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Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals

Source Citations


Rev. Levi Pearce IV

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985, p. 4-5 #8. "8. Fairview - Home of Levi IV and Ella Moore Pearce and children, Bennett, Lawson, Mason, Levi V, Lois, Charles H. (died as an infant) & Harry Francis. This was a large building with many bedrooms to accomodate the family and visitors. During the period 1909 - 1924 my aunt Maria brought several groups of school teacher friends for summer vacations. My mother, Eula Hartley met my father this way. Bennet Pearce met and later married Julia Chester. For entertainment the visitors went horseback riding and made overnight visits to the nearby cave for fishing and swimming. Levi IV made his money with sugar and cattle. He later cut mahogany. In 1918 he put up $50,000 of his own money, mortgaged his home for another $50,000 and with $17,000 from son, Bennett for a large mahogany cutting operation. He was on a boat from Puerto Barrios to Belize to make the final sale of the timber to a British outfit when World War I started. The deal fell through and he could not find any other buyers, so the mahogany rotted and he lost everything. Levi and Ella Pearce continued living at Fairview. The children had gonve to live in the US except Lawson, who lived with his family at Shinn Cottage. About 1925 the Levi Pearces, Lawson's family and Mason and Charlie Moore moved to Texas. Lawson remained at Shinn Cottage until he died about 1933 from cancer. The Palatine order of the Catholic Church bought the house portion of Fairview and the sister established a church and Parochial school as well as a noviate training school."

2Pearce Family Bible, John M. Wildenthal.

3Pearce Family Bible. Image.

4FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59168049. Image.

5Pearce Family Bible. Image.


Ella Moore

1Pearce Family Bible, John M. Wildenthal. Image.

2FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59168066. "Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Moore Pearce, 95, who died Saturday, will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in the Cotulla Cemetery under direction of Hearn Funeral Home. Mrs. Pearce, a resident of Cotulla for the past 37 years, is survived by three sons, Harry F. of San Antonio, Levi of Mount Vernon, Alabama and Bennett H. of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and oen daughter, Mrs. John Wildenthal of Cotulla." Image.

3Pearce Family Bible. Image.

4Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985, p. 4-5 #8. "8. Fairview - Home of Levi IV and Ella Moore Pearce and children, Bennett, Lawson, Mason, Levi V, Lois, Charles H. (died as an infant) & Harry Francis. This was a large building with many bedrooms to accomodate the family and visitors. During the period 1909 - 1924 my aunt Maria brought several groups of school teacher friends for summer vacations. My mother, Eula Hartley met my father this way. Bennet Pearce met and later married Julia Chester. For entertainment the visitors went horseback riding and made overnight visits to the nearby cave for fishing and swimming. Levi IV made his money with sugar and cattle. He later cut mahogany. In 1918 he put up $50,000 of his own money, mortgaged his home for another $50,000 and with $17,000 from son, Bennett for a large mahogany cutting operation. He was on a boat from Puerto Barrios to Belize to make the final sale of the timber to a British outfit when World War I started. The deal fell through and he could not find any other buyers, so the mahogany rotted and he lost everything. Levi and Ella Pearce continued living at Fairview. The children had gonve to live in the US except Lawson, who lived with his family at Shinn Cottage. About 1925 the Levi Pearces, Lawson's family and Mason and Charlie Moore moved to Texas. Lawson remained at Shinn Cottage until he died about 1933 from cancer. The Palatine order of the Catholic Church bought the house portion of Fairview and the sister established a church and Parochial school as well as a noviate training school."

5New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945, T905_42. Image.


Charles Dinwiddie Howard Pearce

1Pearce Family Bible, John M. Wildenthal. Image.

2Pearce Family Bible. Image.


James Rogers Mason

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985, p. 5-7 #12, 14, 15. "12. My grandfather, James R. Mason bought 400 acres of land including "Rocky Run" and 80 acres of Spice Hill and 80 acres of Dixie. Date 1880 back dated to 1872 ?. Probably an earlier settler started to buy the land but left. In 1886 he sold the 160 acre, Rocky Run plus 8 cattle to Mr. Ed Watrous (no kiin to Theodore). Ed Watrous married widow, Marie PPetet Johnston. She and brother, Paul Peret were children of Pierre Peret, an early settyler in Toledo Settlement. Mr. Bob Johnston, brother of ???.. Marie Carroll were children of Mr. Rob Johnston, brother. Dick, and sisters, Anna Moore and Mary Carroll were children of Marie Perets marriage with Johnston. Cousins Tom and Anza Moore bought Rocky Run from Mrs. B. Watrous and built a new home. Tom made a living with sugar cane and later mahogany cutting. he sold to Mr. Carroll, his brother-in-law and moved to USA in late 1920s. Marie young inherited Rocky Run from her step-father and presently lives there.

14. (large paragrph here about Mrs. Wood, Joe Lester, Mollie Copeland)  ... One grandaughter, Rose Lester married Julius Payne. Julius Payne sold the 157 acre Hope Estate with plant, machinery, implements and cattle in 1885 after a mortgage on the land was cleared up, to my grandfather J.R. Mason. I am sure that he took possession of the land 5 or 6 years. earlier. The Paynes then moved to a 4 acre plot of land on Spice Hill. A Mr. Wilson, descendant of Julius Paynes currently owns Spice Hill. Alma Baker's daughter, Mrs. Ruth Crum looks after Dixie. Her aunt, Ruth Lester is in a nursing home.

15. Fern Hill - James Rogers Mason arrived at Toledo Settlement in 1876 kept 80 of the 400 acres of the land he bought with The Rocky Run land. He added the 157 acre Hope estate, bought 80 acres from Frank Pearce, and bought two 40 acre parcels from Paul Peret (Peret Place). Grandfather probably built the original house or it may have been built by Julius Payne. At any rate, he turned the house around to face North as he acquired land north of old Hope Estate. According to Ade Wilson's letter he put up his mill shed and between his own sugar operation and sugar from Ed Watrous's Rocky Run mill was pretty well out of debt in 1879 when he married Miss Julia Pearce. Their children were Maria, Annie, James II, and Julian. Julia, who suffered from an enlarged heart and was under her brother, Dr. Frank's care did not survive Julian's birth. Grandfather died in 1889 of amoebic disentary and the orphans at Fern Hill were cared for by uncles Harry and Levi. Julian died at age 11. (... continued under James Rogers Mason II)."

2Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement. "Grandfataher died in 1889 of amoebic dissentary and the orphans at Fern Hill were cared for by uncles Harry and Levi."

3FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140006397/james-rogers-mason. Image.


Julia Abbey Pearce

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985. "Julia, who suffered from an enlarged heart and was under her brother, Dr. Frank's care did not survive Julian's birth."

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/174498802/julia-abbey-mason. "Julia was the daughter of Rev Levi Pearce and Maria Louise Henderson.

Burial information from Pearce family paper entitled "Forest Home Wesleyan (Methodist) Cemetery -- Portion showing the Pearce, Mason, Moore and Lester Burials"." Image.

3Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, p. 5-7 #12, 14, 15. "12. My grandfather, James R. Mason bought 400 acres of land including "Rocky Run" and 80 acres of Spice Hill and 80 acres of Dixie. Date 1880 back dated to 1872 ?. Probably an earlier settler started to buy the land but left. In 1886 he sold the 160 acre, Rocky Run plus 8 cattle to Mr. Ed Watrous (no kiin to Theodore). Ed Watrous married widow, Marie PPetet Johnston. She and brother, Paul Peret were children of Pierre Peret, an early settyler in Toledo Settlement. Mr. Bob Johnston, brother of ???.. Marie Carroll were children of Mr. Rob Johnston, brother. Dick, and sisters, Anna Moore and Mary Carroll were children of Marie Perets marriage with Johnston. Cousins Tom and Anza Moore bought Rocky Run from Mrs. B. Watrous and built a new home. Tom made a living with sugar cane and later mahogany cutting. he sold to Mr. Carroll, his brother-in-law and moved to USA in late 1920s. Marie young inherited Rocky Run from her step-father and presently lives there.

14. (large paragrph here about Mrs. Wood, Joe Lester, Mollie Copeland)  ... One grandaughter, Rose Lester married Julius Payne. Julius Payne sold the 157 acre Hope Estate with plant, machinery, implements and cattle in 1885 after a mortgage on the land was cleared up, to my grandfather J.R. Mason. I am sure that he took possession of the land 5 or 6 years. earlier. The Paynes then moved to a 4 acre plot of land on Spice Hill. A Mr. Wilson, descendant of Julius Paynes currently owns Spice Hill. Alma Baker's daughter, Mrs. Ruth Crum looks after Dixie. Her aunt, Ruth Lester is in a nursing home.

15. Fern Hill - James Rogers Mason arrived at Toledo Settlement in 1876 kept 80 of the 400 acres of the land he bought with The Rocky Run land. He added the 157 acre Hope estate, bought 80 acres from Frank Pearce, and bought two 40 acre parcels from Paul Peret (Peret Place). Grandfather probably built the original house or it may have been built by Julius Payne. At any rate, he turned the house around to face North as he acquired land north of old Hope Estate. According to Ade Wilson's letter he put up his mill shed and between his own sugar operation and sugar from Ed Watrous's Rocky Run mill was pretty well out of debt in 1879 when he married Miss Julia Pearce. Their children were Maria, Annie, James II, and Julian. Julia, who suffered from an enlarged heart and was under her brother, Dr. Frank's care did not survive Julian's birth. Grandfather died in 1889 of amoebic disentary and the orphans at Fern Hill were cared for by uncles Harry and Levi. Julian died at age 11. (... continued under James Rogers Mason II)."


Rev. Levi Pearce

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985. "1. Forest home - came to settlement in 1867. A sugar cane mill was operated with the help of sons. This was the home of Harry Pearce and later went to his son Magruder.
2. Forest Home Church and School - In 1874 in order to perform the marriage of daughter, Julia to James R. Mason, established a Wesleyan Church and became a marriage officer. A school and graveyard were begun on land given by Rev. Pearce. The 1945 hurricane blew down Forest Home house, the church and the school. The church and school were rebuilt at Shinn Cottage."

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7793664/levi-pearce. Image.


Maria Louisa Henderson

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/152167450/maria-louisa-pearce. "The Times-Picayune.
January 4, 1899
Page 4

Mrs. Maria Louisa Pearce.
(Special to the Picayune.)

Jackson, La., Jan. 3. - Mrs. Maria Louise Pearce, relict of Rev. Levi Pearce, deceased, died at the home of her daughter, Miss A. M. Pearce, near this town, at 6 a.m. Jan. 2, aged 82 years. Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. R. W. Tucker, presiding elder Baton Rouge district, assisted by Rev. S. S. Parker, P. C. Jackson station. Interment at 11 a. m. to-day at Jackson cemetery." Image.


Ann Mary Carter Pearce

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/152167465/ann-mary_c_-pearce. Image.


Dr. Francis Moore Pearce

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985. "3. Eldridge - The Eldridges, early settlers, left after 10 years. Rev. Levi bought Eldridge and before 1879 built a home for son Dr. and wife, Annie Pearce. After practicing medecine in Kentucky for a year, Dr. Frank returned to Toledo with his wife and her brother, James Mason, my grandfather. Later Dr. Frank built his own cane mill and still at Eldridge. The rum caused a family rift. Younger brother Levi refused to transport the rum to Belize on his boat. Dr. and Mrs. Pearce moved to Sarasota, Fla and Magruder's brother Lee (Levi) took over Eldridge and the brothers made sugar as partners. Later they cut mahogany and ran a sawmill. Lee died in 1960."


Annie Mason

1Frank McKamie Mason, Homesteads in the Toledo American Settlement, 1985. "3. Eldridge - The Eldridges, early settlers, left after 10 years. Rev. Levi bought Eldridge and before 1879 built a home for son Dr. and wife, Annie Pearce. After practicing medecine in Kentucky for a year, Dr. Frank returned to Toledo with his wife and her brother, James Mason, my grandfather. Later Dr. Frank built his own cane mill and still at Eldridge. The rum caused a family rift. Younger brother Levi refused to transport the rum to Belize on his boat. Dr. and Mrs. Pearce moved to Sarasota, Fla and Magruder's brother Lee (Levi) took over Eldridge and the brothers made sugar as partners. Later they cut mahogany and ran a sawmill. Lee died in 1960."


Col. John C. Mason Jr.

1Copied by Mrs. Hazel Mason (Carl) Boyd, Mason Bible - owned by John Mason, Kentucky Bible Records, Vol II pg 43-44, 976.9 V29d.


George Mason

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67751857/george-mason. Image.

2Schuster, Katherine Fassett 1905- (Main Author), Fassett genealogy, The: descendants of Patrick and Sarah Fassett, p 76, FHL 1033636 Item 3. "(Lizzie) FASSETT MASON went to Honduras.  Her children lived in San Antonio, Texas."


Elizabeth Adelaide Fassett

1Schuster, Katherine Fassett 1905- (Main Author), Fassett genealogy, The: descendants of Patrick and Sarah Fassett, p 76, FHL 1033636 Item 3. "(Lizzie) FASSETT MASON went to Honduras.  Her children lived in San Antonio, Texas."


Charcilla Mason

1U.S. Social Security Death Index. "452-66-4946  Texas."

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70662737. Image.


Robert Armistead Mason

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83100408/robert-armistead-mason. Image.

21900 U.S. Census, T623_537 pg 3B, 6 Jun 1900. "Mason, Robert A. Head WM Aug 1861 38 M 16 Texas Kentucky Kentucky Farmer
-----, Mary R. Wife WF Feb 1864 36 M 16 7 6 Kentucky Vermont Kentucky
-----, John C. son WM Aug 1884 15 S Texas Texas Kentucky
-----, George N. son WM Jan 1889 11 S Texas Texas Kentucky
-----, Elizabeth H. daughter WF Oct 1890 9 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
-----, Seth S. son WM July 1895 4 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
-----, Clara L daughter WF May 1897 3 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
-----, Charles O. son WM Sep 1899 9/12 Texas Kentucky
-----, Elizabeth Sister WF Apr 1854 46 S Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky."


Mary Ruth Fassett

1Schuster, Katherine Fassett 1905- (Main Author), Fassett genealogy, The: descendants of Patrick and Sarah Fassett, p 76, FHL 1033636 Item 3. "This family lived in Jonesboro, Texas.  They were from San Antonio."

2FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28638995/mary-ruth-mason. Image.

31910 U.S. Census, T624_1531 pg 13B, 22 Apr 1910. "Mary R Mason Head FW 46 M1 26 7 7 Kentucky Vermont Kentucky
John C Mason son MW 25 M1 2 Texas Texas Kentucky
Elizabeth Mason Daughter FW 19 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
Seth Mason Son 14 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
Louisa Mason daughter 12 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
Owings Mason Son MW 10 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky
Annelise Mason daughter FW 5 S Kentucky Texas Kentucky."


Charles Owings Mason

1California, Death Index, 1940-1997.


Major Daniel Branch Price

1FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86005767/daniel-branch-price. "Son of John Price and Frances Branch Price was buried on 21 Oct 1860 according to Cemetery records - Disposition number 1825; married (1)Eliza Crockett in 1813 and (2)Mary Jane Stuart on 10 May 1836.

Dr. Robert J. Breckinridge
said of him: "Probably no citizen of Jessamine county was ever more generally and favorably known, and certainly no one was ever more thoroughly respected. A man resolute for God's saving truth in proportion as his meek and gentle spirit, he lived upon it as his life and soul."." Image.