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Hale S. Mason Family papers

 Collection — Box: 57
Identifier: MS-SC1007

Scope and Contents

Many letters from Sabrina and her sons to their father while he was in California. A few letters from Hale to his family. They give news of the family both in Illinois and New York. The farm, William's work as telegrapher and Edwin's as teacher. They discuss their friends in Lockport and Joliet. William frequently gives the political news both state and national, whether California will be a state, the Free Soilers, the Fugitive Slave Law, the Whig party and local political elections and leaders. There is a discussion of a Congregational Church fight re: Rev. Ichabod Codding. There are a number of letters from Edwin to his wife and then to his daughter Ella and a number from Ella to her father. A letter of reference from Owen Lovejoy to Governor Yates re: Edwin a job. Several letters from the Civil War from George and from George Codding. Occasional mentions of William Gooding and one letter from him re: the Illinois Michigan Canal.


  • Created: 1848 - 1866


Biographical / Historical

The family of Hale S. Mason, who came to Will County, Illinois, from Ontario County, New York, in 1834 with his wife Sabrina Codding Mason and their 3 young sons Hale, Edwin and William. After settling near Lockport and starting a boot and shoe business with his brother, he and Sabrina had four more sons, Stephen, John, Charles and George. In 1849 he left for California to find gold, leaving his family behind. George was a baby. He remained away for several years. He had started a nursery business before leaving and returned to that and the farm. William worked as a telegrapher and Edwin a school teacher. George served in the 14th Illinois Cavalry and died Dec. 1863.


2 folders (1 linear inch (.084 linear feet)) : 80 items

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