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George Mason, I

Also Known As: "The Cavalier"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Pershore on Avon, Vale of Evesham, Worcester , England
Death: Died in Stafford County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Accokeek, Stafford, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Mason; Thomas Mason; Ann Mason and Ann Mason
Husband of Frances Mason; Mary Mason; Frances Maddox and Mary Mason
Father of George Mason, II; William or perhaps Benjamin Mason; Sarah Elizabeth James; George Mason II; Richard Mason and 3 others
Brother of William B. Mason and Thomas MASON

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About George "The Cavalier" Mason

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MASON, GEORGE, (1629-1686) Came from England to Norfolk Co. about 1651

GEORGE6 MASON I (ANN5 FRENCH, DENNIS4, EDWARD3, ROBERT2, ROBERT1) was born June 05, 1629 in PERSHORE, WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND, and died cir 1686 in STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA. He married (1) MARY FRENCH. She was born cir 1630, and died cir 1706. He married (2) ELIZABETH ______. He married (3) FRANCES NORGRAVE Bet. 1664 - 1686 in STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA. She died cir 1693 in SUDLEY SPRING, PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Notes for GEORGE MASON I: Col. George Mason was a native of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, and came to Virginia about 1651. He was Sheriff of Stafford in 1659 and member of the House of Burgesses in1676, and a Colonel of Militia. ARMS: Per fesse embattled azure and argent on the embattlement a dove, wings expanded argent, beaked and legged gules; in base three fleurs de lis of the last, two and one. CREST: A talbot passant reguardant, argent, eared sable, holding in the mouth a hart's horn or. MOTTO: Pro Republica Semper. "Virginia Heraldira, Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor", (with genealogical notes of the families), edited by William Armstrong Crozier, F.R.S., F.G.S.A., Second Edition, Southern Book Company, Baltimore, 1953. _________________________________________________________________ More About GEORGE MASON I: Baptism: June 10, 1629, BAPTIZED AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH, PERSHORE, Descendants of ROBERT FRENCH I 4 ENGLAND. Birth location: cir June 05, 1629, PERTHSHORE, COUNTY OF WORCESTER, ENGLAND Burial: cir 1686, ACCOKEEK, STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA Emigration: ESCAPED TO VIRGINIA AFTER DEFEAT AT WORCHESTER IN 1651. Military service: COLONEL, OFFICER OF A TROOP OF HORSE IN ARMY OF CHARLES II. Notation 1: LEFT ALL POSSESSIONS IN ENGLAND. Notation 2: MAY HAVE DIED IN PASBYANZY, VIRGINIA Notation 3: THE IMMIGRANT SETTLED AT DOEG'S NECK, STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Offices: MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, COLONEL OF ARMY OF CHARLES I. Residence: CAME FROM STAFFORD COUNTY, ENGLAND TO VIRGINIA IN 1651. More About GEORGE MASON and FRANCES NORGRAVE: Marriage: Bet. 1664 - 1686, STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA




George Mason I (5 June 1629 – 1686)[1][2] was the American progenitor of the prominent American landholding and political Mason family. Mason was the great-grandfather of George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States.[1]

Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Political involvement in England 3 Arrival in Virginia 4 Political involvement in Virginia 5 Marriage and children 6 Later life 7 Masonvale 8 References Early life[edit] George Mason was born in Pershore, England, on 5 June 1629.[1][3] He was the third of seven children of yeoman farmer Thomas Mason and his wife Ann French.[1][2] George Mason was christened at Pershore Abbey, Holy Cross Church, Pershore, Worcestershire, on 10 June 1629.[1][2]

Political involvement in England[edit] George Mason I was a Cavalier during the reign of Charles I of England. Thomas Mason was against Charles I's execution in 1649. He became a captain, commanding a troop of horse in Charles II's army. When the Royalist forces were defeated at the Battle of Worcester by Oliver Cromwell in 1651. Being on the losing side George and younger brother William Mason hurriedly left England.

Arrival in Virginia[edit] Mason probably arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on the ship Assurance in 1652.[2][3] Mason was accompanied by his younger brother William, cousins and neighbors from England, Thomas and Gerard Fowke of Staffordshire.[2][3] He settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia in the early 1650s and was associated with the naming of Stafford County when it was formed from Westmoreland County in 1664.[3] Mason eventually settled permanently near an Indian village along Accokeek Creek on a hill between present-day State Routes 608 (Brooke Road) and 621 (Marlborough Point Road) in Stafford County.[3] He named his residence Accokeek, later rechristened Rose Hill.[3] The property was named for the now extinct Accokeek tribe which inhabited present-day Prince George's County, Maryland.[4] Accokeek plantation began as 650 acres (2.6 km2) and gradually increased to 1,150 acres (4.7 km2) in size.[3]

Political involvement in Virginia[edit] Mason represented Stafford County in the House of Burgesses and in 1670, he served as the county's second sheriff.[3] Mason served as Stafford County's county lieutenant in 1675. Mason also served as a Justice of the Peace and vestryman.[3] Mason also served as a colonel in Stafford County's militia.[3] In the Acts of the Assembly for 1675, 1679, and 1684, Colonel Mason was actively engaged in defending his frontier county against the Indians.

Marriage and children[edit] Mason married Mary French in 1658.[1][2] He and Mary had one son:[1]

George Mason II (1660–1716)[1] Mason married secondly to Margaret Allerton in Stafford County, Virginia in 1661. They had 3 sons:[5]

Isaac Mason (1661-1689) Richard Mason (1662-1693) William Mason (1663-1686) Mason married thirdly to Frances Norgrave in 1669 in Stafford County, Virginia.[1][2] They had one daughter, Sarah E. Mason, born in 1672.

Later life[edit] Mason died in 1686.[1] His body was interred in 1686 on a hillside at Accokeek in Stafford County, Virginia.[1][3] His gravesite is currently unmarked.[3]

Masonvale[edit] George Mason University, named in honor of Mason's great-grandson, re-established its Naming Committee to research and select names for its campus facilities and infrastructure.[6] The committee agreed upon the name "Masonvale" for its faculty and staff housing community in the northeast section of George Mason University's Fairfax Campus.[6] The appendage of “vale” was derived from George Mason I's birthplace, Pershore, which lies in an agricultural region known as the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, England.[6] To unify the naming theme within Masonvale, the names “Pershore” and “Evesham” were then used as street names for the community.[6] Other street names used are “Bredon Hill,” “Cotswolds Hill,” and “Staffordshire.”[6] All are regions of Old Worcestershire where many of Mason’s ancestors once resided.[6]

References[edit] ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k Gunston Hall. "George Mason I". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-21. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g French Family Association (2008). "Children of Dennis French, A.2". French Family Association. Retrieved 2008-03-21. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l Lee Woolf (2002-04-07). "George Mason gets memorial in D.C.". The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2008-03-21. Jump up ^ Naval History & Heritage Command. "Accokeek". Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 2008-03-21.

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George "The Cavalier" Mason's Timeline

June 5, 1629
Pershore on Avon, Vale of Evesham, Worcester , England
June 10, 1629
Abbey Church, Holy Cross, Pershore, Worcester Co., England
Age 5
Age 21
Age 28
Accochokeek Creek, Dogue's Neck Plantation, Stafford , Virginia
Age 30
Age 35
Accokeek, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Age 35
Accokeek, Stafford Co., VA