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    [Illustrious Order of the Red Cross]. Two Freemason Demits including: Knights Templar Dimmit. One page, 7.5" x 9.75", on lined paper, San Felipe de Austin, January 25, 1877, to "Sir Knight A. P. Root whose name appears in the margin of the Dimmit is a Knight Templar and was a member of San Felipe De Austin Commandery No. 1 in good standing. and free from all charges on the books and has regularly dimitted from said Commandery." Fine. [and:] Harmony Lodge No. 6 Dimmit. One page, 12" x 7.5", partially printed, Galveston, March 5, A. L. 5877 [1877], granting to "Brother A. P. Root...Having paid all dues, and being in good regular his own request, do grant him this Dimmit, recommending him to the fraternal regard of all regular Lodges and Brethren." Left quarter is detached along the fold. Dimitting in Freemasonry is the withdrawing of a Mason from a particular lodge. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.

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    Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.

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