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Henry MASTERS

Male Abt 1765 - Abt 1835  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Henry MASTERS  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1765  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    EARL
    Died Abt 1835  Whitely Twp., Greene Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I518  foot | David Jones b 1831
    Last Modified 27 Dec 2016 

    Family 1 Barbara/Barbary Keener,   b. 1755, near Narrow Passage, Frederick (now Shenendoah), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1820, Whitely, Greene, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [3
    Married After 9 Apr 1784  Greene, Greene, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage date is estimated base on Barbary Keener still being called Barbary Souder (first marriage) in her father's will made on 9 April 1784.

      Possibly had another daughter born before 1790. The 1790 Federal Census shows Henry Masters and family living in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Since Washington County was the parent of Greene County (erected 9 Feb 1796), this entry "may" imply that Henry Masters was already living in what would become Greene County by this time. Census lists 1 free white male 16 and up, 1 free white male under 16 and 2 free white females (Barbary Keener Souders Masters + possibly one unknown daughter).

      1800 Federal Census shows Henry Masters and family living in Greene Township, Greene, PA. Since census is in alphabetical order, it is impossible to determine who his neighbors were, but the family may have been living next to her brother, Boston Keener, by this time. Census shows 2 free white males under 10, 1 free while male 26-44, 1 free white female under 10, and 1 free white female 26-44.

      1810 Federal Census shows Henry Masters and family living in Green Twp, Greene, PA. Census in alphabetical order, so again do not know their neighbors. This census shows 2 free white males 10-15, 1 free white male 45 and over, 1 free white female 45 and over, and 1 free white female under 10 (Phoebe would have been 17, may simply be mark in wrong column).

      1820 Federal Census, pg. 339 shows Henry Masters and family living in Greene Twp, Greene County, PA, living next door to wife Barbary's brother, "Boston Caner" (Sebastian "Boston" Keener), and two doors from son Joseph Masters and his young family. This census shows 2 free white males under 10 yrs of age (sons Solomon and grandson Henry?), 1 free white male 26-45 (son Joseph age 30?), 1 free white male of 45 and up (Henry Masters?), 1 free white male of 16-26 (daughter-in-law July/Ula, wife of son Joseph?), 1 free white female of 45 and up (Barbary Masters?).

      The fact that Henry Masters and son Joseph Masters are living next door to Boston Keener in 1820, coupled w/ the fact that Barbary Masters and her grandchildren by son Joseph Masters are all buried in Keener Cemetery on the Boston Keener farm, all combine to indicate that Barbary Keener, sister of Boston, was the wife of Henry Masters.
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    • Existence of unknown daughter born between 1784-1790 is implied by the 1790 census (2 free white females in household). [3]
    Children 
    +1. Joseph MASTERS,   b. 1790, of Greene County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1860  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Phoebe MASTERS,   b. 1793, Washington (now Greene) County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1866, Monongalia County, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. William MASTERS,   b. 1800, Greene Township, Greene, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Solomon MASTERS,   b. 1816, Greene Twp, Greene, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 May 2016 07:31:21 
    Family ID F376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth,   d. Abt 1840 
    Married Abt 1824 
    Children 
     1. Gideon MASTERS,   b. Jun 1825, Greene County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Daniel MASTERS,   b. 1826, Greene County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Abraham MASTERS,   b. 1828, Greene County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Morris MASTERS,   b. 1830, Greene County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 May 2016 07:55:04 
    Family ID F422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • There is a Henry Master born 1775 in the same area. Unknown if they are related and how.
    • May be buried in Keener Cemetery next to his first wife Barbary but no stone is now evident. [3]
    • 27 Dec 2016: I decided to look into Henry a little further. I see on Ancestry.com, that a lot of people have his parentage listed, but no real sources linking them, and the dates don't add up. So, today I decided to look into him a little bit. I have Henry's birthplace as New Jersey, unfortunately not sourced very well...just have that as coming from fellow genealogist and relative, the late Sam Jones. But it did give me a place to start.

      I see on wikitree.com: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Masters-1055 that there is a Joseph Masters b. 1771 in Cumberland County, New Jersey, USA of unknown parents. His son Arariah Masters was born in 1796 in Morris Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania. The same county that Henry lived in...interesting!

      Wikitree goes on to say about Joseph:
      "Possible son of James Masters (c1745-1800 NJ); grandson of Richard Masters (c1715-1761); G-grandson of James (La Maistre) Masters o born in Ireland. These lines are on an unsupported Rootsweb page. I have also seen his death date as 5 JUL 1863 on Rootsweb."

      Last night I saw a type of map plotting migration of several Masters family lines...from what I know of Henry, his line corresponds the most closely with Richard Masters and Isabella Campbell. Note that there is Ana Campbell of this same area is also a direct descendant of mine.

      Also from Ancestry, I see Henry listed as William Masters, born in 1751 in Frederick Maryland, died in Whitely, Greene County, Pennsylvania in 1835. No sources.

      Several trees on Ancestry show a marriage to Barbara Berger (1753-1848) in North Carolina and other connections to North Carolina. This doesn't "feel" right to me, and also, no sources listed.

      I see someone on Ancestry listed Henry's birthplace as Monmouth, New Jersey. Will look into that next.

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] .

    2. [S43] .

    3. [S96] Craig Trout.