Col. Lemuel Mason

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Lemuel Mason

Birthplace: Lower, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Death: September 15, 1702 (73-74)
Lower Norfolk, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Francis Mason, Ancient Planter and Alice Mason
Husband of Ann Mason
Father of Lemuel George Mason, Jr; Elizabeth Cocke; Thomas Mason; Capt. George Col. George Mason; Frances Rose Mason and 9 others
Brother of Elizabeth Thelaball
Half brother of Ann Mason and Francis Mason

Occupation: Colonial
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About Col. Lemuel Mason

Lemuel Mason (son of Francis Mason and Alice Unknown) was born 1628, and died 1702 in Norfolk, VA. He married Alice Sewell on Abt. 1649, daughter of Henry Sewell and Alice Willoughby.


Spouse: Ann Seawell b. c 1634, d. b 15 Mar 1705/6

Children of Ann and Lemuel Mason:

  1. Thomas Mason b. c 1650
  2. Lemuel Mason b. c 1652
  3. George Mason b. c 1654
  4. Elizabeth Mason b. c 1656
  5. Margaret Mason b. c 1658
  6. Frances Mason b. c 1660
  7. Alice Mason b. c 1662
  8. Ann Mason b. c 1664
  9. Mary Mason b. c 1666
  10. Abigail Mason b. c 1668
  11. Dinah Mason b. c 1670[2]

Notes for Lemuel Mason:

From "Virginia, Prominent Families, Vol. II."

"And just here, it may be remarked that James Mason was as prominent in Surry as was Lemuel in Lower Norfolk. He held large grants there, as well as in lsle of Wight, and in 1652 was a member of the Council. Colonel Lemuel Mason is one of the first names of the old record of Portsmouth. As written it might stand for any and every word except one, and that one Lemuel.

"He was born 1628, just twenty years of age when his father died, and he was twenty-one when he married Alice Seawell, five years younger than himself. She was a daughter of Henry Seawell, merchant, Burgess for Elizabeth City in 1632, and for Norfolk County in 1639. He died about 1644 (1649. The estate of Mr. Matthew Phillips (Phripp?), for estate of said Henry Seawell, as it was left at the decease of the said Alice, wife of the said Henry.) The administratrix was Anne, wife of said Phillips, whom Alice had married soon after her husband died.


His will was dated June 17, 1695, and probated seven years later. He names his three sons, Thomas, Lemuel and Géorge; daughters, Frances, wife of Mr. George Newton; Alice, wife of Samuel Boush, and widow of William Porter; Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Cocke; Margaret, wife of [paper torn], in England; Anne, wife of Mr. Cron [or something like this, but the paper here is also mutilated]; Mary, wife of Walter Gee, and Dinah.

Mrs. Mason's will is also recorded, of date 1704. It recites Frances Sayer, Alice Boush, Mary Cocke, Dinah Thoroughgood


From Re: George Lemuel Mason (sic) 1628 and Anna Sewell (sic)

"I too am a direct descendent of Colonel Lemuel Mason (2nd generation in America), who was of Lower Norfolk Virginia, and who was born circa 1628, a son, and the fourth child of Lt. Francis Mason (1st), Cavalier & Adventurer, and Ancient Planter of Jamestown, Virginia Company. This Francis arrived at Jamestown in 1613 with his first wife Mary, and their daughter Ann Mason. This Francis was born 1584.

"Francis's second wife, Alice Ganey, was the mother of our [Colonel] Lemuel Mason. I am a patrilinial child in the tenth generation Francis Mason, said to be the first of any Mason in America.

"the family tree through to myself, related herein is from my copy of the privately published, Torrence, Robert McIlvaine, Torrence and allied families, Philadelphia: Wickersham Press, 1938, 640 pgs. (Hugh Torrance of Gaston County, N.C.). .....

Links alternate death date 1/18/1711 need to investigate

Col Lemuel Mason Birth 1628 Virginia, USA Death Sep 1702 (aged 73–74) Virginia, USA

"Mason, Colonel Lemuel, son of Lieutenant Francis Mason, was born in Virginia about 1628; was justie of Lower Norfolk county from 1649; sherriff, 1664 and 1668; member of the house of burgessess, 1654, 1657, 1658, 1659, 1660, 1663, 1666, 1675, 1685, 1692; colonel of the militia in 1680, and presiding justice. His will, dated June 17, 1695, was proved September 15, 1702. he married Anne, daughter of Henry Seawell, of Seawell's Point (Sewell's Point)."

Source: Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. 1, by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, pp. 285-286.

[Page 286] Mason, Colonel Lemuel, son of Lieutenant Francis Mason, was born in Virginia about 1628; was justice of Lower Norfolk county from 1649; sheriff, 1664 and 1668; member of the house of burgesses, 1654, 1657, 1658, 1659, 1660, 1663, 1666, 1675, 1685, 1693; colonel of the militia in 1680, and presiding justice. His will, dated June 17, 1695, was proved September 15, 1702. He married Anne, daughter of Henry Seawell, of Seawell's Point (Sewell's Point).


  • TORRENCE & Allied families, by Robert M. Torrence. 559p. 1938. Page 333- 336. Archive.Org Suggests sons Francis (by Mary) and James (by Alice) relocated to Surry County.
    • [Note by compiler: Information from the Torrence book should be viewed with caution, since it contains some errors relating to the MASON and allied families.] “[I]n the will of Margaret Cheeseman, widow, which was probated at St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, County Surrey, England, July 21, 1680 . . . , she bequeathed to the children of "my loving kinsman, Mr. Lemuel Mason, the elder, in Virginia; to cousin Elizabeth Thelabald (sister of Lemuel); to god-daughter Margaret Mason, who lives with me, executrix, in trust for her father Lemuel; to my kinswoman, Ann Ganey." . . . [Note by compiler: See the information relating to Margarett CHEESEMAN or CHEESMAN elsewhere in this database, including the text of her will.]”
  • Colonel Lemuel Mason (born c. 1628) was an early American politician, justice, and militia colonel. He was a member of the House of Burgesses multiple times. Mason was born around 1628 in Virginia to Lieutenant Francis Mason and his second wife Alice.[1]
  • 1. The Majors and their marriages. by Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Publication date 1915. Page 46-47. Archive.Org
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 47. Page 250. GoogleBooks
  • Southside Virginia Families, Volume 1 Page 146-147 Googlebooks
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Col. Lemuel Mason's Timeline

Lower, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Surry, Surry, Virginia, United States
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Virginia, United States
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Norfolk, VA
Lower, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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