The Thomson Mason Papers Finding Aid MS135

The Thomson Mason Papers Finding Aid MS135


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Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Repository
Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library
Identification
MS135
Title
Thomson Mason Papers (MS135)1804-1912
Quantity
.71 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes
source
Mason, Thomson Francis, 1785-1838
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Thomson Mason Papers, MS135, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, VA.


Biographical / Historical

Thomson Francis Mason (1785 - 1838) was the grandson of George Mason IV of Gunston Hall and the son of Thomson Mason of Hollin Hall. He dedicated his life to public service for the town of Alexandria. Mason served on the Alexandria Common Council, was elected Mayor of Alexandria four times, served as Justice of the Peace three times, and was the first judge of the Criminal Court of the District of Columbia. He also practiced law and served as President of both the Alexandria Canal and Middle Turnpike Corporation.

Content Description

This collection contains numerous documents, either personal or business, of Thomson Mason. All correspondence is Mason's unless otherwise indicated. Other documents found are legal ones dealing with all phases of Mason's practice, both in and out of Virginia. Several items are from his period as Mayor of Alexandria and President of Middle Turnpike Corporation. Early documents deal with the buying and selling of slaves.

Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological by year.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Administration of estates.
  • Coleman family
  • Cornwell family
  • Farquhar family.
  • Mason, Thomson Francis, 1785-1838
  • Slavery -- Virginia

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Mason, Thomson Francis, 1785-1838
  • Randolph, Charles Carter, Reverend, 1846-1925
  • Smoot, William Albert, 1840-1917

Container List

Promissory Note, Robert Robertson to Robert and John Gray, 1804-05-01. box: 1, Text folder: 1,
Bill of Complaint, Marine Insurance Association against James Wilson, 1806. box: 1, Text folder: 2,
Frederick Tridle Estate Document, 1809. box: 1, Text folder: 3,
Documents re: Sally Price and Henry Taylor, 1809-02. box: 1, Text folder: 4,
Promissory Note, Joseph Milligan to Robert Gray, 1811-09-17. box: 1, Text folder: 5,
Merchandise Receipt, Rebeckah Griffith to John Hamilton, 1811. box: 1, Text folder: 6,
Thornton Estate Suit, 1812. box: 1, Text folder: 7,
Stock Share, Snickers Pike Turnpike Company, 1813. box: 1, Text folder: 8,
Lawsuit, Churchman v. Price & Tucker, 1813-12-14. box: 1, Text folder: 9,
Lawsuit, Upton Beall v. Washington Drane, 1814-03-03. box: 1, Text folder: 10,
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1814. box: 1, Text folder: 11,
Promissory Note, George Awman to Benjamin Price, 1814-12-25. box: 1, Text folder: 12,
Receipt, T.F. Mason to Chas. Decton, 1815-01-07. box: 1, Text folder: 13,
Promissory Notes, 1815. box: 1, Text folder: 14,
Rental Agreement, Walter Brookes to Capt. Benjamin Price, 1815-08-12. box: 1, Text folder: 15,
Document retaining T.F. Mason's Services, 1815-08-15. box: 1, Text folder: 16,
Promissory Note, Thompson Violett to Robert Gray, 1815-10-07. box: 1, Text folder: 17,
Slave Sale, William Lender to T.F. Mason, 1816-12-20. box: 1, Text folder: 18,
Business Correspondence and Receipts, 1816. box: 1, Text folder: 19,
Promissory Note, Jno. [?] to Robert Gray, 1816-06-19. box: 1, Text folder: 20,
Business Correspondence and Receipts, 1817. box: 1, Text folder: 21,
Correspondence, William Robinson retaining T.F. Mason to handle matter of runaway slave, 1818. box: 1, Text folder: 22,
Receipts, 1818. box: 1, Text folder: 23,
Business Correspondence, 1819. box: 1, Text folder: 24,
Indenture, John Mason from Edgar Marty, 1819-03-13. box: 1, Text folder: 25,
Bill for Merchandise, Presley Cordell to Sarah Price, 1819-01-23. box: 1, Text folder: 26,
Indenture, Lawrence Simpson to Samuel Catts, 1820-06-30. box: 1, Text folder: 27,
Indenture, William Miles to Thomson Mason, 1820-07-20. box: 1, Text folder: 28,
Chancery Court Suit, William Yeaton v. David Lenox, 1820-05. box: 1, Text folder: 29,
Correspondence and Receipts, 1820. box: 1, Text folder: 30,
Promissory Note, Charles Farquhar to Lawrence Myers, 1820. box: 1, Text folder: 31,
Business Correspondence, 1821. box: 1, Text folder: 32,
Estate Accounting, John May Estate, 1821-10-08. box: 1, Text folder: 33,
Business Correspondence, 1822. box: 1, Text folder: 34,
Business Correspondence, 1823. box: 1, Text folder: 35,
Business Correspondence, 1824. box: 1, Text folder: 36,
Business Correspondence, 1825. box: 1, Text folder: 37,
Estate Inventory, Constant Cornwell Estate, 1825-12-12. box: 1, Text folder: 38,
Administrators Bond, Robert Lang for Estate of Robert Casey, 1826-05-12. box: 1, Text folder: 39,
Estate Appraisal, Jesse Cornwell Estate - lists slaves, 1826-05-20. box: 1, Text folder: 40,
Business Correspondence, 1826. box: 1, Text folder: 41,
Business Correspondence, 1827. box: 1, Text folder: 42,
Correspondence, Personal, Mayoral, Legal, 1828. box: 1, Text folder: 43,
Ledger (part of), Middle Turnpike Road Construction, 1829. box: 1, Text folder: 44,
Mayoral Correspondence, 1829. box: 1, Text folder: 45,
Business Correspondence, 1829. box: 1, Text folder: 46,
Personal Correspondence, 1829. box: 1, Text folder: 47,
Business Correspondence, 1830. box: 1, Text folder: 48,
Indenture, William McCarty to George Mason, 1830-10-30. box: 1, Text folder: 49,
Receipt for Merchandise, William Fowle from Charles Farquhar, 1830-12-10. box: 1, Text folder: 50,
Business Correspondence, 1831. box: 2, Text folder: 1,
Bill for Services/Goods, Horatio Day (shoemaker) to Charles Farquhar, 1832-06-1832-12. box: 2, Text folder: 2,
Business Correspondence, 1832. box: 2, Text folder: 3,
Insurance Policy, Fire Insurance Company of America, 1833-02-25. box: 2, Text folder: 4,
Deed, 604 King Street, Elizabeth Coleman to Charles Farquhar, 1833-05-13. box: 2, Text folder: 5,
Business Correspondence, 1833. box: 2, Text folder: 6,
Indenture, Thomas and Margaret Coleman to Charles Farquhar, 1833-03-01. box: 2, Text folder: 7,
Bills/Receipts, Charles Farquhar, 1833. box: 2, Text folder: 8,
Business Correspondence, 1834. box: 2, Text folder: 9,
Literature Lottery Drawing - Wilmington, Delaware, 1834-08-28. box: 2, Text folder: 10,
Receipts, Charles Farquhar, 1834. box: 2, Text folder: 11,
Accounting for Services, Charles Farquhar to George Swaine, 1834. box: 2, Text folder: 12,
Promissory Note, Charles Farquhar to George Swaine, 1835. box: 2, Text folder: 13,
Receipts, Charles Farquhar, 1835. box: 2, Text folder: 14,
Business Correspondence, 1835. box: 2, Text folder: 15,
Receipts, Charles Farquhar, 1836. box: 2, Text folder: 16,
Promissory Notes, 1836. box: 2, Text folder: 17,
Business Correspondence, 1836. box: 2, Text folder: 18,
Receipts, Charles Farquhar, 1837. box: 2, Text folder: 19,
Promissory Note, Charles Farquhar, 1837. box: 2, Text folder: 20,
Judgement for suit against Jesse Cornwell estate, 1837. box: 2, Text folder: 21,
Business Correspondence, 1837. box: 2, Text folder: 22,
Business Correspondence, 1838. box: 2, Text folder: 23,
Business Correspondence, 1842. box: 2, Text folder: 24,
Bills of Lading, Hilles, Boyd & Company, 1868. box: 2, Text folder: 25,
Bills of Lading, Smoot & Company, 1870. box: 2, Text folder: 26,
Checks written by William Smoot, 1882. box: 2, Text folder: 27,
Business Correspondence, William Smoot & Company, 1891. box: 2, Text folder: 28,
Business Correspondence, William Smoot & Company, 1901. box: 2, Text folder: 29,
Personal Correspondence, William A. Smoot, 1901. box: 2, Text folder: 30,
Letter from L.E. Smoot to father, 1910. box: 2, Text folder: 31,
Letter from C.C. Randolph to brother, 1912. box: 2, Text folder: 32,
Miscellaneous Documents. box: 2, Text folder: 33,
Miscellaneous Correspondence. box: 2, Text folder: 34,
Alexandria Gazette, 1862-05-30. box: 2, Text folder: 35,
Alexandria Gazette, 1864-07-12. box: 2, Text folder: 36,