Navesink Lodge No. 9
New Jersey claims the distinction of having as a citizen the
first known American Freemason named Bro. Jonathan Belcher
who was initiated in 1704 in an old "Guilde Lodge" in London
as an agent for the province of England.
On December 20, 1779, Lodge No. 23 in Middletown Point,
Monmouth County was a Lodge under warrant of the Provincial
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. That warrant went extinct after
In the years between 1761 & 1781 six Lodges were formed
in NJ. One each in Essex, Monmouth, Union, Mercer, Somerset
and Burlington under the warrant of Provincial Grand Lodge
1786-1790... With independence form Great Britain secured, a
renewed desire emerged NJ Masons to unite under their own
governing body, a Grand Lodge. A convention was held on
December 18, 1786 at the Whitehall Tavern in New Brunswick
to establish a Grand Lodge and elect its officers. These
officers were installed at the communication of the first NJ
Grand Lodge held at New Brunswick on January 30, 1787.
The above facts were cited from a 1988
New Jersey Grand Lodge document titled, "History of
Freemasonry in New Jersey 1787-1987".
A Brief History of Navesink Lodge No. 9, Red Bank,
Monmouth County from November 14, 1815 to Present:
- Shrewsbury/Washington No. 34 in Eatontown, Monmouth
County was warranted on November 14, 1815. It was struck
November 8, 1842 and resuscitated No. 9 in 1843.
- Shrewsbury/Washington No.9 in Eatontown, Monmouth
County warranted November 14, 1843. Resuscitated from
- Navesink No. 21 (more recently known as Mystic
Brotherhood) in Red Bank, Monmouth County was warranted
Jan 14, 1852. The name change to Mystic Brotherhood No.
21 from Navesink No. 21 occurred in 1855.
- Long Branch No. 78 in Long Branch, Monmouth County
was warranted January 17, 1867. The name was changed to
Moxley Abacus No. 78 in 1980 and the location was
changed to Fair Haven, Monmouth County in 1981.
- Red Bank Lodge No. 277 in Red Bank, Monmouth County
(later renamed George B. Moxley in 1970) was warranted
April 16, 1930 and consolidated with Lodge No. 78 in
During the April 2003 Annual Communication, our current
Navesink Lodge No. 9 was a consolidation of 3 current Lodges
being Washington Lodge No. 9, Mystic Brotherhood Lodge No.
21 and Moxley Abacus Lodge No. 78. Our new Lodge was called
Navesink Lodge No. 9 as it is today.
- Abacus No.182 in Long Branch, Monmouth County was
warranted March 22, 1906. Consolidated 1980 with Moxley
Abacus No. 78.
By 1986, a total of 298 Lodges had been warranted by the
Grand Lodge of New Jersey. Six Lodges had surrendered their
warrants (1 re?warranted), 1 warrant had been arrested,
fifty?two Lodges had merged into other Lodges, thirty?five
Lodges had consolidated with other Lodges, demonstrating a
modern loss of ninety?three Lodges or 31% of the present
number of Lodges since the renumbering of Lodges in 1842.
Compiled by R.W. Edward Y. Smith Jr.
Grand Historian to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of
the founding of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in 1986.
History of Freemasonry in New Jersey 1787?1987
Written by the History Committee under the Seal of the
Grand Lodge of New Jersey (?) 1989.