530 Thomas LeMaistre (Lemaster) Jane Besome (Bessom)
1787 - 1854 ? - ?
  521 Arnold Martin Mary Oliver
1765 - 1829 1764 - 1838
Mary Oliver Martin
b. 15 Dec 1799
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 17 Sep 1844
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
430 George Lemaster
b. 7 Jul 1793
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 2 Nov 1878
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
14 May 1820 Marriage Mary Oliver Martin to Benjamin Valentine
17 Jul 1820 Death Benjamine Valentine in Charleston, South Carolina
25 May 1823 Marriage George Lemaster to Remember Bean
2 Oct 1823 Death Remember Bean in Marblehead, Essex, Massuchusetts of "fever"
24 Aug 1824 Marriage George Lemaster to Mary Oliver Martin Valentine
  Unknown Son b. About Jul 1827 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 17 Sep 1828 at 13 months in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as an infant 13 months of age  
  George Lemaster, Jr. b. About 1829 (baptized 6 Jan 1833 at 4 years of age) in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1896
Mary Ellen Girdler b. About 1830; d. After 1920 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Six children: Sarah E., Mary H., Jennie B., George 3rd, Unknown Male, Annie G. Lemaster
  Thomas Lemaster b. About 1832 (bp. 17 Sep 1833) in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 21 Jan 1841 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died "suddenly" at 9 years of age  
Ancestor Leaf Mary Oliver Lemaster b. 7 Jun 1835 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1910-1915 probably in Atlantic, City, Atlantic, New Jersey, USA
1. Jacob Henry Alley 1834-1862
2. Thomas Martin Harris b. About 1832 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1910 - 1920 probably in Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey, USA

Mary and Jacob Alley - Two Children: Mary Elizabeth and Lizzie Alley

Mary and Thomas Harris - Three Children: Martha M., Mary Oliver, and Thomas Martin Harris

  Sarah J. Lemaster b. 3 Sep 1837 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 29 Sep 1837 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as a three-week old infant.  
  Unknown Son b.Feb 1840 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 22 Aug 1840 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as an infant at 6 months of age  
What We Know


George Lemaster and his future wife were both born and raised in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts. George was the son of an immigrant from the Jersey Islands and his wife Jane Bessom, who had been born in Marblehead, was descended from immigrants on her father's side who were also from the Jersey Islands. The name "Bessom" was spelled in various ways : Bisson, Bessome, Bessom, Besom.

George and Mary were both married to first spouses, both of whom died within months of their marriage. Mary Oliver Martin married Benjamin Valentine on 14 May 1820. Benjamin was a fellow private in Lt. Colonel B. S. Reed's Regiment in Marblehead in the War of 1812 along with George Lemaster. Benjamin died in Charleston, South Carolina only two months later on 17 Jul 1820. The record of his death does not explain why he was in South Carolina at that time, although it does say that he was the "mate of Captain Joshua Orne".

George's first wife was Remember Bean, whom he married on 25 May 1823. She died five months later of "fever" on 20 Oct 1823.

Before a year had passed, the two widowed persons married each other.

We know from census records that George was some kind of merchant or trader, possibly a grocer (See below).


E. Lawrence, Moses Hawkes, James Goodwin, Jr., Wm. Hawkes, Jr., J. Goodwin, David Blanchard, William Stacy, Samuel Sparhawk, George Lemaster, B. D. Dixey, William Cloon, John Giiley, Peter DIxey, Jr., John Johnson, S. Hathaway, William Haskell, Nathaniel Adams, Jos. Hidden, Thomas Haskell, William T. Haskell, Thomas Nicholson, M. H. Reynolds, H. F. Pitman, N. Pitman, Levi Morse, Jr., Licrease H. Brown, John Kniglit, Jason Chamberlain, Thomas Merritt, J. B. Mason. The four last named are dealers in Dry Goods.
Most of the others are Grocers. has a record for a George Lemaster who was born in the same year as our George:

Name: George Lemaster

Birth - Death: 1793?-

Source Citation:

  • The Cabinetmakers of America. Revised and corrected edition. By Ethel Hall Bjerkoe. Exton, PA: Schiffer, 1978. Originally published by Doubleday & Co., 1957. Biographies begin on page 19. (CabMA)




Reading of the biography might indicate whether this George might be our George (the year of birth is the same, but other than that, the summary is not conclusive).

Ttheir married lives included the births of six children, but sadly, only two of whom survived to adulthood, and Mary herself died of "consumption" at the age of 45 or so. Three of their children died as infants or toddlers, and their son Thomas, named for his grandfather, died "suddenly" at the age of 9.

Their son George Jr. married Mary E. Girdler, and they had six children, one unnamed male and a son George 3rd (who was a postmaster in Marblehead and accidentally drowned in 1896). Their daughter Jennie B. died of a "concussion to the brain" at the age of 10, but their other three daughters Sarah E., Mary H., and Annie G. were living together (all single) in Marblehead as late as 1930. Son George died sometime between the 1900 and the 1910 census, and his wife Mary between the 1910 and 1920 censuses. He is listed on a census as a "shoe dealer."

Their second child who lived to adulthood was our direct ancestor Mary Oliver Lemaster. Born in 1835, she married Jacob Alley and had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Lizzie, with him before he died in service in Washington, DC during the Civil War. She was pregnant with Lizzie when her oldest daughter died at a young age, and the 1870 census finds her living with her child Lizzie with her father George.

She married Thomas Martin Harris, the son of a large shoe manufacturer in Marblehead, and they had three children Martha, Mary, and Thomas Jr. before they relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Thomas started his own shoe manufacturing firm.

A troubling news article appeared in a Boston Newspaper involving two shopkeepers who could have been George and his sister, Polly. These events occurred about ten years before his daughter married the son of one of Marblehead's leading shoe manufacturers. Would this trouble between the two families have been the reason the couple waited so long to marry? (If the dates are correct, their daughter was born only six weeks after their marrage).


George Lemaster lived to see the births of all his grandchildren, and died in Marblehead of pneumonia in 1878 at the good age of 85.


Name of Item Description of Item   Name of Item Description of Item
Vital Records Vital Records for the George and Mary Lemaster Family Census 1860 Federal Census for 1860
Cenus 1850 Federal Census for 1850    
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