I’ve called this blog “All Roads Led to London“ – but the Mason family is one of the branches of my tree that I haven’t managed to trace out of London …yet. The family is quite complex as there were lots of children, so here I’ll try to summarise my direct line.
My grandmother was Rosalind Esther BRITTAIN (née MASON), born in 1908 to Herbert Cecil MASON and Georgina (née BRIANCOURT).
I remember Herbert Cecil, my great-grandfather quite well; from my perspective as a young child, he seemed to be a very confident man who could talk for hours without really letting anyone else say anything! I think his love of story telling and holding an audience resulted in some interesting, but wholly untrue, family stories and rumours. My feeling is that he loved to embroider the truth, and his many younger half-siblings, and his children, enjoyed the stories and believed many of them. I wish I’d listened more instead of getting bored and spending mealtimes tying together the strands of green chenille fringing on my grandmother’s table cloth.
Herbert’s father was John Thomas MASON, born in 1854, and his mother was JTM’s second wife, Mary Ann Wakerley (née MASON)who was born in 1852. JTM married again after Mary Ann’s death in 1894. JTM worked in the jewellery trade until about 1890 and then became involved in the steam laundry industry which of course had the potential to become very successful at that time.
JTM was the son of John MASON, born in 1830, and Esther Elizabeth (née TURNER) who was born around 1833. I haven’t yet managed to find a birth or baptism record for Esther – she is one of my longest lasting brick walls. John worked as a jeweller in the Wigmore Street area of London.
Finally we come to my 4x great-grandfather, William Millington MASON who appears to have been born around 1787 – but where? He married Mary Ann DORSETT in Ealing, Middlesex, in 1818. Depending which source is consulted, he was either a labourer or a gentleman. I think it’s most likely that he was a labourer.
If you recognise any of these names please get in touch! The later generations of the family had several children so there must be lots of descendants out there.