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Map to Mason
Mason's Photo Album Page
Resources for Mason Research
Mason Biographies
Mason's Soldiers
Vital Records
Old Records & Documents
Schools
School Class Photos
Cemeteries
Cemetery Photos
Cemetery Inscriptions & Records
Mason Researcher's Roll Call
Links for additional research
OLD POSTCARD PHOTOS of Mason!

Revolutionary War Pension Papers
for Nathaniel BARRETT


UNCLE SAM BOOK AVAILABLE!

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

** Boyhood Home of **
** Uncle Sam **

This page is dedicated to the people who have lived in beautiful Mason, NH
and to all who live there now.

In Memory of
Virginia "Ginie"
Rafter

1922 - 2012
She was dedicated to
Mason Genealogy
Twig
In Memory of
Elizabeth Orton "Twig" Jones
1910 - 2005
Her imagination
soared to the
heavens !
Old Home Day Sept 22, 2013
Schedule of Events:
..8-11 Mason Volunteer Fire Dept. Pankcake Breakfast
10:00 Two mile race - Registration All ages welcome
10:30 Start of the Race
11 - 2 Congretional Church Yard Sale
11 - 3 Wolf Rockers Chicken BBQ
11 - 3 Library Book Sale
11 - 4 Petting Zoo Pony Rides Bounce House
12 - 4 Live Music

Hillsborough County GenWeb Site:
http://home.att.net/~family-history/NH-Hillsborough_Co.htm

This web site is sponsored by Rhett R. Owings.
Did you know that Rhett Owings is an artist as well as a genealogist?
Visit her website to see her paintings.
Check out the new photos on Mason Old Postcard page

LOCATION AND SHORT EARLY HISTORY
Mason, NH is located on the southern border of Hillsborough County and bordered on the north by Temple and Wilton, on the east by Brookline, the west by New Ipswich and on the south by Townsend and Ashby, MA.

A good part of NH was originally owned by Captain John Mason (died 1635), an English nobleman who never set foot in New England. The land upon which Mason now exists was surveyed and laid out into townships in 1749 by John Mason's great great grandson. Mason, NH, then called "Township No. One" was born on October 16th, 1749, in Dunstable, at the house of Captain Joseph French where lots were drawn by twelve gentlemen and others who had been invited to join in the venture. The terms of the grants were that they were to erect mills, meeting houses, clear roads, and settle ministers within a specific time. The township was five miles square, a symmetrical parcel of hills, valleys, and virgin forests with one large pond.

The original Proprietors chose a location at the geographical center, for the center of town. The First Meeting House was built there and so the Second as well as the Pound, the Parade Ground, two Noon Houses, Number One School House and later the Hearse House. The first roads, north-south and east-west ran right through the Town Center. Only a few of the original Proprietors actually settled in Number One. The others gave their lots to their sons or nephews or sold them. Most had little more than his two hands and an axe with which to clear the land, build his house and clear his fields. Finally, in 1768 they incorporated into a town called Mason.

 

Map to Mason, NH

MASON BIOGRAPHIES

Samuel Wilson or "Uncle Sam" (1766-1854) grew up in Mason and the house in which he lived still stands on Valley Road in Mason. He became famous for his meat packing company in Troy, NY which supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812. He stamped his barrels with "US" for United States, but people began to say "That's Uncle Sam!" (In those days the term "Uncle" was a term of endearment.) After making his fortune in Troy, he returned to Mason where he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth "Betsey" Mann. Her father, Capt. Benjamin Mann led 26 men from Mason to the Battle of Bunker Hill.
You can check out Samuel Wilson's genealogy at
Uncle Sam's Home.

NEW! The Mason Historical Society has reprinted from the Mason Bicentennial 1768-1968 a 12 page pamphlet entitled "The Story of Uncle Sam" by Elizabeth Orton Jones. Available by mail for $5.00. This includes the postage. This booklet may be ordered from the Mason Historical Society, 16 Darling Hill Road, Mason, NH 03048. Make checks payable to the Mason Historical Society.

Click below for biographies / genealogies of the following Mason Residents:

Clarence William ANDERSON

CREIGHTON FAMILIES UPDATED!
See the Creighton Autographs !

Daniel HILL Jr.

Dr. William BARBER

DAVIS FAMILY records

Rev. Ebenezer HILL

Nathaniel BARRETT FAMILY records

ELLIOTT FAMILY records

Dr. Willis JOHNSON

Nathaniel BARRETT Rev. War Pension Papers

FISH FAMILY records

Elizabeth Orton JONES

Sybil BARRETT husbands: John BALDWIN / Joseph PROCTOR

FLAGG FAMILIES

ROBBINS FAMILY records

BARRETTs of Mason, NH

William Newton HARTSHORN

.RUSSELL FAMILIES

John BOYNTON

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I have added three pages of testimony on behalf of Nathaniel Barrett, Jr. from his Revolutionary Pension Papers file.
It is fascinating reading and a wonderful window into life in Mason and soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
Great reading !

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RESOURCES FOR MASON RESEARCH
Go to this page for a list of books, microfilm, and libraries with references to Mason.

MASON TAX ROLLS AND OLD DOCUMENTS
Check this page out to view a list of the original Mason Tax Roll in 1769, a photo of Dr. William Barber's original Doctor's Journal, and more to come.

MASON SCHOOLS
Check out these pages to learn more about schools in Mason.
You will find some actual 1874 student lists here as well as a description of the various schools.

MASON SCHOOL CLASS PHOTOS
Check out this page to see school class photos from Mason schools.
If you have a school photo from a Mason school send me a copy!

MASON MILITARY RECORDS
Lists of Mason soldiers will be found on this page.

MASON VITAL RECORDS
This page lists Mason residents in the vital records of other towns.

CEMETERIES
Go to the Cemetery Photo Page for locations, descriptions and some photos from Mason's cemeteries
Go to the
Mason Cemetery Inscriptions Page to read a list of the inscriptions from of some the stones.
PRATT CEMETERY BURIAL RECORDS!!! My thanks to David Fox who submitted these records.
PRATT CEMETERY ANNEX RECORDS. Again, thanks to David Fox!

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RESOURCES LOCATED IN MASON
Town Clerk & Tax Collector
The Mann House, 16 Darling Hill Road, Mason, NH 03048-9600
Town Clerk/Tax Collector:
Tues 10 am - 4 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 - 8 p.m. ; Thurs 10 am - 4 p.m.
Selectmen's Office
Mason Board of Selectmen, Bernie O'Grady, Charlie Moser and Peter McGinnity
Hours: Tuesday -Thursday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Phone: (603) 878-3768 ...... FAX 603-878-4892

MASON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
contact the MHS c/o Selectmen's Office, 16 Darling Hill Road, Mason, NH 03048-9600
The historical society is in the process of collecting historical documents, and unpacking newly found documents. They have a very nice room above the Selectmen's Office. Some of the documents I have found there are: old school records, printed Town Reports, Dr. William Barber's original journal from the early 1800s, and much more. If you are going to visit, be sure and call ahead for an appointment with these delightful and helpful people. Generally, they are available Wednesday afternoons. Contact Charles Moser, President or Linda O'Grady, Vice-President.

The Mason Historical Society will do genealogical searches of their files at the following rates: free for first 15 minutes and $20 fee for the next hour. Copies are .25¢ per page.

UNCLE SAM BOOK AVAILABLE
"Who was Uncle Sam?" Illustrated story of the Life of our National Symbol by Cecile & Jean-Pierre Mouraux. Available at the Uncle Sam Museum in Mason for $20. Make checks out to the Mason Historical Society, c/o Uncle Sam, 16 Darling Hill Rd., Mason, NH 03048. This is a soft cover book with beautiful photographs and illustrations. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Mason Historical Society for next year's town celebration. Mason will celebrate its 240th year of Incorporation in the summer of 2008.

Memorial for Elizabeth Orton Jones (Twig)
The Mason Historical Society is looking for donations to build a memorial built in "Twig's" honor (Elizibeth Orton Jones). They are looking for donations to build this statue of the African American slave, "Bode" that she so tenderly described as the "first inhabitant of Mason, NH. Anyone interested in donating to the "Bode fund" can send a check to Mason Historical Society, c/o Bode Fund" 16 Darling Hill Rd., Mason, NH. 03048

MASON BICENTENNIAL BOOK
The Mason Bicentennial book (hardcover) is still available to those who are interested in the history of Mason, NH. Books may be purchased for $ 35.00. Checks made out to the Mason Historical Society. Send the checks to Darling Hill Rd. Mason NH. c/o Barbara Milkovits.

MASON PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Mason has a small library in the Mann House. They have a collection of over 10,500 cataloged books and paperbacks, 350 videos and 200 audio materials. There is a Public Access Computer with internet access and a printer. The staff has access to other programs to obtain articles and books and other materials from other libraries in the state via Inter Library Loans. Library director: Susanne Wolpert

Hours: Tues & Wed 9 am - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm; Thurs.9 am - 4 pm; Sat 1 - 4 pm
FAX 603-878-6146 .... Phone: 603-878-3867 .... email:
masonlib@myfairpoint.net

 

MASON PHOTO ALBUM PAGE
Click on this link to view photos of Mason.

 Do you have photos of Mason you can add to this page?

 

 

 

 

MASON RESEARCHERS ROLL CALL

Click on this link to view others researching Mason ancestors.
Submit your own Mason SURNAMES to this page.

example 1: "ELIOT family, 1750's - 1850's" John Doe JD@abc.com
example 2: "Oliver ELIOT, 1750 - 1794" John Doe JD@abc.com
Submit your surnames. Put "MASON SURNAMES" in subject please!
I reserve the right to edit as necessary before placing anything on this site.

Please do not ask people to do research for you.

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OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST
Check out this page for a list of links useful to Mason and New England researchers.

Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards, as progress.

This page is sponsored by Rhett Owings. If you have comments, corrections, additions, or questions please send me an email.
Put "Mason Webpage" in the subject line, please.

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