MASON, Maitland

1861 - 1951

Born at Kersey Mill, The Green, Kersey, Suffolk on 11 March 1861, youngest child of Benjamin Mason (1813-1889), farmer, miller & maltster, and his first wife Ellen Mary née Sheldrake, who marred at Kersey in 1844. In 1861, a newly born living at Kersey Mill with his parents, Benjamin 48 and Ellen 43 and five siblings. His mother died in 1863/65 when his father married secondly in East London in 1865, Mary Crofts Smith. By 1881, a 20 year old corn miller working at Mill Street, Dedham, Essex on his 22 year old brother Benjamin's mill with Maitland's 24 year old sister Julia as housekeeper. He exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1883, from Kersey Mill an oil painting, 'On the Stour at Dedham' and in 1855 from the same address 'On the Brett' he is also know to have painted 'Aldham Mill'. By 1891, a miller & merchant at 131 High Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk with his 74 year old stepmother, Mary Croft Mason, and unmarried sister 34 old Julia Mason. He was still living with sister Julia at Hadleigh High Street in 1911 and was still living at 131 High Street, Hadleigh in 1939. His sister Julia (4 June 1856-1949) died at Sudbury, Suffolk and Maitland in 1951, he was unmarried.