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A granite-topped table monument in St. Luke's Churchyard marks the grave of Lorendzo Ferrier in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He was born in the city of Lyons, France in 1780. Ferrier led a secluded life in Lincolnton, had few friends, and was rumored to be the notorious ex-pirate Jean Lafitte. Lafitte had been pardoned by President James Madison for his aid to Andrew Jackson against the British at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Years after his death the mystery of who he really was remains.