Mason - Joseph B. Mason (1842-1915)


Mason - Joseph B. Mason (1842-1915)

Joseph B. Mason (1842-1915) was born on August 16, 1842 to Peletiah R. Mason (or Robert Pelatiah Mason) and Eliza (Grindle) Mason in Blue Hill, Maine. Joseph went to sea and enlisted in the cavalry in the latter years of the Civil War. At the age of 22, before his discharge, he was part of the search party for Edwin Booth who murdered Abraham Lincoln.

Joseph B. Mason, a shoemaker like his father before him, married Mary Jane “Jennie” Mason (1848-1932) on March 7, 1868 in Ellsworth, Maine. Rev. S. Tenney performed the ceremony. The marriage of a Mason to a Mason, not previously connected by family is curious, but researchers have found no such connection. Joseph seems to have descended from ancestors from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a different family from that of Mary Jane Mason who descended from William Mason (1772-) who died at Mt. Desert Island.

Joseph Brown and Mary Jane (Mason) Mason moved to Southwest Harbor at some time before 1880.


“Mason - Joseph B. Mason (1842-1915),” Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive, accessed February 20, 2019, 3548