Thank you for the information. This is a letter I drafted to the Grand Lodge Secretary of Ohio. As soon as I get a reply, I'll pass it along:
To: MWB George O. Braatz
I am a Past Master of Harry S. Truman Lodge 649 F&AM of Naples, Italy. Our lodge is an English Speaking Lodge located in Naples primarily catering to Brethern in the U.S. Military and Gov. Services. I have lived and worked in Italy for many years and continually support all our brethern in the Masonic order as well as the Scottish rite and Shrine.
I am writing with regards to a particular personal request. I am conducting a genealogical research of my Bennett family, that were prominent in Ohio in the 18th and 19th century. My Great Grand Father, WILLIAM H. PARMOLEY BENNETT born June 6, 1825 at Harrisonville (now Minford) Ohio was a member of the Western Sun Masonic Lodge 91 at Wheelersburg, Ohio (Mt. Vernon Chapter).
He was a miller by profession and together with his brother, Benjamin F. Bennett, operated a grist mill called"Bennett's Mills" on the Little Scioto River from 1852 to 1858. The mill was eventually sold to Levi Wheeler. (the same family name for which Wheelersburg was named).He then managed the Harrison Furnace which was situated in Harrison Township, Scioto County, until it was sold in 1860.He then moved to Bennett's Mills on Tygart's Creek in Greenup County, Kentucky, about 10 miles from Portsmouth, Oh.He lived there until his death in 1886.He is buried in the family burying grounds at said place.Before he moved from Harrisonville, he served 2 or 3 terms as the Justice of the Peace for Harrison Township, Scioto County.He also served in this capacity for Greenup County.In politics he was a first Whig & then a Republican. In fact the Bennett family were very good friends with President William Henry Harrison, hence Harrisonville (Minford), Ohio.
My particular interest is his Masonic history. Is there a possibility that his Masonic records still exist? I would imagine the dates of intrest would be the late 1840's through the 1860's. If so where would they be located and what could be done to obtain a copy? I find it most interesting that we are talking about almost 160 years of one family's Masonic legacy and history. I sincerely want to make sure it is documented for the future Brothern in our family.
Thank you for your kind patience and interest in this situation.