Franck Lodge has always had a strong contingent of members from the Wooler area. In recent years the name DORLAND would come to mind.
If we go back in time, there were several related families with Franck Lodge ties, and the common factor was the name WESSELS. Frank WESSELS was W. Master in 1925, but several of his relatives by birth or marriage were also involved.
McCOLLS had WESSELS links.
Samuel T. GUNTER (W. Master 1874) Married Alice SCOTT who was a WESSELS descendant. Her sister Hulda SCOTT married George E.R. WILSON (W. Master 1878-80, 1885-86), and a brother Warrington SCOTT was W. Master in 1889-90.
This group was descended from the earliest WESSELS to settle in the Bay of Quinte area, and he was Nicholas WESSELS who was born in New Jersey in 1759. He arrived in Canada about 1790.
Probably the largest concentration of local WESSELS burials is at the abandoned Wessels Cemetery near Wooler.
(reported by W. Bro. Peter Johnson – Historian & Reporter Franck Lodge)