Masterson Family Line

Masterson

  • ______ Masterson
  • Richard Masterson
  • Nathaniel Masterson (1642-1692)

    ______ Masterson

    CHILDREN included:

    1. Ann Masterson b.1598 Scotton, York, England d.March 6, 1654 Plymouth, MA m.abt.1639 England Nicholas Ellis m.(2?)John Ellis

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    Richard Masterson

    b.parents ukn
    m.Mary Goodall

    CHILDREN included:

    1. Sarah Masterson b.abt.1623 m.John Wood
    2. Nathaniel Masterson b.1628

    From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: RICHARD, came to Plymouth, Mass., 1629

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    Nathaniel Masterson

    b.1628 Leyden, Holland; s/o Richard Masterson and Mary Goodall
    d.abt.1692
    m.July 31, 1657 Ipswich, MA Elizabeth Cogswell

    CHILDREN included:

    1. Sarah Masterson b.abt.1674 d.Oct. 13, 1703 York, ME m.abt. 1690 Arthur Bragdon
    2. Abial Masterson b.______, captured at the Massacre of 1692 and redeemed bprobly in 1699. She was published to Isaac Foster, Jr. of Ipswich, December 27, 1710.
    3. Elizabeth Masterson b.______ m.Samuel Young

    NOTES: Sarah, Nathaniel, and Elizabeth (Cogswell) Masterson were all killed by Indians.
    History of York by Banks: NATHANIEL MASTERSON This is the only one of Pilgrim connection who settled in this town. He was born in Leyden, Holland in 1628 (S.J.C. Mss, 1072), s/o Richard and Mary (Goodall) Masterson, and was brought to Plymouth as a child in 1629 with his sister Sarah. His father died in 1633 and his widow married for her second husband Rev. Ralph Smith, at that time paster of Plymouth. The boy lived with his stepfather there and at Jeffrey's Creek, Manchester, Mass., until he reached his majority. He is found at Salem, 1654, Ipswich, 1657, and 1659 he removed to York, as by a certificate sent to Holland by Governor Prince of the Plymouth Colony (Gemeente Archief, Leyden).

    The Mastersons were of an old and well-established family of the landed gentry of Cheshire and this line migrated to the Weald of Kent in the middle of the sixteenth century. They were related by marriage to the Banks family of Ashford in that country. Richard Masterson went to Leyden in 1611 as soon joined the Pilgrim church there, and on Nov. 23, 1619, married Mary Goodall, by whom he had two children, Nathaniel and Sarah, who married John Wood of Plymouth.

    Nathaniel Masterson settled on Cider Hill, but how he obtained the lot where he made his home is a puzzle. In 1671 the selectmen agreed that "if it were not orderly granted," they would lay it out together with a second parcel of thirty acres adjoining (T.R. i, 41; Deeds iii, 120). Its bounds became a fruitful source of uncertainty to abuttors. He held the office of Marshal of the Province, as a partisan of Massachusetts, 1661 to 1665, when he was removed by the Gorges regime; restored to office 1668 and held the position continuously till 1686, perhaps longer. He was a victim of the Candlemas Day Massacre, 1692, with his wife, who was Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Thompson) Cogswell of Ipswich, and granddaughter of Rev. William Thompson, the early minister of Gorgeana. They were married July 31, 1657...

    Page 303: Masterson, Abial She was the dau. of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Cogswell) Masterson and was recorded in 1609 as "gone to Penacook." She had returned, however, before 1703 when she signed a deed with her sister Sarah.

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