The Reverend Joseph Mason of Detroit (1778-1871) and His Descendants


Joseph Mason, after his marriage, lived on a 74-acre property at "Killashulan", near Freshford, County Kilkenny, and later acquired additional land in that neighborhood. Subsequently he lived at ?Sandymount House?, near Clane, County Kildare. When the ?potato famine? struck Ireland in the 1840?s, the Masons were gentlemen farmers - neither great landowners nor farm laborers - but they were not immune to economic reverses. Three of Joseph?s sons emigrated to the United States, and when they were barely established in their new country, they were followed in 1849 by Joseph Mason and his wife and the only unmarried daughter. A fourth son followed in 1852, one of the married daughters came to Detroit in the mid-1860?s after her husband?s death, and several of Joseph Mason?s nephews also emigrated to Detroit. One of Joseph?s grandsons went from Ireland to Australia, and other grandchildren were born in Ireland, India, Mauritius, South Africa, and England. In later generations Joseph Mason?s

descendants have been born in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, and Iran, and in every section of the United States. The Masons are a mobile and far-flung family.


Richardson Dougall 

1989, paper, index, 284 pp.

ISBN: 9780788436154