Name: Miles Washington Maske
Given Name: Miles Washington
Birth: 22 Oct 1794 in Anson County, North Carolina
Death: 31 Jan 1871 in North Carolina
Census: Family number 129, Film number 803887, Digital GS number 4237114, Image number 00021, NARA publication number M653 1860 Anson County, North Carolina
Census: Page 12, Dwelling 75, Family 73, Record 23 1870 Anson County, North Carolina
1860 United States Census
Change Date: 25 May 2009 at 20:48:02
Name: M W Maske
Residence: Anson, North Carolina
Minor civil division:
Age: 65 years
Estimated birth year: 1795
Birth place: N Carolina
Family number: 129
Film number: 803887
Digital GS number: 4237114
Image number: 00021
NARA publication number: M653
Collection: 1860 United States Census
1870 United States Census
Name: Washington Mask
Estimated birth year: 1795
Race or color (expanded): White
Birth place: North Carolina
Residence: North Carolina, United States
Collection: 1870 United States Census
Miles W. Mask's Will June 1, 1867 Proved February 25, 1871 Anson County, North Carolina Will Book D, pages 16-17
In the name of God Amen I Miles W. Mask of the County of Anson and State of North Carolina being at present in the enjoyment of health and of a sound disposing mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death have made this my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows, viz
1st I have already given to my son Wm. J. T. Mask in his lifetime a tract of land containing one hundred acres for which he has a tithe as appears of record, the same he sold for Five hundred dollars. I have given him also property together with a horse Bridle & saddle to the amount of One Hundred dollars with a negro boy named Wiley which he sold for one thousand dollars
2nd I have already given to my daughter Ellen C. Biven of the County of Union articles of household
furniture together with a yoke of steers to the amount of seventy five dollars
3rd I have already given to my son Joseph H. Mask one young horse worth fifty dollars. I also give him one Bed and its necessary furniture with Bedstead mat and cord, worth thirty five dollars, also one boy mare $108.00
4th I have already given to my son Wm. D. Mask property including a buggy and harness to the
amount of two hundred dollars
5th It is my will that all my land of which I am seized and possessed of be equally divided between my two sons J. H. and W. D. Mask, they paying over to each other the difference in valuation, and all the rest of my property not otherwise disposed of sold and the amount with all my notes, Judgments and accounts & money (if any) be collected, and after paying all my Just debts with the amount that remains in my hands as Guardian ofC. W. Morris, the balance if any be equally divided between E. C. Biven, J. H. and Wm. D. Mask taking into consideration what they have already received.
6th I do hereby constitute and appoint my son J. H. Mask Executor to this my last will and
testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set and seal the 1st day of June 1867.
(signed) M. W. Mask (seal)
Signed and sealed in presence of
Anson County In the Probate Court Feb 25th 1871 this paper writing without subscribing witnesses, purporting to be the last will and Testament of Miles W. Mask decd is exhibited before me the undersigned Judge of Probate by Joseph H. Mask the Executor therein named, and it is thereupon proved by the oath and examination of the said .Joseph H. Mask who being duly Sworn doth depose and say that the said Will was found among the valuable papers of the said Miles W. Mask after his death. And it is further proveth by the oath & examination of three credible witnesses to wit William C. Staton, Stephen Boyt & J H Mask who being duly sworn do depose and say & each for himself deposeth & saith that they & each of them are acquainted with the handwriting of the said Miles W. Mask, having often seen him write, & verily believe that the said will & every part thereof are in the proper hand writing of the said Miles W. Mask & that the name of the said Miles W. Mask is his genuine signature. It is admitted to probate.
Summary of the Mask/Maske "Homecoming" Ellerbe Springs Inn Ellerbe, NC May 13-15, 1994
It is over now, the gathering of about fifty Masks, or Maskes, take your pick. No one really knows why the "e" appears on some, but it seems to bealmost exclusively with the descendants of Miles W., largely still inNorth Carolina close to tile Pee Dee River near Rockingham and Wadesboro.Miles W. stayed in North Carolina when most of the clan migrated west inthe 1830's and 1840's. His descendants joined the descendants of Silas W.in a "homecoming" at Ellerbe Springs Inn. It was the first reunion ofdescendants of Silas W. and Miles W. and was a resounding success. Theidea was spawned by three Texas Mask cousins, Amil of Amarillo, Lon ofHouston, and Sonny of Bay town, all of whom desired to go back and walkon the land settled in the Carolina back country by their ancestors.
Amil, having retired a few years back from the National Park Service, obtained a Historian from Ninety Six National Historical Site whopresented an outstanding talk on the Revolutionary War as it pertained toour family there on the Pee Dee. We were able to relate somewhat to thedifficulty our
people must have had in the social/political unrest of the times between those settlers who were loyal to the King and those who choseindependence. We Masks chose independence because the Colonial Records ofNorth Carolina show a number of our family and their neighbors therearound Mask Ferry were given a "Certificate of Protection" by GeneralGates for their assistance in obtaining provisions for the ContinentalArmy, and for use of the Mask Ferry to cross the Pee Dee. Park HistorianEric Williams demonstrated the use of the musket and bayonet, as well asthe type of clothing the frontier man would have worn at the time.
Lon arranged with the Brown Creek Baptist Church for a large number of our family to worship with them on Sunday morning. Our ancestor, SilasW., was a charter member, starting the church there on Brown Creek in1828. We were particularly pleased and proud as one of the church menprayed and thanked God for Mr. Mask who was called to "help begin thiswork over 150 years ago and the Gospel has been preached on this corneruntil this day." We sang, "There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place,"and there was indeed that. The WMU (Women's Missionary Union) sponsored achurch-wide "dinner on the ground" for the occasion and there was a finedemonstration of good ole Southern cooking. There were forty Mask/Maskesat church to hear a fine sermon by Rev. Darrell Nance, whom we suspectmay be related by marriage way back through Silas and Miles "Wattie's"mother, Martha Ann Patsy Nance who married William Mask.
John William Maske, of Marshville, NC, a descendant of "Wattie's" son William Dossey Mask, led some of the family into the cemetery where Miles"Wattie," William Dossey and Joseph Hampton Maske are buried. John hadnot been to the home place nor the cemetery for about forty years, andthe family was on the verge of losing the location of the cemetery. TheAnson County Historical Society was told of its location so that it couldbe included in the inventory of Anson County cemeteries.
Others of the family visited the William A. Morris cemetery where a half-brother to Silas and Miles W. is buried. Patsy married WilliamMorris after the death of William Mask, and their son William A. Morrislived near Wattie. William A. Morris was a pastor of Brown Creek BaptistChurch from 1840 until his death in 1844. The old Morris family cemeteryand the Miles W. Maske family cemetery are in close proximity on thesouth side of Lanes Creek. Patsy, Silas' mother, could logically beburied in either under one of tile numerous unmarked rocks.
Arrangements were made with the Anson County Historical Society for the Mask(e) family to visit the Boggan-Hammond House in Wadesboro. Ourancestor Judith Boggan Mask, Silas W.'s wife, was the great granddaughterof Captain Patrick Boggan, an ardent local leader in the RevolutionaryWar. The house was one of several he built for his daughters, and hasbeen preserved with all period furniture,
some of it his own. The Society provided guided tours and interpretation of the property. A group picture was made at the house, as well as atBrown Creek Church, and the Mask Ferry site. Sonny Mask served as theofficial photographer for the homecoming, as well as providingprofessionally prepared notebooks containing family group sheets,pictures of individuals and cemetery markers, newspaper articles, and avariety of information on each family.
Amil had prepared a large, 36" x 48," genealogical chart showing family relationships of nine generations. The Silas and Miles W. portionscontained the names of 1052 known Mask/Maskes. A copy was left at theAnson County Historical Society and at the Allen Library in Wadesboro.One will also be sent to the Richmond County Library as well as theSociety of Richmlond County Descendants in Rockingham. Amil had limited information on the descendants of Miles W. and of Boggan Mask (son ofSilas W.) when he prepared the chart.
One of the absolute highlights of the "homecoming" for some of us was the trek down Old Stanback Ferry Road to the Mask Ferry site on the southside of the Pee Dee River. The walk was a little in excess of one mile (a"Texas mile," one North Carolina cousin called it), but pleasant and easydue to perfectly cool weather, and a graveled lane now maintained by theTeal Haven Hunt Club. They had graciously given permission for the group,about forty, to walk to the ferry site. The ferry was operated by WilliamMask during the Revolutionary War. He owned land on both sides of theriver at the time. Soon after the War, William Mask sold the land andeventually the road and ferry site came to be named after the Stanbackfamily. There seemed to be something special, almost holy, about standingon this old Mask land there on the southwest bank of the Pee Dee andreflecting back on how it might have been over two hundred years ago.
Another most interesting and informative time occurred when Dr. Bill McIntosh and R. Carol McLean, two native-born historian/genealogists,discussed the social history of Richmond/Anson Counties at the time ourMask(e) family settled there, and possibly why they and hundreds of otherfamilies like them migrated on west in the mid nineteenth century.
Between these planned events, there was, of course, much, much getting acquainted with distant cousins who mostly had the idea of the dispersionof the family. The descendants of Silas and Miles W. at the reunion Camefrom Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Wisconsin, California, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, and of course those living there in North Carolina. We enjoyedthe formal sessions in the Spring House and getting acquainted around thetables of the Ellerbe Springs Inn dining room, but a special bond wascreated in the informal sessions on the front porch of the Inn as we satin the white wicker chairs, talking long into the night. Many of usarrived as strangers. We hugged as we parted, those special hugs reservedfor close family members whom we may not see again soon. Truly, we had been "home" to North Carolina.
Father: William Maske b: 1769 in Goochland County, Virginia
Mother: Martha Ann Rebecca Nance b: 1773 in Mecklenberg County, Virginia
Louisa Boggan b: 3 Mar 1807 in Anson County, North Carolina
8 Jan 1824
in Polkton, Anson County, North Carolina
- William James T Maske b: 14 Sep 1825 in Anson County, North Carolina
- Ellen Cornelia Maske b: 28 Apr 1828 in Anson County, North Carolina
- Henry L Maske b: 4 Oct 1830 in North Carolina
- Pleasant H B Maske b: 15 Nov 1832 in North Carolina
- Miles S P Maske b: 1836 in North Carolina
- Joseph Hampton Maske b: 26 Oct 1839 in Anson County, North Carolina
- William Dossey Maske b: 10 Oct 1841 in North Carolina