Thomson Mason (1759–1820)

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Thomson Mason
Born(1759-03-04)March 4, 1759
DiedMarch 11, 1820(1820-03-11) (aged 61)
Fairfax County, Virginia
Occupationentrepreneur, planter, civil servant, justice
Spouse(s)Sarah McCarty Chichester
ChildrenMary Thomson Mason Ball
Thomson Francis Mason
Ann Eilbeck Mason Dawson
Elizabeth Thomson Mason
George William Mason
Sarah Chichester Mason
Richard Chichester Mason
John Mason
Parent(s)George Mason IV
Ann Eilbeck

Thomson Mason (4 March 1759 – 11 March 1820)[1][2] was a prominent entrepreneur, planter, civil servant, and justice. Mason was the son of George Mason, an American patriot, statesman, and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.

Early life and education[edit]

Mason was born on 4 March 1759 at Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Virginia.[1][2] Mason was the fifth child and fourth eldest son of George Mason and his wife Ann Eilbeck.[1][2] During his early childhood and adolescence, Mason was tutored at Gunston Hall.[1] In 1781, Mason served as a militiaman in the American Revolutionary War.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

Mason married Sarah McCarty Chichester of Newington in 1784.[1][2] The couple had eight children:[1][2]


Through deeds of gift in 1781 and 1786, Mason's father passed to him ownership of four tracts totaling 676 acres (2.74 km2).[3] Mason and his wife Sarah constructed their residence Hollin Hall there by 1788.[3] Hollin Hall was destroyed by fire in 1824.[3][4] In 1916, industrialist Harley Wilson built an elegant new Hollin Hall in its vicinity.[3][4]

Later life[edit]

Mason died on 11 March 1820 in Fairfax County, Virginia at age 61.[1][2]


Thomson Mason (1759–1820) was:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Gunston Hall. "Children of George Mason of Gunston Hall". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Gunston Hall. "William Mason". Gunston Hall. Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  3. ^ a b c d Gunston Hall (2009). "Hollin Hall". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  4. ^ a b Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (2012). "Mount Vernon Unitarian Church". Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2012-12-11.