John Y. Mason

Most of the following is taken from Sketches of Greensville County Virginia, copyright 1968, 2000 by the Riparian Woman’s Club, Emporia Virginia. The book is in the Greensville library and can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce.

John Young Mason was born in Greensville County, Virginia April 18, 1799, the son of Edmunds Mason and Frances Young Mason. He was born in the Mason home called “Homestead” near Pleasant Shade, which had also been the home of Edmund’s father Colonel James Mason, Revolutionary officer. Edmunds Mason represented Greensville County in the General Assembly from 1802 – 1805 and was the Clerk of Greensville County 1807 – 1834.

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http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/ledger/students/1700

 

John Y. Mason attended neighborhood schools until he entered the academy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then entered the University. Mason graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1816 and then attended the law school of Judge Tapping Reeve in Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1819 he was licensed to the Virginia bar and took the oath of Attorney-at-Law in Greensville County where his father was Clerk of the Court.

In adjacent Southampton County lay the plantation known as “Fortsville” where lived Lewis Fort, his wife, Elizabeth Harris Coleman Fort, and their daughter Mary Ann Fort. On August 9, 1821, John Young Mason and Mary Ann Fort were married and took up residence with Mary Ann’s parents at Fortsville plantation. Elizabeth Fort died in 1823 and Lewis Fort in 1826 at which time the Mason’s had two children, Lewis Edmunds Mason and Coleman Fort Mason. Coleman died in 1829 and is buried in the family cemetery at Fortsville along with his grandparents Lewis and Elizabeth Fort.

 

John Y. Mason

John Y. Mason