Descendants of William McMaster

I would like to find out more about this family. This line is being researched by Shari Thrasher of Arizona, Arthur Livingstone in Ireland and myself in Massachusetts. We are all descended from William McMaster and Margaret Frazer. It seems to me that every family usually has a person who is interested in the family history. However, the further one goes back, it seems the historians multiply.

Generation One



1. William1 McMaster was born circa 1790. He married Margaret Frazer in 1813.

Children of William1 McMaster and Margaret Frazer were as follows:

This William is possibly the William identified by Arthur Livingstone as the 1812 leaseholder of Kilkear.

"To hold unto the said William McMaster his Heirs and Assigns form the day of the decease of Abraham McMaster the present Tenant for and during the term of twenty one years from Thence then next ensuing for the natural life of Abraham McMaster aged three years Son of Abraham McMaster the younger and cousin of the said William MaMaster at the yearly rent of ninty pounds... Witnessed by William Martin Forester of Lincoln't Inn in the County of Midddlesex Gentelman and William Handaside of Edinburgh in Scotland Gentleman...

Arthur Livingstone further reports a William McMaster who was a tenant with Michael Frazer in Aghrafinegan, on Lord Lorton's estate in 1821. I would think this could be the same William McMaster, given that his wife was a Frazer. Michael could have been her father or brother. I mention Michael on my Frazer web page but I don't have information on his parents or offspring.

Generation Two



2. Jane2 McMaster (William1) was born circa 1820. She married George McMaster on 15 Aug 1839 in Sligo.

Children of Jane2 McMaster and George McMaster were as follows:

George was born about 1820. Little is known about him. Assuming he named his children in the traditional way, his father would have been James McMaster and his mother would be Annie. Shari Thrasher has provided some a very intersting tradition concerning the McMaster Family:

The following information written about my 2nd great grandmother, JANE MCMASTER, comes from a family history titled 'The Wheeler and McMaster Family History as told by May McMaster Timmel, 1960'. It was sent to me by Geraldine Fickel of Glenwood, Iowa before her death in the 1990's. William McMaster, Jane's first child was born in Edinborough, Scotland although his home was Dramora, County Sligo, Ireland. A child of wealthy parents, he was never taught to work. Jane, his mother belonged to the Stuart line and was a lady in-waiting to one of the Queens. Her name was McMaster before her marriage to a McMaster. She was Scotch and he was Irish. Her husband (George) died when William was about 6 yrs. old and a few months before his sister Anna was born. Not wishing inter-marriage in her family as was the custom in Scotland, William's mother Jane started to America with her family leaving six year old William with her brother in Edinborough. Anna was born at sea. The other children were Sue and James. She with her young family stopped in Canada for a short time and then came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where her sister Margaret lived. After a few years she married again, a man by the name of Thompson. He died some years later and she continued to live in Wisconsin. She was very dainty and aristocratic and we all waited on her for she knew nothing of work. Sister Carrie looked very much like her and was our father's favorite. 'Grandmother' Jane went back to Milwaukee with her sister Margaret who came for her and was much like her. Later she went to Oakland, California to live with her husband's half brother E.A. Thompson and passed away there. She was extremely religious and often took the place of the circuit rider in (Wisconsin) in the winter when the snow was deep and the circuit rider could not make his rounds. She also lived with her son 'Mac' and daughter-in-law Laura in their hotel in Western, Nebraska for about a year. Jane and 'Grandmother' Wheeler were exact opposites. They were given rooms as far as possible away from each other. Grandmother Wheeler firmly believed every one should work and wasn't slow in speaking her mind. Written by Laura May McMaster Timmel Written 1957,Assembled 1960.

Whether the above account of Jane McMaster and family is fact leaves room for doubt. The following account is from the Civil War files of Jane's youngest son, George A. McMaster, obtained from the National Archives,October 2000: Jane McMaster Thompson filed for a 'Dependent Mother's Pension' on or about 15 December 1890 for a pension of $12.00 per month from theMilwaukee Agency (certificate #308018) based on the death of her son George. She stated at that time that she had no means of support and recorded below is the affidavit from her sister Catherine FrazierMcMaster Bennett: GENERAL AFFIDAVIT State of Wisconsin County of Milwaukee In the matter of the claim for pension of JANE THOMPSON, mother ofGEORGE MCMASTERS late a Private, Co. 'B', 8th NY Heavy Artillery personally came before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid, CATHARINE BENNETT residing at 250 First Avenue, Milwaukee, his cousin, person of lawful age, who being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid claim as follows: That claimant and deponent are sisters and lived in County of Sligo, Ireland under the same roof, until the claimant above named was married. Deponent says though she was not present at claimants marriage with GEORGE MCMASTERS , yet they came back to my father's house a day or two after as man and wife and that they lived in the neighborhood as man and wife until he died. That they were married by a minister named Scott. That the date of claimant's marriage was August 25th, 1839. That deponent was present when George McMaster late of Co. B, 8th NY Heavy Artillery was born on the 22 day of May 1847 in York County, Province of Canada and parents were then both living and living together. The name of his mother was Jane McMaster and his father's name George McMaster. That the soldier George McMaster was never married. That deponent knew him well all the years of his life until he went to the war. That George McMasters, father of soldier, died September 22, 1847 in Canada. Deponent was present at his death bed. That deponent was not present at marriage of claimant with Thompson but knows by hearsay and knew that they lived as husband and wife. That her marriage with WILLIAM THOMPSON was May 11th, 1851 in Canada as she is informed and believes. Deponent knows that claimant has no means of support, and no one person legally liable to support her and has no property. I further declare that I have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecution. Signed: CATHERINE BENNETT

I find the above information intersting as my Frazer traditions also claim relation to the Stuart's. I wonder whether she claims this through the McMasters or through the Frazer side? Also the reference to Edinburgh is interesting given other references to Scotland in the McMaster Family history. Also note that one of the witnesses to William's lease above was from Edinburgh.

3. Catherine Frazer2 McMaster (William1) was born on 24 Jan 1827. She was baptized on 12 Feb 1827 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland. She married Henry DeWitt Clinton Bennett on 28 Dec 1850 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She died on 8 Oct 1917 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age 90.

Children of Catherine Frazer2 McMaster and Henry DeWitt Clinton Bennett were as follows:



4. Fanny2 McMaster (William1) was born on 4 Apr 1829 in Kilmactranny Parish, Sligo, Ireland. She was baptized on 26 Apr 1829 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. She married James McMaster Sr., son of Abraham McMaster and Margery (--?--). She was buried on 16 Jan 1875 in Kilmactranny Parish, Sligo, Ireland.

She was also known as Frances.

Children of Fanny2 McMaster and James McMaster Sr. were as follows:



Generation Three



5. Margaret3 McMaster (Fanny2, William1) was born before 30 Aug 1846 in Kilmactranny, County Sligo, Ireland. She was baptized on 30 Aug 1846 in Church of Ireland, Ireland. She married George William Frazer, son of James Frazer and Violet Frazer, on 15 Mar 1866 in Kilmactranny, County Sligo, Ireland. She died on 14 Feb 1922 in Driendancy, Annagh, Roscommon, Ireland; Address at time of death from Church records. She was buried on 16 Jan 1922 in Ardcarne, Roscommon, Ireland.

She lived; Cullnagleragh in the Union of Kilmactranny at the time of her marriage.

Children of Margaret3 McMaster and George William Frazer were as follows:



6. Hubert3 McMaster (Fanny2, William1) was baptized on 23 Oct 1848 in Church of Ireland, Ireland. He married Eliza Neary on 12 Feb 1880 in Kilmactranny, Sligo, Ireland. He was buried on 24 Sep 1937 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland.

He was also known as Hugh.

Children of Hubert3 McMaster and Eliza Neary were as follows:



7. William3 McMaster (Fanny2, William1) was born on 20 Feb 1851. He was baptized on 16 Mar 1851 in Church of Ireland, Ireland; Mother listed as Frances. He married Catharine Clark, daughter of Thomas Clarke and Jane Spratt, on 6 Oct 1882 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He died on 2 May 1899 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, at age 48; heart disease, 2 years.

Children of William3 McMaster and Catharine Clark were as follows:



8. Jane3 McMaster (Fanny2, William1) was born on 28 Jul 1853 in Ireland. She was baptized on 11 Sep 1853 in Church of Ireland, Ireland. She married Archibald McMaster, son of Arthur McMaster and Catherine McMaster, in 1880. She was buried on 11 Jun 1923 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland.

Children of Jane3 McMaster and Archibald McMaster were as follows:



9. Susan3 McMaster (Fanny2, William1) was baptized on 17 Aug 1856 in Church of Ireland, Ireland. She married John Hadden, son of James Hadden and Margaret (--?--), on 12 Dec 1883 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; cook wtih residence in Providence, RI. She died on 12 Aug 1888 in 75 Northfield Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, at age 31; "Chol. Morbus 6 day." She was buried in 1888 in Margarite Way, Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Children of Susan3 McMaster and John Hadden were as follows:



Generation Four



10. James Archibald4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born on 8 Jan 1867 in Ballindoon, Parish Killadoon, Co. Sligo. He was baptized on 17 Mar 1867 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. He married Margaret Clark, daughter of Thomas Clarke and Jane Spratt, on 5 Oct 1892 in Boston, MA. He married Maud Alice Rayne, daughter of George Rayne and Margaret Ross, on 28 Jun 1905 in Medford, MA. He died on 2 Apr 1940 in 26 Montrose Street, Boston, at age 73. He's funeral was held at Church of the Ascension, 1906 Washington St., Roxbury, MA, on 4 Apr 1940. He was buried on 4 Apr 1940 in Forest Hills Cemetery.

He His Death Certificate wrongly gives mother as Elizabeth McMaster and age 53. Wife given as Mary A. Rayne. Informant was Hubert Frazer, son [probably was actually brother]. James' birth was registered in the District of Ballyfarnon in the Union of Boyle in the Counties of Sligo of Roscommon. His birth was registered by William Frazer. He immigrated in 1887. He was a (an unknown value) in 1900. He and Margaret Clark appeared on the census of 12 Jun 1900 in 57 Westminster Street, Boston, MA. He was a Coffee & Tea Dealer in 1905. He was naturalized on 18 Oct 1905; Declaration 9 Oct 1896. He lived in 1910 in 35 Alaska Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was a (an unknown value) between 1919 and 1937 in Real Estate, 381 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA. He lived in 1920 in 71 West Cottage Street, Roxbury, MA. He lived in 1922 in 37 Clifford St., Roxbury, MA. He lived in 1937 in 26 Montrose Street, Roxbury, MA.

Children of James Archibald4 Frazer and Margaret Clark were as follows:



There were no children of James Archibald4 Frazer and Maud Alice Rayne.



11. William4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born on 14 Mar 1868 in Sligo, Ireland. He was baptized on 14 Jun 1868 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. He married Amanda Skoog, daughter of John O. Skoog and Elsa Benson, on 29 Nov 1910 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; by William L Clark, 11 Newcomb St. He was buried on 13 Apr 1950 in Kilmactranny Parish, Sligo, Ireland.

He was a chef. He William Frazer was in America for a number of years but he came back to Ireland in 1919. He lived in 1911 in 60 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA. He lived in 1915 in 86 Pleasant Street, Mansfield, MA.

Children of William4 Frazer and Amanda Skoog were as follows:



12. George4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was baptized on 12 Oct 1879 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. He married Annie Craig. He died in Derrycashel. He was buried on 29 Jul 1960 in Kilbryan church yard, Roscommon, Ireland.

He Didn't emigrate to US.

Children of George4 Frazer and Annie Craig all born in Derrycashel, Roscommon, Ireland, were as follows:



13. Richard4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born circa 1875 in Ireland. He married Elizabeth L. Rayne circa 1902.

He emigrated in 1899. He was naturalized in 1917. He lived in 1920 in 334 East Main Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts. He was a hotel steward in 1930. He lived in 1930 in 26 Park Road, Belmont, Massachusetts.

Children of Richard4 Frazer and Elizabeth L. Rayne both born in Massachusetts were as follows:



14. Violet Frances4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born on 14 Jul 1872 in Sligo, Ireland. She was baptized on 25 Aug 1872 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. She married James Fairbanks.

Children of Violet Frances4 Frazer and James Fairbanks were as follows:



15. Hubert Alexander4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born on 6 Jan 1878 in Ireland. He married Annie McKinnon, daughter of Daniel McKinnon and Christine McRury, on 5 Jun 1917 in Medford, Massachusetts; by Clarence A. Young, Minister of the Gospel, from Boston. He died on 12 Dec 1954 in Quincy at age 76; Death Certificate wrongly gives father as James Frazer and mother as not obtainable. He was buried on 14 Dec 1954 in Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

He emigrated in 1900. He lived in 1910 in 35 Alaska Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was a coffee and tea dealer between 1910 and 1917. He lived in 1920 in 71 West Cottage Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was a shipbuilder in 1920. He lived in 1930 in 17 Richfield Street, Quincy, Massachusetts. He was a proprietor of a retail grocery in 1930.

Children of Hubert Alexander4 Frazer and Annie McKinnon were as follows:



16. David4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born on 8 May 1884 in Ireland. He married Annie E. Gray. He died on 27 May 1953 in 8 Howe St., Milton, at age 69. He was buried on 29 May 1953 in Forest Hills.

He was a Grocery Clerk. He Birth date from death certificate. Death was suicide by carbon monoxide inhalation at home. He lived in 1910 in 25 Langdon Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Children of David4 Frazer and Annie E. Gray were:



17. John Edward4 Frazer (Margaret3McMaster, Fanny2, William1) was born in Mar 1882 in Ireland. He was baptized on 21 May 1882 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. He married Waitie Covell. He married Margaret Lillie McMaster, daughter of Hubert McMaster and Eliza Neary, on 13 Dec 1917 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland. He died on 27 Mar 1970 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. He was buried on 30 Mar 1970 in Maplewood Cemetery, Marlboro.

He was a Chef, Dartmouth College. He Birthdate based on age 80 from death certificate. He was also known as Edward. He also went by the name of Eddie.

There were no children of John Edward4 Frazer and Waitie Covell.



Children of John Edward4 Frazer and Margaret Lillie McMaster were:



18. Margaret Lillie4 McMaster (Hubert3, Fanny2, William1) was born circa 1888. She married John Edward Frazer, son of George William Frazer and Margaret McMaster, on 13 Dec 1917 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland.

Children of Margaret Lillie4 McMaster and John Edward Frazer were:



19. George Ernest4 McMaster (Hubert3, Fanny2, William1) was born on 12 Sep 1894 in Clarkwood, Sligo, Ireland. He was baptized on 11 Nov 1894 in Kilmactranny Church, Sligo, Ireland. He married Mary Jane Livingstone. He died in 1932 in Clarkwood, Sligo, Ireland. He was buried on 17 Aug 1932 in Ballindoon, Sligo, Ireland.

Children of George Ernest4 McMaster and Mary Jane Livingstone were as follows:



20. George Edward4 McMaster (William3, Fanny2, William1); Note on Register: Corrected 1-16-48 was born on 18 Dec 1884 in 40 Northfield Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married Grace A. (--?--) in 1915.

Children of George Edward4 McMaster and Grace A. (--?--) were as follows:



21. Frances W.4 McMaster (William3, Fanny2, William1) was born in Jun 1896 in Massachusetts. She married Herbert H. Butler circa 1923.

She was also known as Fannie. She lived in 1930 in 5 Alhambra Road, West Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Children of Frances W.4 McMaster and Herbert H. Butler were:



22. Arthur William4 McMaster (Jane3, Fanny2, William1) was born in Apr 1882 in Dromore, Sligo, Ireland. He was baptized on 4 Jun 1882 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland. He married Martha (--?--). He was buried on 11 Aug 1947 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland.

Children of Arthur William4 McMaster and Martha (--?--) were:



23. Katherine Frances4 McMaster (Jane3, Fanny2, William1) was born in 1884 in Dromore, Sligo, Ireland. She married John James McMaster, son of Hugh McMaster and Mary Johnston, on 8 Mar 1909 in Kilmactranny Church of Ireland, Sligo, Ireland. She died on 11 Sep 1957.

Children of Katherine Frances4 McMaster and John James McMaster all born in Derreentunny, Roscommon, Ireland, were as follows:




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