Thankful/2 Mason

F, #45253, (27 October 1672 - )
Father*Sampson/1 Mason1 b. s 1615
Mother*Mary Butterworth1 b. s 1630, d. 20 Aug 1714
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:3 Jan 2016

Children with Thomas/2 Bowen:

  • Samuel/3 Bowen3 b. 28 Feb 1702
  • Nathaniel/3 Bowen4 b. 1 Jan 1703/4
Thankful/2 Mason, born 27 Oct 1672 at Rehoboth, Massachusetts1, married, 17 Jun 1689 at Swansea, Thomas/2 Bowen, son of Obadiah/2 Bowen and Mary Clifton.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S575] James N. Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Thankful Mason b.
  2. [S1081] Alverdo Hayward Mason, ed., Swansea Records, 125-9, Thomas Bowen/Thankfull Mason m.
  3. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 64-11, Samuell Bowen b.
  4. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 38-12, Nathaniel Bowen b.

Sampson/1 Mason

M, #45256, (say 1615 - )
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Philip's War (1675-76)
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Mary Butterworth:

  • Noah/2 Mason3 b. say 1652, d. 2 Mar 1699/0
  • Sampson/2 Mason3 b. say 1654
  • Samuel/2 Mason3 b. circa 1656
  • John/2 Mason3 b. circa 1657, d. 18 Mar 1683
  • Sarah/2 Mason10 b. 15 Feb 1658
  • Mary/2 Mason11 b. 7 Feb 1660
  • James/2 Mason12 b. 30 Oct 1661
  • Elder Joseph/2 Mason+13 b. 6 Mar 1663
  • Bethiah/2 Mason14 b. 15 Oct 1665
  • Isaac/2 Mason15 b. 15 Jul 1667
  • Pelatiah/2 Mason+16 b. 1 Apr 1669, d. 29 Mar 1763
  • Benjamin/2 Mason17 b. 20 Oct 1670
  • Thankful/2 Mason+18 b. 27 Oct 1672
Sampson/1 Mason was born in England.1 "By the concurrent authority of tradition, and the history above referred to, Sampson Mason was a soldier, or as Baylies has it in his historical memoir of Plymouth, a 'dragoon' in the republican army of Oliver Cromwell."1
     He first appears in New England at Dorchester, Massachusetts, in the will of Edward Bullock of Boston, 25 Jul 1649, which mentions a debt to Sampson Mason "for my wiues shoes."2
     Sampson Mason married Mary Butterworth.3 9 Dec 1657, Rehoboth townsmen voted that Sampson Mason should have free liberty to sojourn with us, and to buy house, lands or meadow, if he see cause for his settlement, provided that he lives peaceably and quietly.
     "Anabaptist as he certainly was, this permission to sojourn was all that Sampson Mason could expect from his puritanical friends at Rehoboth. Their records show that Samuel Luther and other Baptists, who afterwards became prominent men in the Old Colony, instead of being admitted as freemen, had accorded to them only the privileges of sojourners. At an early period, however, grants of land south of Rehoboth were obtained from the Indians, and in 1667, Capt. Thomas Willett, Rev. John Myles, 'and others, their neighbors at Wannamoiset and parts adjacent,' were confirmed in their title to those lands, and erected into the township of Swansey, by the General Court at Plymouth. In that town the religious profession of a Baptist never worked any forfeiture of civil rights. The name of Sampson Mason appears as one of the original associates, and Baylies says that he became one of the founders of that town.
     "That Sampson Mason became a man of substance, is inferable, not only from the part he took in the settlement of Swansey, but also from the fact that he was one of the proprietors of the 'North purchase,' since Attleboro'. And amongst those in Rehoboth who made advances in King Philip's War, his widow is credited £13-5-10; it being among the larger contributions made on that terrific emergency.4
     "The above facts induce the belief, that although Sampson Mason was associated as one of the founders of Swansey, and worshipped there with his Baptist brethren, whose meeting house was first erected at Wannamoiset, yet, it is probable that he never actually moved from Rehoboth. His estate was there; the births of nine of his children were recorded there; and we shall find that Rehoboth has faithfully preserved the record of his death, and that of Mary, his wife."3 He was buried 15 Sep 1676.5,3 His widow died at Rehoboth 20 Aug 1714.6
     See "Sampson Mason the Baptist," NEHGR 18:245-57.7,8

Local Notes:

Property1651, Rehoboth, MAThe Registry of Deeds for Suffolk shows that in 1651, Sampson Mason purchased a house and land in Dorchester, of William Betts; that he afterwards sold the same to Jacob Hewins, and removed to Rehoboth.9

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Sampson Mason the Baptist" (Jul 1864), 18:245.
  2. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth" (Oct 1852), 6:356, Edward Bullock.
  3. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Sampson Mason the Baptist" (Jul 1864), 18:247.
  4. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Sampson Mason the Baptist" (Jul 1864), 18:246.
  5. [S575] James N. Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 850, Sampson Mason bur.
  6. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 850, Mary Mason d.
  7. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Sampson Mason the Baptist" (Jul 1864), 18:245-57.
  8. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #42068171.
  9. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Sampson Mason the Baptist" (Jul 1864), 18:245-6.
  10. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Sarah Mason b.
  11. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Mary Mason b.
  12. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, James Mason b.
  13. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Joseph Mason b.
  14. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Bethiah Mason b.
  15. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Isaac Mason b.
  16. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Pelletiah Mason b.
  17. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Benjamin Mason b.
  18. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Thankful Mason b.

Elder Joseph/2 Mason

M, #45257, (6 March 1663 - )
Father*Sampson/1 Mason1 b. s 1615
Mother*Mary Butterworth1 b. s 1630, d. 20 Aug 1714
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Lydia/2 Bowen:

  • Joseph/3 Mason5 b. 30 Apr 1687
  • Anne/3 Mason5 b. 28 Aug 1688
  • Freelove/3 Mason6 b. 5 Jun 1695
  • Lydia/3 Mason7 b. 7 Nov 1704
Elder Joseph/2 Mason was born 6 Mar 1663 at Rehoboth, Massachusetts1, where he married (1), 12 Mar 1683, Anna Daggett.2 He married (2), 4 Sep 1686 at Swansea, Lydia/2 Bowen, daughter of Obadiah/2 Bowen and Mary Clifton.3,4 His brother-in-law Thomas Bowen of Swansea, executor of the estate of Obadiah/2 Bowen of Swansea, reports, 12 May 1712, legacy paid to Joseph and Lidia Mason.3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S575] James N. Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 675, Joseph Mason b.
  2. [S575] Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 247, Joseph Mason/Anna Daget m.
  3. [S692] H.L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol County, 3:95, Obadiah Bowen.
  4. [S1081] Alverdo Hayward Mason, ed., Swansea Records, 94-3, Joseph Mason/Lidiah ____ m.
  5. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 25-12, Joseph Mason b.
  6. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 9-1, ffreelove Mason b.
  7. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 29-20, Lydia Mason b.

Lydia/2 Bowen

F, #45258, (23 April 1666 - )
Father*Obadiah/2 Bowen1,2 b. 1627, d. 1710
Mother*Mary Clifton2 b. 1628
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:3 Jan 2016

Children with Elder Joseph/2 Mason:

  • Joseph/3 Mason5 b. 30 Apr 1687
  • Anne/3 Mason5 b. 28 Aug 1688
  • Freelove/3 Mason6 b. 5 Jun 1695
  • Lydia/3 Mason7 b. 7 Nov 1704
Lydia/2 Bowen, born 23 Apr 1666 at Rehoboth, Massachusetts1, married, as his 2nd wife, 4 Sep 1686 at Swansea, Elder Joseph/2 Mason of Swansea.3,4 Named in the will, 11 Dec 1708, of her father Obadiah/2 Bowen of Swansea.2 Thomas Bowen of Swansea, executor of the estate of Obadiah/2 Bowen, reports, 12 May 1712, legacy paid to Joseph and Lidia Mason.3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S575] James N. Arnold, Rehoboth VR, 545, Lydia Bowen b.
  2. [S692] H.L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol County, 2:290-291, 3:1-2, Obadiah Bowen.
  3. [S692] Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol County, 3:95, Obadiah Bowen.
  4. [S1081] Alverdo Hayward Mason, ed., Swansea Records, 94-3, Joseph Mason/Lidiah ____ m.
  5. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 25-12, Joseph Mason b.
  6. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 9-1, ffreelove Mason b.
  7. [S1081] Mason, Swansea Records, 29-20, Lydia Mason b.

Freelove/3 Mason

F, #45259, (5 June 1695 - )
Father*Elder Joseph/2 Mason1 b. 6 Mar 1663
Mother*Lydia/2 Bowen1 b. 23 Apr 1666
Last Edited:24 Feb 2016
Freelove/3 Mason, born 5 Jun 1695 at Swansea, Massachusetts1, married, 1 Jun 1715, Samuel/3 Gorton III of Warwick, Rhode Island, son of Samuel/2 Gorton and Susanna Burton.2,3 They removed, after 1725, from Warwick to Swansea, where their last 5 children were born.3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1081] Alverdo Hayward Mason, ed., Swansea Records, 9-1, ffreelove Mason b.
  2. [S106] NEHGS Register, 18:249 (Jul 1864), "Sampson Mason the Baptist."
  3. [S1231] Adelos Gorton, Life and Times of Samuel Gorton, 167.