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Joseph Mason: Joseph Mason originally settled in Dublin about 1770 just south of this location.  In about 1773, he built this modest 20 x 28’ house.  His name appears in the 1774 Settlement Survey with one of the first board houses in Monadnock Number six and twenty-eight acres cleared.  He signed the Packersfield Association Test in 1776.  The Settlement Survey included the grist mill at the outlet of Silver Lake.  He was never the owner but may have been the operator for a year or two between Daniel Wood and William Beal.  He served extensively in the early days of the Revolution and was at the Battle of Bennington where his successor on the property, Ebenezer Perry, lost his life.

Ebenezer Perry’s tenure here was short.  He bought the farm here in May 1777.  Ebenezer moved here from Wilton, New Hampshire with his second wife Dorcas (Whitman) and children aged 11, 9, 8, 5, 3 and young Ebenezer, born in Wilton October 4, 1776.  Their oldest, Ichabod, was not with them having enlisted “for the war” in March 1777 at age sixteen.

Ebenezer was not here long before joining the fight at the Battle of Bennington where the thirty-five-year-old father of seven was killed in an August 16th skirmish that preceded the battle itself.  Nelson historian, Simon Goodell Griffin writes that while Ebenezer was away their six children still at home caught dysentery and died.  A number of Nelson children died that summer.  Genealogical evidence available today suggests that five died.  Only Dorcas’ namesake, aged three, survived.  Struthers reports that the house itself burned.  There is no record of a subsequent inhabitant.

Mother and daughter probably returned to family and friends in Wilton.  The sale of the property to Nathaniel Breed was finalized in 1782.