Biography of Sumner F. Mason
Allen County, OH Biographies

SUMNER F. MASON, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Remsen, Oneida Co., N. Y., July 14, 1831, and is a son of Jarvis and Elizabeth (Hall) Mason, the former a native of Massachusetts, the latter of Rome, N. Y. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Elisha Mason. of Massachusetts, and his maternal grandparents were Enoch and Esther (Raymond) Hall. the former a native of Connecticut, and the latter of Bedford, N. Y. His parents came to Allen County in 1834. and settled in Bath Township, on the farm now owned by Peter Custer, afterward locating on the eighty acre tract adjoining on the east, which, with the help of their sons they cleared and improved. The father died, July 21, 1854, at the age of sixty six years, the mother, now in her eighty sixth year, resides with the subject of this sketch. They reared a family of fifteen children: Eliza (wife of A. S. Herrington), Henry F. (deceased), Laura (deceased), Jane (wife of Dr. N. Hartshorn), Jeanette (deceased), Julia (deceased), Eugenie (deceased), Sumner F., Alden (deceased). Elizabeth (deceased), Zalmon R., Maitus D., Sarah H. (deceased), Nancy A. (wife of Philip Roush), and Sarah H. (second wife of James H. Neely). From three years of age our subject was reared in Bath Township, and here received a limited education in the common schools. When eight. een years of age he began work at the carpenter's trade, at which he continued until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted, August 30, 1861 in Company B, Eighty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served his time, and re-enlisted in same company and regiment, serving altogether four years, when he was honorably discharged as first lieutenant. He was in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Resaca, Lay's Ferry, Rome's Cross Roads, Bentonville, Big Shanty, Atlanta (July 22 and 28), Jonesboro, and many other engagements, went through the Atlanta campaign, and was with Sherman in his march to the sea, was taken prisoner by the guerrillas at Tennessee River, at mouth of Duck River, Tenn., and sent to Centerville where he remained three months, and was exchanged at Nashville, Tenn. After the war Mr. Mason returned to Bath Township and resumed his trade, which he followed up to 1873, when he engaged in agriculture on the farm be now owns and occupies. He was united in marriage, November 30, 1873, with Mrs. Manila Reed, daughter of Peter and Clarinda (Edgecomb) Snyder, of Bath Township, by whom he has one child, Alfonso. Mr. Mason is one of the representative farmers of Bath Township, which he has served as trustee several terms. In politics he is a Republican.

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