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James Southgate portrait presentation

 Collection — Box: 10 - Small Collections, Folder: 7, Folder: 1
Identifier: NCC-0245

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a brief biography of James Southgate, a description of the 1944 ceremony where his portrait was presented to the Masons, speeches about or by some of the presenters, and a list of the Masons who had led the group and were still living in 1944. Container list for folder: 1. four photographs of portait of Southgate with stamp of T. Andrew Connery, 803 Club Boulevard, on reverse; 2. typed two page, six paragraph biography of James Southgate; 3. typed two page, six paragraph biography of J. Crawford Biggs; 4. penciled three paragraph statement by Thomas F. Southgate describing presentation of grandfather's portrait; 5. penciled agenda of meeting including presentation of portrait, on ledger paper; 6. typed list of "Living Past Masters of Durham Lodge #352 A.F. and A.M." including addresses; 7. typed list of "Officers of Durham Lodge #352 A.F. and A.M. for the year 1944" including addresses; 8. copy of May 1, 1988 Durham Morning Herald's article "Getaway 'Southgate's Cabin' Still On Orange County Hilltop" by George Lougee showing house photo from 1905; 9. typed seven page "Speech of acceptance delivered by Robert T. H. Sykes upon the occasion of presentation of portrait of James Southgate to Durham Lodge No. 352 A. F. and A. M. at Durham, N. C., April 3, 1944"


  • 1944 - 1988

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical information

Born in Gloucester County, Virginia in 1832, James Southgate moved to North Carolina in 1872 after several teaching positions. He founded J. Southgate and Son fire and life insurance company. He organized Durham Lodge #352 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons upon relocating to Durham from Hillsborough in 1876. Southgate served as first "Worshipful Master" and was succeeded by Julian S. Carr. He died in 1914 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery. He and his wife Delia Haywood had a daughter Mrs. Mattie Southgate Jones and son James Haywood Southgate (July 12, 1859 – September 29, 1916) who served as a trustee of Trinity College and Duke University.


1 Folder

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Southgate-Jones Family Papers, 1760-2008 (Duke University, Rubenstein Library)

James Southgate Portrait Presentation
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States