Colonel Hardy Murfree
Colonel Hardy Murfree, was born in Hertford County, North Carolina in 1752, was a Captain in the 2nd North Carolina Regiment, Continental Line; was promoted to Major after the battle of Germantown, 1777; commanded the center at Stony Point under General Anthony Wayne, 1779, served later under General Jethro Sumner; retired as Colonel, 1783. He was a member of Royal William Lodge at Winton, North Carolina. He participated in the organization of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina at Tarborough in 1787, serving as Junior Warden pro team in the Convention. At the Quarterly Communication at Tarborough, June, 1789 he filed a petition for a new Lodge at Murfreesboro, North Carolina, to be named American George Lodge #17, representing that Lodge as Master at the Annual Communication at Fayetteville, November 29, 1790, being still recorded as a member thereof in 1799, though the Lodge appears to have become inactive in 1798. He moved to Tennessee in 1807, having large land holdings here including the tract on which Murfreesboro, Tennessee was laid out. He became a member of Hiram Lodge U. D. (which was first named Franklin Lodge in its Dispensation) and it was he who forwarded the petition to the Grand Lodge for a Charter under the name of Hiram Lodge #7, but he died near Franklin, April 6, 1809 before the Charter was granted. He was buried with Military and Masonic honors, the funeral oration being delivered by Felix Grundy.