Person:John Mason (19)

Major John Mason
b.by abt 1605
  • HMajor John Mason1605 - 1672
  • WUnknown - bef 1638
m. by abt 1638
  1. Israel Mason1638 -
  • HMajor John Mason1605 - 1672
  • WAnne Peck1619 - bef 1672
m. Jul 1639
  1. Anne Mason1640 - 1640
  2. Priscilla Mason1641 - 1714
  3. Samuel Mason1644 -
  4. John Mason1646 -
  5. Rachel Mason1648 -
  6. Ann Mason1650 -
  7. Lt. Daniel Mason1652 - 1737
  8. Elizabeth Mason1654 - 1684
Facts and Events
Name[2] Major John Mason
Gender Male
Birth[1] by abt 1605
Emigration[1] 1632
Residence[1] 1632 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1635 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Other[1] 4 Mar 1634/5 Freeman
Marriage by abt 1638 to Unknown
Marriage Jul 1639 Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Anne Peck
Residence[1] 1647 Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Residence[1] 1659 Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
Occupation[1] Soldier, magistrate.
Death[1] 9 May-6 Jun 1672 Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States


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John Mason (c. 1600–1672) was an English Army Major who migrated to New England in 1632. Within five years he had moved west from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settlements along the Connecticut River that would become the Connecticut Colony. Tensions there arose between the settlers and the Pequots, leading to bloodshed after the Manissean Indians on Block Island killed John Oldham in 1636.

Because the Manisseans were tributaries of the Pequot Nation, Massachusetts Bay sent an expedition, which included John Mason, to Block Island to kill the Manisseans. They were then to proceed to the Connecticut River to demand that the Pequot turn over Oldham's murderers. When the Pequot refused, the English expedition burnt wigwams and corn, initiating the Pequot War, which ended in the Mystic Massacre, which virtually destroyed the Pequot tribe.

Mason recounted his experiences in the Pequot War in his narrative Major Mason's Brief History of the Pequot War, which wasn't published until 1736. After the war, Mason became Deputy Governor of Connecticut. He and a number of others were instrumental in the founding of Norwich, Connecticut, where he died in 1672.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 John Mason (c.1600–1672), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. "John Mason", in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), II:1225-1230.

    ORIGIN: Unknown.
    CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 4 March 1634/5 implied by freemanship.
    FREEMAN: 4 March 1634/5 (as "Captain John Mason") [MBCR 1:370]. "Major John Mason" is in the 9 October 1669 list of Connecticut freemen in Norwich [CCCR 2:523].
    BIRTH: By about 1605 based on military service in the Low Countries in the 1620s [DAB]. (Some secondary sources give his age at death as seventy-two, which would place his birth about 1600, but the source for this age is not known.
    DEATH: Norwich between 9 May and 6 June 1672 {CCCR 2:171, 182].