Biography of Luther L. Mason

Luther L. Mason, a prominent farmer and dairyman of Hill, Merrimack County, N.H., was born in this town, on the place where he now resides, July 28, 1850, son of Milton and Judith J. (Young) Mason. His great-grandfather, Josiah, who was born in Rowley, Mass., came to Hill from Salisbury at an early date, when this section was still a wilderness. He, Josiah, was accompanied by his two sons: Ebenezer, grandfather of Luther L.; and Josiah, second. Selecting this location, together they built a log cabin on a part of the farm now used as a pasture. Later, after some land had been cleared, and when crops were growing plentifully, they built a board house on the site of the residence now occupied by George H. Cilley and Ebenezer Mason, who is the brother of Milton and the oldest surviving descendant of the original Josiah. Ebenezer Mason, son of Josiah, first, died in the house he had built in 1847. His wife, Sarah (Fifield) Mason, was a daughter of Obadiah Fifield, who, with the first Josiah Mason, was a Revolutionary soldier. They were the parents of six children-Lucia, Milton, Laura, Ebenezer, Luther, and Shure. The only surviving member of that generation is Ebenezer, who lives on the old homestead, as mentioned above.

Milton Mason, now deceased, studied in the district schools, and soon after went to Waltham, Mass., where he lived about fifteen years. Returning at the end of that time to his native town, he married Judith J. Young, and bought a farm adjoining the Mason farm. Here he built a fine collection of farm buildings, and spent his last days. He died at the age of seventy-seven years, respected by all who knew him. He had held all the town offices. His wife died in her sixty-second year. Of their seven children two are deceased. Eliza, the wife of the Rev. W. S. Morrill, lives in Wilmot; Frank, who married Victoria Tyrrell, lives in Franklin; Sarah, now Mrs. Horace J. Campbell, resides at Hill; and Emma J. is unmarried, and lives with her brother.

Luther L. Mason, the fourth surviving child of Milton, was educated in the public schools. He has followed the occupation of a farmer. After attaining his majority he went to Iowa, where he remained for about a year. Coming East again, he worked for a short time in Manchester. Then he settled on the farm where he now resides. While carrying on general farming, he makes a specialty of dairying, keeping a large number of cows, and producing on the average about one hundred and forty pounds of butter per week.

On March 15, 1877, Mr. Mason married Mrs. Martha S. Mason, of this town, a daughter of Stephen Nelson, and the widow of George C. Mason. By her first husband she is the mother of Harry R. Mason, now living in Dorchester, Mass.; and by her present husband, of Lillian B. and Belle. Luther L. Mason served on the School Board and the Board of Selectmen of Hill for four years each. He is Master of the grange, while his whole family are active and interested members. All are likewise members of the Christian Church of Hill Centre. In politics Mr. Mason was formerly a Republican, and he cast his first Presidential vote for General Grant in 1872. Of late years, however, he has felt it his duty to vote the Prohibition ticket.



Biographical Review Publishing Company. Biographical Review; containing life sketches of leading citizens of Merrimack and Sullivan counties, N. H. Boston. Biographical Review Publishing Company. 1897.

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