My grandfather, Richard Mason, was born Jan 1, 1879 in Cherokee County North Carolina. According to my father Franklin, Richard's father was John (?) and Richard's mother was Sarah (?). Richard was the third of twelve children. There were six boys and six girls. They were Tom, Robert, Richard, Arthur, Fred, Manual, Ora, Dora, Milley, Viola. The other two I don't know at the moment.
I would like to know if this John Mason is the one you are thinking is Austin's brother?