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Origins of U.S. Grand Lodges

U.S. Grand Lodges' Names, Modern/Ancient Origin, State Derivation
chart done by Paul M. Bessel on February 25, 1995, revised 1998 and 1999
based on information from Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia and other sources
Grand Lodges that currently use "AF&AM" or "AFM" are in the "Ancient" column
Grand Lodges that currently use "F&AM" or "FAAM" are in the "Modern" column

information in each box indicates origins of that State's Freemasonry
abbreviations:   A=Ancients   M=Moderns

  "Ancient" "Modern"
A.F. & A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)

in South Carolina, A.F.M. (Ancient Free Masons)

F. & A.M. (Free and Accepted Masons)

in D.C., F.A.A.M. (Free and Accept Masons)

Northeast
New England Maine Massachusetts (50-50 A&M)  
New Hampshire   50-50 Ancient & Modern
Vermont   Massachusetts Ancients
Massachusetts 50-50 Ancient & Modern  
Rhode Island   100% Modern
Connecticut 65% Modern  
Middle Atlantic New York   50-50 Ancient & Modern
New Jersey   50-50 Ancient & Modern
Pennsylvania   100% leader of Ancients
Midwest
East North Central Ohio   Massachusetts (50-50 A&M), New Jersey (50-50 A&M), Connecticut (65% Modern), Kentucky (from Virginia, 50-50 A&M) - & Pennsylvania (Ancient)
Indiana   Kentucky (mixed A&M) &
Ohio (mixed A&M)
Illinois Missouri (mixed A&M) & Kentucky (mixed A&M)  
Michigan   New York (50-50 A&M) & Canada Ancient
Wisconsin   Missouri (mixed A&M) & Illinois (mixed A&M)
West North Central Minnesota Ohio (mixed A&M), Wisconsin (mixed A&M), Illinois (mixed A&M)  
Iowa Missouri (mixed A&M)  
Missouri Tennessee (mixed A&M), Pennsylvania (Ancient)  
North Dakota Dakota  
South Dakota Iowa (mixed A&M)  
Nebraska Illinois (mixed A&M), Missouri (mixed A&M), Iowa (mixed A&M)  
Kansas Missouri (mixed A&M)  
South
South Atlantic Delaware 100% Ancient, Pennsylvania & Maryland (Ancient)  
Maryland 100% Ancient  
D.C.   Maryland (Ancient), Massachusetts (50-50 A&M), Virginia (50-50 A&M)
Virginia 50-50 Ancient & Modern  
West Virginia Virginia (50-50 A&M)  
North Carolina 90% Modern  
South Carolina 75% Ancient  
Georgia   50-50 Ancient and Modern
Florida   Alabama (mixed A&M), Georgia (50-50 A&M),
South Carolina (75% Ancient)
East South Central Kentucky   Virginia (50-50 A&M)
Tennessee   North Carolina Modern,
South Carolina (75% Ancient)
Alabama   Kentucky (mixed A&M), South Carolina (75% Ancient), Georgia (50-50 A&M), North Carolina (90% Modern), Tennessee (mixed A&M)
Mississippi   Tennessee (mixed A&M)
West South Central Arkansas   Tennessee (mixed A&M), Louisiana (mostly Ancient), Alabama (mixed A&M)
Louisiana   Pennsylvania (Ancient),
South Carolina (75% Ancient), New York (50-50 A&M), France
Oklahoma Arkansas (mixed A&M)  
Texas Louisiana (mostly Ancient)  
West
Mountain Montana Kansas (mixed A&M) & Colorado (mixed A&M)  
Idaho Oregon (mixed A&M) & Washington (mixed A&M)  
Wyoming Colorado (mixed A&M) & Nebraska (mixed A&M)  
Colorado Kansas (mixed A&M) & Nebraska (mixed A&M)  
New Mexico Missouri (mixed A&M)  
Arizona   California (mixed A&M) & New Mexico (mixed A&M)
Utah   Montana (mixed A&M), Kansas (mixed A&M), Colorado (mixed A&M)
Nevada   California (mixed A&M)
Pacific Washington   Oregon (mixed A&M)
Oregon Missouri (mixed A&M) & California (mixed A&M)  
California   D.C. (mixed A&M),
Missouri (mixed A&M), Connecticut (mostly Modern)
Alaska   Washington (mixed A&M)
Hawaii   California (mixed A&M)
Totals 25 26
current name of Grand Lodge sounds Ancient & Masonry there is clearly of Ancient origins, or vice versa 4 1
current name of Grand Lodge sounds Ancient but Masonry there is not clearly of Ancient origins, or vice versa all the rest all the rest

Dates of Formation of U.S. Grand Lodges
according to Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia
color coded by decade

# Grand Lodge Date Grand Lodge was Formed
1 Virginia 1778, October 13
2 South Carolina 1783 December 27 - claims 1737
also reported to be March 24, 1787
3 Pennsylvania 1786 September 25 - claims 1731
4 Georgia 1786 December 16 - claims 1735
also reported to be 1735
5 New Jersey 1786 December 18
6 Maryland 1787 April 19
7 New York 1787 June 6 - claims 1781
8 North Carolina 1787 December 12
9 Connecticut 1787 July 8
10 New Hampshire 1790 April 8 - claims 1789
11 Rhode Island 1791 June 27
12 Massachusetts 1792 March 5 - claims 1733
13 Vermont 1794 October 15
14 Kentucky 1800 October 16
15 Delaware 1806 June 6
16 Ohio 1808 January 7
17 District of Columbia 1811 February 19
18 Louisiana 1812 June 20
19 Tennessee 1813 December 27
20 Indiana 1818 January 13
21 Mississippi 1818 July 27
22 Maine 1820 June 24
23 Missouri 1821 May 4
24 Alabama 1821 June 16
25 Florida 1830 July 6
26 Texas 1837 December 30
also reported to be April 16, 1838
27 Arkansas 1838 November 21
28 Illinois 1840 April 28
29 Wisconsin 1843 December 18
30 Iowa 1844 January 8
Also reported to be 1843
31 Michigan 1844 November
claims 1826
also reported to be Sept. 14, 1844
32 California 1850 April 19
33 Oregon 1851 September 15
34 Minnesota 1853 February 24
35 Kansas 1856 March 17
also reported to be 1850
36 Nebraska 1857 September 23
37 Washington 1858 December 8
38 Colorado 1861 August 2
39 Nevada 1865 January 17
40 West Virginia 1865 May 11
also reported to be May 16, 1866
41 Montana 1866 January 26
42 Idaho 1867 December 17
43 Utah 1872 January 17
44 Oklahoma 1874 October 5
also reported to be Nov. 10, 1892 or 1983
45 Wyoming 1874 December 15
46 South Dakota 1875 July 21
47 New Mexico 1877 August 7
48 Arizona 1882 March 25
49 North Dakota 1889 June 13
50 Alaska 1981 February 7
51 Hawaii 1989 July 1

 


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