Thomas Ranken Patton Thomas Ranken Patton

Thomas Ranken Patton was born in 1824, in Crindle Cottage, Crindle, District of Newtown-Limavady, Parish of Tamlaghtfinlagan, Barony of Kennaught, County Londonderry, Ireland.

Brother Patton was an importer and dealer in fine Family Groceries for 30 years,when he was a founder of the Union Trust Company in 1882. He was one of the founders of the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown.

He emigrated to the U.S.A. on April 11, 1844. He became a U. S. Citizen on October 8, 1852.

He was made a Mason in Union Lodge No. 121 in Philadelphia on June 10, 1861.

He married Miss Ellen Hunt Graham of Tazewell Tennessee, who was a confederate Army sympathizer. They were married at the Spruce Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia on April 2, 1868.

His only son, Thomas Graham Patton, was born on March 21, 1869. His wife died just 6 days later, on March 27th.

At the age of 7, after an attack of scarlet fever, followed by diabetes, his son died. Heartbroken, Mr. Patton sold his grocery business to retire, but became active in the investment of his wealth and in Masonic circles.

He served as Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge for 34 consecutive years.

Egyptian Hall at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia was donated by Brother William J. Kelly, R. W. Past Grand Master, in honor of his friend, Thomas Ranken Patton.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, appointed Brother Patton the Representative of the Grand Lodge of England to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, the first such appointment ever made by the Grand Lodge of England.

In December 1900, the Grand Lodge elected him an Honorary Member, an honor only conferred before that time upon Brother George Washington and Brother the Marquis de LaFayette.

He died in Philadelphia on September 13, 1907.