Masonic Lodge #178
by Gracie Mayfield Morlino [Deceased]
photograph below, although labeled First Masonic Lodge
of Amory, Mississippi is thought to be the Speight Masonic
Lodge #178 of Cotton Gin Port. The gentleman on the
Front Row, Third from the Right, with his hat in his
hand is James Allison Mayfield (great grandfather of
Gracie, the submitter). J. A. Mayfield served this lodge
as Master around 20 times. James A. was born 27 July
1853. The lodge started at Cotton Gin Port and moved
to Amory. James A.'s son, William Norton Mayfield, also
served as Master while his father was alive (to the
best of Gracie's knowledge). William Norton Mayfield
was born 16 July 1893 when J. A. was 40. The estimated
date of this photo is ca. 1880. If anyone can supply
a more definite date for the photo, please contact
handwritten list of the members of the Speight Masonic
Lodge #178 of Cotton Gin Port for the year 1879 has
been located. Many of the names below correspond with
those on the photo above. There are 39 men in the photo
and 25 on the list. It is likely that the ones dropped
from the rolls as mentioned in the note to Bro. Nabors
were on the photo. The list was compiled by Wright Cunningham
and submitted to "Bro. Nabors" in 1880.
Cunningham, W. M.
J. A. Nabors, Sec.
Jno. D. Allison, S. W. W.
A. Griffith, S. D.
J. A. Thompson, J. W. J.
H. Mongomery, J. D.
O. M. Redmon, Treas. J.
R. Finley, Tiler
Franklin Finney, P. M.
Black, John Pruett,
Burton, W. T. Stricklin,
Crump, J. J. Tubb,
Crump, T. B. Tubb,
Crump, A. S. Westbrook,
Cabot, F. M.
Carter, W. A. Bro.
Finley, J. M. The
foregoing is a copy of the
Flynt, J. T. Returns
of Speight Lodge No.
Grady, E. C. 178
for the year 1879. All men
Grady, W. W.
on the Ledger and not on this
Grady, J. A. list
have already been disposed
Grady, J. G. of
by the Lodge. Apr. 18th
Hughes, W. J. 1880.
James, R. E. Frat'ly
Kelly, J. R. Wright
Loftin, W. H.
Marshall, W. S.
Nabors, F. M.
saw a scanned copy of this and thought that J. T. Flynt
was J. F. Flynn. I also thought that J. G. Grady was
J. C. Grady. I thought R. E. James was R. E. Jones.
I thought W. S. Marshall was W. L. Marshall. If you
can provide better information on the names, let
M. - Worshipful Master
S. W. - Senior Warden
J. W. - Junior Warden
Treas. - Treasurer
P. M. - Past Master
Sec. - Secretary
S. D. - Senior Deacon
J. D. - Junior Deacon
Taylor was the office title for the doorkeeper or guard