Benjamin Mason, 1724-1795, was my 5th great-grandfather. His father was George Mason, who died in 1729. Since there were many George Masons at that time – and much more famous ones! – this George Mason was known as ‘from the Aquia’. George was married to Anne Wigginton. After George’s death his widow married William Butler.
Benjamin Mason married Elizabeth Berkeley, the daughter of William Berkeley and Elizabeth Hancock. Benjamin and Elizabeth had 10 children, their oldest child, Ann Nancy Mason, married Captain John Hancock Linton, from whom I am descended.
It is interesting to note that Jonathan Edwards, Senr., mentioned as an appraiser, is also my 5th great-grandfather. He married Sarah Barber and moved from Maryland to Loudoun County. Their son Edward Barber Edwards married Captain John and Ann Linton’s daughter, Nancy Linton. The other three mentioned in the note have connections to the Mason and Linton families.
Appraisers For Inventory of Benjamin Mason
Loudoun County, Virginia
Loudoun County, July 13th, 1795
Ordered that Charles Lewis, William B. Harrison, Jeremiah Hutchison and Jonathan Edwards, Senr., or any three of them being first duly qualified for that purpose do appraise in current money the personal estate and slaves, if any, late the property of Benjamin Mason, Decd., and that they return an inventory thereof to the Court.