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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.
JOHN B. MASON was born in Butler County, Ky., August 20, 1814, and is the eldest of two boys and one girl born to William and Polly (Tilghman) Mason, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of native of South Carolina. William Mason was a farmer, and came to Butler County, Ky., about 1810 or 1811, and died there, at the residence of his son John B. Mrs. Polly Mason was a daughter of Stephen Tilghman. John B. Mason was reared a farmer. About 1849 he moved to Sumner County, Tenn.; worked for wages until 1854, and then went into the family grocery and saloon business, and was in and out of business in Sumner County, Tenn., until 1864, when he came to Franklin. He had purchased his first tract of land of about 100 acres in Butler County. While residing in Sumner County, Tenn., his mother lived with him until a short time before her death, when she removed to the home of her other son in Sumner County, where she died. Mr. Mason has now retired from active business life to his fine residence in Franklin. By his industry and perseverance he has made life a success, having started without a cent. He cast his first presidential vote for Van Buren.