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7. Nancy Jane JONES was born about 1805 in Kentucky.1 She died in 1833 at the age of 28 in Morgan County, Illinois.1

The marriage record says Nancy Jones to Irwin Masters, 18 Apr 1823, Sangamon, IL

Nancy Jane JONES and William Irwin MASTERS were married on 18 April 1823 in Sangamon County, Illinois.1,29 William Irwin MASTERS17,30 was born in 1799 in North Carolina. He died on 4 April 1842 at the age of 43 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Cartwright Twp of Sangamon Co, IL was bounded on the west side by Morgan County when it was formed in 1823. In History of Sangamon Co, Illinois, 1881. p.813: "The first settlement in the township was made in 1819 along Richland Creek. Among the early settlers were ... Wright Flynn (probably Zadock Wright Flynn), Irwin Masters.

1830 Morgan Co IL Census: Wm. I. Masters on p.67, age 20-30, 2m -5, 2f -5, 1f 20-30. Enumerated near Isaac R. Bennett and Arche Poindexter, brothers.-in-law.

Family Group Sheet done by Marlene Jones shows that William Masters married 2nd, Millie Parrot. Children by Nancy Jones were Samuel, John B. who married Nancy Sims in 1847, Betsy Ann, Melissa Ann who married Granderson Smith, and Phoebe Ann who married Peter Davenport.

Indiana Marriage Database Online:

The 1850, Morgan Co IL census does show Peter Davenport, age 23, with wife Phoebe age 17 and a one-year-old Elizabeth. Malissa Masters, age 22, was living with them. Only a couple of pages away there are several young Masters children living with a Boyer family. Could these be children of Masters 2nd marriage? I did find that Milly married Jacob Boyer following the death of William Masters. Household 2221
Jacob Boyer, 32. Milly, 23.
Sarah Boyer, 18
William Masters, 14
Washington Boyer, 12. James Boyer, 11.
Gilbert Masters & Albert Masters, both 10
Emily Masters, age 8.

I's and J's are so often confused. FindAGrave has a memorial for William J. Master. The stone in Conlee Cemetery, Morgan Co, IL, is pictured but unreadable. Said to have died aged 42y 8m 18d. That would be a birthdate of 17 Jul 1799 - they have posted here 16 Nov 1799.

Nancy Jane JONES and William Irwin MASTERS had the following children:



Samuel MASTERS died before 1850.

Died young. Was not included in land partition of his grandfather Clayborn Jones, along with his siblings.



Elizabeth "Betsy" MASTERS9 was born in 1825 in Illinois.

Elizabeth Masters married Clisby Sims, Morgan Co, IL on 1 Oct 1843.

1850 Census. Upper Alton, Madison Co, IL, Hh 200
Clisbey Sims, 26, b. IL
Elizabeth, 25, b. IL
Margaret, 5. Thomas, 2.



John B. MASTERS9 was born in 1826 in Illinois.

John said to have married Nancy Sims, 1847. I have not found this marriage.

Could this be John in 1850?
Macoupin Co, IL, Hh 6
John Masters, 24
Nancy, 24
James W., 3. John E. age 6 months



Melissa Ann MASTERS was born in 1828 in Illinois.9,30

In 1850, Melissa was living with her sister Phoebe. She is said to have married Granderson Smith.

1860 Census. Sulphur Springs, Morgan, IL, Hh 2360
Granville Smith, 31, farmer, b. KY
Melissa, 32
George, 9
Martha, age 6
Mary E., age 2
Joshua Evans, 19, farm labor

I did not find them in 1870 - I went page by page through Sulphur Springs.

1880 Census. Sulphur Springs Precinct, Morgan, IL, Hh 31
Granderson Smith, 52
Melissa, 52, wife
Mattie, 25, dau
Charles, 20, son
Phoeba, 16,dau.
Three houses away is William J. Masters - her half-brother - and his family.



Phoebe Ann MASTERS was born in 1833 in Illinois.9,30

1850, Morgan Co IL census does show Peter Davenport, age 23, with wife Phoebe age 17 and a one-year-old Elizabeth. Malissa Masters, age 22, was living with them.

Pheby Ann Masters married Peter E. Davenport, 5 Oct 1847, Morgan Co, IL