Friday, June 24, 2016

1852 Document from the Solar Lodge of Bath, Maine; Names A. W. Turner and H. E. Palmer

August 5, 1852 document of the Solar Lodge at Bath, Maine, where Secretary H. E. Palmer informs member A. W. Turner of a special meeting the next Thursday.  

The year actually written was 5852, which was the way 1852 was written in the Year of the Light, as observed by Ancient Craft Masonry.

I believe the men were Abner Wade Turner, or his son Abner Warren Turner, and Henry Edwin Palmer.  Abner Wade Turner was born in 1796 at Bath, Maine, and died in 1877.  Son Abner Warren Turner was born at Bath in 1824 and died in 1881.

Henry Edwin Turner was born in 1829 at Bath, Maine.  Read his biography in Maine: a History, Biographaical, Centennial Edition, published in 1919 by the American Historical Society, on pages 100-102.  He seems young to have been the secretary of Solar Lodge in 1852, and perhaps H. E. Palmer was another man, but it's noted that Henry Edwin Palmer had achieved success at an early age.  He died in 1903.

If you have corrections to the information above, or feel that A. W. Turner and H. E. Palmer were different men, or if you have information on the Solar Lodge at Bath, Maine, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


  1. Solar and Polar Number 14 is still an active Lodge in Bath Maine. The slip of paper was a notification of a meeting. Most likely to inform him that his next degree in masonry would be conferred that night. As it was a "special " meeting.