The Jacob LEMASTERS family appears in the 1900 & 1920 census of Valley Co., NE in the city of Ord. I have not yet located the record in the 1910 census. Jacob was my 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.
In the 1900 census of Noble Twp., Valley Co., Jacob is listed as a farmer, born April 1845 in Ohio, who owns his home with a mortgage. His wife, Sarah, was born November 1844 in Ohio, and was the mother of 11 children, 9 of whom were still living in 1900. Currently, I only have record of ten children, so there is one missing. Most of the family had married and moved on, leaving on daughter Melinda C., a 23-year old Teacher, and sons John W. and Jonas T., who were still at school. Both Melinda and John W. were born in Indiana, Jonas T. was born in Nebraska in September 1886.
In the 1920 census, Jacob was living in the 3rd ward of the city of Ord as a retired Farmer. His age was given as 74, his wife Sarah was listed as aged 75. Their granddaughter, Norma Swanson, aged 13 born Nebraska, was also listed as living with them. Norma was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth C. (LEMASTERS) SWANSON. The date of this census was January 16, 1920 and Sarah Lemasters died later that year on June 18, 1920.
Jacob LEMASTERS b. April 16, 1845 Port Jefferson, Shelby Co., OH., d. December 15, 1922 Ord, Valley Co., NE, m. December 26, 1867 in Jay Co., IN to Sarah Ann HALFHILL, daughter of John and Nancy (________) HALFHILL. Sarah was born November 16, 1844 in Gallia Co., OH and died June 18, 1920 in Ord, Valley Co., NE.