John C. Bennett's minutes record that Hyrum was previously made a Freemason in Palmyra.

Dec 30, 1841
Meeting Minutes / Notes
John C. Bennett

Meeting Minutes, December 30, 1841, Nauvoo Masonic Lodge minutes (Nauvoo Masonic Lodge Minute Book 1), John C. Bennett Copy, MS 9115, Church History Library

John C. Bennett
James Newbury, Aaron Johnson, John Snider, Theodore Turley, Noah Rogers, Hyrum Smith, Simeon Carter, Joshua Smith, Alanson Ripley, John C. Bennett, Asahel A. Lathrop, Jared Carter, Brigham Young, Henry Brows, William F. Cahoon, Abraham Jonas, Wilson Law, George Miller, Sidney Rigdon, William D. Huntington, Joseph W. Johnson, Elias Higbee, William Clayton, Charles Allen, Lyman Leonard, Isaac Williams, Elijah Fordham, Chauncey Robison, Joel S. Miles, Lyman Wight, Wilford Woodruff, Jacob B. Backenstos, Orson Pratt, William Vananisdall, John Taylor, Dimick B. Huntington, George A. Smith, F. H. Moeser, Vinson Knight, Reynolds Cahoon, Joseph Smith, Jr., Peter Haws, Lucius N. Scovil, Francis G. Bishop, Amasa Mason Lyman, J. C. Davis, Gustavus Hills, Isaac Morley, Willard Richards, Joseph B. Noble, William Felshaw, Charles C. Rich, Samuel Henderson, Christopher Williams, John Patten, Ephraim R. Marks, John Smith, Heber C. Kimball
Nauvoo Masonic Lodge

December 30th, A.L. 5841, A.D. 1841 The lodge met pursuant to adjournment. Present—George Miller, Worshipful Master; Hyrum Smith, S.W., p.t.; L.N. Scovil, J.W.; John C. Bennett, S.; Charles Allen, S.D.; H.C. Kimball, J.D.; Wm Felshaw & Hiram Clark, S.; S. Rolfe, T.; and Wm. Vanansdall, Joshua Smith, John Smith, Lyman Leonard, C. Williams, John Patten, Noah Rogers, Samuel Henderson, Elijah Fordham, & Asahel Perry, Members. John Smith was appointed Treasurer pro tempore, and the lodge was opened in due form in the Entered Apprentices' Degree. The Committee on By-laws then reported on the following code, which was unanimously adopted. . . The following members then reported themselves to hail from the lodges appended to their names respectively; to wit: George Miller, Widow's Son, No. 60, Va.; Hyrum Smith, Mount Moriah, No. 112, N.Y.; Wm. Vanasdall, Gallia, O.; Joshua Smith, Center Star, O.; L.N. Scovil, Morning Star, No. 83; O.; Charles Allen, Nova Cesaera Harmony, No. 2, O.; John Smith, Harmony, N.Y.; Lyman Leonard, Binghamton, N.Y.; Hiram Clark, Queen of Sheba, N.Y.; Samuel Rolfe, Blazing Star, Me.; Christopher Williams, Fort George, U.C.; John Patten, Friendship, No. 1873, N.Y.; John C. Bennett, Friendship, NO. 89, O.; H.C. Kimball, Victor, No. 303, N.Y.; Noah Rogers, Morning Star, No. 83, O., Elijah Fordham, Hiram, No. 10. N.Y.; Samuel Henderson, Tyro, No. 12, Mo.; and Asahel Perry, Augusta, N.Y. The following named persons preferred petitions for membership, to wit: Joseph Smith, aged 36, merchant; Willard Richards, aged 37, merchant; Brigham Young, aged 40, painter; John Snider, aged 40, brick-layer; Peter Haws, aged 46, farmer; Lyman Wight, aged 46, farmer; Amasa Lyman, aged 28, cutter; all of Nauvoo; J.B. Backenstos, aged 30, merchant, of Carthage; Sidney Rigdon, aged 48, Attorney at Law; Wilford woodruff, aged 38, shop-keeper; John Taylor, aged , minister; all of Nauvoo; Asahel A. Lathrop, aged 31, farmer; Daniel C. Davis, aged 38, farmer; Wm> F. Cahoon, aged 27, carpenter; HEnry Brows, aged 38, farmer; Isaac Williams aged 43, farmer; James Newbury, aged 51, farmer; all of Zarahemla; Ephraim R. Marks, aged 23, student; Joel S. Miles, aged 26, student; Theodore Turley, aged 41, gun-smith; Joseph W. Johnson, aged 26, mason; Joseph B. Noble, aged 31, farmer; all of Nauvoo; Chauncey Rosion, aged 35, recorder & post-master; J.C. Davis, aged 24, clerk of the circuit court, both of Carthage; Francis G. Bishop, aged 31, silversmith; F.H. Moeser, aged 36, grocer; D.B. Huntington, aged 33, city marshal; Simeon Carter, aged 47, farmer; Jared Huntington, aged 33, city marshal; Simeon Carter, aged 47, farmer; Jared Carter, aged 42, shoe-maker; A. Ripley, aged 45, city surveyor; V. Knight, aged 37, bishop; W.D. Huntington, aged , constable; Wilson Law, aged. , farmer; Orson Pratt, aged 30, Professor; Elias Higbee, aged , oversee; R. Cahoon, aged , overseer; Charles C. Rich, aged 31, cooper; G. A. Smith, aged 24, minister; Aaron Johnson, aged 35, carpenter; William Clayton, aged 27, clerk; Gustavus Hills, aged 38, watch-maker; Isaac Morley, aged 55, cooper; all of Nauvoo; all of whom were duly vouched for—which petitions were severally referred to the standing Committee for Investigation. Resolved, that Grand Master Jonas be requested to attend at the installation together with such friends as he may wish to invite, at the expense of the lodge. The lodge then closed in due form, to stand closed until the next special communication to take place on Monday evening next, January 3rd, A.L. 5842, A.D. 1842, at 6 o'clock, P.M. John C. Bennett, Secretary

BHR Staff Commentary

Until the formal installation of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge in March 1842, John C. Bennett kept minutes of all Lodge proceedings (shown here). When Grand Master Abraham Jonas came to Nauvoo for the March installation, he directed them to produce a new, fair copy of the meeting minutes. The December 30, 1841 meeting, as evidenced above, received multiple petitions for membership, far more than is typical for a Masonic Lodge. When Grand Master Abraham Jonas came to Nauvoo in March for the formal Lodge installation and procession, Hogan speculates that Jonas directed the Lodge to manipulate the minutes to postdate all petitions until after the March 15 installation. Thus, many of the names included in the December 30 meeting of the original manuscript were omitted from the fair copy. While the reasons for this omission are not ultimately known, it is probable that Jonas ordered the omission in order to present the appearance of discretion and deliberation in initiating membership into the Lodge. Joseph Smith likely alluded to this need for discretion when he warned that the Relief Society was "going too fast" and should "grow up by degrees."

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