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La Vernia in Wilson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Brahan Lodge No. 226, A.F. & A.M.

 
 
Brahan Lodge No. 226, A.F. & A.M. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
1. Brahan Lodge No. 226, A.F. & A.M. Marker
Inscription.  

Set to work U.D. June 23, 1858. Chartered June 16, 1859. Named for Dr. Robt. W. Brahan. John Rhodes King, first Worshipful Master. Members included veterans of Texas War for Independence, Mier Expedition, Mexican War, Indian campaigns. They quarried stone, hauled it to site by ox-cart, completed hall 1871.

In it churches met; children were educated.

Members served in every American War; in Civil War were in Hood's Texas Brigade, Terry's Texas Rangers, Parsons' Texas Cavalry, 3rd Texas Infantry, Walker's Division, Ireland's Company, Cibolo Guards, Mustang Grays - from Chickamauga to Atlanta to Mansfield to Appomatox. To Brahan Lodge veterans of that war this marker is dedicated:

Robert Adams, Irvin H. Armstrong; Thos. H. Barry, James Edwin Beck, Haywood Brahan, Gen. Robt. W. Brahan, Emery C. Barker, M.A. Broach, Sanford Brown; Stephen T. Cook, R.B. Curry, H. Fournah, T.B. Fowler, Ed Frances; W.F. Gardner; Bennett Henderson, Connally F. Henderson, S.L. Herron, David H. Houston, Ross Houston, Russell Houston, J. Humphries; T.D. James, J.T. Johnson, John Rhodes King, W.A. King, Felix A. Knox, V.R. Knox; R.N.
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Leigh, Robt. Lenox; Levi Maddox, J.G. Maddox, Emil Morosa, Sam H. Milam, Wm. Morris, J.M. Morrison, R.G. Murray, Chas. A. McAlister, Sam W. McClain, Richard D. McGee, G.M. McKay; J.K. New, D.C. Newton, Jas. Newton, N.M. Newton, Wm. Northcraft; C.R. Patton; T.J.C. Reese; Jas. D. Sanders, Wm. D. Scull, J.A. Sharpless, Robt. Sharpless; J.W. Thompson, Eli Toole, Jas. M. Trainer; L.J. Vivian; J.E. Watkins, R.B. Watkins, John A. Wells, L.S. White, Hugh W. Wiseman, Wm. R. Wiseman; Henry Yelvington.

 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 487.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1858.
 
Location. 29° 21.227′ N, 98° 7.115′ W. Marker is in La Vernia, Texas, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bluebonnet Drive (Farm to Market Road 775) and D L Vest, on the right when traveling west on Bluebonnet Drive. The marker is located on the east wall of the Brahan Freemason Lodge of La Vernia. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 Bluebonnet Drive, La Vernia TX 78121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Vernia United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named La Vernia United Methodist Church (about 600 feet
The front side to the Brahan Lodge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
2. The front side to the Brahan Lodge
away); Deaf Smith Oak Tree - the Next Generation (approx. ¼ mile away); Rector Chapel Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Suttles Pottery (approx. ¼ mile away); La Vernia (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Chihuahua Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Applewhite Homestead (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Vernia.
 
Also see . . .  La Vernia, TX. The Brahan Masonic lodge was established at La Vernia in 1859. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on March 1, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Brahan Lodge from the north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
3. The view of the Brahan Lodge from the north
The view of the Brahan Lodge from the west image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2021
4. The view of the Brahan Lodge from the west
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 1, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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