George Mason III

His father
George Mason III (1690—March 5, 1735) was an early American planter, businessman, and statesman.wikipedia
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George Mason

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Mason was the father of George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States.
His father died when he was young and his mother managed the family estates until he came of age.

Chopawamsic (plantation)

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Mason was born in 1690 at Chopawamsic plantation in Stafford County, Virginia. A few years after his marriage to Ann, Mason moved his family to Stump Neck plantation in Charles County, Maryland, relegating the Chopawamsic estate in Stafford County, Virginia, to a secondary residence.
Like his father, George Mason III amassed vast land holdings in Stafford, Fauquier, Prince William, and Fairfax counties.

George Mason II

He was the eldest son of George Mason II and his first wife Mary Fowke.

Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition

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In 1716, Mason accompanied the "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" led by Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood across the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley.
Of the expedition members, only the following are known by name to have taken part: Lt. Governor Spotswood, John Fontaine, Robert Beverley, Jr., Major William Woodford, William Robertson, Dr. Robinson, Mr. Todd, James Taylor (great-grandfather of US Presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor), Robert Brooke (grandfather of VA Governor Robert Brooke), George Mason III, Capt. Smith, William Clopton, Jr. (second son of William Clopton and Ann Booth Clopton), Jeremiah Clouder, and William Russell (General, Russell CO, Virginia, Fort Russell).

Thomson Mason

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He was the third and youngest child of George Mason III and his wife Ann Stevens Thomson.

Founding Fathers of the United States

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Mason was the father of George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States.

Plantations in the American South

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Mason was born in 1690 at Chopawamsic plantation in Stafford County, Virginia.

Stafford County, Virginia

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Mason was born in 1690 at Chopawamsic plantation in Stafford County, Virginia.

House of Burgesses

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Also like his father, Mason served as a colonel in the Stafford County militia and represented Stafford in the House of Burgesses between 1715 and 1726.

Williamsburg, Virginia

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It was during his tenure as a burgess in Williamsburg that Mason met and married his wife Ann Stevens Thomson.

Sheriff

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Mason also served as sheriff of Stafford County.

Fauquier County, Virginia

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Mason amassed enormous land holdings in Stafford, Fauquier, Prince William, and Fairfax counties in Virginia.

Prince William County, Virginia

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Mason amassed enormous land holdings in Stafford, Fauquier, Prince William, and Fairfax counties in Virginia.

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Mason amassed enormous land holdings in Stafford, Fauquier, Prince William, and Fairfax counties in Virginia.

Occoquan River

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Mason also increased his land holdings by acquiring large grants south of the Occoquan River, which were later named Woodbridge by his grandson Thomas Mason. Other sources of Mason's income came from fisheries and a ferry service carrying King's Highway across the Occoquan River.

Woodbridge (plantation)

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Mason also increased his land holdings by acquiring large grants south of the Occoquan River, which were later named Woodbridge by his grandson Thomas Mason.

Thomas Mason (1770–1800)

Thomas Mason
Mason also increased his land holdings by acquiring large grants south of the Occoquan River, which were later named Woodbridge by his grandson Thomas Mason.

Tobacco

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Mason leased most of his properties out as smaller farms with their rent paid in tobacco yield.

King's Highway (Charleston to Boston)

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Other sources of Mason's income came from fisheries and a ferry service carrying King's Highway across the Occoquan River.

Monopoly

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Because Mason owned land on both sides of the Occoquan River, he enjoyed a monopoly on river crossings as well as on the fishing rights in Belmont Bay.

Belmont Bay

Because Mason owned land on both sides of the Occoquan River, he enjoyed a monopoly on river crossings as well as on the fishing rights in Belmont Bay.

Alexander Spotswood

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In 1716, Mason accompanied the "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" led by Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood across the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley.

Blue Ridge Mountains

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In 1716, Mason accompanied the "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" led by Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood across the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah Valley

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In 1716, Mason accompanied the "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" led by Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood across the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley.

Charles County, Maryland

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A few years after his marriage to Ann, Mason moved his family to Stump Neck plantation in Charles County, Maryland, relegating the Chopawamsic estate in Stafford County, Virginia, to a secondary residence.