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George Mason VI

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George Mason VI
BornGeorge Mason VI
(1786-08-11)August 11, 1786
Fairfax County, Virginia
💀DiedAugust 21, 1834(1834-08-21) (aged 48)
Gunston Hall, Fairfax County, VirginiaAugust 21, 1834(1834-08-21) (aged 48)
Resting placeGunston Hall, Fairfax County, Virginia
🏡 ResidenceGunston Hall, Fairfax County, Virginia
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
planter, businessperson
👩 Spouse(s)Elizabeth Thomson Mason
Eleanor Ann Clifton Patton
👶 Children7, including George Thomson Mason
👴 👵 Parent(s)George Mason V
Elizabeth "Betsey" Mary Ann Barnes Hooe
👪 Relativesgrandson of George Mason

George Mason VI (August 11, 1786 – August 21, 1834)[1] was a prominent Virginia planter. Mason was the eldest son of planter and businessman George Mason V and grandson of United States patriot, statesman, and delegate from Virginia to the United States Constitutional Convention, George Mason[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born on 11 August 1786 in Fairfax County, Virginia, Mason was the eldest son of George Mason V and his wife Elizabeth "Betsey" Mary Ann Barnes Hooe.[4]


Mason inherited Gunston Hall and by 1825, he had also acquired the Fairfax family seat of Mount Eagle.[5]

Marriages and children[edit]

George married his cousin Elizabeth Thomson Mason, daughter of Thomson Mason and Sarah McCarty Chichester, on 17 February 1813.[1] George and Elizabeth had six children:[1]

  • Helen Eliza Mason Ellzey (1 December 1813–27 June 1876)[1]
  • Sarah Eugenia Mason (16 May 1816–29 June 1816)[1]
  • John McCarty Mason (25 April 1817–7 July 1837)[1]
  • George Thomson Mason (17 August 1818–26 April 1846)[1]
  • Georgianna Mason (19 December 1819–24 July 1820)[1]
  • Sally Eilbeck Mason (11 March 1821–c. 29 August 1888)[1]

Elizabeth died on 2 September 1821.[1] Two years later on 2 January 1823, George married for a second time to Eleanor Ann Clifton Patton, daughter of Robert Patton Jr. and Ann Clifton Reeder, in Washington, D.C.[1] George and Eleanor had one son:[1]

  • Richard Barnes Patton Mason (4 March 1824–10 May 1847)[1]

Later life[edit]

George died on 21 August 1834 at Gunston Hall at the age of 48.[1] Both George and his second wife Eleanor are buried in the Mason family graveyard at Gunston Hall.

His widow Eleanor was the last member of the Mason family to inhabit Gunston Hall.[6] She was later the subject of a lawsuit brought against her by George Mason of Hollin Hall which resulted in the Gunston Hall tract being sold at public auction to her son, from her second husband Colonel George Graham (d. 1830), George Mason Graham on 9 February 1842.[6] Eleanor was given the right to live there for her lifetime.[6] She and Graham sold the property in 1866.[6]


George Mason VI was a grandson of George Mason (1725–1792);[4] son of George Mason V (1753–1796);[4] brother of Richard Barnes Mason (1797–1850);[4] grandnephew of Thomson Mason (1733–1785);[4] first cousin once removed of Stevens Thomson Mason (1760–1803), John Thomson Mason (1765–1824), and William Temple Thomson Mason (1782–1862);[4] first cousin of Thomson Francis Mason (1785–1838) and James Murray Mason (1798–1871);[4] second cousin of Armistead Thomson Mason (1787–1819), John Thomson Mason (1787–1850), and John Thomson Mason Jr. (1815–1873);[4] and second cousin once removed of Stevens T. Mason (1811–1843).[4]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Gunston Hall. "George Mason VI". Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  2. Copeland, Pamela C.; McMaster, Richard K. (2016-03-08). The Five George Masons. University of Virginia Press. ISBN 9781942695011. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Miller, Helen Hill (1966). George Mason, Constitutionalist. P. Smith. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Gunston Hall. "Family of George Mason of Gunston Hall: George Mason (V) of Lexington". Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  5. Gunston Hall (2005–2009). "A History of Montebello: The Mount Eagle Estate 1789 to 1979". Carl Goldberg. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Robert Morgan Moxham (1975). "FThe Colonial Plantations of George Mason". Gunston Hall. Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-15.

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