Jack's Civil War Relics
About our Masters Family Site
Previous Family Research
Back in 1989 we published in our book the lines which
represented the best information available at that time.
Based on this information the following
lines were shown:
ii. Robert Masters - Died, Mar 1716, in Prince Geo. Co.,
iii. Unknown Masters - She married William Norris before
iv. Grace Masters - born ca 1695, married John
I placed the initial presentation of our Masters Family on the internet in early 1995. Since then,
Masters Research was developed in December 2000 by James
Funkhouser and corroborated by Carol Collins. This
information indicates it's more probable that the Robert Masters above shown in the
2nd generation, was in fact the immigrant
ancestor and that he had a brother, William, an unknown sister who
married William Norris and one son, William "W" Masters
(who will be shown as the 2nd Generation). We have structured our lines
given this hypothesis.
I have presented, based on research mentioned above, the brother relationship between
Notley and Hillery
Masters. I think it appropriate to note that this relationship is not accepted by various
members of our
family. Family tradition is strong and the memories of oral history passed down from parents and
grandparents long ago established the father/son relationship. Articles on
John S. Masters by Robert
Eldridge and Legends of Arrival by
Margaret Buehrig, point to these
various family traditions.
William Masters Jr's 2nd family was with Tryphenia
North, daughter of George and Rebekah North.
We will likely never know the exact circumstances
however it is our feeling that William North Masters and John North
Masters, were the couple's first two children. First, Old English
Law did not recognize divorce so legal separation from Margaret was
impossible. More definitively however, in William Masters'
Jr. 2, 185
William North and John North Masters were the recipients of his land -
which again goes back to Old English Law where the oldest son(s) inherit the
land. Lastly, the proximity of ages in the children lends credence in
all being the same family. The gift of 2,
A9 52 acres of the home tract
by his father in 1755 may have provided the foundation for a lifelong "common law" relationship
with Tryphenia. 2,
Use of Our Internet Site
In the Family Lines section you will find that in parenthesis, immediately after
the various family members, lines included for previous generations.
Roman numerals which identify the children of the previous generation have been color coded
as well in a further effort for easy identification of families
The Masters Family Surname Index includes all names
in the original Masters Family History 1691 - 1989 as well as family members
added since then. The original index contained 7,954 folks but now include
another 1,000 or so individuals.
Any Hyper-Linked names in the index will take you to the actual placement within
our internet version of the Masters
Family Lines. Names not linked will be the 9th generation or later which are not included
within our Masters Family Lines. An estimated 6,000 family members are included within the
structured lines. Several individuals are followed by A, B C ect.
Letters indicate multiple listings for the same individual. Numbers
following individuals only indicate identical names for different family
members. In some cases the individuals are listed for each occurrence
in the lines.
Source Notes & Information contain sources
(a partial listing since we are only showing the first 8 generations) in our original publication
back in 1989. Additional Notes & Information contain sources since publication
as well as several Internet sites where information was obtained.
Images used in our book have been included
in this internet work, however, many
more which have
been collected since publication
are now shown on this site as well. I have used "small thumbnail" images in the outline text, however, if you are
interested you can "click" on the image and be
able to view a larger size which also includes
the identification of those in the image. This will be a continuing effort and if you
have any materials you wish to be added just let me know what you have.
Keeping images and file sizes to a minimum
has been and will be in the future a design factor on this site. For that
reason you will see no impressive graphics and the like. I know it's frustrating to have a slow
internet connection and be forced to wait for loading. In a few cases however I have inserted
larger files just to be able to justify placing on the internet. A couple of maps and one group
picture comes to mind - Just remember it will take time to load depending on your internet
connection. A few of the index pages got a little larger than I wanted as
well by the time I added all of the hyper links - redesign at that point however represented to large an
effort on my part to correct.
I'll be adding sections as my time allows. Remember, this is your site and if you have materials
which you think interesting, please let me know. I'll be considering the future placement of our site
at some point. Rootsweb is one option however I must be comfortable that there will never be any
fee charged for access. We'll just have to wait and see what develops.
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