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Anne McMaster nee Cubbon was born in Braddon on the Isle of Man in 1823 and died whilst living with the family at 46 Huskisson Street, Liverpool, on 28th September 1898. Her death certificate states ‘widow of John McMaster soldier’
John 1854-1855 & Andrew 1856-1928 were the only children of John McMaster 1808-1861 and Anne Cubbon 1823-1898. They married on the 4th October 1852 in St Nicholas Church, Liverpool. He gave his occupation as a ‘labourer’. However, he could write and signed his name in an educated hand on the marriage entry; he obviously had received an education, which was very unusual for a labourer in the mid nineteenth century. His ability to write has meant that I have been able to match his signatures on various documents, proving the research correct.
John McMaster was born in the village of Clonfeacle (now Blackwatertown), in the Clonfeacle Parish of County Armagh, Northern Ireland, circa April 1808. His father was Andrew McMaster, a farmer, probably growing flax as John trained to be a weaver (probably in the linen industry). Very recently, details of the military service of No. 514 John McMaster, Private, of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot have come to light. He served 21 years in the 18th Foot between 1826 and 1847, when he was pensioned off. He served 4 years in Malta, 3 years in Ceylon and nearly 6 years in China during the First Opium War of the early 1840’s. His military record was far from exemplary and he was confined to barracks and imprisoned on a number of occasions, although this was nothing unusual for the time.
‘John the soldier’ died at 147,Bedford St in Liverpool on October 4th, 1861. It is worth noting that Bedford St bisects both Faulkener St and Huskisson St. The area was then quite a well-to-do, salubrious area of large Victorian houses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He does not appear to have been living with Anne Cubbon at the time of his death. There is further research into his military career and Northern Ireland to be done in 2006. It is very likely – and yDNA evidence backs this up – that the McMasters originally came from S. W. Scotland and were part of the deliberate ‘Plantation’ of loyal Protestants into Ulster from the early C17.
Ireland Visit August 2006
One of the main reasons for visiting Northern Ireland was family history research. Researching McMasters in the Parish of Clonfeacle, straddling the borders of Co Armagh & Co Tyrone. Day 1 took us to the village of Benburb, Co Tyrone, and a strange quirk of fate led us to find the grave of Andrew McMasters (1770-1840) & Mary McMasters (1780-1818), these I am 99% sure are the parents of John McMaster/s (1808-1861), my GG Grandfather. I can cite the evidence if you wish.
This grave is in the churchyard of St Patrick's Clonfeacle (in Benburb village), the stone is missing, but it was recorded in 1905, and this fact was mentioned in a 1993 listing of burials in the churchyard which was printed in the Journal of Duiche Neill No 8 (Journal of the O'Neil Country Historical Association). The Chairman of this organisation happened to be in the shop when we were asking for the address of the local Presbyterian Minister (assuming then the McMasters were Presbyterian), and after a brief discussion about the whys & wherefores, he took us to his place & found us the above edition of the Journal listing burials in St Patrick's.
We were able to visit the approximate site of the grave, the location of which was clearly described in the 1905 publication "Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland". by C I Hobson.
3. Almost at the entrance of the church, a small headstone.
Sacred to the memory
of MARY the beloved wife of
who departed this life May 23 1818
aged 38 years
also her husband the above named
ANDREW MCMASTERS who
died November 9th 1840
aged 70 years.
It is requested that this grave will not be opened
Also, in Duiche Neill No 8 1993, page 78 (containing the list of burials at St Patricks) is a description of the church.
"The ground in front of the church was once so high that much of the lower part of the building was not visible from the street. This, of course, must have induced much rising damp in the walls and caused considerable discomfort especially in winter. Consequently, it was proposed in 1866, that the earth to a depth or four or five feet be removed to bring the ground to floor level. Families whose ancestors were buried in that ground were opposed to such a proposal and, as a result, only part of the proposed work was done. The ground to the right of the entrance, where there was a small headstone to the memory of one Andrew McMasters and his wife, was left undisturbed. Bearing the date 1818, this little stone bore the following words which the developers paid due heed; It is requested that this grave will not be opened". (C I Hobson, Historic Benburb) & (article by Mona Wylie, St Patrick's Churchyard, Clonfeacle, in Duiche Neill).
This places the site of the now unmarked grave just to the right of the main door into the church. I suggest that Andrew, concerned about the works going on in 1866 disturbing his wife's grave, had the inscription (It is requested that this grave will not be opened) added then, or left instructions for it to be added after his death.
We also found the 68 acre Townland of Tireagherty nearby, where it is believed the McMasters lived and John (1808-1961) was born. We photographed the one remaining ruin of the perhaps ten cottages clustered on the higher part of this Townland, shown on the 1856 map.
Up until this point we only knew John McMasters (1808-1961) had a father Andrew, who was dead by 1846. John seemed to drop the McMasters and became plane McMaster during his military service.