Pleasants County Farmer & Civil War Veteran

Submitted by David Buck; webpage by Linda Fluharty.


James B. Mason & wife, Sarah.

James B. Mason was born to Emily Mason in Rappahanock, Virginia. He is first recorded as 7 years old in the 7th Census of the U.S. in 1850 living with his mother and grandmother in Virginia. Because of the dates and locations detailed in his Civil War records he probably came to West Virginia in the early 1860's. In the Census of 1870 he is married to Sarah E., with children in Ritchie county, West Virginia. He moved with his family to Pleasants county sometime between 1880 and 1900 and died near Hebron in 1921 and is buried with his wife in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Pleasants County.

James B. mustered into the 11th Regiment, Company D, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, in July 2, 1862 at Elizabeth. He mustered out of the 11th Regiment in March of 1864, to immediately re-enlist. On the Muster Roll of Nov & Dec 1864 he is listed as "Fife", not Pvt. Later, when the 11th was apparently mustered out as a unit, James was mustered into the 10th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry, Company I, on August 9, 1865 by order of a General Gibons. A muster card for the 10th lists him as a musician. He was probably mustered out with the 10th on August 9, 1865, when he would have been 22 years old.

The service of the 11th and 10th West Virginia Infantry included skirmishes with General David Hunter that was called "Hunter's Raid" into Virginia and battles at Cedal Creek, Salem, Appomattox, Lexington and Lynchburg at which James B. apparently was a fifer.

The researcher of the above information is David Gillespie Buck, formerly of Sistersville, and the Great-grandson of James B. Mason. Delpha Gillespie, a daughter of James B., was David's grandmother. David also submitted the photos of the Company D uniform badge, as well as the Honorable Discharge medal.


From Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, by H. H. Hardesty

Born in Rappahannock county, Virginia, Jan. 22, 1843, and was living in Tyler county, W.Va., a farmer, when he enlisted, at Elizabeth, in that State, March 22, 1862, as a private in Co. D, 11th W.Va. Vol. Inf. (8th A.C.); he was discharged from this enlistment, at Parkersburg, March, 1864, as Vet. of same command; final discharge being received at Wheeling, Aug. 20, 1865. Comrade Mason had a thirty days' veteran's furlough, re- porting back to command at expiration of same. He took part in the battles of Dusk Camp, Panther Gap, Lexington, Lynchburg, Cedar Creek, Siege of Petersburg, Hatcher's Run, Long Bridge, Appamattox Court House, was present at the surrender of Lee, and participated in many skirmishes and minor engagements; he was detailed as Company Fifer in the Fall of '63, and served in that capacity until discharged. Comrade Mason married, in Ritchie county, W.Va., May 23, 1867, Sarah E. Martin, who was born in that county, June 23, 1851, daughter of Josiah and Melissa (Johnson) Martin, both deceased. They have had seven children: Josiah T., Lorena (McMullin), William J., Mary A., Melissa G., Lovaria D., and Maggie E. Mr. Mason's parents are both de- ceased; his brother, John R. Mason, served in the 7th W.Va. Inf. three years, and two of Mrs. Mason's brothers, Wm. J. and Jas. S. Martin, besides numerous cousins on both sides, were also in the service. Comrade Mason has held various local offices, and with his wife and daughters is a member of the P. M. church; he is a farmer, member of Mulligan Post, No. 31, G.A.R., a pensioner, address, Hebron, W.Va.