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Mary MASON

Female Abt 1665 - 1731  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Mary MASON 
    Born Abt 1665 
    Gender Female 
    AFN CNDK-GQ 
    Death 17 Mar 1731  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 May 1731  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Futhey, J. Smith & Cope, Gilbert, History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: Louis H. Everts, 1881, p. 711:

      RICHARDS . . .

      Nathaniel, a blacksmith, married Mary, daughter of Richard Mason, and died in Aston in 1700, leaving children, - William, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, and Mary. Some time after this the widow married Thomas Rowland and removed to the Toughkenamon Valley, in New Garden, where they settled on a large tract (700 acres) of land, called Marberry. Thomas died in 1708, and the deed for the land was made to the widow October 2d in that year. She was married a third time, 8, 30, 1713, to Evan Powell, of Nottingham, who came to live on her property. Her children: William and Mary Richards probably died young, Elizabeth married Roger Kirk, and Nathaniel married Margaret, daughter of Allen Wiley. To him Evan Powell and wife conveyed 300 acres of the land in 1717, and 110 more in 1718. He died in 1730, leaving three sons, - William, Nathaniel and Isaac. Margaret, his widow, married William Carpenter prior to 1735, and in 1748 was again left a widow. She died in West Bradford, 12, 5, 1796, aged ninety years, and leaving 113 descendants. The land of Nathaniel Richards was divided among his sons, William, the eldest, receiving 215 acres, Nathaniel 128, and Isaac 114 acres. William married, 4, 13, 1751, Joanna Jenkins, and 5, 10, 1759, Jane Miller.

      (2) Stubbs, Charles H., Historic-Genealogy of the Kirk Family, Lancaster, PA: Wylie & Griest, 1872, pp. 3-4:

      Nathaniel Richards was a blacksmith, and settled in Aston township, where he died in the year 1700, leaving a wife, Mary, and four children: William, Nathaniel, Elizabeth and Mary.

      From the will of Richard Mason, of Aston, who died in 1715, it would appear that Nathaniel's wife was his sister, and if so, she was the daughter of Richard Mason, who died in 1714, leaving a wife, Abigail, and children, Thomas, Joseph, Benjamin, Abraham, Richard, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and Susanna. [Note by compiler: Nathaniel's wife, Mary MASON, was the sister of Richard MASON of Aston, who died in 1715, but was not the daughter of Richard MASON, who died in 1714, leaving a wife, Abigail, and children, Thomas, Joseph, Benjamin, Abraham, Richard, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and Susanna. See the information relating to the latter Richard MASON elsewhere in this database.]

      After a time Mary Richards married again to one Thomas Rowland, of Aston, who probably came from Cheshire, England. Being Friends, but the marriage not being celebrated in the usual manner, they afterward made an acknowledgment for having acted contrary to the advice of the meeting.

      About the year 1707 they removed westward, to William Penn's Manor, now New Garden township, and settled in a beautiful valley, on a tract of 700 acres, which they called " Marberry." This land extended from the present village of Toughkennamon, eastward to the line of Kennett township. Thomas Rowland died in 1708, and without having obtained a deed for the land, which was, however, confirmed to the widow within the same year. In 1712 she purchased 438 acres of adjoining land to the eastward. The Philadelphia and Baltimore Central Railroad now passes through both of these tracts. In 1713 Mary was married to a third husband, Evan Powell, a widower of Nottingham, who came to live with her on her property in New Garden. William and Mary Richards, the children of her first husband, probably died young, while Nathaniel and Elizabeth, the other two, accompanied their mother in her removal from Aston. . . .

      Mary Powell . . . died on the 17th of 3d month (March) [May], 1731-2, and her husband about the year 1736.

      [Note by compiler: See the following discussion of "Quaker dates" in Berry, Ellen Thomas and Berry, David Allen, Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987, p. 67:

      Quakers . . . did not use names for days of the week or months of the year since most of these names were derived from the names of pagan gods. A date such as August 19, 1748 will never be found. Rather it would be written "19th da 6th mo 1748." Sometimes this will be written as 6mo 19da 1748. Why 6th month since August is the 8th month? The Quakers, along with everyone else in the American Colonies and England, did not begin using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Under the Julian calendar the year began on March 25th; March was the first month and February the twelfth month. This is something of a problem when an event occurred in the months of January, February or up to March 25th, for then the date is given as 1748/1749.]

      (3) Cope, Gilbert, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania, Vol. I, New York, NY and Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, p. 292:

      Nathaniel Richards married Mary Mason, daughter of Richard Mason, and lived in Aston. His will, dated 12 mo., 6, 1699-70, proven October 10, 1700, shows that he was a blacksmith; mentions his father, Joseph Richards, wife Mary and four children, William, Nathaniel, Elizabeth and Mary. His widow married Thomas Rowland, and they made an acknowledgment to Concord Monthly Meeting, 12 mo., 10, 1706, for their outgoing in marriage against the advice of Friends. They settled in the Toughkenamon Valley, where Thomas died in 1708, and Mary married again, 8 mo., 30, 1813, Evan Powell, of Nottingham. By her second husband she had children, Ruth, Mary and Rachel Rowland, and by the third had Sarah Powell.
    Person ID I19035  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 

    Father Richard MASON, Sr. 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F303  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Nathaniel RICHARDS, Sr.,   b. Abt 1662, Newgate, Witney, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Oct 1700, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Abt 1692  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 09:46:38 
    Family ID F8507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thomas ROWLAND,   b. Abt 1661, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1708, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married Bef 10 Mar 1707  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 09:46:38 
    Family ID F8508  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Evan POWELL,   b. Abt 1661, Nantmell, Radnorshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 May 1736, Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1813  Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 09:46:38 
    Family ID F8509  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart