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Rising Sun Lodge No. 29

Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, April 15, 2017
1. Rising Sun Lodge No.29 Marker
Inscription. Dr. Henry Rhodes, for whom Rhodes Ferry Landing was named, was Decatur's first Postmaster and one of the organizers of the Lodge (Nov. 22, 1826). Chartered in 1827, its first Worshipful Master was Colonel Francis Dancy, builder of the Dancy-Polk House. It is the oldest Lodge in Morgan County and the first fraternal organization in Decatur. Early members were the pioneer settlers of Morgan county. Two of Decatur's founders, Isaac Lane and General Jesse Winston Garth, were Masons and Directors of the Decatur Land Company which laid out the city streets. A lodge was built in 1834 with the lower floor used for school and church purposes. Riding Sun Lodge was destroyed by the enemy during the War Between the States (Nov. 25, 1864). In 1873 a Lodge was built on the NW corner of Bank and Pond Streets, across from the Old State Bank, W.W. Littlejohn and Colonel C.C. Harris were Masons and founders of the Decatur Land Improvement & Furnace Company which planned the city of New Decatur (1887). Three members, all doctors in faithful discharge of their Hippocratic Oath, were lost to the 1888 Yellow Fever epidemic. James McGinnis Brundidge, PM, is the only Mason in the history of the Alabama Grand Lodge to be bestowed the title of 'Honorable Past Grand Master' (1899). In 1934, the Lodge moved into the Masonic Temple on Johnston Street, formerly the
Rising Sun Lodge No.29 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 15, 2017
2. Rising Sun Lodge No.29 Marker
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Erected 2014 by Morgan County Archives, Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 36.845′ N, 86° 59.022′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bank Street Northeast and Church Street Northeast, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 952 Bank Street NE, Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old State Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Decatur (a few steps from this marker); Decatur and The Civil War in North Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Hood’s Middle Tennessee Campaign and The Battle for Decatur (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Downtown/Founders Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Decatur Historic District/Old State Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate the Passage of The Olympic Torch (within shouting distance of this marker); First Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
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1. History. The Rising Sun Lodge No. 29 was organized November 22, 1826 with the below signed as petitioners to the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Person:General Jesse Winston Garth. Born: October 17, 1788, Albermarle County, Virginia Died: September 8, 1867, Morgan County, Alabama Buried: Garth Cemetery, Decatur, Alabama Father of: Col. William Willis Garth (1826) Notes: • Son of Thomas Garth (1758 - 1834) and Susan Durrett ( - 1829) - Ancestry.com • Married Unity Spottswood Dandridge (1800-1833) in 1821. - Tripod • General Garth is on James Record's list of Generals having called Madison County home, at least for a short time. Most of his life and influence centered around Decatur, Alabama. However, he owned land in Madison County and a son settled in Madison County. - Record (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. James McGinnis Brundidge. Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F.& A.M. of Alabama. He was elected Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge in 1848 and annually thereafter until 1854. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1862 and in 1863 refused further advancement. In 1889 the office of State Grand Lecturer was created to which he was appointed. He held the position until the time of his death. He was Worshipful Master of Athens Lodge No. 16 from 1845 to 1847. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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