Monday, October 08, 2007

John Stevens LeMasters family - Howard Co., NE

The John Stevens LeMASTERS family was enumerated in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census of St. Paul, Howard Co., NE. John was my maternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

John' s occupation was that of a day laborer and contractor in concrete work. He also owned his own home, which was mortgaged. John's place of birth was always listed as being in Indiana. but wife Sarah was listed as being born in Illinois in the 1920 census. John's parents were both listed as being born in Ohio in the 1900 census; in the 1910 census his father was listed as being born in Virginia and his mother in Ohio; in the 1920 census his father was listed as being born in Ohio and his mother in Virginia. As always, depending on who the census taker asked the questions will determine the answer.

In the 1910 census, three of John's daughters were listed as being public school teachers : Alice C., Nancy J. and Edna I. By the 1920 census, only one daughter, Alice, aged 36, was still living with John and Sarah teaching school. In 1920, son Howard Jay was still at home but working as a laborer at a railroad roundhouse, and youngest son Edward was still in school.

I still have much more information to gather on what happened to these families after the 1920 census. Two sons, Albert and John were probably on their own by the 1920 census, and daughters Nancy & Edna may have either moved away or been married by then.

John Stevens LeMASTERS b. April 22, 1855 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1920 census, m. November 28, 1881 Jay Co., IN to Sarah I. WILSON. Sarah b. September 1859 Indiana, d. after 1920 census.

Known children of John S. & Sarah I. (WILSON) LeMASTERS :
i. Alice C. LeMASTERS b. August 1883 Nebraska
ii. Nancy J. LeMASTERS b. January 1885 Nebraska
iii. Edna I. LeMASTERS b. September 1889 Nebraska
iv. Albert C. LeMASTERS b. October 1891 Nebraska
v. John W. LeMASTERS b. September 1893 Nebraska
vi. Howard Jay LeMASTERS b. February 1897 Nebraska
vii. Edward W. LeMASTERS b. ca. 1901 Nebraska
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