Lt. Colonel George Mason

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Lt. Colonel George Mason

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Stafford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: March 5, 1735 (45)
Charles County, Province of Maryland, Colonial America (Drowned while crossing the Potomac River.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel George Mason and Mary Mason
Husband of Ann Stevens Mason (Thomson)
Father of George Mason, IV; Mary Thompson Selden; Thomson Mason, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia; Stephen Thomson Mason and William Thomson Mason, Hon
Brother of Frances Bunbury; Elizabeth Roy; Nicholson Mason; Ann Fowke Smith; French Mason and 3 others
Half brother of Catherine Mercer; John Mason, I; Francis Mason; Gerard Mason; Thomas Mason and 1 other

Occupation: Sheriff, militia colonel
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About Lt. Colonel George Mason

George Mason


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MASON, George, colonist, born in England: died in Stratford county, Virginia. in 1686. He was the first of the Virginian family of that name that came to this country.

He lived in Staffordshire, and belonged to the family of Masons settled at Stratford-on-Avon. He commanded a troop of horse under Charles II., and, when the royalist forces were defeated at Worcester by Cromwell in 1651, Mason made his escape disguised as a peasant, and, embarking for this country, he landed at Norfolk, Virginia.

He received a grant of land in Northumberland (afterward Stafford) county, Virginia, in 1655, for transporting eighteen persons into the colony. He was sheriff of Stafford county in 1670, and county lieutenant in 1675. Colonel Mason represented his county in "Bacon's assembly" in 1676. He was conspicuous in Indian warfare, and in Bacon's rebellion he espoused the popular side in the house of burgesses. In the acts of the assembly for 1675, 1679, and 1684, Colonel Mason is seen to be actively engaged in defending his frontier county against the Indians.

--His son, George Mason, frontiers man, born in Stafford county, Virginia, about 1670; do there in 1716, was justice of the peace in 1689-'99, and captain of rangers. In 1699-1700 he was county lieutenant of Stafford, under General Nicholson, and was engaged, as his father had been before him, in the defense of the Potomac region against the Indians. A copy of his will is preserved in the archives of the Virginia historical society.

--The second George's son, George Mason legislator, born in Stafford county, Virginia, about 1690; died in Charles county, Maryland, in 1735, like his predecessors, was county lieutenant, receiving his commission from Governor Spotswood in 1719. For courtesies extended to the Scotch merchants and their agents in Virginia, he was complimented by being made a "burgess and gild brother" of the city of Glasgow in 1720. He represented Stafford county in the Virginia assembly in 1718-'23 and 1726. The county originally embraced all that part of the Northern Neck north of Westmoreland county. Colonel Mason owned estates on both the Maryland and the Virginia side of the Potomac, and he was living on one of his plantations in Charles county, Maryland, when he was drowned while crossing that river. The mother of the third George Mason was Mary Fowke, granddaughter of Colonel Gerard Fowke, of "Ounston Hall," Staffordshire, a royalist officer who came to Virginia at the same time with the first Colonel Mason. The third George Mason married, in 1721, Ann Thomson, daughter of Stevens Thomson, attorney-general of Virginia and granddaughter of Sir William Thomson, of London.

In 1716, Mason accompanied the "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" led by Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood across the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley.

Colonel George Mason, in 1721, married Anne, daughter of 
Stevens Thomson, and granddaughter of Sir William Thomson, 
of England, of the Yorkshire family of that name.

Their two 
sons were "The Bill of Rights" George Mason, of "Gunston 
Hall," and Hon. Thomson Mason, who married first, Miss Barnes, 
of Maryland; second, the widow Wallace (nee Elizabeth West- 
wood). , 

NOTE. — Stevens Thomson, Attorney General of Virginia, and 
Sir William Thomson, born 1658, were sons of William Thomson, 
of Yorkshire, England, one of the masters of the Utter bar.

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Lt. Colonel George Mason's Timeline

Stafford County, Virginia, Colonial America
December 11, 1725
Age 35
Doeg's (Mason's) Neck, Fairfax County, VA
Age 41
Charles County, Province of Maryland, Colonial America
August 14, 1733
Age 43
Stafford County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
March 5, 1735
Age 45
Charles County, Province of Maryland, Colonial America