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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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MAS BIOGRAPHIES

DAUGHTERS: Rebecca, who married in 1778
Thomas Hughlett (ca. 1739-ca. 1803); Sarah, who
married (first name unknown) Swiff; and Mar-
garet. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. John's Par-
ish, Caroline County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Conventions, Caroline County, 5th, 1775, 6th-
8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776; Lower House, Car-
oline County, 1777, 1777-1778, 1778-1779, 1781-
1782 (elected, but did not attend, died during the
1st session). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Queen Anne's
County, 1763 -at least 1773; commissioner, Car-
oline County, appointed 1774; Committee of
Correspondence, Caroline County, appointed
1774; justice, Caroline County, 1774-at least 1779
(quorum, 1774-at least 1779); Committee of Ob-
servation, Caroline County, in office 1776; Or-
phans' Court, Caroline County, 1774-at least 1779.
MILITARY SERVICE: major, West Battalion, Car-
oline County Militia, elected January 8, 1776.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 282 acres in Caroline County (133 acres
inherited from his father, the remainder pur-
chased). In 1769 Mason leased an unspecified
amount of land in Caroline County for twenty-
one years. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: administra-
tion bond dated January 1, 1782, in Caroline
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least
£667.10.4 current money (including 7 slaves); FB,
£281.5.0. LAND. 282 acres and possibly the re-
mainder of a twenty-one year lease, all in Car-
oline County.

MASON, ROBERT (1653-1700). BORN: in 1653,
probably in England. IMMIGRATED: in 1677 as a
free adult with his wife. RESIDED: in St. George's
Hundred, St. Mary's County. MARRIED Susanna
(?-ca. 1716). CHILDREN. SONS: Robert (?-ca. 1734);
John; Matthew Mason (ca. 1689-ca. 1728/29), who
married Mary Blakiston; and Fordham. DAUGH-
TERS Mary; Elizabeth, who married first, John
Rogers (?-1717), second, Dr. Daniel Jenifer (?-
ca. 1729), third, John Theobalds, and fourth,
Robert Whythill; and Susanna, who married
George Clarke. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-
erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Wil-
liam and Mary Parish, St. Mary's County. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: transported nine others
and his wife at the time of his immigration; no
title on arrival; Mr., by 1679. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter, 1678; merchant, by 1679. PUB-
LIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Associators'

Convention, St. Mary's City, 1690-1692 (prob-

ably elected to the 3rd session of the 1689-1692
Assembly, definitely sitting by the 4th session in
1691); Lower House, St. Mary's City, 1692 (Ac-
counts 1; resigned before the 2nd session of the
1692-1693 Assembly to become sheriff); Lower
House, St. Mary's County, 1694-16% (Accounts
3-6, chairman 5-6; resigned during the 6th ses-
sion of the 1694-16% Assembly to become sher-
iff). OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: justice, Provin-

cial Court, 1691-1692, 1694-1696; treasurer of
the Western Shore, 1695-1698, 1699-1700 (dis-
charged for living too far from Annapolis). LOCAL
OFFICES: alderman, St. Mary's City, 1689; sheriff,
St. Mary's County, 1692-1694, 1696-1698; Wil-
liam and Mary Parish Vestry, St. Mary's County,
1693-1697; justice, St. Mary's County, 1694/95-

1696. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: an ac-

tive supporter of the Protestant Associators' Rev-
olution in 1689, which brought him considerable
patronage; a close associate of John Coode (ca.
1648-1708/9); suspended from his offices in 1698
for his role in the conspiracy against Gov. Francis
Nicholson (1655-1727/28) fomented by John Coode
(ca. 1648-1708/9) and Philip Clarke (?-1699);
reinstated as treasurer by the Assembly in 1699.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND: at least 1,000

acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by December 21,
1700, in St. Mary's County. PERSON AL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,303.0.5 sterling and 105,561 pounds of
tobacco (including 4 servants, 9 slaves, a quarter
interest in the ship Loyal Society , and rum worth
more than £217.0.0). LAND: 1,923 acres.

MASON, THOMAS (?-1802). BORN: in Queen
Anne's (later became Caroline) County. NATIVE:
probably fifth generation. RESIDED: in Queen
Anne's (later became Caroline) County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard Mason (?-1781).
STEPFATHER: Benjamin Elliott of Queen Anne's
County, a farmer. MOTHER: (first name un-
known) Baggs (?-1774). STEPMOTHER: Sarah (last
name unknown). SISTERS: Rebecca, who married
Thomas Hughlett (ca. 1739-ca. 1803); Sarah; and
Margaret. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, literate.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Esq., by 1798.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: farmer. PUBLIC CAREER.

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Caroline
County, 1788, 1789, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802
(elected, but died before serving). LOCAL OF-
FICES: commissioner of the tax, Caroline County,
appointed 1783, 1785, 1786, 1792, and 1798; jus-
tice. Caroline County, 1788-at least 1800; jus-
tice. Orphans' Court, Caroline County, commis-
sioned 1797 and 1799. MILITARY SERVICE: 1st

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