Was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1801. His father, Martin Mason, Emigrated with his family to Columbiana County in 1804. In August, 1814, in company with his brother Jacob, Jacob Crouse, Jacob Young, Martin Hester, Lot Tod, and Peter Biddinger, Martin Mason visited or Orange Township, then in Richland County, and put up six cabins. Jacob Mason was accompanied by his family, and boarded the above-mentioned pioneers while engaged in erecting the cabins. In addition to his household goods, Jacob Mason brought a team and three cows. Upon the completion of their cabins, they returned to Columbiana County, and in October, Martin Mason, Jacob Young, Jacob Crouse, Joseph Bishop, and Peter Biddinger, in wagons, suitably covered, removed with their families, household goods and their cattle, to their cabin homes in the forests of Orange and Montgomery townships. The little colony was composed of thirty-one persons, including women and children. The heads of families were all originally from western Pennsylvania. They followed Beall's trail, from four miles west of
New Lisbon, through the village of Wooster, to the present site of Jeromeville, where they encamped on what is now the Samuel Naylor farm. From thence they cut a path on the east side of the stream to the residence of John Carr, In Montgomery township; and thence in a northwest direction across the present farm of Andrew Mason, to Young's bridge, on the Orange road, where they struck the old Indian trail, which they followed to the present site of Leidigh's mill. For a short time Mr. Mason located on what is now known as the Shopbell farm, and, in 1815, at the sight of Leidigh's. The residences of Messrs. Crouse, Bishop, Young, and Biddinger, are well known.
After that period the new settlers were compelled to traverse the forest paths to Stibbs' mill, one mile east of Wooster, to obtain a supply of flour and meal, or use hominy blocks or hand mills. During the winter of 1814-15, which was remarkable severe, the new settlers were nearly destitute of meat, and had to depend on the unerring rifle or friendly Indians for a supply of wild meat. Their cabins were imperfect; having puncheon floors, open chimney places and clapboards doors. Their bedsteads were made of poles fastened in the walls, and covered with clapboards, upon which their straw beds rested. The wheat and corn used was purchased mostly at New Lisbon and carried on packhorses to Stibb', to be converted into flour and meal, and again packed to the settlement in Orange.In the fall of 1815 Martin Mason commenced the erection of a small gristmill, which was completed in March 1816. It had niggerhead or boulder stones, and was quite an accommodation to the settlers. It was the second mill erected in this part of the county, Mr.Oram having completed a small mill one and one half miles northeast of the of the present site of Ashland, a short time before, on the modern site of Ritter's mill.Martin Mason died August 14, 1860, age eighty-two years.
He resided in Richland County. His family consisted of John, Andrew, Margaret, Mary, Martin, and Anna. Andrew and Martin reside in Montgomery Township, and are farmers. Andrew is a gentleman of good memory, and possesses a fair English education, having attended school in the log cabins of Orange Township nearly sixty years ago. He retains a vivid recollection of pioneer life and its hardships, and we have drawn liberally from his stores of experience in other chapters of these sketches. As a farmer he has been successful, and possesses a fine homestead some two and one half miles northeast of Ashland. He has served efficiently as a justice of the peace, Montgomery, township, and became a member of the Ashland county pioneer society organized on the tenth of September 1875. He has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years, and adorned his profession by an upright walk. The members of his family mostly reside within Ashland County. At this time (1879), Mr. Mason and his wife are in excellent health, and may survive to an advanced age. They entered the forest of this region and have seen them leveled and the country dotted with thousands of happy homes.