The Masson family of France, ancestor to the Smith family of Covington, LA, was traced to John Masson, born in 1670. This work was assembled by Archie R. Smith III and by Suzanne Murcia Eizenberg. Much of the information was collected by Henry James Masson in April, 1914 from family bibles.
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1. John MASSON, b. 1670 in Alspoon or Alapoon, France,
d. 10/9/1741; m. Mary ______, b. 1688, d. 1/4/1749. Arrived New York 7/6/1723.
Neither Alspoon nor Alapoon has been identified in France, but the name appears to be Flemish. It is thought that John Masson was Huguenot. There is a baptism record for an Abraham Masson, son of John and Mary Masson, in England in 1716. If this is the same family, they would appear to have moved from France to England, then to the USA. There is a record of John's arrival in New York 7/6/1723.
1. Abraham MASSON (I), bt. 3/10/1716 in Woolverstone, Suffolk, England, d. 9/18/1788, bur. in Philadelphia, PA; m. Catherine Wyne, b. c. 1734, d. 1/16/1809 in Philadelphia.
. 1. Abraham MASSON (II), b. 1745, d. 3/9/1797 in Swansburg, NC; m. 9/19/1782 in Baltimore, MD Sarah HAYES, b. c. 1762 in Baltimore, d. 12/23/1841 in Baltimore.
. . 1. Abraham MASSON (III).
. . 2a. Capt. William MASSON, Sr. (II), b. 10/13/1789 or 1788, d. 5/3/1865 or 11/2/1863 in Gloucester, Virginia, bur. Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA Section 65; m. (1) Eliza HURD or HURN, b. 5/28/1795 or 1793 in New York, d. 1833 in Philadelphia, bur. Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA Section 65.
. . . 1. William MASSON, Jr. (III), b. 5/28/1815 or 1812.
. . . 2. Catharine Ann MASSON, b. 6/16/1816.
. . . 3. James Henry MASSON, b. 2/8/1818.
. . . 4. Henry James MASSON (I), b. 9/20/1819 in Baltimore, MD, d. 10/26/1859 in Lockhart, TX; m. 4/7/1849 in New Orleans Fanny Jane SLAWSON, b. 3/13/1831 in Bushville, Orange County, NY, d. 1/27/1917. He was a midshipman in the Texas Navy and belonged to McMahon Lodge #208 F&AM. He was a cotton broker for the Armours, his aunt and uncle.
. . . . 1. Melvina Olivia MASSON, b. 3/27/1850 in New Orleans, LA, d. 8/9/1863.
. . . . 2. Cornelia Amanda MASSON, b. 9/11/1851 or 1852; m. Arthur C. TODD.
. . . . . 1. Milton TODD.
. . . . . 2. Harry TODD.
. . . . 3. Milton Increase MASSON, b. 2/1/1854 in Lockhart, TX; m. Elizabeth R. GUILD.
. . . . 4. Hyacinth Cephez MASSON, b. 2/20/1857 in New Orleans, LA.; m. Fletcher Clark WILLIAMS.
. . . . . 1. Hyacinth Irene WILLIAMS, b. in NYC; m. James William BLEECKER, b. in NYC.
. . . . 5. Henry James MASSON, Sr. (II), b. 6/30/1859 in Covington, LA; m. Sarah PANCOAST.
. . . . . 1. Henry James MASSON, Jr. (III), b. 12/24/1891 in New York, NY.
. . . . 6. Marie Emma MASSON, b. 1867, d. 9/2/1908. (Her b. date is 8 years after her father's death date. The source of the discrepancy is not known.)
. . . 5. Charles A. MASSON, b. 8/18/1821.
. . . 6. Eliza Jane MASSON, b. 7 or 8/10/1823 in Baltimore, MD, d. 10/14/1882 in Covington, LA; m. 7/1/1843 in Baltimore, MD John Edis SMITH, Sr., b. 4/17/1815 in England, d. 5/15/1893 in Covington (see Smith 1a).
. . . 7. James Armor MASSON, b. 4/4/1825.
. . 2b. Capt. William MASSON, Sr. (II); m. (2) c. 1833 Unknown.
. . . 1. Isabel MASSON, b. 9/23/1834.
. . . 2. John Theodore MASSON, b. 6/27/1835.
. . . 3. Marion Helen MASSON, b. 9/13/1837.
. . . 4. Helen Marion MASSON, b. 6/1/1839.
. . 2c. Capt. William MASSON, Sr. (II); m. (3) c. 1841 Ellen ______.
. . . 1. George Franklin MASSON, b. 11/17/1841.
. . 3. ______ MASSON (F); m. ______ ARMOUR.
. . 4. ______ MASSON (F); m. ______ SEXIAS.
. 2. William MASSON (I).
. 3. Isaac MASSON, d. 1853.
. 4. Catherine MASSON; m. ______ CHARLTON.
. 5. Mary MASSON, d. 1831; m. ______ FREEMAN; no children.
. 6. Charlotte MASSON, d. 1801; m. ______ GOTTLEYOU.
. 7. Rachel MASSON, d. 1836; m. ______ SOPRANICK; no children.
2. Eleanor (Elenor, Elanor) MASSON, b. 1716, d. 7/27/1803, bur. Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA.
3. Ann MASSON; m. ______ BATTAI.
4. Jane MASSON; m. ______ GROVES.
. 1. John GROVES, d. 1823; never m.
5. ______ MASSON (F); m. ______ ANNIS.
. 1. John William ANNIS, d. 10/10/1795; no children.
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