MASON’S FALLS by Beverly Prud’homme
Our gift to the next generation...
the lower corners of the township early in the nineteenth century possibly
between 1815 and 1820.As settlers pushed toward the
interior of the area they were confronted by steep rocky hills leading to
a plateau before the mountains, and two rivers that created waterfalls where
they tumbled over the rocks heading down to the flatlands. There were four
falls of varying heights in the
In winter the banks are cloaked in a mantle of snow and ice while the falls are white and misted in the cold air.
If you know where to look the remains of foundations from a sawmill can be seen on one bank. This mill was known as Mason’s Mill as the Mason family owned the landaround this section of the river and supposedly built this mill about 1865. To learn more about this Mason family read on.
MASONS of MASON’S FALLS, RAWDON,
My great-grandparents Edward and Mary Mason lived at Mason’s Falls, in a house that is still in use. This article contains and updates information about them that has been passed down through our branch of their family. A primary source is a 2-page ‘Mason Genealogy’ document written by my father, Harry Edward Mason, in about 1978-79. Most of the direct quotations in the following are from his document; however, his information was based on the recollections of his own father and aunts, and its details don’t always agree with the information now being uncovered by genealogists and local historians.
Other dates and places mentioned
below come from letters and clippings, and from the very comprehensive
Copping Cousins website of Neil Broadhurst, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com,
which has been most helpful, as well as another site, www.jinman.org/inman/dat915.html.Important
details have also been very kindly provided by
This article works backwards in time through the 1800s. The first part is about Edward and Mary and their family, whom we know lived at Mason’s Falls. The second tells about Mary Armstrong and James Mason, Edward’s parents. Was James the ‘Black James’ Mason of local legend? A short final section introduces the earliest Masons at Rawdon.
February, 2003 – Richard E A Mason
Sarah Alice Mason was the 6th child
of Edward and Mary Copping Mason. Late in her life, in retirement, she
took up painting, and produced this evocative scene of the family homestead
Aunt Alice seems to have been a favoured pupil at school in Rawdon for many years – one of her many school award cards is reproduced here; her teacher seems to have been her aunt, Elizabeth Ann Sharpe.
Aunt Alice went on to train as a
teacher herself, at the
Meanwhile, her husband-to-be John
Alexander Copping worked in
Looking for a place to relocate in
the spring of 1899, John wrote from Lennoxville
where, he told Alice, “they say there are lots of farms for sale out here
at from $1,000 up – I have not been up to see that one with the orchard
yet.” He must have liked it when he finally saw it, for on May 4th that
year they moved to a farm at