History of
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas

There have been several sources of documentation on the history of Royal Arch Masonry in Texas including the historical section in the Grand Chapter book of Constitution and Laws of The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas; the article by George Lopas, Jr., Past Grand Secretary entitled "A Historical Sketch of Royal Arch Masonry In Texas, 1897; the booklet by Jewel P. Lightfoot, Past Grand High Priest entitled, History of the Relations Between The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas and the General Grand Chapter of the United States of America, 1943, and two papers for the Texas Lodge of Research one by Donavan Duncan Tidwell, entitled "The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas", and the second by Roland J. Maddox, entitled "Some Anomalies in the Growth of Texas Capitular Masonry."

However there are still some unanswered questions pertaining to the history of Royal Arch Masonry in Texas from colonial times, through the Republic of Texas era. This report will not reinvestigate the material and facts as cited in the above listed works, but will attempt to fill in the gaps left in each so that a more complete history of Royal Arch Masonry in Texas can be achieved. The basic investigative questions of who, what, when, where, why and how were applied to the previously listed works, further research was conducted and additional investigative leads developed, all of which culminated in the information contained in this report.