Newspaper accounts may be wrong. Just like the web a newspaper may have the wrong information and you should verify and confirm what you read.
Here is an example.
This 1914 newspaper obituary says that “Mason’s family came over from England after 1822, settled in Michigan and founded the town of Mason”. The written history of Mason, Michigan makes no mention of the Mason Family. I sent an e-mail to the Historical Society to get clarification on the matter. I will update this piece if and when I get a reply from them.
The obituary did have some good information which I was able to use to create a tree for Thomas. I could not find a family tree for him, although there were many family trees with the name and date, because those families were all listed as living in England.
I put a screen print of the Obit on the tree so it is available if some relative happens to get the tree as a hint.
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan
Tree created to hold screen print:
Thomas G Mason Obit 1914 NY
Link to Obit:
Boston Evening Transcript – Nov 14, 1914
See down from this link: