Visit their website Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society to learn about the present day organization.
In previous years, they would provide original applications which had been microfilmed. The present policy is:
Due to federal and state privacy laws, Woodmen will not disclose the personal information of deceased individuals unless it is in relation to a claim or a potential claim.
David Stone's son, David Williamson Stone, was the Grand Mason of the State of NC for a while. He's buried in City Cemetery in Raleigh with a great above ground fenced setup with masonic symbols on top.
Charity Lodge in Windsor still functions downtown and possibly has records back to its formation and purchase of their downtown building in 1848.
LAUNCHING THE CRAFT (The First Half-Century of Freemasonry in NC) by Thomas C. Parramore.
According to the author the early records for the Bertie Lodge are lost. Royal Windsor was the only chapter. This lodge was "warranted" in or before 1775. This is established by members attending the Unanimity Lodge (Edenton) Nov 11, 1775. The attendees John Johnson, Master of Royal Edwin, along with Andrew Oliver and Silas White.
A curious bit of evidence bearing upon the first years of the existence of Royal Edwin is the Masonic apron that turned up in TN in 1888. This venerable relic of Masonry had been handed down among the descendants of Henry Belote of Bertie Co NC. It was said to have been made by a Miss Spivey of Bertie prior to her marriage in July 1776 to James Bate. It seems that Miss Spivey and her mother were the only local seamstresses who could be induced to make Masonic regalia, there having been a "great prejudice" against the Craft in Bertie at that time, perhaps because of the association with the lodge of several prominent Tories or owing to the influence of dissenting clergy in the region. Belote later moved to TN and was for many years a member of Gallatin Lodge #6 in that state, which he joined in 1808.
Member's Name & Year In Which They Became Members ROYAL EDWIN #5 WINDSOR Edward Acree 1798 Silas White Arnett 1787 Blake Baker 1798 Henry Belote 1775 Hardy Boyce 1798 Willie Brodie 1798 Stephen Buck 1798 William Johnston Dawson 1787 James Granbury 1798 Langley Granbury 1798 Samuel Granbury 1798 William Granbury 1798 Joseph Gurley 1798 Lemuel Hall 1798 Willis Hare 1788 William Higgs 1798 Thomas Hunter 1788 John Johnston 1777 Samuel W. Johnston 1787 Drury Moore 1798 Josiah Moore 1798 James Norfleet 1798 Andrew Oliver 1787 Archibald Parker 1798 Francis Pugh 1795 William Pugh, Jr. 1798 P. R. Rose 1798 Thomas Scholar 1798 D. Taylor 1798 John D. Whyte 1798 John Wolfenden 1795 Contributed by: Dixie Dixchas@aol.com