His Children and Grandchildren
Contributed By: Ginny Schilt
known to us researchers as "of Fairfax Co," was born 1705/6. (Court
deposition, where he was 44 in 1750) The earliest record we have
found, so far, of him is an Essex Co., VA, court indenture showing
150 acres of land to Edward Masterson from Thomas Short, 19 Nov
1728. When he sold land in Essex Co. in 1735, the deed says he is
"of the County of Caroline."
He was in Fairfax Co., VA,
by 1745 when he leased 300 acres of land on Four Mile Run and built
a mill where Doctor’s Creek entered Four Mile Run. (Fairfax Co VA
Land Record Book) The Creek is now covered over and an apartment
complex is built there. His
says he was a millwright.
In 1750, he bought 8 acres
on Difficult Run, which became the boundary between Fairfax Co. and
Loudoun Co. when the latter was formed from the western part of
Fairfax Co. in 1757. On 25 Sep 1751, he asked the Fairfax Co. Court
for permission to erect a water grist mill on Difficult Run and to
have an acre of land confirmed to him. The report of the committee
appointed by the sheriff was recorded 24 Jul 1752, so presume it was
granted. (Fairfax Co VA Deed Book C)
According to Rev. Phillip
Slaughter's “History of Truro Parish,” 1751--The time for
processioning the lands having come again and the division of the
parish having changed it geography, etc. It was ordered that “...
Edward Masterson [procession] between Four Mile Run and Hunting
Creek ...” Edward wrote his will 25 Jul 1754. It was presented
in court, 18 Sep 1754, by his executors, wife Mary and son, Edward.
(Fairfax Co Will Book B1) Some people think she was Mary Lindsay,
but can produce no proof, so far. His widow remarried Mark
McPherson, and in 1768, sold 418 acres of land on Quantico Creek in
Prince William Co., VA to her son, John. This is the 418 acres
Edward says in his will, he bought from Abraham Farrow. (Pr Wm Co
Deeds) By his will, we know he left 9 children:
1. Edward (Jr.), b
ca 1730, mar Mary Coleman, dau of Richard and Eleanor Critcher
Coleman. She is listed in her father's will, 1764, in Loudoun Co.,
VA. Edward was a trooper in the French & Indian War, 1755-56. The
"House of Delegates Journal" 1777-80 says he went "in defense of
people in outlying Virginia." He moved to Dobbs Co., NC, and died
in Wayne Co., NC, prior to a court order for distribution of his
estate, 20 Apr 1790. (See Vol 1 No 3 p 16, Masterson Newsletter)
He had 11 children:
James, b 7 Apr 1752 in Fairfax Co VA "between Georgetown and
Alexandria" (Rev. Pension Appl.), was in the Rev. from NC, moved to
Lexington, KY, ca 1780, fought with George Rogers Clark, drew a Rev.
pension. He mar in Lexington, 1781, Margaret Wymore (Wimer), dau of
John Wymore, who was killed by Indians near Lexington. James was
guardian of his young brothers and sisters, 1794-1803. (Fayette Co.,
KY Will Book) James had 13 children. He wore frontier clothing
long after most men had stopped. He died 15 Dec 1838, age 86.
mar Samuel Craig, 7 Mar 1781 in Lincoln Co., KY.
Caleb, b 1758, was one of the first lot holders in Lexington, KY,
1781 with James. He fought with George Rogers Clark in the Rev.
Caleb mar Jenny Champ, dau of Thomas Champ, and lived in Bourbon
Co., KY. He had at least 4 children.
Leannah (Lenney), b 30 Mar 1763 (TS), mar John McCormack before her
father's estate settlement 1790. They moved to Lincoln Co KY where
her husband died, (will written 1817, guardian chosen for son John
1817 in Bourbon Co Court Order Book). She died 28 Sep 1849, in
Pulaski, Giles Co TN, where several of her children lived.
mar Isham Young (Younce) 2 Jun 1790, in Lincoln Co., KY.
(Sally), mar James Ely 19 Dec 1790, in Lincoln Co., KY.
Winifred (Winney), ward of James, mar William Sampson 25 Jan 1797,
in Lincoln Co., KY.
Delilah (Delle), b 27 Nov 1775, ward of James, mar Martin Wymore.
She died 18 Dec 1841, in Fayette Co., KY.
William, b 5 Apr 1778, ward of James, mar 27 Oct 1803 Mary (Polly)
Patton. He lived in Lincoln Co., KY and had 10 children, two of
whom died in infancy. He died 19 Nov 1858. His wife was b 7 Sep
1782 and died 8 Dec 1839.
Lazarus, b 22 Feb 1782, ward of James, mar Elizabeth (Betsy) Givens,
dau of Robert and Margaret Robertson Givens, 2 Feb 1808 in Lincoln
Co., KY. Lazarus lived in Logan Co., KY, as shown in the 1820 and
1830 censuses. He was the father of 10 children. He died 24 Sep
1859 in Lafayette Co., MO and is buried in Mt. Hebron cemetery.
Masterson, listed in settlement of father’s estate.
2. Mary, mar before
her father's death, 1754, John Lindsay, son of James and Sarah
Daniel Lindsay of Caroline Co., VA. Mary and John moved to Halifax
Co., NC. John, b 27 Aug 1728, d Dec 1800, will probated Feb 1801.
They had 8 children:
James, d before his father without issue.
b 1753, mar Baron George Zollicoffer of Halifax Co., NC, who was a
Captain in the militia in the Rev. (if Virkus' Compendium is
Judith, never married.
Susanna, mar ____ West, and had at least 1 son.
called Polly, never married.
Elizabeth, mar ____ Crittenden.
b 30 May 1768, mar Sarah Kearney. He was a Methodist minister,
referred to as "Reverend." They moved to Maury Co., TN. (Wm & Mary
3. William, probably
the one who bought 400 acres in Frederick Co., VA, 1762; was on the
Romney Payroll 1775; in 1810 census was in Augusta Co., VA; in 1820
census was in Monongahela Co., VA, if these are all the same man.
4. Robert, listed in
5. Sarah, probably
the one who inherited 5 pounds in Fairfax Co., VA, will of Ann Mason
1761; listed as a legatee in the Fairfax Co, VA, will of Harry
Piper 1774; and who left her will 1801 in Alexandria, VA, who
apparently had been living with the William Ramsey family.
6. Elizabeth, b
1744, mar Joseph Farrow, who was a "waggoner" in the Rev. Some time
after his death, 1784, in Loudoun Co., VA, (Loudoun Co Wills) she
went to KY with her children. She died in 1822 at the home of her
son, Joseph, in Mason Co., KY. The epitaph on her tombstone reads:
"Her languishing head is at rest
Its thinking and aching are o'er.
Her quiet immovable breast
Is heaved by affliction no more.
Her heart is no longer the seat
Of trouble and tormenting pain,
It ceases to flutter and beat,
It will never flutter again."
There were 7 children (order?):
William, b 18 Apr 1771, mar 18 Mar 1793 Elizabeth Shore, dau of
Richard and Susannah Simpson Shore, and had 10 children. After
Susannah's death 5 Sep 1826 in Montgomery Co., KY, he mar Mary Nancy
Davis and had 7 more children. He died 26 Mar 1846 in Fleming Co.,
Thornton, mar Henrietta O'Hara. He died 22 Oct 1807 in Fleming Co.,
Joseph, mar Elizabeth Waugh and/or Betty Harrow. He died 20 Aug 1852
in Mason Co., Ky.
Sarah, mar James O'Cull.
Thomas, mar Nancy ____.
Elizabeth, mar James Ross.
Ann, mar John Harrow and/or C. R. Goddard.
7. John, b ca 1747,
was a schoolmaster in Loudoun Co., VA, when he bought the 418 acres
in Prince William Co., VA, from his mother in Dec 1768. He mar
Sarah Tobin, dau of James and Esther ____ Tobin (Tobins). She is
listed in her father's will, 1774. (Loudoun Co Wills) By 1773, John
and Sarah had moved to that part of western PA that was claimed by
VA, where he is on the Tax List in Springhill Township in 1773
Bedford Co., PA, Sarah paid the taxes in 1783 Westmoreland Co., PA,
and in 1785 Sarah paid in Fayette Co., PA. They didn't move, the
state kept forming new counties. John wrote his will 27 June 1781;
it was proved in court 2 Aug 1782, so he died between those dates.
He left 5 children (one unborn), order unknown:
Thomas, moved to Mason Co., KY, to land inherited from his father,
then to TN. He mar Sarah Washington, dau of Thomas and Janet Love
Washington, 2 Dec 1807, in Rutherford Co., TN. Thomas may have been
a lawyer (see Mary below). He had a Copartnership with John Sample
and James Gordon in the Town of Franklin, TN, and owned real and
personal property in Franklin, Nashville and "wheresoever it may be
found." This includes the land in Mason and Lewis Cos., KY, on
"Licking Creek," sold by his sons in the 1830's. He left 2 sons,
one born after his death in 1812 in Nashville, TN. (Davidson Co
Richard, b 1770/75, mar Susannah Brown, dau of Joshua Brown.
(Fayette Co PA Deeds 1803) He stayed in Fayette Co, PA and was in
the 1810 census. He died before the 1820 census which lists
b 1772/3 (1850 Trumbull Co., OH census), mar Daniel Hank 16 Dec 1792
in Fayette Co., PA. (Trumbull Co History) In 1804 he appointed his
brother-in-law, Thomas Masterson, of TN, "my true and lawful
attorney and agent to act for me to divide a tract of land in Mason
Co., Ky," on the North Fork Licking. This is the land left in John
Masterson's will to Mary. (Mason Co Deeds) Daniel was "of
Washington Co.," PA, in that deed, 1804. Later that year they moved
to Trumbull Co., OH. Mary was living with her son, Richard
Masterson Hank in the 1850 census. She and Daniel had 8 children.
He died 5 Jun 1821, she died 22 Dec 1856.
Sarah, b 1781/2. Unborn in father's will. Apparently she never
married. In the 1850 census, she is living with her nephew, Richard
Masterson Hank, in Trumbull Co., OH.
8. Thomas, b ca
1750, in 1766 he was apprenticed to Thomas Dagg, ship carpenter by
his guardian, Joseph Farrow, his brother-in-law. In 1774-76, he
bought and sold land in Prince William Co, VA, including two lots in
Dumfries, VA. (Pr Wm Co Deeds) At the start of the Rev. War he owed
money to some store or business in England; he is listed in "British
Merchantile Claims" as "Thomas Masterson of Prince William Co. ...
due Sep 1776 Lives in Petersburgh, solvent." Another merchantile
claim, 1803, says "Thomas Masterson, of Loudoun County ... due 29
July 1776. Died insolvent about twelve years ago." He is probably
the Thomas Masterson, ensign, on the ship "Tempest" 1778. He mar
Lucy Hardaway, dau of James and Mildred Stanfield Hardaway of
Dinwiddie Co., VA. The 1782-87 Tax Lists, which substitute for the
1790 VA census, shows Thomas in Prince George Co., which is next to
Dinwiddie Co. Petersburg was in Prince George Co. at that time. He
died before 1816, ca1791 if that merchantile claim is right, when
his wife and dau grant power of attorney to sell land Thomas had
owned on Twin Creek in Gallatin and Owen Cos., KY; they were
residents of Dinwiddie Co., VA then. Have found only one child:
Milly, b 1770/80, mar James Booth. By 1825, they were in Morgan
Co., GA, and are in the 1830 census there.
9. Richard, b 31 Dec
1752, was a surveyor. He went to what is now KY in 1775, one of ten
young men from VA, to survey between the Ohio River and the North
Fork Licking River, between Well's Creek and Mill Creek. That land
is now in Mason and Lewis Cos. They erected a cabin for each member
of the party and deadened trees, thus meeting the requirements for
claiming land. (Collin's "History of Kentucky") Richard came back
the next year and claimed more land for himself, his brothers John
and Thomas and his brother-in-law, Joseph Farrow, on both sides of
the North Fork. These land pre-emptions were registered with the
court in Harrodsburg, KY in 1780. (I do not think John, Thomas and
Joseph were ever in KY; they just owned the land and left it to
their wives and children, some of whom came later.)
Richard is listed as a Rev.
soldier on the Romney and Winchester payroll (this is now Grant and
Hardy Cos., WV).
In the middle 1780's, he
bought land 5 miles northwest of Lexington, and with the families of
Shore, Morin, Taylor, Simpson and maybe others, founded Masterson's
Station. Though the marker says the home belonged to James Masterson
(son of Edward, Jr.), it was Richard who was on Masterson Creek and
the Elkhorn. James was in Lexington and on Hinkston's Fork,
northeast of Lexington. The house was torn down while part of the
U. S. Narcotic Hospital property. Later they gave the land to the
city of Lexington and it is now Masterson Station Park.
He mar 29 Jul 1784, Sarah
Shore, dau of Thomas and Sarah ____ Shore, originally from Loudoun
Co., Va. Richard and Sarah became quite active in the early
Methodist church. "Methodism was planted in Kentucky in 1783 at
Masterson's Station in Fayette County." (Collin's "History of
Kentucky") Richard built the first Methodist Church in KY there in
1788. It was in their home at Masterson's Station that the first
Methodist conference west of the Appalachian Mts. was held.
(Weatherford's "Religion in the Appalachian Mountains") A picture
of the home, taken 1890, can be found in a number of Methodist
About 1792, Richard and his family moved up to Gallatin Co., KY. He
built a house on the Ohio River and his parlor hosted both church
services and meetings of the town and county officials. The men who
incorporated Port William, now Carrollton, in Carroll Co., KY, in
1794 met in this house and in 1799 the first court of Gallatin Co.
convened there. He was one of the first Trustees of the county.
This house is now on the National Register of Historic Places as one
if the "oldest standing two-story structures along the Ohio River."
It is now used for meetings of the Carroll Co. Historical Society.
Richard died 1806 in Gallatin Co., KY where the Will Book has the
inventory of his estate. Sarah died 1834 leaving her will. (Carroll
Co) They are said to be buried in the cemetery between their house
and the road, but there are no tombstone for them. They had 10
A. Sally (Sarah), b 14 May 1785. She mar Thomas
Peniston in Dec 1804. (Gallatin Co. Marriages)
B. Elizabeth, b 19 Dec 1786, mar 1st Robert
Moore 24 Apr 1805, 2nd Jesse Lynch Holman 26 Feb 1810. They moved
across the Ohio River to Vevay, IN. Jesse became Indiana's first
novelist. In 1816 he was an elector from IN to the Electorial
College to vote for President.
C. Richard Shore, b 19 May 1788, died 1789.
D. Thomas Shore, b 5 Apr 1790, died 29 Jun
E. Mary (Molly, Polly), b 18 Feb 1792, mar
William Scandrett 9 Jun 1812 in Gallatin Co.
F. Jane, b 14 Nov 1793.
G. Wesley Poythress, b 27 Sep 1797, named
for John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, and Francis
Poythress, one of the KY's first Methodist ministers, mar 12 Mar
1816, Catherine C. Abbett, dau of Dennis and Mary ___ Abbett, in
Wesley P. must have been quite a character. Although Richard,
over the years, had owned nearly 100,000 acres of land in northern
KY, Wesley P. lived his entire life by selling one piece after
another, too lazy to even pull on his own boots. In his mother's
will, she leaves him one slave, Lorenzo, but he is to be freed when
he, Lorenzo, reaches the age of 28. When Wesley P. was on his
death-bed, his grandson, Wesley C., my grandfather, was 10 years
old. He was taken into the sickroom, the old man told him to kneel
down, hit him on the forehead and said "now you'll remember me," and
died 5 minutes later. He was right. The names he chose for his
sons were unusual, too. After boys named for his father and
father-in-law, the other two were named for his brothers-in-law,
Thomas Peniston and Jesse Holman.
Wesley P. died 6 Mar 1876 at the home of his son, Richard W.,
in Newcastle, Henry Co., Ky. Catherine died 19 Jan 1853, Carroll
Co, Ky. They had 7 children.
H. Lucy, b 5 Mar 1799, mar 24 Feb 1824
George W. Booram in Gallatin Co.
I. Richard, b 2 Nov 1802, died 1803.
J. Eleanor, b ca 1805, mar 15 Jan 1824 Dr.
James W. S. Mitchell in Gallatin Co. (Mason Co Deeds and Carrollton
Methodist Church records)
Thus, we see that Edward Masterson had 9 children, at least 45
grandchildren, of whom at least 31 lived to adulthood and married.
Anyone wanting to know more
about the Masterson family history, please contact --
Mary Virginia “Ginny” Schilt
or 3460 SE Martinique Trace #101
Stuart, FL 34997