Thomas Jefferson MASON (1806-1892)
HOUSE, 34th (Reconstruction) and 35th General Assemblies, 1865-1869; representing Roane County; Unionist becoming Republican later. Born in Roane County Dec. 1, 1806; son of Daniel and Mary (BRASHEARS) Gillard MASON. Extent of schooling not stated. Married in 1845 to Eliza S. KERR, a native of Sullivan County; children--Mary, Elizabeth, Thomas Jefferson, Jr., Alexander Daniel, Martha Ellen, and James Samuel. Engaged in farming in that portion of Roane County to be included later in Loudon; operated flatboat of Tennessee River for twenty-five years. Appointed, 1871, to commission to let contracts and superintend erection of public buildings for Loudon County; country trustree, 1876-77; appointed by Gov. Alvin Hawkins railroad tax assessor for Eastern District. Delegate to East Tennessee Union convention which met at Knoxville, Knox County, May 30, 31, 1861. Had served twenty months in the U.S. Navy; assisted in removal of Indians. Ruling elder in Cumberland Presbyterian Church and donated land, 1870, on which church was built. Died Apr. 16, 1892; place of death and of burial not found.
Sources: Loudon County Herald, Aug. 3, 1944; Goodspeed, History of Loudon County, 826-27, 1085; U.S. Census, 1850, Roane County; Bible Records of East Tennessee, IV, 45-46; Loudon County Tombstone Records, 180, 181; Burns and McCown, "Soldiers of the War of 1812 Buried in Tennessee, 71; War of Rebellion Records, Ser. I, Vol. 52, pp. 150, 169.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Tennessee State Library and Archives.