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Thomson Mason

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Death: March 11, 1820 (61)
Woodbridge, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Mason, IV and Ann Mason
Husband of Sarah McCarty Mason
Father of Judge Thomson Francis Mason; George William Mason; Richard Chichester Mason, M.D.; Elizabeth Mason; George Washington Mason and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Triplett; Ann Eilbeck Johnson; George Mason, V; Capt William Mason (Continental Militia); Sarah Eilbeck McCarty and 3 others

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About Gen Thomson Mason

Not the same person as ThomAS Mason, his younger brother.

Thomson Mason (4 March 1759 – 11 March 1820) was a prominent entrepreneur, planter, civil servant, and justice. Mason was the son of George Mason, an American patriot, statesman, and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.

Early life and education

Mason was born on 4 March 1759 at Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mason was the fifth child and fourth eldest son of George Mason and his wife Ann Eilbeck. During his early childhood and adolescence, Mason was tutored at Gunston Hall. In 1781, Mason served as a militiaman in the American Revolutionary War.

Marriage and children

Mason married Sarah McCarty Chichester of Newington in 1784. The couple had eight children:

Mary Thomson Mason Ball (died April 1837)
Thomson Francis Mason (1785–21 December 1838)
Ann Eilbeck Mason Dawson (1787–1845)
Elizabeth Thomson Mason (1789–2 September 1821)
George William Mason (4 May 1791–11 June 1855)
Sarah Chichester Mason (1792–1820)
Richard Chichester Mason (7 May 1793–22 July 1869)
John Mason (1797–26 October 1820)


Through deeds of gift in 1781 and 1786, Mason's father passed to him ownership of four tracts totaling 676 acres (2.74 km2). Mason and his wife Sarah constructed their residence Hollin Hall there by 1788. Hollin Hall was destroyed by fire in 1824. In 1916, industrialist Harley Wilson built an elegant new Hollin Hall in its vicinity.

Later life

Mason died on 11 March 1820 in Fairfax County, Virginia at age 61.


Thomson Mason (1759–1820) was:

a son of George Mason (1725–1792)
father of Thomson Francis Mason (1785–1838)
nephew of Thomson Mason (1733–1785)
first cousin of Stevens Thomson Mason (1760–1803), John Thomson Mason (1765–1824), and William Temple Thomson Mason (1782–1862)
uncle of George Mason VI (1786–1834) and Richard Barnes Mason (1797–1850), and James Murray Mason (1798–1871)
first cousin once removed of Armistead Thomson Mason (1787–1819), John Thomson Mason (1787–1850), and John Thomson Mason, Jr. (1815–1873), and
first cousin twice removed of Stevens Thomson Mason (1811–1843).

Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating he was "volunteer subaltern in Revolutionary Army"

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Gen Thomson Mason's Timeline

March 4, 1759
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Age 25
May 4, 1791
Age 32
Fairfax, VA, United States
May 7, 1793
Age 34
"Newington" Fairfax Co., Va
March 11, 1820
Age 61
Woodbridge, VA, United States