In May, 1802 four Universalist groups formed "Sister Societies" in the Woodstock Area. They named their societies the Liberal Catholic Society of Woodstock, the Independent Catholic Society of Woodstock, The Catholic Benevolent Society in Hartland, and the Universalist Society
of Bethel. Leading citizens of the area joined the Universalist Societies , so it is possible that other Masons in the local became involved with the Societies.
BALLOU'S MASONIC CAREER
After being "raised" in one of the lodges of one of the towns that he lived in during his early years, he moved to Dana, Mass. in 1794, and then to Barnard, VT in 1803. Ballou became active in the Masonic Lodge. He is known to have preached at a Masonic Festival in June 1806 at
Chester, VT/Z In 1807, he was made the master in Woodstock, VT lodge. In 1809, he moved to Portsmouth, N.H. and soon afterwards was made the Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of N.H. which he served at from 1811 to 1815.34 In 1817, he moved to Boston and became the
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