Mason, Josiah Joseph


Josiah or Joseph Mason was the son of Rev. Jesse Mason and Mary Sugg or Suggs. Rev. Jesse Mason was born in 1774 in Surry County, North Carolina. Mary sugg was born in 1775 in North Carolina. Mary was called Polly, as a child. Josiah was known as Joe as a child. Sometimes, he is listed on documents as Joseph. It is possible, that his name was Josiah Joseph Mason. But, we believe, that because he was called Joe, his name was assumed to be Joseph. Josiah was born on July 11, 1806 in Tennessee. Josiah Mason married Elizabeth G. Benson on February 16, 1831 in Tennessee. Josiah and Elizabeth moved their family from Tennessee to Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri, in about 1837. They were the parents, of at least nine children.

The first child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson was Angeline Minerva Mason. She was born on April 5, 1833 in Tennessee. Angeline was called Minnie though out her life. She married Josiah Jackson West on January 1, 1852 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Angeline’s husband, Josiah was called Jack, at the time of their marriage. We don’t know if Angeline, and her husband were the parents, of any children. She died on April 22, 1927 in, Bois D’Arc Township, Greene County Missouri. Angeline was buried at Prospect Cemetery, in Bois D’Arc Township, Greene County, Missouri. She was ninety six years old, at the time of her death. We have no further information about Angeline Minerva Mason’s life, death or burial.

Henry Sugg Mason was the second child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson. He was born in 1836 in Tennessee. He was known as Hank, as a nickname. Henry Married Mary Louise Mc Spradden or Mac Spradden on December 8, 1864 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Mary Louise was called Mary Lou, all of her life. We don’t know if Henry, and Mary Louise were the parents, of any children. Henry died in 1901 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. He was buried at Squibb Cemetery, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. We have no additional details of the life, death or burial of Henry Sugg Mason.

Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson’s third child was Joseph A. Mason. He was born in 1838 in Boone township, Greene County, Missouri. Joseph was called Joe, for a nickname, as a youth. We don’t know who Joseph married, or when they were married. We don’t know if Joseph, and his wife were the parents, of any children. We thought maybe he died as a child; but we found no reference of, that event either. We have no other details of Joseph A. Mason’s life, death or burial.

The fourth child born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson was Amanda Harriett Mason. As a child, her nickname was Hattie. A nickname for Harriett. She was born on September 10, 1840 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Amanda Harriett married John Harrison West on July 27, 1862 near Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. We don’t know, if Amanda Harriett and her husband John Harrison were the parents, of any children. Amanda Harriett died on February 4, 1904 in Bois D’Arc Township, Greene County, Missouri. She was buried at Prospect Cemetery, in Bois D’Arc Township, Greene County, Missouri. Amanda Harriett or Hattie was sixty three years old, when she died. We have no further information of the life, death or Burial of Amanda Harriett Mason.

Mary Elizabeth Mason was the fifth child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson. Mary Elizabeth was given the nickname of Polly. She was born on May 2, 1842 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Mary Elizabeth married James Knox Polk Duncan on December 28, 1865 in Greene County, Missouri. Mary Elizabeth’s husband, James, was known as Jimmy, at the time of their marriage We don’t have a date for his birth, or his death. James is listed, as a soldier in the Union Army, during the Civil War. When the war ended; James went home and married Mary Elizabeth. Once they were married, Mary Elizabeth and her husband James moved to Ash Grove, Greene County, Missouri. We don’t know, if Mary Elizabeth, and her husband, James were the parents, of any children. She died on April 20, 1940 in Ash Grove, Greene County, Missouri. She was buried at St. John’s Chapel Cemetery, Ash Grove, Greene County, Missouri. She was ninety seven years old, when she died. We have no other details of Mary Elizabeth Mason’s life, death or burial.

Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G Benson’s sixth child, was Sarah Benson Mason. Sarah was known as Sally, all of her life. She was born in 1844 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Sarah married Cyrus G. Starkey on May 5, 1861 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. He was born in 1837 in the state of Ohio. They were the parents of eight children, of which we know. Sarah’s husband, Cyrus died as she was expecting her eight child. During a bad storm, he was telling the farm hands, to get the cows into the barn, from an upstairs window; when he was struck by lightening. Cyrus G. Starkey died on June 27, 1879 in Severy , Greenwood County, Kansas. Sarah buried her husband in Severy, Greenwood County, Kansas. She had several small children, and had to give up the farm in Kansas. She moved her family back to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Sarah died in 1885 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. She out lived her husband, Cyrus by about six years. She died, at the age of forty one years old. We have no more knowledge of the life, death or burial of Sarah Benson Mason.

The seventh child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson was Mourning A. Mason. Mourning was born in 1846 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. She was called Molly, as a child. Mourning died as an infant in 1847 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. She was buried in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. We don’t know how she died. We have no further information about Mourning A. Mason’s life, death or burial.

James Jasper Mason was the eighth child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson. He was born in 1848 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. James held the nickname, of Jimmy though out his childhood. James married Elizabeth A. B. Julian on April 6, 1873 in Greene County, Missouri. We don’t know, if James Jasper and his wife, Elizabeth were the parents, of any children. He died on August 3, 1936 in Bois D’Arc, Township, Greene County, Missouri. James was buried at Prospect Cemetery, Bois D’Arc Township, Greene County, Missouri. He was about eighty eight years old, when he died. We have no other details of the life, death or burial of James Jasper Mason.

Martha W. Mason was the ninth child, born to Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson. She was born on September of 1850 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Martha’s nickname was Patsy, as a child. She died, as an infant, in 1851 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Martha was buried in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. We have no more knowledge of Martha A. Mason’s life, death or burial.

Josiah Mason’s first wife, Elizabeth G, Benson died in 1850. She was buried in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Josiah’s second wife was Malinda Murray. They were married on December 5, 1853 in Boone Township, Greene County, Missouri. Malinda was born in 1820 in Tennessee. Her first husband’s name, was H. G. Leeper. Josiah Mason died on May 22, 1900 in Bois D’Arc, Greene County, Missouri. He was buried at Squibb Cemetery, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Josiah was ninety three years old, when he died. We have no further information about the life, death or burial of Josiah Mason.

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