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Benjamin LeMASTERS

Male Abt 1775 - Abt 1805  (~ 30 years)

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  • Name Benjamin LeMASTERS 
    Born Abt 1775 
    Gender Male 
    Name Benjamin LeMASTER 
    Died Abt 1805 
    • (1) The Amos Family [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, pp. 28-30:


      The earliest of the Lemasters family who could possibly have been our immigrant ancestor was Abraham Le Maistre, a Huguenot who was born about 1637. He came to Maryland in 1668, possibly by way of Barbados, and settled in Charles County, Maryland. In 1700 he held patents on various tracts of land. Lands were granted to Richard LeMaistre in 1720 and 1724 in Charles County and St. Mary's County, Maryland.

      An Abraham De LeMaistre will in Charles County dated 1772 names a wife and sons Richard, John, and Isaac.

      In the 1790 census there were Lemasters in South Carolina, but none in North Carolina. There were some in Maryland. These appear under various spellings of the name.

      In early tax lists of Virginia are found the names of Isaac Lamaster and Joseph Lamaster in Hampshire County in 1782. Isaac bad five in his family and Joseph four. Hampshire county later became part of West Virginia. A Benjamin Lemasters was born and died (1756-1837) in Nicholas County, Virginia, later West Virginia.

      On the 1783 tax list of Amherst County were Ralph Lamaster with a family of thirteen and Abraham Lamaster with three. In 1785 Ralph had fourteen and Abraham six. Richard Lemaster was with the Botetourt troops in 1774. His will written in 1774 in Amherst County, Virginia was presented for probate by Abraham Lamaster June 3, 1776 and names mother Ann, and brothers Abraham and Ralph. So this Richard apparently died without issue.

      One Abraham Lamaster was married in Albemarle County, Virginia (next county north of Amherst county) September 26, 1781 to Sarah Wood, daughter of John Wood.

      Evidently, each generation of Lemasters early in Maryland and in Amherst County, Virginia produced several Abrahams, Richards, and Isaacs. The names are found in abundance as the Lemasters moved into Bourbon County and Jefferson County, Kentucky.

      Early in Jefferson County were Eleazer LeMaster, who married Jemima Floyd, daughter of William Preston Floyd of Amherst and Botetourt counties, Virginia. They came in 1779. In 1784 James LeMaster received 100 acres for Virginia military service. John LeMaster, born 1749 in Amherst County, was killed at a fort near Louisville. He had married another Jemima Floyd in 1768. In 1784 she received a land grant of 400 acres and on May 25, 1784 married James Sturgis, Jr.

      The first Lemasters whom we know to be a direct ancestor was RICHARD LEMASTERS whose name appears as a signer on petitions in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1788-1790. His name appears on Bourbon tax lists 1790-1791 and Montgomery County tax list in 1797. (Montgomery was taken from Clark in 1798, and Clark, previously, from Bourbon in 1792) Also on these Bourbon lists are the names of Isaac, Conrad, and Benjamin Lemasters - probably close relatives. In 1799 the names of Isaac and Conrad appear in Hamilton County, Ohio.

      Benjamin Lemasters married Polly Langston September 21, 1797 in Clark County, Kentucky.

      RICHARD LEMASTERS was married May 11, 1793 in Bourbon County by Augustine Bastin to CATHERINE LANGSTON, daughter of JACOB LANGSTON, and sister of Polly. Sometime after 1797 they moved to Clermont County, Ohio. On March 31, 1807 he bought 100 acres and he appears on the 1810 tax list. On October 19, 1811 the 100 acres in Washington township was sold for $450, the deed being signed by the marks (X) of Richard and Cate Lemasters. Next is found a record of purchase of 106 acres on waters of Shalers Branch of the East Fork of Miami River by Richard Lemasters, Sr. This 106 acres was sold August 15, 1829 for $1000, the deed signed by the mark of Richard Lemasters and Katherine Lemasters.

      The family moved to Rush County, Indiana. In the 1830 census Catherine is listed as head of the family, so Richard had died since August 1829, probably in Clermont County. With her is listed one male between 15 and 20 (probably Richard, Jr.) and one male between 5 and 10. The latter was Henry Langston, born June 21, 1821, son of her daughter, Polly. He was reared by his grandparents and took the name of Lemasters. Also in the 1830 census of Rush County is her son, John and family.

      On October 9, 1835 Catherine sold 80 acres for $640. This was in the southeast corner of Rush County, one mile north of the Decatur line and two miles west of the Franklin line. The deed was signed by Catherine, John and his wife, Isabell. Catherine died about 1839, probably in Shelby County.


      [i] SARAH, born February 13, 1794 in Kentucky, died Dec. 28, 1870 Shelby County, Ind.; married July 13,
      1811 in Clermont County, Ohio to JACOB TREES (1791-1870), son of JOHN and HANNAH TREES.

      [ii] John, born 1800/10; married Isabells McEffee in Clermont Co., Ohio, August 21, 1828.

      [iii] Abraham, married March 16, 1823 in Clermont Co., to Elizabeth Rounds, daughter of Lemuel Rounds, Rev. soldier.

      [iv] Polly (Mary) married April 8, 1821 William Langston in Clermont Co., Ohio.

      [v] Richard, born 1810/15 in Clermont Co., Ohio.
    Person ID I22286  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Family ID F349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary LANGSTON,   b. Abt 1777, District of West Augusta of Augusta County, VA [now Fayette County, PA] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 21 Sep 1797  Clark County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 23:03:19 
    Family ID F10533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart