What we do know is the Prince Hall was an American abolitionist. In 1770 he was as a freeman, a homeowner, voted, paid taxes, worked as a peddler and leather worker. In 1775 he and fourteen other free black men petitioned to join Boston St. John's Lodge. They were turned down. Later they petitioned Lodge No 441 of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. In 1784 they received their Charter and became the African Lodge No.1, later renumbered No 459. Prince Hall passed away on December 4, 1807. In 1808 the brethren of the Lodges Prince Hall helped to create formed the African Grand Lodge. In the year 1829 the African Grand Lodge declared their independence from the Grand Lodge of England. In 1847 the African Grand Lodge changed their name to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge.