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Mason family photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP033
Identifier: SP033

Scope and Contents

This collection includes carte-de-visite photographs from the Mason family and other individuals in Indiana, New Hampshire, and other places in the United States ranging from circa 1860 to 1880 depicting portraits of family members and other people, which include: Mary Archer; D.L. Armstrong, Charlie Schmuck, and W.L. Sote (Cannelton, Indiana); Maggie Armstrong; Maggie Boyd (Quincy, Illlnois); R. Boyde (Evansville, Indiana); Bob Cotton; Max Kirkpatrick; Maggie Lemming (New Albany, Indiana); James W. Snow (Rockport, Indiana and Des Moines, Iowa); Bella and Maurice Tobin (Santa Clara, California; Bishop George Upfold; and 6 unidentified photographs.


  • circa 1860-circa 1870

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Joseph and Harriet (Ormsby) Mason lived in Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire and they had 8 children: William Henry, Charles Holland, Harriet Irene, George C., Joseph Everett, Ellen C., Andrew R., and Leonard Biscoe.

The oldest of his siblings, William Henry Mason was born October 10, 1820 in Walpole, New Hampshire. He married Harriet Elizabeth Dow on October 11, 1853 and they had 5 children: Charles H., William E., Joseph C., Anna E., and John G. The family lived in Salem, Marion County, Illinois before moving to Indiana, living in Evansville and Troy for a time. William died December 26, 1905 in Elnora, Daviess County, Indiana and was buried in Evansville. Harriet died in Terre Haute, Indiana on April 10, 1920.

Frances Emelline Mason was born on August 16, 1827 in Walpole, New Hampshire. She moved to Keene, New Hampshire where she lived for the rest of her life and where she worked as a seamstress. Frances never married or had children. She died November 25, 1914.

Joseph Everett Mason was born on August 18, 1829. He moved west in his 30s and lived in Cannelton and Troy in Perry County, Indiana, working as a carpenter. He married Mattie B. (1834-1891) and they had no children. They both died and were buried in Evansville, Indiana: Mattie on April 12, 1891 and Everett on February 21, 1894.

Leonard Biscoe Mason was the youngest of the siblings. He was born June 29, 1836. In 1851, he married a woman named Ella A. and they had two daughters, Gertrude and Minnie. The family lived in Beloit, Wisconsin. Leonard worked as a dry goods merchant and an elevator salesman. Ella died on September 26, 1916 and Leonard on April 16, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop George Upfold, originally of Pennsylvania, was made the second Bishop of Indiana in the Episcopal Church on December 16, 1849. He served as the priest of St. John's Church in Lafayette, Indiana and of Christ Church in Indianapolis during his first few years as bishop. Upfold died in 1872 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sources: 1850-1910 United States Federal Censuses. Accessed May 30, 2019. "Leonard B. Mason." Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1876-1922. Accessed May 30, 2019. New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904. Accessed May 30, 2019. Accessed May 30, 2019. New Hampshire, Death and Burial Records Index, 1654-1949. New Hampshire, Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947. Accessed May 30, 2019. New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947. Accessed May 30, 2019. U.S., Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865. Accessed May 30, 2019.

Christ Church Cathedral. "Our Bishops." June 29, 2016. Accessed May 30, 2019. Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 30, 2019.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/30 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/30 by Brittany Kropf.
Mason family photograph collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.