From the Annals of Fraternal Orders – The first Masonic lodge in Texas was chartered. The Masonic movement in Texas when six Masons met under an oak tree near the town of Brazoria. They applied to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for a dispensation to form and open a Lodge. A dispensation was issued and later a charter. This first Texas lodge was called Holland Lodge No. 36. It was named after the Louisiana Grand Master of Masons John Henry Holland. Anson Jones was the first Worshipful Master of Holland Lodge No. 36, which is now Holland Lodge No. 1. The charter was brought by John M. Allen and given to Anson Jones just prior to the battle of San Jacinto.
Photo of the Masonic Oak from Texas Forest Service.