Mason Area Historical Society
Mason Area Historical Society



                   Benjamin Rolfe  b:12/3/1788 Massachusetts  d: 5/29/1850 (61yrs) Ingham County MI 

  Rebecca McCleary Rolfe  b: 4/20/1787 Hillsboro, Hislborough County NH   d:6/3/1865 (78 yrs) Ingham County MI 

Orimel W Rolfe           b:1812  d:1895
Mary Ann Rolfe Barnes  b:1815-1861
           Fanny W. Rolfe         b:1819  d:1837  
According to her brother Alvin Rolfe in the "Pioneer History of Ingham County",
she may have been the first death in Vevay Township.
Alvin Rolfe  b:1820  d:1903
Carlos J Rolfe  b:1822  d:1847
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Peter Linderman    b: 1796 - Orange County NY   d: 3/4/1865 Mason - Ingham County MI 
Caroline Horton Linderman  b: 1805 - Orange County NY d:  1/24/1891 Mason - Ingham County MI 
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"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: 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       Link:
Lansing State Journal Article:  by Judy Putnam - a columnist with the Lansing State Journal.
Contact her at (517) 267-1304 or at
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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 
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
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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Photo of Una and Robinson Jeffers & family from Ordinary Times
TIME Magazine Cover: Robinson Jeffers. ... Robinson Jeffers | Apr. 4, 1932  - Robinson Jeffers Meets Una Call Kuster 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 )
Kristin McConnell , “Mason High School,” Malcolm X in Lansing, accessed August 13, 2017 
Malcom X Little - Biography - Timeline   Linkhttp://
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  Franc L. Adams

FindAGrave Link:


Pioneer history of Ingham County " 

Compiled and arranged by Mrs. Franc L. Adams, 

Secretary of the Ingham County Pioneer and Historical Society

Adams, Franc L., Mrs. comp.,ICPHS

(May take moment to load) LINK:;view=fulltext


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Estelle Philleo
1898 Mason High School yearbook photo.
Image may contain: 1 person           Estelle Philleo Obituary Chicago Daily Tribune Mar 21, 1936 -
Estelle Philleo was a 1898 graduate of Mason High School
Moved to Denver and became a music composer.
She took the Arthur Chapman poem "Out Where the West Begins",
and set it to music, and it had become a highly popular song in the late1910s and 1920s.
She wrote many other widely-known songs of the day, so many in fact that she became
known as The Spirit of the West. A biography titled Setting the West to Music was written about her.
Mill Creek Valley Historical Society CO   Link:
Image result for facebook pic  Facebook Bryan Hunt-Photos - "Colorado Cabin home of Estelle Philleo
Dumont', Colorado"
Library of Congress
"NOTATED MUSICImage 7 of Home again America for me"
Library of Congress

Pullman herald., November 12, 1920, Page 2, Image 2
About Pullman herald. (Pullman, W.T. [Wash.]) 1888-1989