James Murray Mason

Brief Life History of James Murray

When James Murray Mason was born on 3 November 1798, in Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, his father, Brigadier General John Mason, was 32 and his mother, Anna Maria Murray, was 22. He married Elizabeth Margretta Chew on 25 July 1822, in Germantown, Blooming Grove Township, Pike, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Virginia, United States in 1870 and Richmond, Virginia, United States in 1923. He died on 28 April 1871, in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Murray Mason
Elizabeth Margretta Chew
Marriage: 25 July 1822
Mr. Mason
Benjamin C Mason
1826–about 1847
Ida Mason
Captain Murray Mason
Judge James M Mason
Anne Marie Mason
Murray Mason
Catharine Chew Mason
George Mason
Virginia Mason
Eliza Ida Mason
James Murray Mason
Capt John Mason

Sources (16)

  • James M Mason, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: James Murry Mason - Government record: birth: about 1810; District of Columbia, United States
  • James Murray Mason, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


Historical Boundaries: 1812: Knox, Indiana Territory, United States 1813: Warrick, Indiana Territory, United States 1816: Warrick, Indiana, United States 1818: Vanderburgh, Indiana, United States


Historical Boundaries: 1818: Vanderburgh, Indiana, United States

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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James Murray Mason (November 3, 1798 – April 28, 1871) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as senator from Virginia, having previously represented Frederick County, Virginia, in the Virgi …

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