Major John Mason, Conqueror of the Pequots

Gen Tales is a series dedicated to stories and discoveries from my genealogical research. Some are excerpted from my book, “My Lineage from the Roots Up”, vol. 1 and 2.

John Mason statue on the Palisado Green in Windsor, Connecticut. Photo by Alicia M Prater, PhD. July 2019.

John Mason was born about 1600 in England. In his early 20s he joined the military, serving in the Netherlands as Lieutenant under Sir Thomas Fairfax during the Thirty Years’ War. He was about 30 years old when he arrived in…