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Joseph Montfort, Halifax, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
N 36° 19.836 W 077° 35.447
18S E 267453 N 4023733
Quick Description: The single grave of Joseph Montfort, a member of the Provincial Congress and Colonel of Colonial Troops in North Carolina, is located in front of the Masonic Lodge he founded in Halifax, North Carolina.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2006 4:05:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMKP7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 88

Long Description:

Joseph Montfort was a Mason and was appointed as the only Grand Master of America in 1771. His single grave is located at the Royal White Hart Lodge No. 2 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

Montfort was a Patriot and a Colonel of Colonial Troops in North Carolina. Although he lived to see North Carolina declare its independence from England in 1775, he did not live to see the Declaration of Independence signed in July 1776. He passed away from ill health in March 1776. A Daughters of the American Revolution marker at his grave reads "Revolutionary War Patriot."

His gravestone reads:

THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL

JOHN MONTFORT

BORN IN ENGLAND A.D. 1724
DIED IN HALIFAX N.C.
MARCH 25, A.D. 1776
----
APPOINTED PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER OF AND
FOR AMERICA ON JAN 14, A.L. 5771 (A.D. 1771)
BY THE DUKE OF BEAUFORT
GRAND MASTER OF THE GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND A..F. AND A.M.
FIRST CLERK OF COURT OF HALIFAX COUNTY
TREASURER OF THE PROVINCE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COLONEL OF COLONIAL TROOPS
MEMBER PROVINCIAL CONGRESS
ORATOR - STATESMAN - PATRIOT - SOLDIER

THE HIGHEST MASONIC OFFICIAL EVER REIGNING
ON THIS CONTINENT

THE FIRST - THE LAST - THE ONLY -
GRAND MASTER OF AMERICA


Montfort's grave is surrounded by a metal fence. The gate states that only the Grand Master of the Lodge may open the gate to admit a Pilgrim Mason. But, yeah, I opened it anyway to take a few photos in Montfort's honor.

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Location type: Single Grave

Date of Birth: 1724

Date of Death: 3/25/1776

Grave Marker Text:
See Long Description


Ranks:
Colonel


Cause of death: Not listed

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