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Mason Pilcher

Born 1742 - Died 1790

Mason Pilcher (1742-1790) was the son of Moses Pilcher of Stafford County, Virginia.  Mason was a tobacco inspector at the Falmouth tobacco warehouse from at least 1778 to 1781.  He was mentioned in the British Mercantile Claims (May 1801 – May 1802) as owing £41.18.21 to a Fredericksburg store.  The notation in the claim read, “He died about 13 years ago possessed of considerable  property but very much in debt.  His executrix proceeded to sell and pay immediately after his death, but the estate was found inadequate.”  While the Pilcher family resided in Stafford for many years, relatively little is known about them.