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George Masters (d. 1686)George Masters (son of Masters) was born in Somersetshire, England Tailor in NYC, and died 1686.He married Mary Willis on November 27, 1678, daughter of Henry Willis and Mary Pease.
Notes for George Masters:
My interest is personal, naturally [!!].Our earliest known ancestor is
pretty well believed to be a Robert Masters, who arrived in Maryland in the
mid to late 1600's.I personally believe that he either came from London,
or from the Somerset or Kent area, others believe Scotland
Lin Clark's web site is at http://www.oliveweb.clara.net/masters/She not
only has information on her ancestors, but background information on the
areas around where they lived.I am sure that she would be more than happy
to correspond with anyone that could connect with her ancestors. I am adding
Lin as an addresee, which is why I am including the full thread of this
The LDS site is at http://www.familysearch.org/There is a search procedure
for their files.For some of this information, it must be remembered that
files have been submitted by others, and not all is fully documented.I
have found the Masters name going back to the 1400's on this site.
I also have some links to personal pages on my site at the Masters Family
Regarding the information I have regarding Somerset, I haven't checked to
verify the extent I mentioned, but some years ago, I had corresponded with
others from that area, and was given some examples of early Masters in that
From: "Mary Smith" I have only found my line of George Masters back to Cranbrook, Kent in the
1700's.Where can I find the information you've listed below?
Philadelphia Masters was born in Philadelphia while her father and mother were visiting to see the new Society of Friends city that William Penn was building.Philadelphia was the first white child born in the city,hence her name, and to celebrate the event William Penn gave the child two silver spoons.These spoons went back to L.I. with the family and in the mid-1900s an article in a L.I. newspaper told how the spoons originated with William Penn and that they were still in the possessions of descendents of George Masters.Where are they now?
Source:Camacs of Co. Down 1913HSofPA Library Fa929.2 C1720c 1913
page 229Tradition shows that three brothers determined upon venturing forth from their home in England about the year 1675 and that their interests should not in any way clash, they considerately pitched upon different sections of the country, so removed that the history of two of them is entirely lost.One sailed to the British Provinces above the St. Lawrence, two went to the Island of Bermuda, one of these, Thomas, later on coming to America to settle in Phliadelphia about the year 1687.This Thomas Masters, who came to Philadelphia from Bermuda, was originally from Somersetshire, England, where the name is not uncommon even now, while there are families bearing the name still residing in Bermuda. .... He was among the wealthiest of early Philadelphians....Mrs. Sybilla Masters, wife of Thomas, who went out to England in 1711 and 1712, to make her fortune abroad by the patent sale of her ' Tuscorora Rice', so called (a preperation from Indian Corn like our hominy). English Patent number 401, which she obtained, was thus the first to any person in the American Colonies, and was granted Nov 5th, 1713, to 'Thomas Masters of Penna., Planter, his exctrs adm. and assigns of the sole use and benefit of a new invention found out by Sybilla his wife for cleaning and curing the Indian corn growing in several colonies of America within England, Wales, and Berwick on Tweed, and the colonies in America.'
More About George Masters and Mary Willis:
Marriage: November 27, 1678
Children of George Masters and Mary Willis are:
- +Philadelphia Masters, b. May 14, 1684, 1st white child born in Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania, d. May 06, 1715.