Yes , Mason is a rogue.I am so in hope of proving he was a pirate or something, but that is next to impossible.It is strange to me that after using the Izard name, they adopted Ezard (which is a slight shift) ; then Ezzard and finally Ezell.(in Ky.) There was a John Ezell and spelled that way, Ezell who witnessed Mason'swife's land sale.When one of my Great Uncles died in Tenn at almost 100 (he was named for Mason) the Obit stated that the Tenn. Ezell's Grandfather was from France.
As an aside, the incomplete record of the French sailors who came to the aid of the Colonists in the Rev. War lists three Izourds a Mathieu , one Jean (John) and I beleve a Guillume (William) .It's a book entitles "Combatants des ------- I cannot remember right now.There is mention of an Essarts also.Of course this does not fit the time line for Mason, since the fleet did not arrive until 1783 or some such and Mason has the land grant record 1773.
The family believes (from somewhat reliable sources within the family) that Mason may have had at least three wives.However the three is speculation as we know of only two.Martha Elizabeth Harrison ( or Harris) and Mary Wiet Hinds.Martha must have died in So. Car.My Great Grandfather, Harrison was born in 1784 in So. Car. and married Nancy McKenzie Gilbert in Jackson Co. Ga. 1811 spelling his name Ezel. (or it was spelled for him) probably by Nancy.Its interesting to see the actual 1820 census as written in Ky. for Mason and Harrison.They wrote a large E space ell as if they were really trying to get it right.