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RESOURCES FOR MASON RESEARCH
BOOKS ABOUT MASON, NH:
John B. Hill: "History of Mason, NH, from the First Grant in 1759, to the year, 1858," Boston: Lucius A. Elliot & Co. 1858, 114 pages. Includes early provincial history, proprietary history, excerpts from town records, municipal history, church history, records of marriages 1666-1857, records of deaths 1758-1857, (no births), family registers, list of early settlers, Revolutionary War records from Mason soldiers, mortality statistics, lists of town officers, Mason Village and the railroad, ecclesiastical affairs, biographical sketches of prominent citizens of Mason, appendix, very brief & incomplete index, Addendum: Memoir of Rev. Ebenezer Hill, pastor of the Congregational Church in Mason. This book can be found at most large genealogical libraries, purchased from book stores specializing in genealogical or historical reprints or ordered from NEHGS (members only) A reprint can be purchased at Higginson Book Company for $38.00, hard bound.
John B. Hill: "Proceedings at the Centennial Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the town of Mason, NH," August 1868, originally printed in 1870. Contains lists of marriages and deaths from Nov 1857-Dec 1868, (no births) and a list of Civil War soldiers supplied from the town and, finally, a list of subscribers toward the expenses of the celebration. No index. 115 pages. This book can be found at most large genealogical libraries.
Elizabeth Orton Jones, editor: "Mason Bicentennial, 1768-1968," published by the Mason Historical Society. This charming and delightful little book includes photographs of 18th & 19th C. houses with descriptions of early inhabitants, rosters of military men from WWI & II and other wars, stories of early residents, a timeline of town history, stories of Uncle Sam and more. No index. 205 pages. This book is available from the Mason Historical Society.
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.
Elinor F. Skeate: "Mason, NH Register" Information on the families of MASON, NH, compiled from church records,vital records, family genealogies, and other sources. Alphabetical double entry format makes researching simple. Over 110 pages of text. $18.00 plus $3.50 shipping and handling (For information see the Groton Link below)
Jason Almus Russell & Adele Russell: "Say Hello to Yesterday: Russell Family Chronicle" This is a delightful collection of letters, diary excerpts, genealogy and stories of life in the Pratt area of Mason in the early 1900s. This book can be found in the NH Historical Society Library in Concord, NH.
OTHER REFERENCES THAT INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT MASON, NH:
"Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions in the State of New Hampshire" Compiled by Mrs. Charles Carpenter Goss, From Collections Made Between 1913 - 1942 by the Historic Activities Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire. Reprints Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1974. This little book includes some Mason cemetery inscriptions, pages 83-86. NOTE: There are mistakes in this book.
"History of Hillsborough County,
page 513: History of Mason. A brief summary of Mason history.
page 518: History of Greenville. A summary of Greenville [also known as Mason Village, Mason Harbor and sometimes Souhegan Village (after the river)] which broke away from Mason in 1872. 1880 census population was 1072.
"Vital Records of Townsend, MA, Town Records to 1850 with Marriage Intentions to 1873 and Cemetery Inscriptions" Transcribed & Edited by Henry C. Hollowell, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1992. It is a good idea for researchers to check the towns surrounding Mason for vital record information. Many Mason folk married in nearby towns. There are many Mason marriages recorded in Townsend for example. Other nearby towns worth checking: NH: Brookline, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Wilton, Temple, Jaffrey, Milford, Hollis, and Nashua. In MA: Ashby, Ashburnham, Fitchburg, Groton, and Pepperell.
1850 Hillsborough Co. NH Census, parts 1,2,3: Transcribed from microfilm by Ann L. Nichols Brown, Heritage Books, Inc., pub 1992, ISBN 1-55623-576-9. This book has the complete 1850 census, including Mason.
The Old Maps of Rural Hillsborough County, NH in 1892: Detail Maps of Villages, Houses with Family Names, The Old Roads & Waterways 67 Old Maps Reproduced, $7.25, available at the New Hampshire Historical Society Library, Concord, NH. Map of Greenville and Mason on page 20-21. Shows the houses with names of families. Unfortunately, the Mason map does not show road names.
MASON RECORDS ON MICROFILM
Family History Centers (FHC) at LDS Churches and some Genealogical Libraries (i.e.: New England Historical and Genealogical Society in Boston) have the following microfilms of Mason records available for researchers:
Mason Town Records
1758-1874, 4 films of the
original State's copy located in Concord, NH ~
LDS film numbers:
Vol 1, 1758-1831....0015221... contains proprietor's records, province records, vital statistics
Vol 2, 1787-1816....0015222... contains town records
Vol 3/4, 1797-1824....0015223... contains town records
Vol 5/6, 1821-1874....0015224... contains town records
The above includes a very brief index. The Town Records include minutes of town meetings, accounts, tax lists, surveyors records, ear markings. Also births 1710-1850; marriages 1769-1850; deaths 1760-1840. Records are sparse for some years.
GOOD NEWS: In March 1999 the LDS church
finished microfilming more of the old Mason records! So they should
be available to researchers unable to get to Mason.
This is what they filmed:
Marriages, births, deaths: 1850 - 1868
Marriages, births, deaths: 1 March 1862 - 1 March 1879
Marriages, births, deaths: 2 April 1879 - 20 Dec 1900
Marriages, deaths: 12 April 1911 - 12 April 1911 - 18 Nov 1937
Index of Marriage Certificates, compiled by E. O. Jones: 1855 - 1894
OTHER MASON RESOURCES
New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301 (603) 225-3381 FAX 603-224-0463 Go to their homepage for hours and information.
New Hampshire Historical Library Card Catalog Search
The Historical Society is the location of the following resources for Mason research:
GenWeb Mason Home Page
reviesed 11 Oct 1999