Heritage, bloodline, adoption

by Staci Michelle Raschen
(Parsons, Ks)

My grandfather, Edward F. Raschen Jr., birth date May 14, 1918, was a 33rd degree Grand Master Mason. I found his papers honoring him as such. I was told that he was left on the doorstep of his adopted parents in Kansas. His (adopted) father, my greatgrandfather, Edward Fredrick Raschen, Sr., I was told was also adopted. Supposedly coming from Ohio to Kansas. He too, was a 33rd degree Grand Master Mason. Reading through various forums, I noticed a comment saying, that if your grandfather was a 33rd degree Mason, chances are your father isn't his child. Ofcoarse that caught my attention. Are there any possible correlations with the both of them being adopted, and being 33rd degree Grand Master Masons? I realize that this obviously couldn't apply in every case, but are there certain special cases that it would? And if so, what is the reason, and what does it mean? If not, than why was this statement thrown out there? What would be the basis behind such a suggestion?

Thank you very much for your time in reading and answering my questions.

Much regards,

Staci Michelle Raschen

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Nov 12, 2018
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by: Bob

Very sorry for the very long delay. The owner of the site has been dealing with some serious long-term family issues.

First off, the notion that the children of a 33rd degree Mason are unlikely to be his is just preposterous. There is no reasonable correlation between their being 33rd degree Masons and being adopted. Where did it come from? I wish I knew - Freemasonry is the subject of the most bizarre claims. I must confess this is a new one of me.

There is a more likely correlation to both of them being 33rd degree Masons, of course. If a large part of your fathere's daily life was filled with Freemasonry, you yourself are more likely to become involved. Work at it and you will rise in rank.

Beyond that, Ms Raschen, it's just an odd coincidence.

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