Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Margaret MNU Masters

Female 1726 - 1806  (80 years)


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  • Name Margaret MNU Masters 
    Born 1726  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aug 1806  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I18261  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father John Beall,   b. 1688, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1742, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Verlinda Magruder,   b. 1698, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1745, Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1713  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Masters,   b. 1723, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1777, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 1742  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Masters,   b. 1749, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. William Masters,   b. 1751, Lower Potomac Hundred, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Wilkes County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
     3. Virlinda Masters,   b. 1756, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1776, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F7027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thomas Windom,   b. Bef 1716, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1767, Frederick County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years) 
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F12275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • not named in John Beall's 1742 will

      Margart Linked here for convience

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      From: SHIRLEY MOLLER
      Sent: Saturday, July 7, 2007 12:08:46 AM
      Subject: Margaret wife of Wm Masters Jr.

      You know the more I look at this Margaret, the more I begin to think that possibly she was born in England as she said and is not related to John & Verlinda Beall and son Josias. That Josias was a good friend of Thomas Windom and that is it, she was a Margaret MNU.

      Cannot find a Margaret in the children of John and Verlinda Beall, and Josias is her same age range.

      I don't think there is enough to connect her to this family.
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      Maryland Records, Vol I, 1776 Census of Frederick County, Page 190
      Lower Potomac Hundred

      Masters, Barsheba . . . . 23 wife of William
      Margaret . . . 50
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      see William Masters for discussion of Margaret Masters
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      WINDOM, THOMAS, Frederick Co. 14 Mar,1762; 21 Mar,1767
      To bro. William Windom, 20 s.
      To John Norris, 1 s. currency,
      To Wm. Bryan . I s.
      To Thomas Bryan, 1 so
      To Josiah Beal, his hrs, and assigns, In trust for Margaret Masters, during her natural life; after her decease, same to William, her son.
      Ex: Josiah Beal,
      Wit: John Gibson, Thomas Cleland, Jr, (also written Cleland),
      Benjamin Williams. 35.215
      ===
      William Masters Jr. purchased 52 acres of Discovery for 5 shillings (PG Liber RR, fol 342) from his father. The deduction of these writers is that William Jr. and wife, Margaret, had perhaps been living on other land of William, Sr., but in 1755 William Jr., became enamored of a young woman, Tryphenia North, and asked his father for some land.

      These writers are of the opinion that the possibility exists that Tryphenia was the step-daughter of his sister, Elizabeth Goslin. She probably was fair of face and personality and his marriage to Margaret had not worked.

      We can only surmise what Margaret was left to do in raising her three small children. Thomas Windom, who was distantly related to the Masters family through the marriage of William, Sr.'s, sister to William Norris and also possibly to Margaret came to the rescue. She more than likely kept house for the bachelor and in return provided for her and her children. When he died 1767 he left his personal estate and land, Fletchall's Chance, to William, son of Margaret Masters, in her trust.
      (Fred. Co. Liber A no 1, fol. 190).
      === all of this is unproven
      .. *1st Wife of William Masters, Jr.:
      ...... +Margaret Beale b: Abt 1726 MD m: 1748 in Frederick County, Maryland d: Aug 1806 in Washington, D.C.
      ..... 4 Sarah Masters b: 1749
      ......... +Zaddock Harris m: Bef 1775 [this is wrong, it was Sarah Burch that married Zaddock Harris]
      ..... 4 William Masters b: 1751 d: 1800 in Wilkes County, NC
      ......... +Barsheba b: 1751 m: 1774 in Montgomery County, NC d: in Surry County, NC
      ..... 4 Verlinda Masters b: 1753
      ......... +John Chappoll m: Abt 1773
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      Name: Edrie Broughton
      Email: edrieanne@gmail.com
      Note:
      If this is the same Margaret who went to court for support from her husband William Masters Jr., in 1744. She was born in England and was married about 1742. The child mentioned in the court action apparently disappeared, as the three children of Margaret Masters, essentially disowned in William Masters will of 1777 were born later.
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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      Frederick Co Land Records BO 2.446

      At the Request of John and Verlinda Chappell the following Deed of Gift was recorded on the 20th Day of November Anno Dom 1776 to wit
      To all People to whom these Presents shall come I Margaret Masters of Frederick County in the Province of Maryland send Greeting Know yee that I the said Margaret Masters for and in Consideration of the natural Love and Affection which I have and bear unto my Son in Law John Chappell and my beloved Daughter Verlinda his wife and for divers other good Causes and Considerations me hereunto moving as also for and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings
      current Money to me in Hand paid by the aforesaid John and Virlinda Chapple the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge have given and granted and by these Presents do give and grant unto the said John and Virlinda Chappell the three following Negroes that is to say Rachel Boss and Doll with their Increase as also all my Cattle Horses Mares Sheep and Hogs Household Furn iture Plantation Utensils Crop of every Kind Ready Money and all and singular my Personal Estate whatsoever or wheresoever in whose Hands Custody and Possession soever they be To have and to hold all and singular the said Negroes Cattle Horses Mares Sheep and Hogs with their Increases Household Furniture Plantation Utensils Crops Ready Money and Personal Estate aforesaid unto the said John and Verlinda Chappell their Executors Administrators or Assigns to the only proper Use and Behoof of them the said John and Virlinda Chappell their Executors Administrators and Assigns for Ever And the said Margaret
      Masters the said Negroes Cattle Horses Mares Sheep and Hogs with their Increase Household Furniture Plantation Utensils Crop Ready Money and Personal Estate aforesaid to the said
      John and Virlinda Chappell their Executors Administrators and Assigns against all Persons whatsoever shall and will forever defend by these Presents of which Effects I the said Margaret Masters have
      put the said John and Virlinda Chappell in full Possession by delivering them one English Guinea in Name of the whole at the Sealing and Delivery of these Presents Provide nevertheless and it is the
      true Intent and Meaning of the Parties afsd that John & Virlinda Chappell shall furnish and provide for the said Marget Masters a good and sufficient Maintenance during her natural Life or that she
      may retain the Use of the aforesaid Negroes and Personall Estate during her natural Life at her Option In Witness whereof the said Margaret Masters hath hereunto Set her Hand and Seal this sixteenth
      Day of Novemr in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six Signed sealed and delivered in the Presence of us
      Benjn Becraft Junr
      Robert Peter

      Margaret her mark Masters
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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      I think that William Masters son of Margaret being called and known by the name of William Windom shows he was the s/o Thomas Windom.

      Frederick Co. Land Deed BD 2.545

      At the Request of John Chapel and Virlinda his Wife the following Deed was recorded on the 9th Day of April Anno Domini 1777 to wit~
      This Indenture made this eighth Day of March in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred seventy seven Between William Masters, Son of Margaret Masters by some called William
      Windom of Frederick alias Montgomery County in the Province of Maryland Planter of the one Part: and John Chapel and Virlinda his Wife of the aforesaid County and Province of the other Part
      Witnesseth that Whereas Thomas Windom late of Frederick County and Province of Maryland deceased did by his last Will and Testament in Writing bearing Date the fourteenth Day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty two give and devise unto Josiah Beall in Trust for Margaret Masters during her natural Life and after her Decease did give and devise unto her Son the aforesaid William Masters his Heirs and Assigns for Ever All his the said Thomas Windoms
      Dwelling Plantation and Land thereunto belonging being Part of a Tract of Land called Fletchalls Chance containing one hundred Acres more or less which Will is duly proved and recorded in the
      Prerogative or Commissarys Office References being thereunto had will more fully and at large appear. And whereas the aforesaid William Masters Son of Margaret hath received from his Mother and the Heirs of the late Josiah Beall deceased all the Personal Estate will'd and left him by Thomas Windom aforesaid and he is about to remove with his Family into Virginia
      This present Indenture further Witnesseth that he the aforesaid William Masters Son of Margaret by some called William Windom for and in Consideration of the Sum of one hundred Pounds current
      Money to him in Hand well and truly paid before the Sealing and Delivery of these Present by John Chapel and Virlinda his Wife the Receipt whereof he the said William Masters Son of Margaret doth hereby acknowledge and from the same and every Part and Parcel thereof doth hereby acquit exonerate and discharge the said John Chapel and Virlinda his Wife their Heirs and Assigns forever He the said Wm Masters hath given granted bargained and sold aliened enfeoffed and confirmed and by these Presents doth fully freely clearly and absolutely give grant bargain and sell alien and enfeoff and confirm unto the said John Chapel and Virlinda his Wife and to their Heirs and Assigns for Ever All that Tract or Parcel of Land being Part of a Tract of Land called Fletchalls Chance, lying and being in Frederick alias Montgomery County and Province aforesaid
      In Witness whereof the said William Masters Son of Margaret hath hereunto set his Hand and Seal
      Day and Year Above written

      William Masters Seal

      Signed sealed and delivered
      in the Presence of us
      David Lynn
      Robert Peter

      On the eighth Day of March 1777 Came William Masters Son of Margaret and acknowledged the within Deed at the same time came Bathsheba the Wife of the aforesaid William Masters Son of Margaret and relinquished all her Right and Title of Dower

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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller

      http://www.jackmasters dot net/wmmastjr.html

      William, Jr.'s, wife, Margaret (surname unknown), was born in England according to her petition to the county court of Prince Georges Co. in March, 1744. "it was your petitioner's fortune to marry with William Masters about 2 years ago (1742). But by late 1743 or early 1744 they had become estranged." According to Margaret, she and William "lived for a time with Great Love to Each other til Some Evil Disposed Persons made such Insinuations unto the sd. William Masters as to have a bad opinion of her." Consequently, she was beaten by William, his father. Margaret, pregnant at the time, endured "patiently thinking that good behaviour & time would produce Peace." Instead, William refused to live with her and turned her out to a log house he and his father built for her. She was given only corn to eat, but "being in a Weak Condition cou'l not beat & Dress it fit for food," and she and her child survived on the charity of neighbors. Margaret Masters applied to the County Court for relief in March, 1744. In her petition she stated that on 6 March, 1744, William and his father beat her with a cart rope and threatened to shoot her if she did not leave the plantation, driving her and her child away and leaving them destitute. The County Court rejected Margaret's petition. (Prince Georges Co. Court Proceedings, CC:269-70)

      Margaret's children, named in her will (Montgomery Co. Will Bk 1, fol. 117), were Sarah, b. 1749, William, b. 1751 and Verlinda, b. ca. 1756. (ages taken from the 1776 census of St. John's and St. George's parishes) Margaret, and her son William (sometimes called William Windom), received all the estate of Thomas Windom, including the tract Fletchall's Chance in his will of 1767. (Frederick Co. Will Lib. A#1, fol. 190-91; Original will at Maryland State Archives Box 3, folder 50) Sarah married Zaddock Harris; Verlinda married John Chappell and William married Barsheba -?-. John Chappell and Verlinda received "negroes Rachel, Bess and Doll, all cattle horses, mares, sheep and hogs, household furniture, plantation utensils, crops of every kind, ready money and all personal estate" of Margaret in return for "good and sufficient maintainance during her natural life." (Frederick Co. Deed Lib. BD#2, fol. 446)

      In 1755, William Masters, Sr. gave his son, William, Jr., 52 acres of the home tract of Discovery "for love, regard and natural affection." The tract lay on the south side of the Eastern Branch of the Potomac River. (PR Deed Lib. NN, fol. 342-3)

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