The Men Involved - General Armistead T. Mason and John Mason McCarty
Born August 4, 1787, Armistead Thomson Mason was George Mason’s nephew, son of Thomson Mason. He was a veteran of the War of 1812 and had become a Brigadier General in the Virginia Militia. A member of the Democratic Republicans, who preferred limited government and personal liberty, he was appointed to fill a U.S. Senate seat in January of 1816 despite being too young.
John Mason McCarty was a direct descendant of George Mason through his daughter, Sarah Mason. Sarah had married well to a Mr. Daniel McCarty, first grantee of Loudoun County land who bought up almost 3,000 acres in 1709. According to the book “Legends of Loudon,” it is possible that McCarty was living on his estate at Raspberry Plains as a tenant - county records show the estate being sold by the executors of Gen. Mason’s will to gentlemen in Baltimore in 1830.
Harrison Williams, Legends of Loudoun, (Loudoun, Loudoun Museum, 1990).