|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1867|
Sarah Von Phul, sister of St. Louis prominent businessman, Henry Von Phul and artist Maria Von Phul, married James Mason in 1818. A daughter, Martha Maria, was born to the couple. The Masons lived in Edwardsville where James Mason was Receiver of Public Moneys. In 1819 Edward Coles, future governor of Illinois, moved from Virginia to near Edwardsville, IL, where he boarded with James and Sarah Mason. While there, he emancipated his ten slaves.
After the death of her husband in 1834, widow Sarah Mason, along with her brother-in-law Paris Mason, assumed the responsibility for platting the town of Grafton which her husband James is credited with founding. She named the town Grafton in honor of her husband's birth place. In a History of Jersey County, IL, it's reported that the town was named Grafton after the town in Massachusetts where James Mason originally lived.
Mrs. Mason lived with her daughter, Mrs. William H. Allen, and family from 1850 through 1860. She died in Grafton at the Allen home Sept. 18, 1867.
Poems for Free (Chapter 24):
Thomas Lippincott writes of the Mason brothers: There were three brothers then in Edwardsville . . . who occupied conspicuous positions--James, Paris and Hail Mason. The first of these, James Mason, was, as I have said, proprietor of the old town plot. He was a genial, pleasant man, seeking mainly the acquisition of wealth and having no political ambition. His household, was ever a place of delightful resort, not only from his own cordial good fellowship, but especially rendered so by the cordial, interesting conversation of his wife. Paris Mason was an industrious man and carried on a mill at the foot of the street, where the Cahokia was dammed for that purpose. The third, Hail Mason, was for a number of years a justice of the peace and a worthy citizen. He afterwards became a preacher in the Methodist connection. (History of Jersey County, Illinois, 1919, p. 72)http://www.poemsforfree.com/cn24.html
1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Sarah Mason
Birth Year: abt 1783
Home in 1850: Grafton, Jersey, Illinois
Family Number: 9
1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Sarah Mason
Age in 1860: 74
Birth Year: abt 1786
Home in 1860: Grafton, Jersey, Illinois
Post Office: Grafton
brother: Henry von Phul, Find A Grave Memorial# 9360
James Mason (1783 - 1834)*
Created by: Jane Denny
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35794037