|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1819|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1912|
WEAKLEY COUNTY,TENNESSEE MICELLANEOUS RECORDS (compiled by Sallie Hays)
Loose newspaper clipping found in diary (Civil War Diary of Lt. James C. HARRELL)
Oldest Mason in Tennessee Passes to the Great Beyond at the age of 93 years. Sixty-six years a mason. Lived ninety years of his life in WEAKLEY COUNTY. Came of French stock. A Confederate Soldier. Special dispatch to the Democrat Greenfield, Tenn., Nov. 21, (1912) MASON EZZELL, one of the oldest citizens of WEAKLEY COUNTY, died at his residence here this morning at 4 o'clock, in the ninety-fourth year of his age. He had been a resident of this county for ninety years and for nearly fourty years had resided in Greenfield. He enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest Mason in Tennessee.
MASON EZZELL'S grandfather was a Frenchman, and came to this country from France with LAFAYETTE, during the Revolutionary War, his name being also MASON EZZELL. He settled in South Carolina, where four sons were born. MASON EZZELL and his son HARRISON , moved to Livingston County, KY, where MASON EZZELL was born, on April 22,1819. In 1822, the father (HARRISON) and MASON removed to WEAKLEY COUNTY,TN., and settled in the Twelfth Civil District, near McKENZIE. Since 1854, he had lived in the Ninth Civil District, and in 1873, moved to GREENFIELD. He had lived in WEAKLEY COUNTY ninety years.
At the breaking out of the war, he inlisted in Capt. JOE THOMPSON's Company of the Fifty-second Tennessee Infantry, Col. BEN LEE, and was mustered out as Second Lieutenant.
Mr. EZZELL had been married twice. July 27,1854, he was married to Miss SOPHIA MOSLEY, HARRY EZZELL of Jackson, TN., now fifty-four years of age, being the result of that union. He was again married, on Dec. 27,1863, to Miss MARY J. DOLAHITE, four children being born to them, Mrs. MATTIE SHANNON of Lebanon, JAMES B. EZZELL of Newsom, ROBERT A. EZZELL of Greenfield and CLYDE EZZELL of Newsom.
Mr. EZZELL during his life was a farmer and a real estate dealer and had always enjoyed good health. He had in the past to some extent dabbled in politics, and had always been a staunch Democrat. He voted for James K. Polk for President the first time he voted for president, and on Nov. 5 voted for Woodrow Wilson.
MASON EZZELL's Masonic record is doubtless without a parallel in Tennessee, if not in the United States. The fact that he had been a member of the fraternity for over sixty-six years, and in all that time belonged to only two lodges, and they in the same county, seems almost incredible, yet such is the case.
Mr. EZZELL was initiated in the Caledonia Lodge, No. 96, at McKenzie, March 13,1844, passed Aug. 7,1844, and raised Nov. 6,1844. ALLEN BOWDEN being Worshipful Master of the the Lodge. He later demitted from Caledonia Lodge and affliated with Washington Lodge. During all these years he had been a Mason, he was a regular attendant of the lodge meetings until about three years ago, when his advanced age and failing eyesight prevented him from visiting with hie brethren. For about twenty years he was treasurer of Washington Lodge, and only gave it up about five years ago.
Sophia L. Moseley Ezzell (1831 - 1863)*
Mary Jane Dollahite Ezzell (1839 - 1919)*
Harrison Ezzell (1859 - 1924)*
Martha Ezzell Shannon (1865 - 1917)*
Lula Ezzell (1867 - 1869)*
James Battle Ezzell (1869 - 1941)*
Robert Andrew Ezzell (1872 - 1957)*
Clyde Ezzell (1876 - 1954)*
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Feb 27, 2012
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