Joseph Mason was born in Shelborn, Mass., in 1748, reared a family of ten children, and was killed by the fall of a tree, in 1806. His son Samuel, who was known as Captain Mason, was born in 1771, reared a family of twelve children, and died in 1822. His son Merrill was born in 1816, and now resides in Marlboro. Samuel, Jr., was born in Sullivan, and came to what is now Harrisville when a young man, reared a family of eight children, six of whom are livina. He died in 1862. His sons, George W. And James A., reside in town.