Col. JOSEPH E. MONTFORT1724 - 1776 (52 years)
Name JOSEPH E. MONTFORT Prefix Col. Birth 1724 England Gender Male Death 25 Mar 1776 Halifax, Halifax Co., NC Burial Joseph Montfort Burial Site, Halifax, Halifax Co., NC Person ID I83834 Hamm Last Modified 19 May 2017
Father JEFFREY MONTFORT, b. Abt 1700 Mother ANN MONTFORT, b. Abt 1700 Family ID F40209 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family PRISCILLA HILL, b. 1734, Bertie Co., NC d. 8 Oct 1780, Halifax, Halifax Co., NC (Age 46 years) Marriage 15 Nov 1753 Halifax, Halifax Co., NC Children 1. CAROLINE MONTFORT, b. Abt 1754 2. HENRY MONTFORT, b. 12 Oct 1754 3. SARAH MONTFORT, b. Aug 1756 4. ANN MONTFORT, b. 6 Jul 1758 + 5. MARY MONTFORT, b. 5 Mar 1760, Halifax Co., NC d. 1 Aug 1826, Raleigh, Wake Co., NC (Age 66 years) + 6. ELIZABETH MONTFORT, b. 25 Mar 1762, NC d. 9 Apr 1812, Halifax Co., NC (Age 50 years) Family ID F40164 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 19 May 2017
!JONES, Allen [brother of Wylie], patriot, born in Halifax county, North Carolina, in 1739; died in Northampton county, North Carolina, 10 November, 1798. His father, Robin, was the agent and attorney of Lord Granville, who was one of the lord proprietors of North Carolina. Allen was educated at Eton, England, and, returning to North Carolina, became known as a patriot and an efficient military leader. He was a delegate to the state conventions that met at New Berne, 25 August, 1775, and at Halifax, 4 April, 1776, was appointed brigadier-general by the legislature in May of the latter year, was a member of the Continental congress that met in Philadelphia in 1779-'80, and from 1784 till 1787 represented Northampton county in the North Carolina senate. The next year he was a member of the Constitutional Convention that assembled at Hillsborough, and advocated a strong Federal government in opposition to his brother Willie, who was of the State-Rights Party. His brother, Willie [aka Wylie], patriot, was born in Halifax, North Carolina, in 1731; died near Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1801. Was also educated at Eton, became early attached to the patriot cause, was president of the North Carolina Committee of Safety in 1775, and as such was virtually the governor of the state. He was a member of the first State Constitutional Convention in 1776, was in the House of Commons of North Carolina in 1776-1768, and succeeded his brother Allen as member of the Continental Congress in 1780. He was elected to the Contitutional Convention of 1787, but declined to serve; was a member of the Constitutional Convention that met at Hillsborough in the next year; and was largely instrumental in its rejection of the Federal constitution. Wylie's wife, Mary Montford, was the daughter of Colonel Joseph Montford, of North Carolina, and many anecdotes are related of her wit and beauty. When the British army was on its way to Virginia in 1781, the officers were for several days quartered among the families residing on Roanoke River. Colonel Tarleton, who had been severely cut by the sabre of William Washington, was a resident of Mrs. Jones's family, and when he made to her some slighting remarks about Washington, saying among other things that he was an illiterate fellow, hardly able to write his name, Mrs. Jones replied, Ah, Colonel, you ought to know, for you bear on your person the proof that he at least knows very well how to make his mark. It is said that it was in affectionate admiration of this lady that John Paul Jones, whose real name was John Paul, added Jones to his name, and under it, by the recommendation of Willie [sic] Jones, offered his services to Congress. http://www.famousamericans.net/allenjones/
!25 Mar 1776: His gravestone reads:
THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL
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
!Feb 1777: Will of Joseph Montfort dated 22 Mar 1776 and prove Feb. 1777. Abstracts of Probate Records. Halifax Co. NC 1760-1880, Anderson, 1947, p.50.