Many people deny CT Russell was a freemason. I have read articles whereby some have found no evidence to prove he was one at any point in his life.
However, given all the masonic symbols in the early publications including the use of the name Jehovah ( the name the Freemason's use to identify God), as well as the expressions used such as 'new world, new order' etc certainly raises suspicions.
Then there is the article he wrote in the herald magazine outlining that he was a freemason (see the following video 40 seconds in).
It really does make you think!