Thomas Mason

May 1756–
Bisley, Gloucestershire, England

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Mason was born in May 1756, in Bisley, Gloucestershire, England, his father, Daniel Mason, was 28 and his mother, Mary Davis, was 23. He married Jane Smart on 3 November 1777, in Bisley, Gloucestershire, England. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters.

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Thomas Mason
Jane Smart
Marriage: 3 November 1777
Mary Mason
Aaron Mason
Sarah Mason
Betty Mason
Charles Mason
Edward Mason
Phoebe Mason
Sophia Jemima Mason
Enoch Mason
Abraham Mason
George Mason
Elizabeth Mason

Spouse and Children

3 November 1777
Bisley, Gloucestershire, England


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World Events (4)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 14

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 19

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 31

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a stonemason, Middle English, Old French mas(s)on. Compare Machen . Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages.2 Italian (Veneto): from a short form of Masone .3 French: from a regional variant of maison ‘house’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Mason in entry for Sarah Mason, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • Thomas Mason in entry for Sophia Mason, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813

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