I am researching my fatherís family who come from Moundsville, West Virginia. My dad, Frederick William Mason was born on September 1, 1925 to William and Mathilde Hubner Mason in Moundsville. My grandfather, William, was born in June, 1983 or 84 and died in 1961 when I was 11 months old. My dad, Fred, died in 2006.
My father moved to New York City from Moundsville when he was 2 years of age. He didnít remember much of his fatherís side of the family. He was an only child. He did talk about two cousins he rememberedÖ Kyle and French.
The most distinguishing fact about my dadís family is that when his father was 4 and his uncle 12 (in July of 1897), they were viciously attacked. My grandfatherís brother, Stanley Mason, was killed and my grandfather, William, seriously injured. Below are two articles I found on the Internet on the matter.
The first article lays blame on a 14-year-old boy. The second article implicates my great grandfather in the crime.
The first article names Mardotha Rine Mason, daughter of the Rev. George Rine, as my great grandmother. With this information I researched Mardotha Rine Masonís genealogy, but it didnít exactly add up. I found that Mardotha Rine, daughter of the Rev. George Rine, was married to Henry Jacob Mason. They had four childrenÖ Clara Mason, Ida Jane Mason, Emerson Mason and French Mason. There is no mention of William (or Willie as he was known) and Stanley. But French Mason is mentionedÖ a cousin my father spoke about. I have also included the genealogy that I found on the Internet.
My brothers and I never knew any of my fatherís family and we would love to know if we have any relatives on that side of the family.
I donít know if any of you can help me or not, but I thought Iíd take a shot. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and any information you may have.
Moundsville comes to the front with one of the most brutal and atrocious
murders yet reported. For the benefit of our readers who do not get daily
papers, and the additional fact that the Mason woman seems to have been a
resident of this county a few years ago, living with her husband on the
George Rine land near Minnora, we give it in full as taken from an
Mardotha Mason is a daughter of the Rev. George Rine, a well known
Methodist minister located in the lower part of Marshall county. She
seperated from her husband three or four years ago on account of domestic
misunderstandings. Since that time she has lived with her two sons on the
hillside northeast of Moundsville in a rude hut consisting of two rooms.
She has obtained a livelihood by washing for families living in the
neighborhood and in Moundsville.
She left home about seven o'clock yesterday morning and went to
Moundsville, where she worked during the day for the family of J.M.
Roberts. Before departing, she directed the boys to do a certain work in
the garden, and to look after the chickens about supper time.
It was nearly dark when Mrs. Mason returned from Moundsville. As she
approached the house, she noted with surprise that the boys were not in
the path to the house to welcome her with the customary kiss. Her
surprise gave way to alarm when upon approaching she found that the house
was closed. Mrs. Mason called to the children before entering the house.
A voice which sounded like that of the younger child, replied in a tone
which indicated intense suffering.
The terrified mother walked about thirty feet in the rear of the hut and
found Willie lying on the ground with his throat cut and several ugly
gashes on his face. She asked about Stanley and the little fellow
replied: "He's hurt too." Mrs. Mason immediately sounded the alarm and
several persons living in the neighborhood came to her assistance.
Charles Golden began a search for Stanley and found him lying some
distance up the hillside.
Stanley's face was literally hacked beyond recognition. His throat was
cut. He was gasping for breath. Lying beside him was a briar hoe
bespattered with blood, mute evidence of the awful crime which had been
committed. Both were carried into the house and messengers were sent to
Moundsville for physicians, and to inform the authorities of the fiendish
Stanley was in almost a dying condition when Doctors S.M. Steel and D.J.
States arrived, but they give it as their opinion that Willie may recover.
Stanley was too seriously injured to give a description of his assailant.
The other boy, however, described him as an old man, tall, with a grey
mustache and wearing a light coat with dark trousers.
Among the first men to arrive upon the scene was George Edwards. Edwards
started to Moundsville for aid. He was walking down a path a short
distance from the Mason hut, when a man stepped out from behind a pile of
rails and knocked him down with a club. He then ran off, but not until
Edwards saw him. Edwards states that the description given by Willie
Mason tallies with his assailant.
It is the theory that the fiend was lying in wait for Mrs. Mason, and that
if she had used the path in returning home, he would have murdered her in
An old man answering the description given, has been seen by several
persons loitering about, and if caught it is thought no difficulty will be
experienced in fastening the crime upon him.
Later: - Jim Jones, colored, aged 14, testified before the coroner's jury
that he assaulted the Mason children on account of them saying he had
stolen a bridle from some party here.
Unfortunately, I couldnít get the second article to print where it would be legible. You can find the second article at
Itís in the third row; third story down entitled Swift Justice.
MASON GENEOLOGY FOUND ON THE INTERNET
472. Jacob Henry Mason was born on 9 JUL 1857 in Fish Ck, Marshall Co, VA.
He died on 4 JUL 1934 in Wetzel Co, WV. He was buried in Ashland Rdg Cem,
Wetzel Co, WV.
He was married to Mardotha Rine (daughter of George Rine and Elizabeth Jane
Miller) on 23 MAY 1875 in Greene Co, PA. Mardotha Rine was born on 17 JUN
Jacob Henry Mason and Mardotha Rine had the following children:
+1098 i. Clara Mason.
+1099 ii. Ida Jane Mason.
1100 iii. Emerson Mason.
+1101 iv. French Mason.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Butler (daughter of Henry Earl Butler and
Nancy Ann Yoho) on 10 JAN 1888 in Wetzel Co, WV. Mary Elizabeth Butler was
born on 7 SEP 1871 in Brushy Rdg, Marshall Co, WV. She died on 25 MAR 1935.
She was buried in Ashland Rdg Cem, Wetzel Co, WV.
Jacob Henry Mason and Mary Elizabeth Butler had the following children:
+1102 i. William E. Mason. (THIS IS NOT MY GRANDFATHER)
+1103 ii. Everett Henry Mason.
+1104 iii. Lena Mason.
+1105 iv. Hobart Curtis Mason.
+1106 v. John L. Mason.
+1107 vi. Nancy Jane Mason.
+1108 vii. Carl George Mason.
+1109 viii. Opal Sarah Mason.
+1110 ix. Clyde Melvin Mason.
1111 x. Clarence Eugene Mason was born on 15 FEB 1913. He died on 9 JUN
1917. He was buried in Ashland Rdg Cem, Wetzel Co, WV.
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