William Pinckney Mason
|William Pinckney Mason|
|Born||William Pinckney Mason
January 10, 1843
|Died||December 16, 1922
|Resting place||Rockville Union Cemetery|
|Citizenship||United States of America
Confederate States of America
|Occupation||Confederate States Navy officer|
|Known for||commander of the iron hull gunboat CSS Beaufort during the American Civil War|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Ruthven McGill|
|Children||Wardlaw McGill Mason
Lucius Randolph Mason
Shirley Carter Mason Prescott
|Parent(s)||Richard Chichester Mason
Lucy Bolling Randolph
|Relatives||great-grandson of George Mason IV|
William Pinckney Mason (10 January 1843–16 December 1922) was a Lieutenant in the Confederate States Navy, ultimately serving as commander of several ironclad gunboats. Mason was a great-grandson of George Mason, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, and his wife Ann Eilbeck.
Early life and education
American Civil War
Mason resigned from the United States Navy as an acting midshipman on 19 April 1861. Mason enlisted in the Confederate States Navy where he became an acting midshipman on 11 June 1861 and served on the CSS United States. On 7 January 1864, Mason was promoted to master in line of promotion and was made 2nd Lieutenant on 2 June 1864. Mason later served as commander of the CSS Beaufort and CSS Virginia II.
Marriage and children
Mason married Elizabeth Ruthven McGill on 29 January 1873 and they had three children:
- Wardlaw McGill Mason (1876–1936)
- Lucius Randolph Mason (28 January 1886–23 November 1984)
- Shirley Carter Mason Prescott (12 October 1891–21 March 1972)
|Ancestors of William Pinckney Mason|
- "William Pinckney Mason". Gunston Hall. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-20. External link in
- "The Last Roll: William Pinckney Mason". Confederate Veteran. United Confederate Veterans. 31 (1): 189. January 1923.
- "Search: William Pinckney Mason". Library of Virginia. Retrieved 2015-04-20.