Rev. John McMaster1

#21872, (circa 1808 - 11 July 1874)

Family 1

Joanetta Maria McMasters b. 1812, d. 1840
Child 1.Gilbert M McMaster+14 (1833 - 1909)

Family 2

Mary Milburn b. s 1815, d. 1861
Children 1.Robert McMaster15 (c 1843 - )
 2.Andrew McMaster15 (c 1845 - )
 3.Joanetta McMaster+15 (c 1848 - )

Family 3

Margaret Jane Sterne b. 1830, d. 1910
Child 1.Erasmus D McMaster16 (c 1866 - )
He. "The Rev. John MacMaster who died at Princeton, Ind., on Saturday, was a member of a remarkable family. The father was a Scotch Covenanter minister, and three of his sons were ministers." The article goes on to name Dr. E D MacMaster who died while a professor in the Chicago Theological Seminary; Dr. A S MacMaster; and Abbe MacMaster, editor of the Freeman's Journal. But the minister who died in 1874 was not Gilbert's son --- he was the husband of Gilbert's daughter, born in Ireland and possibly related. Gilbert's son John was still living in 1880, as recorded in the census of that year, residing with his brother Algernon. The will of the deceased John makes it clear tha he was not the son of Gilbert. with Rev. Gilbert McMasters.2 
Birth*circa 1808He was born circa 1808 at IrelandG.3 
1826In 1826, Rev. John McMaster was graduated from the Western University of Pennsylvania.4 
Marriage*circa 1832He married Joanetta Maria McMasters, daughter of Rev. Gilbert McMasters and Jane Brown, circa 1832.1 
Marriage*23 March 1841He married Mary Milburn on 23 March 1841 at Gibson Co., IndianaG.5 
18461846, Rev. John McMaster was named Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, Gibson Co., IndianaG.6 
6 August 1850He and Mary Milburn appeared on the census of 6 August 1850 at Princeton, Gibson Co., IndianaG.7 
2 July 1860He and Mary Milburn appeared on the census of 2 July 1860 at Princeton, Gibson Co., IndianaG.8 
Marriage*6 June 1862He married Margaret Jane Sterne, daughter of John Sterne and Mary Lane Wright, on 6 June 1862 at Gibson Co., IndianaG.9 
13 June 1870He and Margaret Jane Sterne appeared on the census of 13 June 1870 at Patoka Twp., Gibson Co., IndianaG.10 
29 February 1872He left a will on 29 February 1872 at Gibson Co., IndianaG.11 
Death*11 July 1874He died on 11 July 1874 at Gibson Co., IndianaG.12 
BurialJuly 1874He was buried in July 1874 at Archer Cemetery, Princeton, Gibson Co., IndianaG.12 
Probate*22 July 1874His estate was probated on 22 July 1874 at Circuit Court, Gibson Co., IndianaG.13 


  1. [S1958] The Schenectady Cabinet: or, Freedom's Sentinel, Schenectady, N.Y., online
  2. [S1960] The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  3. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. John (42), b. Ireland, clergyman; Mary (30), b. IN. Also 1860 (age 53, b. Ireland) and 1870 (age 62, b. Ireland).
  4. [S1965] Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Western University of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh: Mills and Brother, 1874), Alumni, p. 46. Rev. John McMasters, D. D., Class of 1826, res. Princeton IN.
  5. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007 (index and images), online, Gibson Co. > 1839-1856 Vol. B, img. 15/141. Records of Marr. Lic. B, no. 1486. John McMaster and Mary Milburn, lic. 22 Mar 1861, marr. 23 Mar 1861 by Rev'd Gilbert McMaster.
  6. [S1959] United Presbyterian Church (Princeton, IN), online, Previous Pastors: 1820-1839 - Rev. John Kell; 1840-1846 - Rev. Dr. Gilbert McMaster; 1846-1874 - Rev. Dr. John McMaster.
  7. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. John (42), b. Ireland, clergyman; Mary (30), b. IN.
  8. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. John (53), b. Ireland, preacher; Mary (44), b. IN.
  9. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007, online, Gibson Co. > 1856-1868, Vol 1A, img. 65/150, No. 851. Rev. John McMaster and Margaret J Stern, lic. 5 Jun 1862, marr. 6 Jun 1862 by W S Bratton, M.G.
  10. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. John (62), b. Ireland [sic], minister; Margaret J (40), b. SC, keeping house.
  11. [S1631] Indiana Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999, online, Gibson Co., Will Record G, pp. 310-313, imgs. 797-798/936. Last will of John McMaster, Gibson Co. IN, dated 29 Feb 1872. Names wife Margaret J McMaster, to receive land plot in Princeton for her natural life, then devised to son Erasmus Darwin McMaster; directs that shares of stock in the Evansville and Crawfordsville Railroad Co. be divided one-third to his wife and two-thirds to be divided among his five children; library to be disposed of, with "all books given to my son Gilbert M McMaster by his grandfather or any of his grandfather's family" to be given to said Gilbert, and the remainder to be divided among his wife and other four children. Mentions advances to son Gilbert M McMaster ($150) and dau. Nettie M Calhoun ($50). Remainder of estate to be divided, one-third to wife Margaret, and, of the balance, one-fifth to each of the children (accounting for the advances). Mentions "The widow's guarantee." Witn. William W Blair and Daniel T Embree[?]. No executor named.
    Codicil added 12 Jun 1874, names additional advances to Nettie M Calhoun (26 Mar 1872), Gilbert W McMaster (19 Jul 1872), Jenettie M Calhoun (28 Oct 1872), J A and N W Calhoun (12 Jun 1874) and J A and N W Calhoun (6 Mar 1874). Also, "should Sarah E Spillman be living in the family at my death I direct that fifty dollars be paid her out of my estate as a mark of regard for her kindness in the family"
    Proved 22 July 1874, Gibson County Circuit Court. Recorde Book G, page 311.
  12. [S1628], online, tall standing monument. Rev. John M McMaster, b. 1 Mar 1808, d. 11 Jul 1874 / Tenty-eight Years Pastor of the Reformed Now United Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Ind. Narrative: Archer Cemetery, Princeton, Gibson Co IN, Sec. 1, Row 17. Memorial 108049640, created by and photos added by Randy Fuhrman.
  13. [S1631] Indiana Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999, online, Last will of Rev. John McMaster [ID 21872], 1872, q.v.
  14. [S1570] Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963/1964/1966: Year 1909, File No. 58293, Reg. No. 3887. Gilbert M McMaster, b. NY 16 Sep 1833, son of John McMaster, b. Ireland, and Joanetta Maria McMaster, b. PA; marr., res. 1901 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. PA, lawyer; d. at res. 6 Jun 1909, age 75y 8m 24d, pneumonia; inf. M McMaster, same res.; bur. Mt. Lebanon, 7 Jun 1909, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, online
  15. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  16. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census.