Welcome to my Blog on Early St. Louis - the best way to keep my viewers informed of what has recently been added or updated to my website.
It may seem at times that little has been added to the “What’s New” page, but this is often due to the fact that I’m doing some in depth researching. Over the past few months, I have been compiling information on the earliest of Freemasons in St. Louis. My goal is to create biographical sketches of each from various sources combined with what I’ve learned about their families so viewers will not have to follow in my footsteps and search all the various sources to glean the details.
So far I’ve written a sketch on the early Masonic Lodge in St. Louis, and am working on the biographical sketches. My most recent Masonic member was John Daggett - whose name has been listed as John C. Daggett, John O. Daggett, and John D. Dagget - the latter appearing to be the correct name. Interestingly enough, I found that he was the great(2)-grandfather of Eldred “Gregory” Peck, the American actor and film star who won an Academy Award for his performance in To Kill a Mockingbird.
You can view his line of descendant at my Early St. Louis Family Tree at GenCircles; and you might be interested in checking out the 2002 biography by Gary Fishgall, “Gary Gregory Peck, a Biography” published by Simon and Schuster. It offers some great details on his family history in the early chapters.
A brief sketch from “Annals of St. Louis in its territorial days, from 1804 to 1821" by Frederic L. Billon, St. Louis, 1888" has been added to the Politicians page on the site since Daggett was the mayor of St. Louis succeeding John F. Darby.
As with the other Freemasons I’m researching, the brief biographical sketch of Daggett will be much more inclusive than those from the singular and older publications.
If you know of a Freemason in early St. Louis, please contact me so that I can make sure I have included him in my research.
As always, your comments, questions, suggestions and emails are always welcome.