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Obituaries - Mason

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(husband of SARAH G. MASON)- Continued

“Robert Wharton Mason was born in West Chester, Pa., Feb. 24, 1823. He was named for Robert Wharton, who was a Brig. General in the Pennsylvania Militia during the War of 1812, and for 25 years Mayor of Philadelphia, and who was a life-long intimate friend of Debby Ann Palmer’s father. In 1841, he moved with his father to Somerset Co., Pa. where, on Dec. 14, 1843, in Shade Township, Somerset County, tho [sic] only 20 yrs. of age, he was married by the Rev. Allen Jamison to Sarah Milnor Gahagan, who was born in Somerset County, August 12, 1820, and who died in Frostburg, Md., December 13, 1896.
In March, 1851, he moved his family to Frostburg, Md., where he taught school for two years. On January 1, 1853, he entered the service of the Borden Mining Co., and continued in its service until the day of his death, exactly 41 years later. During all that period of continuous service, he never failed in making out the payroll of the company, and thus for 492 months, reporting at the end of each month the amount of coal mined, other labor performed, and the wages earned. Such an employee was not honored by the company, but was an honor to the company. It is a record almost without parallel...
When Wharton Mason came to Frostburg in 1851, he transferred his membership to the M.E. Church there, from the same church in Somerset County, Pa., and in this church he remained an active and honored member till the day of his death. For 21 years, he was a Steward of this church, and the Quarterly Conference frequently named him as their District Steward, and the District Stewards oftimes sent him as Conference Steward to the Annual Session of the Baltimore Conference...
R. Wharton Mason died Jan. 1st, 1894, in the seventy-first year of his age. His funeral services were held in the Frostburg M.E. Church, and conducted by his Pastor, the Rev. W.W. Van Arsdale, assisted by the Reverends James P. Wilson, H.R. Savage, and Alexander Bielaski.
The following children were born to Robert Wharton Mason and his wife, Sarah Milnor Gahagan: Alfred, died in infancy; Elizabeth Gahagan; Robert Patterson; Ida J. [sic]; Howard; Allen Jamison; Agnes Kirk.” [Barb, 1932, pp. 72-75]

“For a long time he was paymaster for the Borden Mining Company, with his home in Frostburg. In the Republican party he was a zealous worker, and the only public position which he ever held was that of judge of elections. He was prominent in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and active in all charitable enterprises. His useful career was brought to an close in [1894] when he was [seventy] years of age.” [PORTRAIT, 1898, 620-621]

(wife of R. WHARTON MASON)
b. August 20, 1820
d. December 13, 1896
a. 76

“At her home, this place, Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 1896, Mrs. S.M. Mason, aged 76 years. Funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from M.E. Church, Rev. T.M. West, assisted by Rev. D.W. Griffin, officiating. Interment in Percy graveyard.” [FMJ 12-19-1896, p. 2]

b. July 24, 1819
d. April 15, 1903
a. 83

“The remains of Mrs. Elizabeth Hessey Matheney, late of Meyersdale, Pa., were interred in the Percy cemetery, this place, Friday of last week, attended by many relatives and friends of both towns. Born in Shepherdstown, Va., July 24, 1819, and died Wednesday, April 15, 1903, she was in the 84th year of her age. In 1848 she was married to Moses Matheney and later they made Frostburg their home, and here their nine daughters and sons were born and reared. ‘Of this large family,’ states the Meyersdale Commercial, ‘but one survives—a daughter, Mrs. Nicholas Hocking, who lovingly cared for her during her long-continued illness—years of suffering, two of which were passed in absolute invalidism.’
In 1870 Mrs. Matheney lost her husband by death, and in 1873 removed to Meyersdale with her son-in-law, Nicholas Hocking. In 1881 the latter died. Thence, states the Commercial, ‘mother, daughter and granddaughter formed the family and home.’
To Mrs. Matheney’s intellectual character and Christian worth the Commercial pays exalted tribute, and the best of all is—it is deserved.” [FMJ 4-25-1903, p. 2]

“Mrs. Elizabeth Matheney died in Meyersdale on Wednesday night of old age. She was eighty three-years old and will known by many people here, having made Frostburg her home for many years. She was the wife of the late Moses Matheney, the well known miller for Mr. David Percy’s mill during the civil war. The remains were brought here yesterday evening on the 421 C.& P. train for interment in Percy cemetery. Rev. J.W.R. Sumwalt assisted by the Meyersdale Methodist minister conducted funeral services at the grave. Both spoke in a very touching and consoling manner to the bereaved family. She was the mother of Mrs. Nicholas Hocking, of Meyersdale, the late Robt. F. Matheney, of Lonaconing, and Mrs. John Keller, of this place, and grandmother of Mrs. Joseph Hitchins, of this place, Mrs. R.E. Sliger, of Oakland, Miss Maud and


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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