William Mason (1530 - c.1554) MP

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Birthplace: Shenstone, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Mucklestone, Staffordshire, England
Managed by: Rand Cathey
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About William Mason

William Mason was born c.1530 in Staffordshire, England and died there after 1554. He married Agnes Brown and had several children. His descendants were early settlers in Virginia Colony.

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This surname MASON was derived from the Old French word MACHUN - an occupational name - a stonemason, a skilled worker. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Early records of the name mention John Macun of London in the year 1130. Roger le Mason of the County of Oxford was documented in the year 1200. Osbert le Masson, was documented in County Oxford in the year 1279. Richard Machen of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Elizabeth Mason was baptised at Kensington Church, London in 1579. Peter Mason and Mary le Febvre, were married in Canterbury, Kent in 1685. This English surname has been in Ireland since the 13th century, where it was taken by settlers. The name is now fairly numerous in all the provinces except Connacht, but mainly it is the name of fairly recent immigrants. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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William Mason's Timeline

1530
1530
Shenstone, Staffordshire, England
1546
1546
Age 16
Grimston, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
1552
1552
Age 22
Shenstone, Stafford, England
1554
1554
Age 24
Mucklestone, Staffordshire, England
1555
September 24, 1555
Age 24
Mucklestone, Staffordshire, , England
1556
1556
Age 24
Mucklestone, Staffordshire, England
1565
December 25, 1565
Age 24
Mucklestone, Staffordshire, , England
1565
Age 24
Norfolk, England
1569
March 4, 1569
Age 24
Mucklestone, Staffordshire, , England
1570
December 21, 1570
Age 24
Defford, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom