TYLER DAVID AND MARION BAXTER MASON
Tyler D. Mason was born June 30, 1848 in Lapeer County, Michigan; his parents were Jess Brown and Minerva Catherine Warner Mason. He married Marion Baxter on November 29, 1869 in Branch County, Michigan. Marion Baxter was born on March 25, 1850 in Michigan; her parents were Hoseah H. and Mary Hanes Baxter.
Tyler D. Mason served in the Civil War as a Private in Company B, Michigan 10 Calvary Regiment under George Armstrong Custer. He enlisted on September 2, 1863 in Romeo, Michigan and mustered out on November 11, 1865 at Memphis, Tennessee.
Tyler and Marion's children were:
Erde R. Mason was born August 8, 1870 in Branch County, Michigan. He married Eva Wilcox.
Frank M. Mason was born November 20, 1871 in Branch County, Michigan.
Charles C. Mason was born November 24, 1872 in Branch County, Michigan. He married Lillian Bow on July 15, 1895 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Charles passed away on September 3, 1955 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.
Myrtle Mason was born December 28, 1891. She married Gordie Burch on January 9, 1909 in Lafayette Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.
In 1896, Tyler and Marion owned and operated a 78 acre farm on the NW corner of Section 28 at the intersection of Meridian and Nelson Roads.
Tyler was elected to the following Lakefield offices
Constable in 1886
Lakefield Board of Review in 1889
Appointed Drain Commissioner to fill a vacancy on April 13, 1895
Appointed to Building Commissioner for Town Hall on April 13, 1895
From the Book "Lest We Forget" written by Myron Gulick states the following: "Tyler was a prominent man and was noted for his great foresight
into the future. He started a loan company and it was a success. I met this man only a few times. He was heavyset, bushy haired, with very strong arms. He wore a beard.”
Tyler passed away on November 16, 1914 in St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan and Marion on July 5 or 6, 1918. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.
SOURCES: 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 Lakefield Township U.S. Census; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; Civil War Pension Index; Civil War Soldiers Records & Profiles; Tyler and Marion Mason marriage record and death record; Erde, Frank, Charles and Myrtle birth records; Find-A-Grave Website; Wilbur (Bill) Bow; Myron Gulick's book and Joe Mason.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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