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Site of John C. Mason's Dwelling House (Side 1)

Marker ID: Eatonton Baptist Church 
Location: Madison Avenue at Harris St., Eatonton
County: Putnam
Coordinates: N 33° 19.623    W 083° 23.432
  33.3270434    -83.39054137
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6ZXP
Site of John C. Mason's Dwelling House (Side 1) Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


John C. Mason, native of S.C., came to Putnam Co. from Hancock Co. with his wife Abigail and several small children. He bought this lot, Square E lot 4, on the first day lots were sold in Eatonton, April 15, 1808. He was a unique citizen. Of all those who bought lots on that first day, only he built his dwelling house, became successful and influential in the development of the town, and died at home on his original lot, Jan. 14, 1847. He was one of the first town commissioners appointed by the legislature Dec. 12, 1809 and was elected to that office many times over a period of thirty years. He was a trustee of the first Union Academy and later Eatonton Academy, legislator, Mason, director of the Branch Bank, and deacon of the Eatonton Baptist Church.

Five of Mason´s six known children married and remained in Eatonton. Ann Young was married to John Hudson, bank cashier; Elizabeth, to Wm. C. Davis, county treasurer for years; Mary Ann to James Nicholson, soldier ion the War of 1812 and holder of many county offices; Caroline, to Joseph A Moseley; Alfred C. to Caroline Walter. All were members of the Eatonton Baptist Church except Ann and John Hudson, Methodists, and Alfred, a Presbyterian elder. Wylie W. Mason, lawyer and licensed to preach in 1823 by the Eatonton Baptist Church, moved to Alabama in 1837 and became prominent in state and church affairs.

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Erected by the Eatonton Baptist Church 1977

Site of John C. Mason's Dwelling House (Side 1)
Photo by Ken Moser


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