They probably had Arkansas support from those who hired them from Virginia, the Masonic Board of Trustees of St Johns' College;
George C WATKINS, President
R L DODGE, Treasurer
Elbert H ENGLISH, Secretary
General Wm E ASHLEY, Luke E
BARBER, J J CLENDENIN, George A GALLAGHER, J A HENRY, G McPHERSON, T D MERRICK, Samuel W WILLIAMS.
as well as other masons such as Henry C CALDWELL, Augustus H GARLAND, U M ROSE, Robert Ward Johnson and Albert PIKE. Was Governor Rector a mason?
My source was from an interesting read, the 1871 writtings of Reverend John Lispscomb JOHNSON found in:
The University memorial; biographical sketches of alumni of the University of Virginia who fell in the Confederate War; Language: English Type: Book Publisher: Baltimore, Turnbull Bros.,1871. OCLC: 1394565