Rev. Gilbert McMasters1

#21844, (13 February 1778 - 17 March 1854)
Father*James McMasters1 (s 1748 - )
Mother*Mary Crawford1 (s 1750 - )

Family 1

Jane Brown b. s 1779
Children 1.John Crawford McMasters12 (c 1805 - )
 2.Rev. Algernon Sydney McMasters+13 (1806 - 1882)
 3.Rev. Erasmus Darwin McMasters14 (c 1808 - )
 4.Joanetta Maria McMasters+15 (1812 - 1840)

Family 2

Child 1.James McMasters+1 (1820 - 1886)
"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.2 
Birth*13 February 1778He was born on 13 February 1778 at Saintfield, Co. Down, Ireland (now Northern Ireland)G.3,1,4 
1791He accompanied James McMasters and Mary Crawford in 1791 from Co. Down, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), to New Castle Co., DelawareG.1 
circa 1793He removed with James McMasters and Mary Crawford to Franklin Co., PennsylvaniaG, circa 1793.5 
Marriage*He married Jane Brown, daughter of Benjamin Brown.6 
circa 1803He was educated circa 1803 at Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Washington Co., PennsylvaniaG.7 
August 1808August 1808, Rev. Gilbert McMasters was named Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Duanesburg, Schenectady Co., New YorkG.1 
1815He was graduated from Union College at Schenectady, New York, in 1815.8 
18401840, Rev. Gilbert McMasters was named Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Princeton, Gibson Co., IndianaG.1,9 
1846He was left as Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, succeeded by Rev. John McMasters in 1846.9,1 
24 July 1850He appeared on the census of 24 July 1850 in the household of Rev. Erasmus Darwin McMasters at New Albany, Floyd Co., IndianaG, 72, b. Ireland, R. P. clergyman.10 
Death*17 March 1854He died on 17 March 1854 at New Albany, Floyd Co., IndianaG, at age 76.11 


  1. [S1949] Rob S. Cox, "Gilbert McMaster Autobiography Finding Aid", William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, January 1998), online
  2. [S1960] The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  3. [S1950] This Day in Presbyterian History, online, 13 February, 2014 in February 2014 by Wayne Sparkman. "Gilbert was born near Belfast, Ireland, on February 13, 1778."
  4. [S1953] Reformed Presbyterian Church (Covenanted), online, Biographical Sketch of Gilbert McNaster (1778-1854). "Born in Saintfield, County Down, Ireland, February 13, 1778."
  5. [S1949] Rob S. Cox, "Gilbert McMaster Autobiography Finding Aid", "the family elected to join James McMaster's brother, John, in Franklin County, Pa."
  6. [S1951] History of Allegheny County Pennsylvania (Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889), Part II:423.
  7. [S1950] This Day in Presbyterian History, online, ibid. "Gilbert continued his education at the Franklin Academy and Jefferson College before beginning medical studies, and was admitted to the medical practice in the borough of Mercer, PA." The latter school was founded as Canonsburg Academy and chartered as Jefferson College in 1802.
  8. [S1964] General Catalogue of the Officers, Graduates and Students of Union College From 1795 to 1868 (Albany, New York: J. Munsell, 1868), p. 22. Gilbert McMaster, A.M., D.D., clergyman, graduated 1815; original res. Duanesburgh, last res. New Albany IN, Dec. 1854. Viewed online at, U.S. School Catalogs, 1795-1935.
  9. [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.
  10. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. E D (42), b. PA, O.S.P. clergyman.
  11. [S1949] Rob S. Cox, "Gilbert McMaster Autobiography Finding Aid", "He died suddenly of erysipelas, fittingly, on St. Patrick's Day, 1854."
  12. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  13. [S1956] College of Wooster, online, McMaster Library Collection description. "Algernon Sydney (1807-1882) and Erasmus Darwin 1806-1866) were sons of the noted author and scholar the Rev. Dr. Gilbert McMaster (1778-1854), who served as the Moderator of the Synods (1811, 1827) and of the General Synod (1851)." The collection was donated to the College in 1883 by Mary Maxwell, dau. of Algernon Sydney and niece of Erasmus Darwin.
  14. [S1954] A. A. Thomas, Correspondence of Thomas Ebenezer Thomas (n.p.: Published by the author, 1909), p. 54.
  15. [S1958] The Schenectady Cabinet: or, Freedom's Sentinel, Schenectady, N.Y., online