This small quaint seaport has roots back to April 7, 1730 when Isaac and Jonathan Green Sr. purchased from Ebenezer Harker "a certain plantation and track of land containing by estimation 441 acres situate lying and being in ye Carterett in ye county of province of aforsaid being ye west side of ye mouth off White Oak River." By 1771 Theophilus Weeks started a town on his plantation, laying out a plat and selling lots. Formerly known as Bogue, Week's Point, The Wharf and New Town, the town was officially designated by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 6, 1783. Above photo courtesy Jack Dudley . Swansboro - A Pictorial Tribute . North Carolina State Archives.
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ANDREW MASON HOUSE circa 1910

NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 204 Elm Street – Three-bay I-house with one-story front porch and ell. NR


Designated as the Andrew Mason home on the National Register nomination, the house is now plaqued as the Methodist Parsonage

The ancestry of the Mason family of Carteret County can be traced back to two brothers, William and Thomas Mason, who left England for the new world. They came ashore in Norfolk, Virginia on Good Ship Assurance in January 1652. Their descendants eventually moved to an area between the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, now Hyde County, North Carolina.

Born in Hyde County in 1745, Joshua Mason relocated to Hunting Quarters, now the town of Atlantic. He was the only Mason listed on the 1790 Carteret County census.  

Joshua Mason 1745-1811, the father of 1802 Caleb Mason and grandfather of James Hill Mason 1822-1908, was Andrew Jackson Mason's 3rd great grandfather.

Alvin and Amelia Newton Mason
Alvin and FDR circa 1918
In 1927 Andrew Jackson Mason 1902-1982 married Louise Kirkman 1906-1983, daughter of William Lawrence Kirkman 1882-1959 and Sadie Lee Dennis 1885-1965.

Andrew was the son of Alvin Thomas Mason Sr. 1879-1933 and Amelia Jane Newton 1883-1967 of Hunting Quarter, Carteret County, North Carolina. Alvin was the keeper of the Pilantary Hunting Club, near Portsmouth Island, who assisted then Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt. This photograph appeared in a 1949 issue of Life Magazine--part of a collection of photographs from the life of F.D.R.

George Delaware Mason
Sarah Nelson Mason



Andrew’s Mason grandparents were George Delaware Mason 1850-1927 and Sarah A. Nelson 1856-1900, also of Hunting Quarter, Carteret County, North Carolina.





Jim Hill Mason
His great grandparents were James “Jim” Hill Mason 1822-1908 and Belinda Salter 1833-1908. Jim Hill Mason was born in North Nelson Bay, Carteret County, to 1802 Caleb Mason and 1804 Louisa Lewis.

Jesse Jarvis Newton
Andrew’s Newton grandparents were Portsmouth-born Jessie Jarvis Newton 1851-1936 and Writa Ann Robertson 1851-1929. Jesse was a member of the crew at the Portsmouth Island Lifesaving Station circa 1910.

Andrew’s Newton great grandparents were James S. Newton 1827-1905 and Jadia Simpson of Portsmouth and South River.
James S. Newton
At the time of the 1910 and 1920 censuses, Andrew, his parents and siblings were in Hunting Quarter.

Andrew Mason 1902-1982
The 1930 Swansboro census recorded Andrew Mason 29; his occupation was noted as, “Coast Guard – U.S. Service.” In the rented house on Elm Street were his wife Louise 24 and 8-month-old daughter Margaret L. Mason.

Andrew Mason died on December 8, 1982 at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Family images are from the Mason Family Tree on Ancestry.com posted by Novem M. Mason.

1 comment:

Common Sense said...

Around 1650 William Monroe Mason and George Mason I cam over from England. George Mason I is the great grandfather of George Mason IV who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776, which had a great infulence on Thomas Jefferson's writing of the Declaration of Independence. The Virginia Declaration of Rights is the first written "Bill of Rights" in human history.