Vintage Masonic Symbol?

by Jerry Laing
(Pasadena, CA)

I am a 30-yr veteran reenactor of the Battle of the Alamo (March 6, 1836). Many of the Alamo defenders and men who fought for liberty & independence during the Texas Revolution (1835-1836) were Freemasons. Although I myself am not, my heritage is Scottish, and therefore, my ancestors were very likely to have been Freemasons. And the character I portray (Capt John Hubbard Forsyth) is also of Scottish heritage.

After all these years, I am now planning to get my powderhorn etched with some typical scrimshaw designs of the period, including a period-correct Masonic symbol.

Can you please show/send me what the Masonic "Square & Compass w/ G" would have looked like in early America, up to 1830?

Thank you,
Jerry (aka, Alamo Jer)
[email protected]

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Nov 12, 2018

by: Bob

First off, very sorry for the long delay. The owner of this site, Tim, has been having some serious family problems.

I have done some research and, while I could well be wrong, I have found no record of Capt Forsyth having been a Mason. Yes, although born in New York, he was of Scottish ancestry and, yes, many Scots were Masons. But that's as far as it goes.

It is of course your call, but if I were striving for accuracy in a reenactment character, I would probably focus on those things which I could be sure of rather than mere possibilities.

He seems to have been quite the man in any case.

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