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Thomas Fales Mason
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1815
Swansea
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1899
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

THOMAS FALES MASON was descended from an old family whose founder, Sampson Mason, came from England and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he resided in 1649. He lived in Rehoboth in 1657, becoming one of the proprietors of that town and a man of wealth. He was one of the signers of the agreement setting off the town of Swansea, Massachusetts, where many of his descendants lived. Among them was a farmer, Joseph Mason. His wife was Sarah Ann Bowen Fales, a descendant of Mayflower passenger Mary Chilton. Their son Thomas Fales Mason was born at their old Swansea home.

Thomas went to work on the farm when he was fifteen. At sixteen he left it, taught school for a time, and then entered a grocery store. At nineteen he formed a partnership with a friend and opened a clothing store at Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He then opened a general dry-goods establishment in to Rochester, New York.

In about 1848 Mr. Mason and two friends purchased a large tract in Ontonagon County, Michigan, on which they developed the famous Minnesota Copper Mine, one of the richest known at that time. He later bought and developed the great Quincy Mine and some other mining properties of considerable value. Mr. Mason organized and to the end of his life controlled the Quincy Mining Company, and was actively interested in various other mining enterprises.

Mr. Mason was a member of the Union League Club. In 1845 he married Jane Bissell Watson of Rochester. They had one child, Thomas Henry Mason, a prominent New York banker.

(Extracted from "New York State's Prominent and Progressive Men, Volume III" compiled by Mitchell C. Harrison, 1902) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Mason (1780 - 1855)
  Sarah Ann Fales Mason (1781 - 1836)
 
 Spouse:
  Jane Harvey Bissell Watson (1821 - 1896)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Henry Mason (1845 - 1902)*
 
 Siblings:
  Abby Fales Mason Grant (1807 - 1898)*
  Robert Fales Mason (1810 - 1829)*
  Thomas Fales Mason (1815 - 1899)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Plot: Fairview Plot, Sections 122, 134
GPS (lat/lon): 40.88803, -73.87605
 
Created by: Hank Davison
Record added: Jul 04, 2011
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