Jane Unknown (c1776-c1832)

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Jane Unknown was born 1776 and died circa 1832 in St. Clair County, Illinois, USA of unspecified causes. She married James Mason (c1770-1815) circa 1793 .


Offspring of James Mason and Jane Unknown (c1776-c1832)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Nancy Mason (c1794-)
Bennett Mason (1795-1873) 15 September 1795 USA 12 May 1873 Knox County, Indiana Mary Ava Wesner (1795-1872)

Mary Mason (c1797-)
William Mason (1798-1848)
James Mason (1801-1868)
Jane Mason (c1803-bef1850)
Phoebe Mason (c1805-bef1850)
Catherine Mason (c1807-)
Elsie Mason (c1819-1857)

Sources and notes

‡ General
  • Timeline:

1808 James & Jane joined Bethel Baptist church along with John Steel & his wife
1815 Named as wife in James Mason's will
1816 Jane Mason marks with a Crop off the left Ear and overbit off the Right (St. Clair Court Records, Marks & Brands, 1807-1831)
1817 Purchased 147.69 acres 30SW 01S 06W South of James Mason (son)
1818 Purchased 160 acres 2 NE 02S 07W Southwest of James Mason
1820 Purchased 160 acres 30 SWDSIC 01S 06W South of James Mason
1832 Jan 6. Jane Mason sold 100 and 96/100 acres on the "southwest corner of section 30 in township one south of range six bound by west by a line commencing at a stone corner eighteen chains and fifteen links from and east of the south west corner of said tract, thence north 17 degrees and 54 minutes west 43 chains and 38 links to a black oak corner tree , 6 inches diameter..." to Joel Jackson for $125. Recorded May 24 1832. [Copy of Sale]

Note that Joel Jackson m. Elcy Mason in 1829 and both are buried in Mason Cemetery on Section 30.

Ω Birth
  • Jane is a nickname for Joan, Jean, Jennette and Janet. In Bethel Baptish church records she is listed as both Jane and Jean.

One possibility for Jane's surname is Million. Bennett Million's family that lived in Madison Co. KY and moved to St. Clair Co. IL about the same time as James Mason's family came from Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co. VA. According to church records there Robert and Grace (Bennett) Million had a daughter, Jeany b. 19 Apr 1758. She was probably too old to be James Mason's wife whose birth I place about 1776. Jane Mason's headstone listed her age at 56 years but listed no death date. Given she sold land to her son-in-law, Joel Jackson in 1832, she likely died soon thereafter. However, I didn't find her stone when I visited Mason cemetery and the old stones there were very hard to read so it is possible that she was older. Jeany Million's age does not preclude her from giving birth to Elcy at age 52 and Elcy was their last living child even though James Mason lived another 5 years.

She is perhaps sister of John Steele or Catherine Jarvis who joined the Bethel Baptist church by letter the same day as James & Jane Mason. Holly Dunn lists John Steel's birth date as 1764 VA making him too young to be her father. There is evidence to indicate that James Mason & John Steel lived in Madison Co. KY for a few years before coming to St. Clair Co. IL and that Jane was a common name in the Steele family as was Catherine, the name of one of Jane's daughters. I tend to believe that Jane was sister to John Steele Sr. or Catherine Jarvis because of the naming similarities and because they obviously traveled together.

On the 1810 St. Clair Co. Illinois census, there is a J. Steele living next to J. Mason and close by there is J. Steel Sr. and J. Steel Jr. From the 1820 census it appears that the first J. Steel moved to Silver Creek township with James Mason. J. Steel Sr. and J. Steel Jr. apparently moved to Randolph Co. Illinois. Other researchers document the Randolph Co. Illinois John Steel as having been born in 1737 and dying there in 1820. Given his age and proximity in the 1810 census, I suspect he is Jane's father from an earlier marriage.

₪ Wedding
  • Perhaps in Kentucky, Virginia or New Jersey as that is where their oldest son, Bennett listed his birthplace in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census.
¶ Death
  • Her headstone listed her death at age 56 years but no other dates. Given that she sold land to her son-in-law, Joel Jackson in 1832, census data and the approximate birth dates of her children, she probably died soon thereafter. She is buried in Mason Cemetery, Englemann Township, St. Clair Co. Illinois along with her husband, James.



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