This Article came from a book called The Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Mason, 1786-1980 by William H. Rosler & Fred L. Pearson, Jr., 1987, p. 217: This is an historical marker erected by the Grand Lodge in Macon, GA: It reads:
FREEMASONRY IN MACON
Freemasonry came to Macon in 1824, when the city was in its infancy. Macon
Lodge No. 5, F. & A. M., was organized in 1824 and chartered by the Grand
Lodge of Georgia in 1825. Historians have referred to Macon Lodge as being
the "First Society in the town of Macon". In 1846 the Grand Lodge of
Georgia, F. & A. M., moved it seat from Milledgeville to Macon and for many
years held its annual communications in the hall of Macon Lodge No. 5.
Dr. Ambrose Baber, M.D., a physician and pioneer citizen of Macon was the
first Worshipful Master of Macon Lodge and later served the whole craft in
Georgia as Grand Master of Masons during 1831. He died accidentally in 1846,
and in the following year a monument was erected to his memory by joint
action of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Macon Lodge and Constantine Chapter No.
4, Royal Arch Masons.
In 1825 during his triumphal tour of the United States by brother and general
the Marquis DeLa Fayette, the Freemasons of Macon and other groups lavishly
entertained and honored this famous and beloved French Nobleman who had
contributed so much to the cause of American liberty by serving as a
comrade-in-arms with brother and general George Washington.
Marker placed by Educational and Historical Commission
Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A. M. 1971
Ambrose Baber also served on the State Board of Physicians of Georgia in 1825.
He was born in Va. He married Mary C. Sweet, dau. of George D. Sweet, Esq. of
Savannah, Ga. 16 June 1829 in Macon, Ga. where he was a resident. They had a
son , Henry St. George Baber who died 20 Sept. 1832 in Macon at the age of 16
mos. 29 days.
Ambrose's death was listed as an accident. It seems he took some medicine he
wanted to give one of his patients to prove that it was safe. He apparently
took too much and died as a result. Needless to say, his patient ,who had
refused the medicine , survived whatever his illness was.
(From the Files of Elizabeth C. Piechocinski)
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