The Fay Family: Ralph Grant Webber
   
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Ralph Grant Webber
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Portraits and Other Items from the Fay School
Fay Lines and School Census in Southborough
Peter Fay's discussion of Southborough Fays
   
Interesting and important documents sometimes survive in unusual ways. The following is a good example. It is a Masonic Certificate printed in 1906 and awarded to Ralph G. Webber. The discovery of it is best told by the discoverer:
   
"The earliest [Stone] Family Record done on paper had another cardboard record used as backing! It reads as follows:
'To all free and accepted Masons. Be it known that Brother Ralph G. Webber was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Bethlehem Lodge No 35 holden in Augusta the thirty first day of December A. D. 1906. We have caused our Brother to write his name in the margin, and do hereby recommend him to the favor, protection and hospitality of all true and worthy Brethren where soever dispersed.
'In testimony whereof we have subscribed our names and caused the Seal of our Lodge to be affixed this thirty first day of December Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and six.' It is signed by Charles D. White W.M. and others. Grand Lodge of Portland Maine.
"This piece is in beautiful condition for its age."
(Ann J. Chapdelaine, owner of Interiors For Living, North Attleborough, MA, and Chairperson of the Town of North Attleborough Historical Commission.)
   
The certificate itself is full of symbols and iconography. For a close up of and discussion about the three virtues shown here in allegorical form, see below.
   
certificate
   
   
The Webber family came from Maine and lived in Maine for most of the time covered by the family members below. Horatio did travel to California some time between 1910 and 1920. And David Stubbs Webber moved to Massachusetts around the time of the Second World War. David would probably have had his father's Masonic Certificate with him. How did the certificate cross paths with the Family Record of Daniel Stone? was it in Maine or in Massachusetts?
   
RALPH GRANT WEBBER
(10/25/1882 - after 1941)
   
   
1  Charles E. Webber b: 9 Nov 1821
...+Catherine E. Grant b: 1826
......2  Frank L. Webber b: 12/1851
.........+Alice P. Randall b: 10/16/1856  d: after 1930
............3  Ralph Grant Webber  b: 10/25/1882  d: after 1941
...............+(1) Dora A. Stubbs  b: about 1888  m: 11/28/1916
..................4  David Stubbs Webber  b: 12/27/1920  d: 4/10/2002
.....................+Carole L. 
...............+(2) Louise Davies  m: 7/26/1930  d: after 1962
............3  Howard Elmer Webber  b: 1/13/1886
............3  George Randall Webber  b: 4/7/1890
...............+Jane W. Gray  b: 1887 m: 11/10/1917 d: Abt 1980
..................4  Jane A. Webber b: Abt 1919
.....................+Thomas Stowell Phelps Glassford b: 3/24/1913
........................5  Deborah Jane Glassford b:11/20/1945 d: 1/20/2003
...........................+Lee H. Taylor  m: 8/29/1980
..............................6  Thomas G. Taylor
........................5  William A. Glassford
..................4  Frank L. Webber b: 1921
..................4  John G. Webber b: 1923
......2  Ann M. Webber b: 1855
......2  Horatio Nelson Webber b: 5 Jun 1856
.........+(1) Helen Leigh  b: 3/1857
............3  Leigh Webber  b: 4/8/1893  d: 4/12/1962
...............+Isabel P. 
..................4  Richard Leigh Webber  b: 4/17/1921  d: 8/15/1973 
..................4  Robert P. Webber  b: 8/19/1922  d: 9/1893
.........+(2) Julia Frances Torrey b: 22 Jul 1861
   
   
Three virtues often found on Masonic documents. The importance of these three can probably be traced to I Corinthians 13: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Each of the virtues here is shown with some of her accompanying symbols.
Faith holds the cross and chalice of Christianity. She stands next to a stand on which is a beehive, the Masonic symbol of industry.
Hope holds a flower, representing innocence. She wears an anchor, the anchor itself being a symbol of the hope of salvation and eternal life. On the stand next to her is the pot of incense, representing a pure heart.
Charity is shown with children. Her mission is to serve, to provide food and clothing for those in need. In this representation, one child appears to carry gardening products and tools, and another to carry a spindle. Behind Charity are other Masonic symbols: sun, moon, stars. At her sides on top of Corinthian columns are Masonic globes.