The Shirley Association has been a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies since 1988





  1643 Lemuel Mason mentioned in Daniel Tanners will. He is given all of Daniels estate on the south side of the James River and the residue of his estate to Thomas Shirley for the use of his child provided Thomas names his child Daniel Shirley. Witnessed by Richard Conquest and Robert Butler. (see Tanner)


Lower Norfolk Co.VA.

The deposition of Lemuel Mason, gentleman, age 25 years, or there abouts, "Saith that Major Lambert being at his house when Daniel Tanner was buried, having some dicourse concerning the cattle that Mathew Fassett had bought of this Depont;, the said Major Lambert said, that Fassett had no power to buy nor barter for anything without his consent, and further saith not."

Sworn Jan 16, 1653-53  signed Lemuel Mason


Col. George Mason and his brother, Wm. Mason, were from Gunston Hall in the Parish of Breewood near Wolverhampton in Stafford Co. England. They were good friends with Col. Gerrard Fowke of Breewood Hall, in the same area.

NOTE: Robert Shirley, Giles Brent and Father Doughty witnessed a document for Col. Gerrard Fowke in Westmoreland Co. VA in 1660. His brother, Thomas Fowke, was in England.

The Masons sailed from Bristol England to Norfolk VA. Their first home was known as Accohick about 10 miles from Fredericksburg. Later this place became known as Marlborough or Potomac Point. The Fowkes also came over and settled near the Masons at Pasbytanzy. The Brents, another Catholic family, moved to VA from Maryland after a quarrel with the Calverts. They settled on land they called "Richlands" further up Aquia Creek which flowed into the Potomac near the Mason dwelling.

George Mason the II married Mary Fowke, daughter of his fathers friend. He sold his parents place and moved further up the Potomac and in 1696 he acquired over 2000 acres of land between the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers called Dogue's Neck.

Like George Mason II, Gerrard Fowke II moved up the river also. He settled on the Maryland side of the Potomac and named his house Gunston Hall.

George Mason III became a Knight of the "Golden Horse Shoe". He accompanied Gov. Spotswood in 1716 to Virginia's western hills. He was appointed County Lt. of Stafford Co. VA. He moved his family from Virginia across the river to the Maryland side of the Potomac. He owned land on Chickamuxen Creek in Charles Co. MD.

The river seemed no barrier to 18th century Virginians. It was a highway between the planters estates and Mason was as much at home in a boat as he was on shore. However, George Mason III was drowned when his sailboat overturned in a sudden squall.

  George Mason IV was 10 years old and his mother brought the family back to Virginia.


John Mercer's home was Marlborough on Potomac Neck in VA. When George Mason III wrote in his will that he gave guardianship of his children to his wife and John Mercer;  his kinsman, it was George Masons' sister, Catherine, who married John Mercer. He was a Scotsman.   


There was a Soloman MASON in Northumberland Co. VA, early! (related?)



Home Page | Contact Betty Shirley

copyright Betty Shirley, Shirley Association
All Rights Reserved