Awarded for the most outstanding research paper relating to the history of the Mason family.
David Armstrong is a first-year PhD student and a high school history teacher in Fairfax County. His digital project, “‘Not Satisfied with the Provisions Made for Her’: Elizabeth Mary Ann Barnes Hooe, the Mason Family, and the Transfer of Property in Early Virginia”, was developed for the Center for Mason Legacies. David’s research traces how Elizabeth Mary Ann Barnes Hooe used the legal system to protect and enhance her inherited wealth and status, which she in turn passed down to her children from marriages to George Mason V and George Graham. Elizabeth’s story is told through legal documents that she and other members of her family filed through the Fairfax County Court, namely in the form of wills, deeds, and agreements.