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Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.

 

Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


Lloyd Steele Leeson

DEATH-OCCUPATION-MILITARY: Personal letter from his son to T. Mason; ; ; ; Note: Died of cancer. In 1919 was a partner for an auto agency in Ontario, Calif. Was real estate developer in Orange Co., CA. Owned a liquor store in 1972. Was in US Army in WW 1.


Margaret Gex Mason

Family History by Catharine F.B. Mason & Family bible in poss. of T. Mason. Was Episcopal.


Philip Gray Mason

Family bible & history in poss of T.Mason. Divorced Nell Davis in 1939.

Philip later just separated, never divorced from Katharine Dumas.

Philip was a sailor in his young adulthood and lived in Russia for 5 years. He was later a book salesman and had a famous store for during the 1940s & 50s with Stanley Rose. He made some "Hollywood Ten" connections here.

See notes under Richard Lee Mason about Philip's name.

BIOGRAPHY: E-mail from Kate Mason Hoover to T.Mason 15 Jun 2001. EXTRACT: Recently, I got copies of dad's military discharge and found out he had won a Medal during WWII. He had been stationed in the Aluetians (sp?). He never talked about his time in war. I do know that Sarah has a copy of daddy's Communist Party card and his visa. He had said that he joined the party in the 20s because they would let him work with a camera and he wanted to learn. I do know he traveled all over Russia and Europe in the early 20s, working on ships and apparently escaping from Russia when things looked like civil war. I always wished I had had the nerve to ask him more about those years, but with Phil one just listened while he held court! I do have him on tape giving an interview to a writer about his political changes during his lifetime. Did you know that during the 1960s, daddy was the only registered Monarchist in the county of Los Angeles!! The Masons may have been a bit eccentric, but they were never dull! I also remember an actor friend of dad's (his name escapes me at the moment) telling me that dad taught him so much about the quality of gemstones that the actor got rich from dad's advice. Daddy changed quite a bit after Jimmy died. He was a bit quieter and kinder. It was in those years that I drove him around to see family the most. I think he was feeling his own mortality and needed to mend a few fences.


Philip Gray Mason

Family bible & history in poss of T.Mason. Divorced Nell Davis in 1939.

Philip later just separated, never divorced from Katharine Dumas.

Philip was a sailor in his young adulthood and lived in Russia for 5 years. He was later a book salesman and had a famous store for during the 1940s & 50s with Stanley Rose. He made some "Hollywood Ten" connections here.

See notes under Richard Lee Mason about Philip's name.

BIOGRAPHY: E-mail from Kate Mason Hoover to T.Mason 15 Jun 2001. EXTRACT: Recently, I got copies of dad's military discharge and found out he had won a Medal during WWII. He had been stationed in the Aluetians (sp?). He never talked about his time in war. I do know that Sarah has a copy of daddy's Communist Party card and his visa. He had said that he joined the party in the 20s because they would let him work with a camera and he wanted to learn. I do know he traveled all over Russia and Europe in the early 20s, working on ships and apparently escaping from Russia when things looked like civil war. I always wished I had had the nerve to ask him more about those years, but with Phil one just listened while he held court! I do have him on tape giving an interview to a writer about his political changes during his lifetime. Did you know that during the 1960s, daddy was the only registered Monarchist in the county of Los Angeles!! The Masons may have been a bit eccentric, but they were never dull! I also remember an actor friend of dad's (his name escapes me at the moment) telling me that dad taught him so much about the quality of gemstones that the actor got rich from dad's advice. Daddy changed quite a bit after Jimmy died. He was a bit quieter and kinder. It was in those years that I drove him around to see family the most. I think he was feeling his own mortality and needed to mend a few fences.


Katharine Wheelock Dumas

SOURCE: Lucy Roome wrote T.Mason in 1973. QUOTE: Katharine was born to Ray Hoover WHELLOCK and was later adopted in 1935 by her mother's 2nd husband, James. She never divorced Philip Mason, just separated, and not legally at that. No one could live with "irrational" Philip.

DEATH: E-mail from Kate Mason Hoover to T.Mason on 15Jun2001. "Mom came to live with me in 1997. I am in Norman, Oklahoma."


James Dumas Mason

DEATH: Letter from Lucy to T.Mason; ; (filed R. Mason); NOTES: Studied anthropology 3 years at U.C.L.A. Was a postman, then became a stockbroker in Long Beach, Calif. Was very bright.


Francis Elone Lindesmith

I.A.T.S.E. Local No. 33 Testimonial Dinner - February 8, 1970 Honoring Mr. E.F. "Lindy" Lindesmith.

The Southern California land boom of the 1890's failed to bring many people into the San Fernando Valley and when E. F. Lindesmith was born on November 8, 1896, near Lankershim (which is now North Hollywood), the valley was still a farm community filled with open fields and expansive walnut groves. It was a lonely place for a boy to grow up and Lindy built his own railroad in the front yard of his father's farm to attract the few children in the area. The farmhouse still stands on Alameda across from Disney Studios.
When Lindy's uncle founded The Valley News and Green Sheet in 1911, Lindy worked part time on the paper. It was this early exposure to journalism and his love of books about history and travel which led Lindy to decide upon a teaching career and in 1914, upon graduating from Burbank High School, he crossed the dusty pass which led into Los Angeles and enrolled at State Normal School.
His dream of teaching was almost a reality until his sense of humor got in the way. His imitations and impressions of celebreties delights his fellow students, but his school supervisor had her doubts - especially when she caught him doing his Charlie Chaplin routine in his practice class - and she decided the school system didn't need a comedian teacher. Lindy got the message, left State Normal and in 1916, got a job with a small local company in Lankershim owned by a man named Carl Laemmle.
Lindy worked for two years in the Prop Department at Universal, but his interest in travel and his curiosity about the outside world, led him to Alaska where he absorbed the sights and sounds - and since he worked in a fish cannery - the smells of this still rugged frontier.
When he returned to the United States, he was finnally accepted into the Army and immediately sent to Camp Kearney where he learned the care and feeding of latrines. After the Armistice, he returned to Universal and worked in various department within the studio.
In 1921, Lindy joined Albertson and McCloon and soon became head property man on such show as "Singing Vine", "Lady Be Good", and "Irene". Five years later he joined "No, No, Nanetti", where he met his future wife, Emma Drury Mason. But Miss Mason said, "no, no", and after the show closed, Lindy moved on to "Green Hat", ... Desert Song", and "New Moon".
Then in 1928, one of Lindy's boyhood dream became a reality. He sailed to Tahiti, dived for pearls, discovered paradise and beachcombed six months. When he returned to the United States, he joined Fanchon and Marco and rediscovered Miss Mason. This time Emma Dee said 'yes' and they were married in June 1930.
In 1931, while working at Gross Scenic Studio, Lindy was elected to the office of Recordiing Secretary of Local #33, and for the next 38 year devoted his time and energies to the Union through his dedicated work as Secretary, then Treasure in the office. In 1968 he received his gold membership card for fifty years in the Union.
In 1969, Lindy decided not to run again for office and his presence will be missed, but he assures one and all that he is not retiring and will be there to help out when needed. Knowing Lindy's dislike for flamboyant accolades, we can only wish him the very best of luck in the coming years and simply say, "Thank You, Lindy."

Daughter Elone always thought he was elected Sec/Treasurer in 1936, the year she was born. Carey McWilliams's book, "Southern California: Island in the Land" discusses the reform movement in California's Theater Unions, which until the mid '30s were pretty corrupt. Francis was elected as part of the Reform tickets, and re-elected each term until he retired in 1970; Elone remembers being pregnant when they went to his retirement affair and Tim was born in 1970.


Emma Drury Mason

Family bible records & history by Catharine F.B. Mason. File

BIOGRAPHY: Letter written by Emma D. Lindesmith to Frank W. Wilson on 16 Nov 1973, copy in possession of T. Mason. "My own early education was very sketchy. From one little town to another, and in many of the towns we were the only white children. The "We" were Philip, me, Mary and Jack). Mary and Jack being the youngest can speak Mexican like natives while I can speak a little and have almost forgotten that now. I think that is one reason my own children were good students. They knew I had not had the opportunity, and they wanted to take advantage of their chances to learn. At age fourteen, my freshman year, my parents sent me to State college in New Mexico. Philip also went there, when I was fifteen, and in my Sophomore year. He was two years ahead of me. He finished his education in Valpariso, Ind. I stayed with a family friend in Tucson for my Junior year. I did not graduate from High School. Instead I came up here to L.A. and for six months stayed with my sister Sarah, and her husband Victor, who were very wonderful to me. After that I stayed at the Hollywood Studio Club, which was only for young girls interested in pictures or writing, or anything to do with the picture business. During this period I worked in mob scenes at the studios. I then went back to Amado for a few months to help my mother with her sister, (my Aunt Emma) who by that time was in very bad health. She was put in a home in L.A. and I came back up here then. In 1925 I tried out as a dancer for the West Coast show of "No, No, Nanette" and went on the road with that. [Insert from Elone, "Mother and Daddy met when they both worked in Desert Song, which opened in Los Angeles in the late 1920s."] That is where I met Lindy, but we were just friends then. From "Nanette" I went in several different shows, "Hit the Deck", "Good News" and "The Desert Song." From there I worked for Columbia Studio, United Artist, Paramount, R.K.O., Fox studio & Warner Bros. I was under contract at Fox studio for a year. I was the end girl in the front line in the shows. and in the dance numbers assigned wherever my size suited the director. Lindy and I were married in 1930, and I doubt you would remember, but am sure you heard about the big depression. It became necessary for me to go on a Franchon and Marco tour. Lindy was supposed to get the job of Prop. man on the following show so we could be together week ends. He never got it, and that was the only thing wrong on the phamphlet I sent you Honoring Lindy. Lindy was elected Sec. of Local #33 and while he is supposed to have retired, he still goes in three days a week, to help out. We did not have Elone until we had been married six years. One thing I want to make "perfectly clear." The dancers, chorus girls, ladies of the ensemble or whatever you want to think of them as, were not like the Las Vegas women or the dancers on TV now.
I played St. Lewis (I don't remember what theatre, and I'm sure now it must be very old, or perhaps torn down) in the Fanchon and Marco show I was with. There was no air-conditioning then, and I must say it was very, very hot. I also worked with Betty Grable, while at Fox Studio. She was from your city. Some eight or ten years younger than I, but a very sweet girl, and remainded so even after her success. I remember her Mother with her all the time (typical Stage Mother) but nice, and it seems to me she had a limp, so may have had polio, when younger.

DEATH: Daughter, Jeanne quoted information from death certificate in her possession to T. Mason on 16May1998.


Mary Price Mason

Family bible & history in poss. of T. Mason


Colonel James Mason

MARRIAGE: Montgomery Co KY Marriage Bonds lists "8 Jan 1799"

BIRTH-DEATH-MARRIAGE: Dates & wife listed in Family Bible, xerox in father's file. Also names 5 sons and 2 daughters.

Ref: Ky. State Historical Society Register Vol. 22 p 136.

Ref: Life of Elder John Smith pub 1870 by John Augustus Williams on page 231 tells of a visit in 1827 of Dr. James Fishback of Lexington to his brother-in-law Col. James Mason, and his wife.

Ref: Clark Co. KY Marriage Bonds - 976.954 V25b

There are some "Hathaway Papers" said to contain additional information that were turned over to the University of Kentucky in 1954. They contain a journal kept by Mrs. Hathaway before her marriage in 1860. A Hathaway married a daughter of Caroline Mason Wheeler, dau of Col. James Mason. Col. Mason lived with Caroline at the time of his death.

His father deeded him part of his military land grant. The farm was called Kinderhook. Was 1st lot holder in Lexington, Ky. on 26 Dec 1781 according to Fayette, Montgomery & Boyle Co. KY deed records. James was commissioned Major of Ky militia on 17 Dec 1810. He was commissioned Colonel on 25 Jan 1826. He was reared a Baptist and was likely a Campbellite at his death. When chores had to be done on Sundays, he did them himself rather than being responsible for sending one of his black people to hell's fire. His wife's place was in the home rather than out socializing. On one occasion he wouldn't take Elizabeth to a social gathering in Mt. Sterling in honor of Andrew Jackson. Since Elizabeth was a great fan of Jackson, she maneuvered her brother-in-law, John Mason Jr. into escorting her. James was a Senator from Montgomery Co. 1815-1820.

Family listed in 1810 Census of Montgomery, KY. GS24915 Pt 3

Children's marriages listed Montgomery in KY bef. 1864 (KY-M8b). Have a copy of two pictures of his home in Mt. Sterling, KY. that were done in 1974. Also have a picture of a portrait (aged 86) owned by James Mason of 174 Alhaven; San Antonio, Tx.


Joseph Lee Downing

Ref: Fayette Co. Ky. marriages give Joseph L. Downing to Molly Ann Richardson Jan.5, 1809. Bond by Fielding Bradford Jr. Consent M. Richardson.

RESEARCHER: Information sent to T.Mason on 3 Oct 2003 by Bradley Canon. "Joseph was a "principal turfman" before he turned 20. He owned a 450 acre stock farm on Henrys Mill Rd. (now Newtown Rd.) His cow "Letitia" was runner up at the 1834 Fayette County Fair and in 1839 he bought a bull imported from England by Henry Clay. Joseph was a noted horseman and was said to have the finest stables in Fayette County and was a founding member of the Kentucky Trotting Assn. chartered in 1826."

It is noted in "The Downing Family of England: Maryland, and Fayette County, Kentucky" that Joseph Lee Downing was the owner of a magnificent stock farm now called McGranthiana, which adjoined the old Downing farm, where his father lived and died.

Ref: Record of Marriages in Fayette County, Kentucky compiled by Annie Walker Burns.
The Lexington Kentucky Cemetery, (Copied and published by Hisel's Headstones and Kentucky Tree-Search 1986).


Molly Ann Richardson

Montgomerey Co. Circuit Court Record, box 55/225: Paper dated 1871 refers to the will of Molly A. Downing.

Ref: Also each of her children referred to in the will of Marquis Richardson.


Isabella Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES: Isabella died single.

DEATH: [HYPERLINK http://local.lexpublib.org/detail.cfm?counter=60306 ]
Subject Heading: DOWNING, ISABELLA
Source: Observer and Reporter.
Date: January 23, 1839
Location: p. 3 col. 5.
Abstract: Died on 19th Miss Isabella Downing, daughter of Joseph Downing.


Mollie Ann Downing

GEDCOM from Sue Hodnett, Caldwell, ID in Aug1998 to T. Mason; NOTES: Molly Ann also died single.


John Gex Mason

Family bible of Lewis Lunseford Mason in poss of T. Mason.

Death place of Canutillo incorrectly identified by Mr. Frank Wilson, St. Louis, MO. RL Mason file.
New Mexico Death Index correctly identifies death place.

Kaster & Maxon funeral death notice informant was brother: Louis L. Mason, La Union, N.Mex.

OBITUARY: El Paso Herald Post. 15 May 1937 p. 10. "John G. Mason died at his home in La Union yesterday. He was 75. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Kaster and Maxon chapel. Burial will be in Restlawn with Masonic services.


Edith Perett

Family bible of Lewis L. Lunseford Mason in possession of T. Mason.

Peggy Mason Million wrote T.Mason in 1986, "Jerry & I met Aunt Edith Perriott, wife of John Gex Mason in 1944 at Canutillo, El Paso. Very lovable. John not alive at time. In fact our family met at her home in earlier years where we were in grade school."

OBITUARY: El Paso Herald Post. June1, 1949 p. 12. "Mrs. Edith Mason Dies at Canutillo. Mrs. Edith Perett Mason of Canutillo died in a hospital yesterday. She was 72, and has been a resident of Canutillo for 38 years. She was a member of the Anthony Methodist Church. She is survived by two brothers, J. M. Perett of El Paso and Elza Perett of California; a sister, Mrs. Mary Ward of Reserve, N.M.; and a niece, Mrs. R. A. Eskelsen of Canutillo. Funeral arrangements are pending with Kaster and Maxon.


Emil Paul Otto (William) Herrman or Heerman

NAME: The name was accidentally misspelled in immgration and thus changed to "Heerman."

This father abandoned the family. It is possible that his surname was Hermann, Herrman or some variation.


Ann Elizabeth (Anliss) Bell

RESEARCHER: John Koenig sent information to T.Mason on 11 Mar 2003. "My great grandmother brought her four sons to New York in 1895 and she became the head costumer for David Belasco, who was then the most important theatrical producer in New York. I also know that my grandfather, Victor Eugene Heerman, Sr., bought her a house in Los Angeles on Larchmont Avenue and that she used to see my mother (Catherine Anliss) quite often when my mother was a small child. My mother described Anliss as full of fun. My mother said that she took care of her boys. She loved to sing and dance and she made beautiful clothes for movie stars. She loved to play with my mother and she loved take her to the movies because they both loved movies. She was loved very much."

RESEARCHER-PICTURE: Information sent to T.Mason on 19 Jan 2005 by Janice. "I am told the youngest one which looks like a girl is Leonard Thomas because he was supposedly the youngest boy and it was the habit of the times to dress them like that...but we really have no proof as to who was the youngest."


William (Bill) Heerman

Died in WW I. Went down with his ship. Information sent to T.Mason from Janice on 24 Jan 2005 says, "We have a paper and bronze star from Herbert Hoover awarded to Anliss Brown, on the death of her son Bill in WWI, as well. It was awarded in 1930."


Arthur Francis Heerman

HYPERLINK: [ http://www.rootsweb.com/~nysuffol/naval.html ]
Heerman Arthur Francis U. S. S. Montauk Feb. 12, 1918 lost overboard
Anless Elizabeth Heerman Brown mother
67 11th St. , Whiteston, Long Island, N. Y. New York, N. Y.
seaman, second class U. S. Naval Reserve Force