Richard Mason 4/17/1827 – 9/17/1896

Richard Mason.  [For photos, click here.]

Data from the tombstone of his wife, Mary Ann Fain Mason. She was buried at Maggie’s Chapel Cemetery in Brasstown, NC: Mary Ann Fain. 12/29/1829 – 4/29/1918. Married to Richard Mason, 4/17/1827-9/17/1896. Mary Ann Fain was the granddaughter of Revolutionary War veteran Ebenezer Fain and daughter of John Samuel Fain and Elizabeth Butt.

1850 United States Federal Census about Richard Mason Name: Richard Mason
Age: 22
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Birth Place: Virginia
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City, County, State): Division 1, Sullivan, Tennessee
Household Members: Name Age
Richard Mason 22
Mary A Mason 24 (born in TN)

1860 census: Richard Mason was 45 and was born in Burke Co NC.
His wife was born in Wilkes Co NC. He had eight children born in Cherokee Co., NC.

1880 census information

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
Richard MASON Self M Male W 53 NC Farmer NC NC
Mary A. MASON Wife M Female W 50 TN. Keeping House NC SC
Sarah L. MASON Dau S Female W 24 GA. At Home NC TN.
Laura A. MASON Dau S Female W 22 NC At Home NC TN.
Mary MASON Dau S Female W 19 NC At Home NC TN.
Rosetta C. MASON Dau S Female W 16 NC Attending School NC TN.
John MASON Son S Male W 14 GA. Works On Farm NC TN.
Julia C. MASON Dau S Female W 12 NC At Home NC TN.
Martha E. MASON Dau S Female W 10 NC At Home NC TN.
William C. MASON Son S Male W 8 NC NC TN.

Source Information:
Census Place Notala, Cherokee, North Carolina
Family History Library Film 1254958
NA Film Number T9-0958
Page Number 276C

Richard Mason was buried at Old Persimmon Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Suit, NC., an almost forgotten cemetery located just inside the line for Nantahala National Forest in Cherokee county, NC. The cemetery is now hidden from view by tree and abundant undergrowth, but it is located off Highway #294 in the former Persimmon Creek Community east of Suit.

Looking for possible relatives of Richard Mason?
These were in Cherokee NC from 1840
Austin and Charles Mason (brothers) in Cherokee Co NC from 1840 until 1900.
These families lived near the Brasstown area next to the Alloway Strange family farm.
Austin’s descendents are buried in the Hickory Stand United Methodist Church.
1-? MASON (-)
sp: Priscilla UNKNOWN (1795-)

2-Charles Mason (1819-)
sp: Martha Ann DAIL (Mar 1829-)
3-William S. MASON (1857-bef 1870)
3-John A. MASON (1858-bef 1870)
3-George W. MASON (1859-bef 1870)
3-Margart Anna Mason (4 Sep 1862-19 Dec 1946)
3-Charles Leander “Bud” Mason (5 Aug 1864-5 Mar 1942)
3-Martha Jane Mason (1 Jul 1865-16 Dec 1962)
3-Josiah Mason (1868-bef 1880)
3-James A. MASON (14 Oct 1870-8 Dec 1945)
3-Clarissa Joanna Mason
2-Austin Mason (1815-)
sp: Cyntha BIRCHOT (1825-)
3-Mary Jane Mason (1842-)
3-William Mason (1845-)
3-Charles McDonald Mason (25 Jun 1847-)
3-George Benton Mason (10 Dec 1848-)
3-John Melvin Mason (25 Sep 1850-)
3-Daniel Ramseur Mason (29 Nov 1852-)
3-Sara Caroline Mason (7 Mar 1855-)
3-James Hawkins Mason (15 Mar 1860-)
3-Abraham Alonzo Mason (1 Sep 1862-)

Other information:

Austin Mason
Filed claim on 10-17-1871 for loses of 3 mules, 1 horse,
400 bushels of corn, 500 head of cabbage, 2 sheep, 3000
fence rails et. Property was taken 12-10-1863 by troops of Eli Long Union Cavalry in Cherokee Co NC. Witnesses were William Mason (son), and Charley M. Mason (brother). He claimed that he was 56 years old from 4-1-1860 to 6-1865 and that he lived on the farm of Alloway Strange, Brasstown Creek, Hiwassee River. Proof #8599 and #43681.

His oldest child was Jane Mason age 18. Austin may have had a brother named John.
John owned a farm on the Hiawassee River.

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