Greensboro Lodge History

Old 76: The First Lodge in Greensboro

Christopher Moring, Charter Master of Lodge No.76Christopher Moring, Charter Master of Lodge No. 76, January – June 1821Not long after Greensborough’s founding in 1808, members of the new town met to establish a Masonic Lodge. On March 1, 1821, the Grand Lodge of North Carolina granted a charter to Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. Its first Master, Charles Moring, served until June 14, 1821.

Moring was assisted by seven charter officers: Henry Humphreys, first Senior Warden; Marmaduke T. Mendenhall, first Junior Warden; Abraham Geren, first Treasurer; Lotan G. Watson, first Secretary, Middleton Daugherty, first Senior Deacon, James Mattoon, first Junior Deacon; and John Scott, the first Tyler.

Cyrus P. Mendenhall raised on November 10, 1849Throughout the nineteenth century, many notable figures in Greensboro became Masters of the Lodge, including Ralph Gorrell, John McClintock Logan, Cyrus P. Mendenhall, Albion Tourgee and Cornelius M. Vanstory. This tradition continued into the twentieth century, even as new Lodges were chartered to accommodate the city’s growing population and the community’s interest in Masonry. Other notable Masons from Lodge No, 76, A.F. & A.M. include Joseph C. Bryan III and Russell P. Hale.

Later Lodges

On July 26, 1889, Pickney G.W. Walker and several others were examined by the officers of Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M., who then recommended to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, A.F. & A.M. that they be allowed to organize a Lodge. Stokesdale Lodge No. 428, A.F. & A.M. was chartered on January 16, 1890 with Pickney Walker serving as first Master. Other notable Masons from Stokesdale Lodge No. 428, A.F. & A.M include Pearlie Parker Simpson, his son Henry William Simpson, and Ray McFayden Comer.

Percy Pickett Turner raised on June 6, 1908In March 1905 several members of Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. discussed the formation of a new lodge, and on January 10, 1906, Corinthian Lodge No. 542, A.F. & A.M. was chartered with Frank P. Hobgood, Jr. as first Master. Other notable Masons from Corinthian Lodge No. 542, A.F. & A.M include Julian Price, Percy Pickett Turner, and Jerry Tart.

In March 1922 a petition for the dispensation of a new Lodge was presented to Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. On January 17, 1923, Guilford Lodge No. 656, A.F. & A.M. was chartered with Frank Moose as its first Master. Other notable Masons from Guilford Lodge No. 656, A.F. & A.M. include James Gooden Exum, John Howard Coble, and Eschel Edward Barnes.

During the prosperity of the 1950s, Gate City Lodge No. 694, A.F. & A.M. was chartered on April 16, 1952 with 56 members, including its first Master Robert G. Paschal. Other notable Masons from Gate City Lodge No. 694, A.F. & A.M. include Mack L. Gordy, Sr., Lee Gorrell Rumley, Sr. and Gerald Lynn Potter.

Less than twenty years later, the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, A.F. & A.M. granted a charter to P.P. Turner Lodge No. 746, A.F. & A.M. on April 22, 1970. Named in honor of Percy Pickett Turner, who was active in Masonry for more than sixty years, its first Master was James O. Thorton. Other notable Masons from P.P. Turner Lodge No. 746, A.F. & A.M. include Maurice Edward Wilson and James Smiley Porter.

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