Mason Area Historical Society
Mason Area Historical Society

Pioneers/Residents

 
 
 
 
"Frank Demas "
      Thomas Willis                                         Merry Willis
                  (1825 - 1870)                                                   (1815 - 1907)          
 
Findagrave noted the following:   
" Name originally was Frank Demas but changed it when he escaped from slavery to Thomas Willis so as not to be found by his master. According to his wife's obituary, she escaped first to Canada with her daughter Mahala (Mrs. Henry Lyon) by underground railroad. Her and her husband were reunited there later by her husband after his escape. They lived in Canada a few years, and then Detroit finally coming to Mason, Michigan where he died 4 years later. (From the information in the article of Aug 15, 1907, I estimated the year they came to Mason as 1865 and he died approximately in 1869/1870) " 
 
Thomas, Merry and their children remained in Mason.
Buriels can be found in Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason, MI.
 
Thomas and Merry's children
 
 

  Merry Louise Willis James 1865 - 1952
 
 
Willis Family Find A Grave Link:   https://new.findagrave.com/memorial/47404018
 
http://michiganradio.org By  • MAR 7, 2016  
 
Lansing State Journal Article:  by Judy Putnam - a columnist with the Lansing State Journal. Contact her at (517) 267-1304 or at jputnam@lsj.com.       Link: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/02/05/putnam-rare-slavery-document-display-lansing/79838764/
 
Lansing State Journal Article:  by Judy Putnam - a columnist with the Lansing State Journal.
Contact her at (517) 267-1304 or at jputnam@lsj.com
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Amos E. Steele, Jr            
Amos E Steele Jr (1834-1863)          
  United States Civil War Soldiers Index Card / United States Civil War and Later Pension Index Card  
 
Civil War Union Army Officer -  October 31, 1962 Lieutenant in Company B, 7th MI Volunteer Infantry and would gain rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  
Amos Steele Jr had died while he was in command during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.  
Amos Steele Jr was first buried on the battlefield as requested, but Mr. Amos Steele Sr,  retrieved his body  
and brought back to Mason Michigan not soon after the war.
 
 
 
 
 
          
Henry V Steele (1844-1864)  
 
Civil War Union Army Office - Captain of Company H in the 26th MI Infantry.  
Henry V Steele was one of 186 killed in the Battle of North Anna River.
 
 
Click for the MAHS Steele family link below for additional details.
 
 
 
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Dr Gertrude (Dart) O'Sullivan
1866-1949
 
Mason's first Woman Physician
 
 
Enjoy this informative and enjoyable video of Dr Gertrude (Dart) O'Sullivan below
Prouduced by J Case Lamphere
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Dr. Gerti - Mason's first woman physician" Link: 
 
The Mason College Club (was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Dart O'Sullivan, M.D.)
 
 
 
 
 
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Una Lindsay Call Jeffers
    Birth: 1-6-1884 Mason MI   Death: 9-1-1950 Carmel by the Sea (Monterey County CA)
 
Married to Robinson Jeffers - Celebrated American Poet
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    https://sites.oxy.edu/special-collections/jeffers/visitingtorhouse.htm    Una and Robinson Jeffers, 1940 © Charles E. Steinheimer/The LIFE Images  Collection/Getty Images
 
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Photo of Una and Robinson Jeffers & family from Ordinary Times
 
 
 
TIME Magazine Cover: Robinson Jeffers. ... Robinson Jeffers | Apr. 4, 1932  
 
http://carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com  - Robinson Jeffers Meets Una Call Kuster  
 
http://poeticappetite.blogspot.com POSTED BY  
 
Jeffers At Occidental College - Special Collections & College Archives - © 2004 Occidental College   
 
 
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Malcom "X" Little
May 19, 1925 - Feb 21, 1965 (age 39)
African-American Muslim Minister and Human Rights Activist
 
 
 
                     
 
Left and Right photo by Jamie Wasilchenko on 2016-10-13  via https://www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=26849 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristin McConnell , “Mason High School,” Malcolm X in Lansing, accessed August 13, 2017 
 
 
 
Malcom X Little - Biography - Timeline   Linkhttp://http://www.malcolm-x.org/bio/timeline.html