Rev. Algernon Sydney McMasters1

#21852, (22 October 1806 - 5 September 1882)
Father*Rev. Gilbert McMasters1 (1778 - 1854)
Mother*Jane Brown1 (s 1779 - )


Elizabeth _____ b. c 1810, d. 1871
Children 1.Mary McMasters12 (c 1836 - 1913)
 2.Archibald Alexander McMasters+13 (1840 - 1893)
 3.Jane McMasters5 (c 1842 - )
 4.Gilbert McMasters12 (c 1846 - )
 5.Anna Netta McMasters12 (c 1850 - )
He had three brothers; "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*22 October 1806He was born on 22 October 1806 at PennsylvaniaG.3,1 
1825He and Rev. Erasmus Darwin McMasters were graduated from Union College in 1825 at Schenectady, New York.4 
Marriage*circa 1834He married Elizabeth _____ circa 1834.5 
27 September 1850He appeared on the census of 27 September 1850 at North Beaver Twp., Lawrence Co., PennsylvaniaG.6 
10 August 1860He and Elizabeth _____ appeared on the census of 10 August 1860 at Poland, Mahoning Co., OhioG.7 
16 July 1870He and Elizabeth _____ appeared on the census of 16 July 1870 at Poland, Mahoning Co., OhioG.8 
29 June 1880He appeared on the census of 29 June 1880 at Poland, Mahoning Co., OhioG.9 
Marriage9 September 1880 Rev. Alexander Bennett Maxwell and Mary McMasters were married by Rev. Algernon Sydney McMasters on 9 September 1880 at Mahoning Co., OhioG.10 
5 July 1882He left a will on 5 July 1882 at Leetonia, Columbiana Co., OhioG.11 
Death*5 September 1882He died on 5 September 1882 at Leetonia, Salem Twp., Columbiana Co., OhioG, at age 75.3,1 


  1. [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.
  2. [S1960] The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  3. [S1388] Ohio County Death Records, 1840-2001: Columbiana Co., Record of Deaths, Vol 1 (1867-1883). Probate Court, p. 310, No. 845, img. 200/639. Sydney A McMaster, b. PA, res. Leetonia, minister; d. Leetonia 5 Sep 1882, age 75y 10m 13d, County Courthouses, Ohio, online
  4. [S1961] Catalogue of the Members of the Adelphic Society Instituted in Union College in 1797 (Schenectady, New York: S. S. Biggs, 1836), p. 16, both res. Duanesburgh. The 1843 Catalog for Union College places them in the Class of 1827, both A.M.. Viewed at, U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935. Hereinafter cited as Catalogue of the Adelphic Society.
  5. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Algernon (42), b. PA, clergyman OSP; Elizabeth (40), b. NY.
  7. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Algernon S McMasters (52), b. PA, clergyman; Elizabeth (50). b. NY.
  8. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. McMaster [sic] (62), b. PA, Presbyterian minister; Elizabeth (60), b. NY, keeping house.
  9. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Algernon S (72), b. and mother b. PA, father b. Ireland, minister.
  10. [S419] Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994/1997/2013, index and images, online
  11. [S1678] Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998, index and images, online, Mahoning Co., Wills Vol. 6, pp. 61-65, imgs. 392-394/668. Last will of Algernon Sydney MacMaster, Leetonia, Columbiana Co. OH, 5 Jul 1882 [year not visible in image]. Names dau. Mary M C Maxwell, wife of Rev. Alexander B Maxwell, as executor, and to receive all books, pamphlets and manuscripts; surviving children of son Archibald Alexander, viz. Elizabeth Rebecca MacMaster and Gilbert Lee MacMaster, each to receive $1000 at the age of twenty-one; dau. Anne Netta Brownlee, to receive an equal share of the residue equally with her sister Mary M C Maxwell. Witn. William A McCready and Mrs. Neil L McCready. Receipt of notice acknowledged by the three children. Will admitted 24 Oct 1882.
  12. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  13. [S1957] Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Lowell 1779-1905, Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook), compiler, Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Lowell Deaths 1893-1897 (242 pp.), img. 262/492, Deaths in the City of Lowell 1893, p. 18, No. 89. Archie A McMaster, b. Pittsburgh PA, son of Sidney [sic], b. [blank], and [blank], b. Rochester NY; res. 30 Hurd St., physician; d. 9 May 1893, age 53y 4 m 6 d, Erysipelas; bur. Edson Cemetery.