A History of Mount Tirzah, North Carolina

US Post Office Department records assert that this was spelled Mount Tirzah until 1826, when the "h" was finally dropped. The US Post Office Department records also assert that Mount Tirzah was once the County Seat of Person County, but this same agency also asserted that Roxborough was the County Seat at the same exact point in time. So much for the early Post Office Department. There are no records yet found showing that Mount Tirzah was ever the County Seat.

Lt. Colonel Stephen Moore (fondly bestowed the title of General because he was an Assistant Quarter Master General in Caswell County, reporting to Deputy Quarter Master General Nicholas Long) was a Revolutionary War hero of note. He led a large portion of the Caswell County Regiment at the battle of Camden, SC on August 16, 1780, and he was captured on that date and taken to St. Augustine, Florida by the British. He was ultimately exchanged on June 22, 1781 and soon thereafter returned home where he was then assigned his new duties as Assistant Quarter Master General for Caswell County, which he held until the end of the American Revolution. After the Revolutionary War, he was ultimately promoted to a Brigadier General over NC Militia.

Stephen Moore built his home on Mount Tirzah in 1778 and it is still located at its original site. The front porch overlooks the same inspiring view. Stephen Moore is buried down the hill from his original house.

By 1795, a small community began to flourish around such that the US Post Office Department granted Mount Tirzah its first and only Post Office on July 1, 1795, and it remained in operation until Mary 14, 1906, when it was finally closed down. The first Postmaster at Mount Tirzah was Charles Moore, the brother of the founder.

Corrections and additions provided in August of 2012 by David Jeffreys, a descendent of Lt. Col. Stephen Moore. He maintains a weblog online with much more information on this important NC Patriot and his descendents. Click Here to go to his online blog.


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