Prince Hall Masons

The obituary of L.A. Moore, grocer and insurance agent.

Wilson Daily Times, 27 February 1948.

Like many prominent men in early 20th century East Wilson, Lee A. Moore was a member of both the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges. His obituary indicates that he was to be “buried with Masonic honors in the Masonic cemetery.” However, Odd Fellows Hannibal Lodge 1552 submitted a notice to members to meet at its lodge hall for Moore’s funeral and noted that “the lodge will charge at the grave.”

Wilson Daily Times, 28 February 1948.

Masons’ annual meeting.



Wilson Daily Times, 9 December 1947.

  • Rev. L.E. Rasbury — on 14 June 1954, L.E. Rasberry, 66, of Kinston, N.C., son of Ed and Sarah Harper Rasberry, married Sudie Ella Young, 56, of Wilson, in Wilson. U.F.W.B. minister H.R. Reaves of Ayden, N.C., performed the ceremony.
  • W.C. Hart — Walter C. Hart.
  • Rev. C.T. Jones — Charles T. Jones.
  • C.W. Foster — Carter W. Foster.
  • Rev. Fred M. Davis
  • J.M. Miller, Jr. — John M. Miller, Jr.
  • Ximena Moore — Xzimenna Moore.
  • Mattille Floyd — on 2 August 1950, Harold E. Gay, 30, son of Albert and Annie Bell Gay, married Matteele Floyd, 26, daughter of Ambrose and Mattie Floyd, in Nashville, Nash County. Ethel M. Coley and Albert Gay [Jr.] were witnesses.
  • Rev. O.J. Hawkins — Obra J. Hawkins.


The Masons buy land.

In October 1900, Cain and Margaret Barnes Artis sold a large lot in southeast Wilson to Mount Hebron Lodge No. 42, Prince Hall Masons.

North Carolina, Wilson County }

This Deed made this the 8th day of October, 1900 by Cain Artis and wife Margaret Artis, the parties of the first part to Austin J. Lindsey, Worshipful Master, Lee A. Moore, Senior Warden and John Barnes, Junior Warden, acting officers of Mount Hebron Lodge No. 42 F & A Mason and their successors in office, the parties of the second part, all of said parties being of the aforesaid County and State.

Witnesseth: That the said parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Dollars in hand paid by the said trustees, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have bargained, sold and conveyed and do by these presents bargain, sell and convey unto the said trustees and their successors in office, that certain to or parcel of land lying and being situate in Wilson Township, County and State aforesaid, the same being near the Colored Graded School building and adjoining the lands of Charley Battle, Cain Artis, and Daniel Vick and described as follows:

Beginning at a pine stump on road (commonly called path) in Charley Battle’s corner, thence with his line N. 87. 35 E 264 feet to a stake, thence S. 36. 15 E. with Cain Artiss line 172 1/2 feet to a stake, thence S. 53. 45 W. 230 feet with Cain Artis line to a stake on the road or path thence along said path N. 36. 15 W 308 feet to the first station, containing 57,900 square feet.

To Have and to hold the aforesaid lot of land to them the said trustees and their successors in office in fee simple forever. And the said parties of the first part covenant to and with the said parties of the second part and their successors in office that they will warrant and defend the title to the said land against the lawful claim or claims of any and all persons whatsoever.

In Witness whereof the said Cain Artis and wife Margaret Artis have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written.  Cain (X) Artis, Margaret (X) Artis    J.D. Borden cofc [clerk of court]


On 14 December 1876, Cain Artice, 23, of Wayne County, married Ann Thompson, 24, of Wilson in Wilson County. T. Felton, Jno. Newsome and Louisa Thompson were witnesses.

In the 1880 census of Nahunta township, Wayne County: farmer Cain Artis, 25; wife Annie, 25; and children Ivey C., 2, and Appie, 1.

On 11 November 1888, Cain Artis, 35, of Wayne County, son of Adam Artis and Winny Artis, married Margaret Barnes, 38, of Wilson, daughter of Sherard Edmundson, at Margaret Barnes’ house in Wilson. Primitive Baptist minister P.D. Gold performed the service in the presence of H.C. Phillips, Henrietta Clarke and Mary J. Davis. Charles Battle applied for the license.

In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer Margaret Artis, 50; daughters Appie, 21, and Mary F., 20; and boarder William Watson, 22. Margaret was described as married; Cain is not found in the 1900 census. Appie was his daughter, and Margaret’s step-daughter.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Artis Cain (Oates & A) h E Nash extd bey limits. Also: Oates & Artis (Wiley Oates – Cain Artis) grocers 601 E Nash.

Appie Artis died 28 May 1916 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born August 1879 in Wayne County to Cain Artis and Annie Thompson of Wayne County; was single; worked as a laborer; and died of pulmonary tuberculosis. Cain Artis, Wilson, was informant.

Cain Artis died 23 March 1917 in Wilson township, also of pulmonary tuberculosis. Per his death certificate, he was born March 1851 in Wayne County to Adam T. Artis and Winnie Coley; was married; and was a farmer. W.M. Coley of Wilson was informant.

Margaret Artis’ will entered probate in January 1919. Though the document is dated 1909, this seems to be an error, and it appears actually to have been executed days before she died in 1919. Her sole heir is her daughter Sarah Barnes Barnes. She makes no mention of husband Cain Artis, and the 44 acres she bequeathed seems to have been property that she had jointly owned or inherited from him.

Deed book 55, page 434, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson County Courthouse.



Pride of Wilson Lodge, No. 484.

  • G.A. Wood — In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1116 East Nash Street, Methodist minister George A. Wood, 60, and wife Ella, 52. George Albert Wood died 14 December 1949 at the Wilson County Home, where he had resided for 13 years. Per his death certificate, he was born 15 August 1844 in Greene County; was married; was a minister; and resided at 1023 Robertson [Roberson] Street. Informant was Leah Whitaker of Enfield, North Carolina.
  • G.J. Faison
  • Neal Handy — In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Black Creek Road, farmer Neal Handy, 33; wife Nellie, 27; and children Suzanne, 7, and Bubba, 4. Neil Alexander Handy died 7 March 1967 at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Per hid death certificate, he was born 30 June 1888 in South Carolina to George Handy and Mary Murphy; worked as a brickmason; and resided at 1089 Manchester Street. Informant was Alexander Handy.
  • J.A. Parker
  • W.B. Washington — William B. Washington died 29 April 1930 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he resided at 395 Moore Street; was married to Louisa Washington; was born 28 March 1876 in Florence, South Carolina, to George and Lucy Washington; and worked as a barber.
  • John McCowan — In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1203 East Nash, brickmason John B. McCowan, 47, and wife Beatrice, 43. John Bunion McCowan died in 1983.
  • Frank Battle — This is probably the Frank Battle listed in the Wilson city directory of 1928 as: Battle Frank (c; Delphia) firemn h 705 E Nash. Frank Battle died 2 January 1938 at Mercy Hospital. Per his death certificate, he was married to Delphie Ellis Battle; resided as 925 Washington Street; was born October 1887 in Walstonburg, Greene County to Joseph and Selina Battle; and worked as a laborer.
  • William Edwards
  • James Sutton — in the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Stantonsburg Street, James Sutton, 39, carpenter, and wife Mary, 34.
  • Wiley Rountree — In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 120 Manchester Street, plasterer Wiley Rountree, 37; wife Mary, 37; and children Zula, 14, George, 13, Daisy B., 11, Julius, 10, Joseph, 7, Doris, 5, and Mary J., 2. Wiley Rountree Jr. died 5 July 1970 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born in Georgia on 19 April 1892 to Wiley Rountree Sr. and Martha Dew; resided at 120 Manchester Street; and was married to Julia Barnes Rountree. He was buried in Dew cemetery. Informant was Lula Grimes or Brooklyn, New York.
  • A. Batts — Possibly Amos Batts.
  • Clarence McCullers

“Proceedings of the Fifty-fifth Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., held at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, December 8-9, 1925,” digitized at Proceedings of the fifty-fifth communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M. [database on-line],