Bought a new Pentium III processor. I will be updating the McMaster site <> with lots from the Gonzales and Wharton Co.,Texas branch-which I believe is connected to the AR, Itawamba MS, Greene Co. AL and Newberry Co. SC branches .
I plan to link these families together with a huge disclaimer. Does anyone object?
This would be the descendents of Thomas and Rebecca of Greene Co., AL (b. SC). Children included: Mary Ann McMaster John A. McMasters William P. McMasters James W. McMaster Rebecca McMasters Thomas E. McMasters Jane E. McMaster If I'm right about the TX connection, there was a baby brother born about the same year Thomas died (1836/38). His name was Joseph B.He was struck by lightning as a teenager in Texas and is listed in the mortality schedule.
The sticking point is William P. I think he shows up again in TX. Has anyone besides me ever wondered about Thomas McMaster's obit. which reads "lost both parents at an early age"? Margaret is in the family cemetery. Where's William P.? Was there a scandal here? Did he leave the kids with the grandparents-safe in settled MS-after Margaret's death? Or, did they run him off(maybe they blamed him for Margaret's death. Or, are the multitude of matching names and birthdates/places on census records just a fantastic coincidence.
Also, I always assumed that the McMasters were farmers/planters. If the Texas connection is accurate, census records indicate they were gunsmiths and blacksmiths. That may explain why they moved to such wild frontier places. It also could explain why we have trouble finding land records. They may have leased or rented or worked for the livery owner, etc.
Someone once told me I have a vivid imagination. What do you think?