Courtice, Grace Mason (1801-1872) - Tombstone at Ebenezer Cemetery

J. Bowen 8 Sep 2015

Grace Mason was only a female itinerant preacher in 1819 & 1820 when she desisted.  Grace was the younger sister of other female itinerant preachers Ann Mason Freeman (1797-1826) and Mary Mason (b.1797).  Grace Mason married Christopher Courtice in Sutcombe, Devon on 9 Feb 1821. Letters between Ann Mason and her sister and brother-in-law are published in a Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman published by Henry Freeman.

Grace and Christopher Courtice came to Upper Canada in 1833 along with Christopher’s siblings, James and Harriet with their spouses, to join Thomas Courtice who came to Upper Canada in 1831.

Tombstone for Grace Mason Courtice (1801-1872) located at Ebenezer United Church Cemetery, Courtice, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada.  43°53’46.2″N 78°46’15.8″W


  1. Oliver A. Beckerlegge. United Methodists Ministers and Their Circuits: Being an Arrangement in Alphabetical Order of the Stations of Ministers of the Methodist New Connexion, Bible Christians, Arminian Methodists, Protestant Methodists, Wesleyan Methodist Association, Wesleyan Reformers United Methodist Free Churches and the United Methodist Church, 1797-1932. London: Epworth Press, (1968).pg. 156.
  2. Freeman, Ann Mason A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman, written by herself and an account of her death by her husband Henry Freeman N. Towle, Exeter (1831).
  3. Thomas Courtice. Short Sketch of the History and Times of Christopher Courtice of Darlington, Ontario. Oshawa-on-Lake, Ontario: The Courtice Picnic, (1921).

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