Thomas Masters (c1680-?)
Thomas Masters married Mary Handall on 27 May 1705 in
Tonbridge, Kent. They had the following known children:
Elizabeth Masters was bapitsed on 20 March 1706 in Wadhurst, Sussex.
Might she have married Edward Lulham on 10 August 1727 in Brightling,
Sussex? She was then of Sedlescombe. Or did she marry John
Hook by licence on 14 April 1730 in Hellingly, Sussex? They were
both of Hellingly.
Thomas Masters was baptised on 11 May 1707 in Wadhurst.
Frances Masters was baptised on 17 January 1709 in Wadhurst.
She may have married Robert Baker by licence on 23 March 1735/6 in
Battle, Sussex. At the time they were both of Sedlescombe.
Mary Masters was baptised on 11 August 1714 in Wadhurst. She
may have married Richard Stace on 14 January 1738/9 in Sedlescombe.
At the time she was said to be of the parish of St. Clements in Hastings.
Might they also have been the parents of:
John Masters married Ann Parker by licence on 12 December 1737
in Withyham, Sussex. They were both then of Wadhurst, Sussex.
Did John also marry Elizabeth? As they were the parents of:
Elizabeth Masters was baptised on 15 March 1741 in Wadhurst.
George Masters (c1700-1751/7)
George Masters left a will in 1751. He was then said to be a
sawyer of Bexhill, Sussex. The main beneficiary of his will was "William
Bauwick commonly called William Masters". (Bauwick was
probably Bonwick.) In his will he went on to explain that he had
unlawfully married Mary Bauwick, as at the time he was still married,
although his wife had eloped. Also in his will he mentioned his sister
Sarah who had married Thomas Hyland on 5 October 1714 in Pett,
Sussex, and nephew William Masters who also the son of a George
As a carpenter of Wittersham, Kent, George married Margaret Wickins, spinster, by
licence on 15 November 1726 in Rye, Sussex. He then married Mary
Bonwicke on 16 October 1729 in Hollington, Sussex.
The IGI records that George died on 17 April 1757 and was buried in
Wittersham. He may have been baptised on 5 May 1700 in Stone, Kent,
the son of William Masters and Elizabeth. George also
left property in Guestling, Sussex.
George and Mary had 1 known son:
William Masters was baptised on 15 March 1734 in Hollington. At
the time his father made his will, William was about 16 years old and a
servant to Mr. Charles
Eversfield in St. Leonards, Sussex.
William may have married
Sarah Monk on 24 May 1772 in Burwash,
Sarah may have been baptised on 16 November 1738 in Burwash and have been
the daughter of
Henry Monk (1714-1797) and Elizabeth Swaine, nee Goring.
William and Sarah had 1 known daughter:
Sarah Masters was baptised on 19 June 1776 in Burwash.
Sarah married Thomas Tichbon on 22 August 1798 in Burwash.
Thomas Masters (c1700-1776)
Thomas Masters left a will in 1776, in which he was described as a
bricklayer of Rye. He mentioned his wife Mary, son John,
daughter Sarah and grandsons Thomas Gibbon and William
Gibbon who where the son of Thomas's late daughter Mary. He
made his will on 20 August 1763 and it was proved in 1776.
Thomas married Mary Welsh by banns on 22 June 1732 in
Wittersham, Kent. He was then of Wittersham and she of Rye, Sussex.
Thomas and Mary had the following known children:
John Masters like his father left a will, in which he was also
described as a bricklayer of Rye. He mentioned his wife Elizabeth
and son-in-law Huwson Stick or Hick, who had married John's
daughter Martha. His will was made on 26 June 1816 and proved
John married 3 times, firstly to Elizabeth Atwell by banns on 15 April
1760 in Rye, Sussex. He was then described as a bricklayer and she a spinster,
and they were both of Rye. They were probably the parents
Elizabeth Masters was born on 30 January 1761 and baptised on 8
March 1815 in Rye, when she was said to be the wife of George Huntley.
They had married on 24 April 1787 in Rye, at which time she was a spinster
and he a bachelor and they were both of Rye.
Then as a widower John married Sarah Dawes by banns on 22 December 1767
in Rye. She was a spinster and they were both of Rye. The
witnesses to their marriage were Richard Jarrett and John Dadd.
John and Sarah had 1 known daughter:
Sarah Masters was born on 30 January 1770 and her birth was
registered at the Rye Particular Baptist Chapel. She may then have
been baptised as and adult on 20 June 1792 at the parish church in Rye.
John next married Elizabeth Hussell by banns
on 1 January 1782 in Rye. He was then a widower and she a spinster,
and they were both of Rye. The witnesses to their marriage were
Thomas Purdey and Isaac Gateland.
John and Elizabeth had 1 known daughter:
Martha Masters was born on 22 March 1783 and her birth was
registered on 3 January 1787 at the Rye Particular Baptists chapel.
Mary Masters married William Gibbon by banns on 7 June 1757 in
Rye. She was then a spinster and he a blacksmith and they were both of
Edward Masters married Grace King on 18 June 1832 in Northiam,
William Masters married Mary Hall on 15 August 1763 in
George Masters and Lydia Brit married on 5 August 1792
in Yalding, Kent. They had the following children:
Elizabeth Masters was baptised on 22 March 1793 in Yalding, Kent.
Sarah Masters was baptised on 30 November 1794 in Iden, Sussex.
George Masters was baptised on 1 August
1797 in Rye, Sussex. He did not married
Ellen Edwards in Rye in 1831.
John Masters married Elizabeth. They had the following
George Masters was baptised on 11 June 1797 in Birling, Kent. When the 1861 census was
recorded he was living with the family of his son George. He was then a 63
year old widower and farm labourer.
George married Jemima Adds on 25 March 1816 in Cuxton, Kent.
George and Jemima had the following
Ann Masters was baptised on 5 May 1816 in Birling.
William Masters was baptised on 29 April 1819 in Birling. He was an
unmarried 42 year old farm labourer in 1861 living lodging with his brother.
Mary Masters was baptised on 16 February 1822 in Birling.
George Masters was baptised on 27 March 1825 in Birling.
George married Harriet Baker in the second quarter of 1852 in the
Malling registration district.
Harriet was born about 1830 in Birling.
In 1861 the couple and their 6 children were living at Mark Farm in
Snodland. Also with them was George's father, his 42 year old
brother William and 52 year old visitor and widow
Sophia Baker who was a monthly nurse.
They had the following child:
Thomas George Masters was baptised on 6 February 1853 in Birling,
Kent. The 1861 census records that he was an 8 year old scholar.
Mary Masters was baptised on 10 June 1855 in Snodland, Kent.
The 1861 census records that Henry Masters was a 6 year old
Alfred Masters was baptised on 11 January 1857 in Snodland.
He was 4 years old in 1861.
Walter Masters was baptised on 9 January 1859 in Snodland.
He was 2 years old in 1861.
Albert Masters was baptised on 8 April 1860 in Snodland. In
1861 he was a year old.
A daughter was born in February 1861 in Snodland. The 1861 census
records that she was a month old and unnamed.
Elizabeth Sarah Masters was baptised on 9 March 1828 in Birling.
John Masters was baptised 11 December 1831 in Birling.
Sophia Masters was baptised on 6 December 1835 in Snodland.
George Masters and Susannah Bumstead married on 7 June 1808 in
Susannah was born in Ewhurst in about 1782. She died in the third
quarter of 1851 in the Rye registration district, possibly in Peasmarsh.
They had the following children:
Edward Masters was baptised on 9 April 1809 in Iden. He was a
widower by 1851 and his mother was living with him.
Edward married Mary Almond on 20 April 1834 in Peasmarsh.
Edward and Susannah had the following children:
Stephen Masters was born about 1839.
Philadelphia Honiss Venner on 25 December 1863 in Rye. Stephen
was then 24 years old and Philadelphia was 26. Their fathers were
named as Edward Masters and James Venner.
Stephen and Philadelphia had 4 known children:
James Edward Masters
William George Masters
George Masthurst was born in the third quarter of 1839 in the Rye
As George Masters he married Margaret
Smith on 29 March 1863 in Rye George was then 22 years old and
Margaret 25. Their fathers were named as Edward Masters and
George and Margaret had 2 known children:
William Edward Masters was born on 13 January 1864 and baptised
on 27 March 1864 in Rye.
Julia Anne Masters was born on 1 March 1874 and baptised on 26
April 1874 in Rye.
Stephen Masters was baptised on 31 August 1817 in Rye.
George Masters and Catherine had the following son:
George Masters was born/baptised on 29 November 1822 in Wittersham,
Kent (IGI data).
John Masters married Mary Ann Buckland by licence on 17 August
1813 in Beckley, Sussex. He was then said to be of Dartford, Kent.
William Marsters married Violetta Nichols on 27 August 1816 at
St. Clements in Hastings.
Stephen Masters married Elizabeth Woodwards on 27 November
1816 in Lamberhurst, Kent.
John Masters was born about 1802 in Appledore, Kent. He died in
John married Mary Beney in the third quarter of 1844 in the Rye
registration district. She had previously married as Mary Woodhams
to Henry Beney on 11 July 1824 in Icklesham. By her first
husband she had at least 4 children, namely: Martha born about
1825, Henry about 1831, Spencer about 1839 and Caroline
in about 1840.
When the 1851 census was recorded, John and Mary were living at what looks
like Money Cellar House in Winchelsea. Also with them were their 2
children and Mary's daughter, 11 year old Caroline Beaney.
John and Mary had 2 known children:
Thomas Woodhams Masters was baptised on 5 January 1845 in Icklesham.
(On the same day, Mary Woodhams Beney daughter of Martha Beney
was also baptised in Icklesham.)
He was 6 years old in 1851 and living with his parents.
As Thomas Woodham Masters he married Mary Ann Sparrow in the
fourth quarter of 1869 in the Medway RD.
In 1871 the couple and their infant daughter were living in Five Bells Lane
within the parish of St. Margaret's in Rochester, Kent. Thomas was
then a 26 year old labourer and Mary Ann was 24. Also with them were
51 year old father-in-law Charles Sparrow and 48 year old
brother-in-law William Sparrow When the 1881 census was recorded the
couple and 2 children were living at 3 William Street within the
parish of St. Nicholas in Rochester. Thomas was then a 36 year
old labourer in the cement works.
Mary Ann was born about 1846 in Strood,
Thomas and Mary Ann had the following known daughters:
Hannah Masters was born about 1871 in Rochester. At the time of
the 1871 census she was 8 months old. She was a 10
year old scholar in 1881.
Emily Masters was born in 1881 in Rochester. At the time of the
1881 census she was a month old.
Harriet Masters was baptised on 3 December 1847 in Icklesham.
She was 2 years old in 1851 and living with her parents.
David Masters married Ruth Booth on 13 October 1832 in
David was baptised on 9 February 1806 in Wittersham, Kent and was the son of
David Masters and Mary Bardens. He died aged 70 years
and his death was registered in the first quarter of 1876 in the Rye
registration district. (David senior may have been baptised on 27 June
1784 in Wittersham and have been the son of George Masters and
Mary Ann Whatman.) (David and Mary also had a daughter Harriett
Masters baptised on 20 October 1811 in Wittersham, and she married
Stephen Gadd on 17 December 1833 in Northiam. Prior to that she
had an illegitimate son, John Masters who was born about 1831.)
The death of Ruth Masters was registered in the second quarter of
1839 in the Rye registration district.
When the 1841 census was recorded David was living at Stream House in
Northiam, along with his three children and 15 or 18 year old servant,
Susanna Collings. He was then an agricultural labourer.
David and Ruth had the following children:
David Masters was born about 1834 in Northiam. He died aged 72
years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1905 in the Rye
registration district. He was 7 years old in 1841. In 1861 he
was un unmarried 27 year old agricultural labourer living at home with his
father and step mother.
David married Sarah Collins in the second quarter of 1861.
Sarah was born about 1836/7 in Northiam and was the daughter of Samuel
Collins (c1815-?) and Jane Skinner. When the 1841 census
was recorded Sarah was 5 years old and living with her parents at Stream
James Masters was born about 1836 in Northiam. He was 5 years
old in 1841. In 1851 he was a 15 year old agricultural labourer living
at home with his father and step mother.
Emmaly Masters was born about 1838. In 1841 she was 3 years
David married again to Susanna Collins in the fourth quarter of 1841
in the Rye registration district.
When the 1851 census was recorded, David and his wife Susanna were living at
The Stream Cottages in Northiam. He was then 44 years old and gave his
place of birth as Wittersham, Kent. Susanna was 29 and said she was
born in Northiam. They were still at Stream in 1861 and David was then
a game keeper. In 1871 the couple together with his son David and his
wife were living at Stream House. Both father and son were
Susanna was born about 1822 in Northiam.
David and Susanna had the following child:
John Masters was born about 1842 in Northiam. He was a 9 year
old scholar in 1851. In 1861 he was a 19 year old agricultural
labourer living with his parents.
Did they also have a daughter named Ruth Masters who was born and
died in 1844?
Ann Masters was born about 1806-8 in
Appledore, Kent. Was she baptised as Phillis Masters in
1807 in Winchelsea, the daughter of
Samuel Masters and
Ann married James Sargent by banns on 10 April 1829 in Icklesham.
She was then a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of
Icklesham. They both made their X marks. The witnesses to their marriage were
John Ladd who signed his namd and
Lucy Ladd who made her X mark. (Lucy had previously married
Samuel Masters in 1813.)
James was baptised on 18 June 1809 in Icklesham and was the son of
Philip Sargent and Ann.
The 1841 census records that Ann and her 3 children were living in the
Brede Union Workhouse. In 1851 the couple and their 6 children
were living at Vicarage in Icklesham and James was an agricultural
labourer. Ann was then said to be 44 years old and gave her place
of birth as Appledore. In 1861, Ann was 53 and James 52 and they
were living at Crutches Cottage in Icklesham with their 2 children.
By 1871 the couple had moved to Pelsham in Peasmarsh and Ann was then 66
and James 64. Also with them was their widowed daughter
Charlotte Sargent who was a 26 year old dressmaker. (I don't
think Ann was a daughter of Samuel, but it would seem Samuel's widow,
Lucy, was a witness to James and Ann's marriage.)
James and Ann had the following known children:
Charles Sargent was born about 1836 in Icklesham. In 1841
he was 5 years old and living with his mother in the workhouse. He
was a 15 year old agricultural labourer in 1851 and the eldest of his
siblings living at home.
Charlotte Sargent was born about 1837/8 in Icklesham. In
1841 she was 4 years old. She was 13 years old in 1851.
Eliza Sargent was born about 1839/40 in Icklesham. In 1841
she was 2 years old. She was 11 years old in 1851.
James Samuel Sargent was baptised on 23 June 1843 in Rye.
In 1851 he was a 7 year old scholar. He was an 18 year old
agricultural labourer in 1861 and living at home with his parents.
Elizabeth Sargent was born about 1846/7 in Udimore. She was
a 4 year old scholar in 1851. In 1861 she was 15 years old.
Thomas P. Sargent was born about 1849 in Udimore.
When the 1851 census was recorded he was 2 years old.
Stephen Masters married Hannah Peckham on 14 December 1833
in Northiam, Sussex.
George Masters married Harriet Nash on 8 September 1834 in
The following were the children of George and Harriet, but not
necessarily the same George and Harriet:
Harriet Masters was born on 4 July 1835 and baptised on 7 October
1835 at the Wesleyan chapel in Rye.
Samuel Masters was born on 5 January 1837 and baptised on 19
February 1837 at the Wesleyan chapel in Rye.
Elizabeth Masters was baptised on 13 April 1859 in Wittersham.