Pierre Jackson McFadden Mcfadden family photo
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Pierre Jackson McFadden

Pierre McFadden again. He was with the FBI for some time and a Free Mason also. Perhaps this uniform was for one of those? Sorry it's not a sharper image. Don't know the uniform.

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Viola Upchurch Finally, now I'm sure. After writing to Mr. Kendall, I received this answer and will end my search. ANSWER:Ms. Upchurch,

The uniform your grandfather is wearing is that of a Knight Templar, of which knightly a Trinitarian Christian Mason is invited to join. Of course, becoming a Templar is not a requirement and the Knights Templar organization is separate and distinct from Ancient Craft Freemasonry. According to the documents you forwarded to me, he was a member of the Santa Monica Knights Templar Commandery.
I have copied Sara Nelson in our membership department so she may assist in looking up what Craft lodge he attended; these are the only records the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California keeps

Sincerely,

Adam G. Kendall, P.M.
Henry Wilson Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry
Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of California
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Reply posted Jan 24, 2012 6:37 pm
Kathy Pinna Viola,

Thank you so much for posting the real information on this photo! You educated me . . .I didn't know that the Knights Templar was so similar to the Knights of Columbus uniform - makes you wonder! ;)
Reply posted Jan 25, 2012 12:51 pm
Kathy Pinna Is it possible that he was Catholic? It looks like the Knights of Columbus to me - I don't see any Masonic imagery?
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 9:53 pm
Viola Upchurch Very possibly. No wait, his Army papers state him as potestant.
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:08 pm
Viola Upchurch I don't see anything either. I have his Mason ring and his card of membership. I have no idea what the uniform is. "Trick or treat!!"
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:10 pm
Kathy Pinna You probably have a clearer view but it looks like there are crosses on his sleeves and belt buckle - I don't know of a Protestant equivalent of the Knights of Columbus? Just a thought . . . ;)
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:12 pm
Viola Upchurch I don't either Kathy. It's a mystery to me. I can't find any family thus far. I've been looking.
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:29 pm
Kathy Pinna Someone out there will know - we'll just have to wait a bit, I guess! ;)
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:31 pm
Viola Upchurch My view is no better. I do see the crosses but it doesn't help me a bit. Maybe it's an old Shriners outfit of some sort. I wouldn't recognize that either. I never was anygood with that stuff.
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:33 pm
Kathy Pinna My son is a Mason - and a Shriner. I'll ask him to take a look!
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:34 pm
Viola Upchurch My husband thinks a Naval Chaplin, but he was in the Army!
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:36 pm
Viola Upchurch Yes that would really be appreciated. I'd sure like to list him as what he is. I just plain wanna know for myself now!
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:40 pm
Viola Upchurch I'll have to check back tomorrow. It's one AM! wooohooo
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:42 pm
Kathy Pinna And maybe you'll wake up to a mystery solved!!
Reply posted Jan 13, 2012 10:43 pm
Daniel Pinna I believe this to be a Knights of Columbus uniform.
Reply posted Jan 14, 2012 8:50 am
Daniel Pinna PS - I have verified that this uniform is from the Knights of Columbus on this website [external link] (scroll down about half way and you'll find an identical uniform): “The uniform is that of Knights of Columbus, I believe. The MOLLUS never has had a prescribed uniform. Although similar looking from this photograph, the badge is not a MOLLUS medal. The cross in this case, I do not believe, means a chaplain, but rather is a part of the general uniform of the Order at that time.”
Reply posted Jan 14, 2012 8:54 am
Viola Upchurch Danniel, thank you so much for checking on that for me. I never have been able to find anything. I have a pretty large family and it seems I am alone in my research. Guess I'm the only one curious enough to research anything about family. Thanks again
Reply posted Jan 14, 2012 9:42 pm
Rb Hall From what I could find I would say Masonic. Here is a website with a photo that looks to be from the same time period to compare to this photo... [external link]:/13030/kt0d5nd0r1/
Reply posted Feb 10, 2012 12:33 am