Timeline of Ill. Bro. Frederick Dalcho,33º

By: McDonald “Don” Burbidge, 33° 

Frederick Dalcho was presented for baptism by his parents John Frederick and Euphemia Dalcho at the Church of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, in the Borough of Holborn, London, England.  

John Frederick Dalcho was a military man and an officer under Frederick the Great. He was wounded in the, Seven Year’s War and died at age 58 on August 26, 1779 while in retirement living in England.  

Frederick Dalcho’s mother was of Prussian descent and was born Euphemia Wiesenthal, daughter of Johann Mattheus Wiesenthal. She passed away on November 22, 1812 at the  age of 81.  

Both of Frederick Dalcho’s parents are buried in the churchyard at the German Evangelical Church of St. Marie in-the-Savoy located in London.  

1770  October, Frederick Dalcho was born to John Frederick and Euphemia Dalcho in the Borough of Holborn, London, in a parish known as St. Giles-In-The-Fields.  

1787  At the age of 15 Fredrick Dalcho arrived at Baltimore on a sailing vessel on May 23 “after a boisterous passage of 8 weeks on the sea from London. He went to live with his father’s sister who was married to Dr. Wiesenthal.  

1779  August 26 Frederick Dalcho father passed away on at the Age of 58.   

1790  Fredrick Dalcho received a classical education, living with his Uncle (Dr. Charles Frederick Wiesenthal who was also a Mason) and learning about botany and commencing his medical studies under his Uncle’s guidance (who was also a Mason). Frederick Dalcho received his medical degree from his Uncle Wiesenthal’s Medical School. 

1792   United States, April 9th, Frederick Dalcho is promoted to the rank of Surgeon’s Mate while in Maryland.

1794  April 17th Dr. Dalcho married Miss Vanderlocht of Savannah, Georgia. The marriage was of brief duration as she died on June 4, 1795. 

May 2nd Dr. Dalcho was appointed a Lieutenant of Artillery in the Army. 

May 10th Dr. Dalcho was transferred to Fort Fidius located in Georgia on the Oconee River.  

May 12th, Frederick Dalcho is nominated as Lieutenant of Artillery. 

1792  April 9th Frederick Dalcho was appointed a “Surgeon’s Mate” in the Army. While stationed in Savannah, Georgia Dr. Dalcho joined a Masonic Lodge believed to be Hyram Lodge No. 2, Ancient York Mason. 

1794  April 17th Dr. Dalcho married Miss Vanderlocht of Savannah, Georgia. The marriage was of brief duration as she died on June 4, 1795. 

May 2nd Dr. Dalcho was appointed a Lieutenant of Artillery in the Army. 

May 10th Dr. Dalcho was transferred to Fort Fidius located in Georgia on the Oconee River.  

1796  Dr. Dalcho was transferred from Savannah; Georgia to Fort Johnson located in the Charleston harbor. 

December 15th, Frederick Dalcho is promotioned into the crops of Artillerists and Engineers.  Dr. Dalcho resigned his commission to become a ship’s surgeon to the factoring firm of McClure and Company and made several trips to Africa while in their employment. 

1797  Dr. Dalcho returned to the Army for an additional 15 months service. 

1799  Dr. Dalcho left the sea and settled down to practice medicine with his good friend Dr. Isaac Auld. 

1800  Dr. Dalcho was a contributor to the “Medical Repository and the Recorder.” 

1801  May 31 Dr. Dalcho along with John Mitchell opened the first Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite in America at Shepheard’s Tavern located at the corner of Broad and Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Dalcho was elected to the office of Lt. Grand Commander and John Mitchell was elected Sov. Grand Commander. 

July 1 Dr. Dalcho was elected as the 66th member of the Medical Society and opened a drug store facing the Bay, which he later moved to the northeast corners of Church and Tradd Street and operated with his long time friend Dr. Isaac Auld.  

1802  Dr. Dalcho Volunteered to serve as attending physician of the new Charleston Dispensary for a term of one year.  

1803  January 10th – Dr. Dalcho help to established the “Charleston Courier” newspaper with Aaron S. Willington and Edmund Morford.

1805  September 2nd, Dr. Dalcho was elected to the standing committee to establish a Botanic Garden located at the northwest corner of Meeting and Columbus Streets.  

December 24th- Dr. Dalcho delivered the “Oration” before the Medical Society of South Carolina, at the Anniversary Meeting of which he was the Secretary.  

December 25th – Dr. Edward Jenkins married Dr. Dalcho and Miss Mary Elizabeth Threadcraft at St. Philip’s Church. They were childless throughout their marriage. 

1806  January 10th

1807  Dr. Dalcho published the “Ahiman Rezon or a book of Constitutions” at the request of the Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons for the state of South Carolina.  

John Fowler of the Prince Masons of Ireland writes Dr. Frederick Dalcho and asks his permission to reprint his orations from 1801, 1803, and 1807. Dr. Dalcho replied on February 25, 1808, expressing his gratification at the request and readily acceding to it. 

1808  February 25

December 21, Dr. Dalcho sent a response letter back to John Fowler who lived in Ireland at the time.

1809  Dr. Dalcho was elected “Corresponding Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons, and from that time directed the influences of his high position to the reconciliation of the Masonic difficulties in South Carolina. 

1812  November 22, Dr. Frederick Dalcho mother dies at the age of 81; both of Dalcho’s parents are now buried at the German Evangelical Church of St. Marie-in-the-Savoy, London.  

1813  Dr. Dalcho resigned as co-editor of the Charleston Courier and as a member of the Medical Society of South Carolina, which the Medical Society refused and made him an honorary member for life. 

Dr. Frederick Dalcho accepted the call of the vestry of St. Paul’s, Stono, to officiate as Lay Reader without any compensation, as he was not yet ordained.” He began his service, which was to last only for the winter and spring season. It should also be stated that Dr. Frederick Dalcho was the first rector of this church since 1784. 

1814   Rev. Dalcho kept St. Philip’s Church open after the death of Rev. James Dewar Simons for the summer.  

1817   Dr. Dalcho resigned from St. Paul’s Stono Church and on February 2, became assistant minister at St. Paul’s Radcliffeborough located in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Dr. Dalcho publishes a book on the theological works titled; “A Letter On Public Baptism As Established By The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America."

Rev. Dalcho undertook the task of completing and editing the register of the Church at St. Paul’s Radcliffeborough located at Charleston, South Carolina. 

February 23rd, Dr. Dalcho was retained as an assistant minister for St. Michael’s Church.

October 8th Rev. Dalcho was elected Assistant minister of St. Michael’s Church for one year at a salary of $1,000.00.

1820 August, Dr. Dalcho published another story, “Evidences Of the Divinity of Jesus Christ; With The Testimony Of Christian and Heathen Writers, That He was Called GOD, And Worshipped as GOD, In the First Three Centuries."  Dr. Dalcho had his chief work published, "An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina."

1822  Dr. Frederick Dalcho published his second edition of the “Ahiman Rezon.”  

1823  Dr. Dalcho resigns from Office of Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, and Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, and retired for the remainder of his life from all participation in the active duties of Masonry. At the end of the year Dr. Dalcho withdrew his membership from the Grand Lodge which marked the end of his Masonic career.

1824  Dr. Dalcho established “The Charleston Gospel Messenger and Protestant Episcopal Register” a monthly journal of the church’s activities.  The first volumes of these registers included many highly interesting and some well-elaborated and learned essays from his pen.

1826  On May 16, Dr. Dalcho publishes, “ An Address Delivered in St. Michael’s Church Charleston Protestant Episcopal Sunday School Society, At Their Seventh Anniversary May 16 Being the Tuesday in Whitsun Week 1826.” 

1827  Dr. Dalcho delivered a sermon before the Grand Lodge of Ancient Freemasons of South Carolina at St. Michael's church located in Charleston, South Carolina. Again, as in 1807 a decade earlier, his text was John 12:36.

1836  On November 24th Dr. Frederick Dalcho passed away at his residence, which was located at 54 Meeting Street. His physician was Dr. Campbell and he listed his death as “Paralysis.”

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