George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights

1776 – George Mason IV Writes “The Virginia Declaration Of Rights”

In 1776, George Mason IV wrote the “Virginia Declaration of Rights”, a document that Thomas Jefferson relied heavily upon when drafting the Declaration of Independence.

Section 1 of the Declaration States:

That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Colonel William Eilbeck, Dogue's Neck, Virginia, Fairfax County, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason, George Mason III, George Mason IV, George Mason V

The Mattawoman Country Estate – The Birthplace Of George Mason IV

On December 11, 1725, founding father George Mason IV was born in a plantation within the Mattawoman Country Estate in Dogue’s Neck, Virginia, within Mason Neck, in Fairfax County. George Mason IV grew up in a plantation that his father George Mason III owned next to the property of Colonel William Eilbeck.

George Mason IV’s father died when he was ten years of age and he inherited the hundreds of acres of land his father owned. William Mason, one of George Mason’s sons, inherited the lands between Chicamuxen Creek and Mattawoman Creek to his son William Mason. In 1780, Mason IV’s eldest son George Mason V, at the age of 23, inherited Mattawoman from his maternal grandmother, Sarah Eilbeck.