John Mason

Brief Life History of John

When John Mason was born on 1 December 1807, in South Shenango Township, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, James G Mason, was 29 and his mother, Marjery Bennett, was 23. He married Nancy Grugan Mason about 1830, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Wiota, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States for about 30 years. He died on 29 January 1890, in Argyle, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Miller Cemetery, Wiota, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States.

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John Mason
Nancy Grugan Mason
Marriage: about 1830
Joseph Mason
James Mason
Jacob Alexander Mason
William M Mason
Henry B. Mason
Margaret A. Mason
Jefferson C. Mason
John Winfield Mason
Washington Mason
David Badge Mason
Nancy Ella Mason
Mary Jane Mason

Sources (21)

  • John Mason, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Windfield Mason - Government record: birth: 1 December 1807; South Shenango, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States
  • John Mason, "Find A Grave Index"

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Atlantic slave trade abolished.


\"When lead miner William S. Hamilton, the son of Alexander Hamilton,[2] migrated from Illinois to Wisconsin in the late 1820s, he established a lead ore mine that became known as Hamilton's Diggings. He later renamed the settlement Wiota.[3] Hamilton, along with Elias Shook and William Haws, settled the area in 1828 and quickly struck quality deposits of lead ore.[4] During the 1832 Black Hawk War, a fort was erected at Hamilton's Diggings, which was known as Fort Hamilton.[5] Wiota was first platted in 1836 by Hamilton, and though a few buildings were built, the settlement was eventually moved from the Hamilton's Diggings site to its present site, which was platted on July 1, 1858.[4] Wiota was the location of one of the earliest Norwegian settlements in the United States, begun by immigrants traveling from Chicago including Per Ivarson Undi, in 1841.[6] The East Wiota Lutheran Church, dedicated in 1852, is the oldest continually running Norwegian Lutheran Church in America.[7] Johan Storm Munch (evangelist) was an early pastor at the church. His wife, Caja, kept a diary of their time in Wiota that has since been published as \"\"The Strange American Way.\"\"\"

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English masoun ‘mason, stone worker, builder in stone’ (Old Central French maçon, masson). A Middle English form machun (derived from Old French machun) gives rise to Machin and its variants. See also Mayson . Stonemasonry was a hugely important craft in the Middle Ages.

Italian (Veneto): variant of Masone .

Altered form of French Masson .

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

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