THE MASONS of MASON’S FALLS
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Richard E. A. Mason
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, http://www.jinman.org/inman/dat915.html. Important details have also been very kindly provided by Beverly, by Neil and, most especially, for the very early years by Daniel Parkinson. I am greatly indebted to them all.
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.
There are plenty of gaps and guesses in the story of the Mason’s Falls Masons. I have tried to give a flavour of what is not known, as well as what’s known. I would very much like to hear from anyone who can supplement, verify, disprove or elaborate on any part of the story of the Masons of Mason’s Falls. Newspaper clippings, photos and personal recollections of stories about my ancestors are especially welcome. And, who knows, we may find the truth of the story of ‘Black James’ Mason!