Bloomingburgh Lodge 310

Bloomingburgh Lodge No. 310 was the only other Masonic organization to exist in the county of Sullivan before the turbulent years of the Morgan affair. The Lodge was warranted on June 24, 1818, and conducted its meetings at Wurtsboro, then known as Mamakating, for many years it operated in good standing with Grand Lodge. Its original membership totaled seventeen and its first Master was Abram I. Hardenbergh. Three of these Masons, Lemuel Jenkins, Alpheus Dimmick and John W. Osborn were also charter members of Sullivan Lodge No. 272. Other members of the lodge had been affiliated with Montgomery Lodge.

Bro. Jenkins was Bloomingburgh Lodge’s first Senior Warden; the Junior Warden was John Jordan, Jr., and James Sloan, Secretary. The names of the Treasurer and other elective officers are unknown but according to the lodge’s first return its members were: Abram I. Hardenbergh, Lemuel Jenkins, John Jordan, Jr., James Sloan, James McCroskry, Alpheus Dimmick, Lebbius Godfrey, John W. Osborn, Charles Baker, Adonijah Brown, William Clark, Charles Winfield, William Gillespie, James Wright, Isaac Schultz, Joseph Miller and Daniel Gillis. In these early days of Sullivan County Masonry the trail blazers, men of character and leadership, were found on the membership rolls of not only the Sullivan Lodge but also were included among those appearing on the Bloomingburgh roster.

The name Hardenbergh historically rings in the affairs of Sullivan County; Lemuel Jenkins represented Sullivan and Ulster in Congress from 1823 to 1825, was a practicing attorney at Bloomingburgh, and Jordan and Sloan were among the early settlers in the Orange-Sullivan area who distinguished themselves in the promotion of civic and moral good. McCroskry, Godfrey, Brown,: Clark, Winfield, Gillespie, Wright, Schultz’: and Gillis had settled in the area with all influx of Yankees which commenced about the year 1790. Most all of them had come to this section of the country for the purpose of buying furs of the frontier-trappers and hunters but finding the unoccupied land cheap and fertile they decided to settle on it.

Miller was one of the white hunters who followed Indians for days at the risk of his life to discover the place where the red men obtained lead near Wurtsboro; Baker, a graduate of Dartmouth, was one of the first college lawyers to practice in Sullivan County. He was a personal friend of Alexander Hamilton. Dimmick was the third to be appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He was the first elected County Judge., served as District Attorney in 1836 and was a member of Assembly in 4829. A hamlet near Orange-Sullivan line still bears the name of Godfrey.

The fact that Bloomingburgh Lodge made no return after 1825 was by no means an indication that it became inactive after that period. Its members who had been given inspiration to promote the prosperity and growth of the section were not desirous of seeing Masonic fellowship end without a struggle. Their failure to make returns was not voluntary on their part but anti-Masonic groups already active before the Morgan affair and economic and other hardships imposed upon the brethren at that time had forced them to fall into default.

For a while the lodge continued its activity despite conditions but finally with numerous other lodges throughout the country it went into oblivion without ever regaining lost membership and the prestige it once enjoyed. The Lodge faded into obscurity, and the Charter of Bloomingburgh Lodge was eventually forfeited to Grand Lodge in 1833.