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Charles MASTERS (1837-1908)

and Margaret Hunter GASSON (1836-1902)

 

St. Mary, Udimore, from:  http://www.villagenet.co.uk/rotherlevels/villages/udimore.phpCharles Masters and Margaret Hunter Gasson married in the second quarter of 1862 in the Rye registration district.

Charles Masters was born on Saturday 4 March 1837 and baptised on Sunday 9 July 1837 at St. Mary's in Udimore, Sussex.  He was the son of Benjamin Masters (c1808-1886) and Maria Durrant (1810-1882).  He died on Saturday 16 May 1908 in Navato, California, USA.

When the 1841 census was recorded, Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents and siblings in Udimore Road, Brede, Sussex.  In 1851 he was a 14 year old agricultural labourer, living in with his parents.  In 1861 he was an unmarried 24 year old agricultural labourer and the eldest of his siblings living at home in Court Lodge, Udimore.

Charles emigrated to the USA.  He departed from Liverpool, England on 3 April 1903 and arrived at Ellis Island aboard the S.S. Canadian.  He travelled out with his granddaughter, Kate Talbott, and then travelled onto his son-in-law, John Sidebotham in El Paso, Arizona/Texas.  (In the 1910 US census, John was listed in Arizona and Texas.)

Margaret Hunter Gasson was born in 1841 in Brede and baptised on Friday 9 May 1856 in Rye, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Eleanor Ann Gasson (1820-?).  (Eleanor married James Noakes Clark in 1855.)  Margaret died in the fourth quarter of 1902 and her death was registered in the Rye registration district.  When the 1841 census was recorded, Margaret was 2 months old and living with her mother in the home of 50 year old Mary Gasson at Ockmans Lane in Rye.  In 1851, she was a 9 year old scholar, living with her mother in the home of her 67 year old widower grandfather, Thomas Gasson, at Ockmans Lane.  Her mother was then a charwoman and her grandfather a mariner.  The 1861 census records that she was an unmarried 20 year old living in the home of her 40 year old mother and 27 year old step father, James Noakes Clark, a sawyer, at Ockmans Lane.

Margaret had a son before she married:

  1. George Gasson was baptised on Tuesday 27 November 1860 in Rye.  When the 1861 census was recorded he was 5 months old and living with his mother in the home of his grandmother's family.  The 1871 census records that he was 10 year old George G. Masters, a scholar, and the son of Charles and Margaret.   In 1881 he was an unmarried 20 year old fisherman, lodging in the home of 54 year old Robert Cook and his wife Charlotte, also 54, at 91 Adelaide Street, Myton, Kingston-upon-Hull in Yorkshire.

    George married Harriett Cooke in the second quarter of 1883 in the Hull registration district.

    Harriett was born about 1865 in Hessle, Yorkshire.  In 1881 she was employed as a servant.

 

When the 1871 census was recorded Charles and Margaret, together with their 3 children were living in part of the old workhouse in Udimore.  Charles was then a 34 year old agricultural labourer.  Also with them on census night was an unmarried 34 year old lodger, Charles Foster, who was also an agricultural labourer.  In 1881 the couple, together with their 2 daughters and 17 year old nephew, Spencer Masters, were living in Billingham Cottage in Brede.  The 1891 census records that the couple were living in Udimore along with their 2 daughters, Kate and Fanny and 2 Talbot grandchildren.  In 1901 the couple were living at the Greyhound Tavern in Wish Street, Rye and Charles was a 64 year old jobbing gardener.  Also with them on census night were their 2 granddaughters, Alice and Kate, 16 year old general domestic servant Louisa Chittenden, and 70 year old widower and boarder, William Wraight.  Margaret was then the manageress of the tavern.

 

Charles Masters and Margaret Hunter Gasson had 5 known children:

  1. Eleanor Ann Masters was born on Saturday 30 June 1866 and baptised on Sunday 5 August 1866 in Udimore.  She died on Sunday 5 May 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.  In 1871 she was a 4 year old scholar.  In 1881, Ellen Masters was a 14 year old general domestic servant, living in the home of 49 year old William Robinson, a pork butcher, and his 40 year old wife Hannah, at 5 Bail Street in Folkestone, Kent.  The 1900 US census records that she was able to read and write.

    Eleanor married John Sidebotham in the fourth quarter of 1887 in Manchester, Lancashire.

    John was born on Tuesday 15 March 1864.  He died on Sunday 9 June 1957 in Merced, California.  In 1888 he was a soldier at the Shorncliffe Barracks, Kent.  The US census of 1900 records that he was a millwright and that he owned his own home in the county of Graham, Arizona.  It also recorded that he could read and write.  In 1910 he was a carpenter and millwright.  In 1920 he was a carpenter and in 1930 a gravel contractor.

    Eleanor emigrated to the USA from Liverpool on 22 August 1900 aboard the S.S. Oceanic, arriving at Ellis Island, however, this was not the first time she had visited the USA, as her son, Charles, was born in Texas in 1896.

    John and Eleanor had the following children:

    1. Alice Maude Sidebotham was born in April 1888 in Udimore.  The 1900 US census records that she was 12 years and living with her parents in Arizona, and the 1901 English census also records she was 12 years old and living in the home of her maternal grandparents in Rye.  On 11 September 1901, at the age of 13, she left England for the USA via Liverpool aboard the S.S. Teutonic.  The passenger list records that she was an American, traveling alone and was to be met at Ellis Island by her father.

    2. Eleanor Ann Sidebotham was born in February 1890 in the Manchester registration district.

    3. Charles Edward Sidebotham was born on Saturday 7 March 1896 in Texas (1900 US census records he was born in March 1892 in Arizona).  He died on Sunday 18 October 1981.

    4. The 1900 US census records that the couple had 4 children, 3 of whom were living.

  2. Fanny Catherine M. Masters was born in the second quarter of 1870 and baptised on Sunday 3 July 1870 in Udimore.  When the 1871 census was recorded she was 10 months old.  In 1881 she was a 10 year old scholar living with her parents.  The 1891 census records that she was a married 20 year old, living with her parents, but her husband was not with her on census night.

    Fanny married twice.  Firstly to Arthur William Talbott in the first quarter of 1889 in the Hastings registration district.  She next married John Ballard in the second quarter of 1899 in West Ham, Essex.

    Fanny and Arthur had 2 known children:

    1. Kate M. Talbott was born about 1890 in Hastings.  She was a year old in 1891 and living in the home of her maternal grandparents.  In 1901 she was 11 years old and living with her maternal grandparents.

    2. Charles A. Talbott was born in 1891 in Rye.  When the 1891 census was recorded he was 2 months old.

  3. Alice Annie Masters was born in the second quarter of 1872 and baptised on Sunday 5 May 1872 in Udimore.  She died on Thursday 1 September 1938.  Alice emigrated to the USA from Liverpool, aboard the S.S. Majestic arriving at Ellis Island on 15 May 1895.  She travelled out with her sister Kate and they were heading for Arizona.

    Alice married twice.  Firstly to Willard A. Pitt on Tuesday 12 May 1896 in Graham County, Arizona.  She then married John P. Loustaunau in about 1902 in the USA.

    John P. Loustaunau was born about 1863 in France.  He died on Sunday 1 January 1937 in California.  He emigrated from France to the USA in about 1888.  In 1910 he was a saloon keeper and in 1920 a soft drinks merchant.

  4. Kate Emily Masters was born on Monday 6 April 1874 in Brede and baptised on 14 June 1874 in Udimore.  She died on Tuesday 10 June 1975.  In 1881 she was a 6 year old scholar living with her parents.  She was a 17 year old general domestic servant in 1891 and living at home with her parents.

    She emigrated to the USA with her sister Alice in 1895.

    Kate married Thomas Sidebotham on Wednesday 2 October 1895 in Graham County, Arizona.

    Thomas was born on Friday 8 November 1872 in Manchester, Lancashire.  His mother was an Orourke.  He died on Wednesday 25 April 1957 in Los Angeles, California.  The 1930 US census records that he was a mechanic.

    Thomas and Kate had the following children:

    1. Willard Masters Sidebotham was born on Thursday 21 January 1897.  He died on Monday 2 August 1976.

    2. Nora Margaret Sidebotham was born on Friday 11 January 1901.  She died on Tuesday 13 October 1987.

    3. Richard Sidebotham was born on Monday 9 January 1905.  He died on Sunday 7 July 1963.

  5. Maud Margeret Emma Masters was baptised on Sunday 6 August 1876 in Udimore.  She died on Friday 18 October 1878 in Brede.

 

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