrived in the Natchez
District. Many were descended from Freemasons in England and Scotland before
coming to the United States. Freemasonry is still today, a living,
vital force in our county.
"Masons are men who voluntarily asked to join a lodge. They were accepted because they were good men who believe in God and hold high ethical and moral ideals. They go to meetings which they call the lodge, in order to learn and to teach what 'friendship, morality, and truth really involve, and to practice on a small scale the reality of brotherhood. They also have meetings open to their wives, children, and friends where they promote an understanding of the serious nature of the Fraternity by entertainment and sociability. Practical programs for charity and relief are planned and executed. The special kinship they feel for each other as a brotherhood is their deepest satisfaction."
Warren Lodge No. 4,
Jefferson County, Greenville*
This is the first Lodge to be organized by
the Grand Lodge of Mississippi
(Page vi, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, 1882.)
Dispensation granted 1820; Chartered 1 January 1821; defunct 9 January 1833.
Liabilities assumed by Thomas Hinds Lodge No. 58 in 1842, Jefferson County,
*Lodge location in Return published 1830 is Fayette.
Membership Return for year ending January, 1822
Thomas Hinds Lodge No. 58,
Jefferson County, Fayette
Charter Date January 19, 1843
Membership returns for various years
Masons 1 - Presbyterians 0