Parents
  635 George Le Maistre Madeleine Hamon
? ?
 
Parents
  690 Richard Besom Sarah Gale
1731 - 1812 1735 - 1812
HUSBAND
530 Thomas Lemaster
b.1754
Jersey Island, Channel Islands, England
d. Probate adm. bond issued 28 Mar 1803
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Jane Besome
bp. 16 May, 1756
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 10 Feb 1828
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
2 Jun 1778 Marriage Jane Besome to Peter Sawins in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
11 Dec 1781 Marriage Jane Besome Sawins to Thomas Lemaster in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
     
     
CHILDREN:
  Thomas Lemaster bp. 25 Jul, 1784 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 6 Jan 1822 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Lydia Giles 25 Dec 1810 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts Children: At least three who died in their infancy; one who died in 1825, and Lydia who d, 1856 in Wentham
  Jenny (Jane) Lemaster bp. 15 Jan 1786 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
William Hawkes, Jr. Four Children: Mary Jo, Franklin, Elizabeth, and Sarah Hawkes.
  Mary (Martha?) Lemaster bp. 11 Nov 1787 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
?  
  Polly Lemaster bp. 4 Sep 1791 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 25 Dec 1864 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Unmarried; Died at 77 years.  
  Sarah Lemaster bp. 13 Sep 1789 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before Sep 1791 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as an infant  
  Sarah Lemaster bp. 4 Sep 1791 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 3 Dec 1872 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Unmarried; Died at 81 years  
Ancestor Leaf 430 George Lemaster bp. 7 Jul 1793 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; 2 Nov 1878 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
1. Remember Bean; 2. Mary Oliver Martin Valentine Six children: Two unknown infants; George Jr., Thomas, Mary Oliver, and Sarah Jane Lemaster
  Tabitha Lemaster bp. 16 Feb 1800 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 24 Oct 1827 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA   Unmarried; Died at 27 years. One child: Tabitha
What We Know

 

Thomas Lemaster (originally LeMaistre) was born on Jersey Isle in the Channel Islands, England, and came to America where he served as a seaman in the Revolutionary War. According to his probate document, he was a mariner.

Jane Besome (spelled in various ways - Bessom, Bisson, Bessome, etc.) was the daughter of a man who also came to America from the Jersey Isle. Her mother was descended from two old Marblehead families.

There were other Lemasters in the area at the time, including a Thomas who married Tabitha Holman when our Thomas was about 11 years old. Our Thomas and Jane had a daughter whom they named Tabitha, so it's very possible the two were related. There was a George Lemaster, "son of Hannah", who drowned, and the name George is also one which would indicate a close relation to this family.

Thomas and Jane had at least eight children. Their oldest child Thomas married Lydia Giles, They had two children who died as infants, one child who died in 1825, and a daughter Lydia, who died age 42 in Wenham. His widow Lydia died in Salem in 1881, and according to her probate papers, she was relatively wealthy. I've been unable to determine what the source of that wealth was.

Their next five known children were daughters. Mary may have been called Martha. A census record in 1850 shows Martha and her sister Sarah (the 2nd), both unmarried, living together in Marblehead next to their brother George and his family. The first Sarah born to Thomas and Jane died as an infant.

Polly Lemaster's probate identifies her marriage status as single. This death record also confirms the identity of her parents as Thomas and Jane. In her probate administration, we learn thqt she owned a shop with which her sister Sarah was also involved. She also left part of her estate to her widowed brother-in-law William Hawkes and his four children as well as to her siblings George and Sarah.

 

 

Our direct ancestor George Lemaster married first Remember Bean, who died a few months later. He then married the widow of one of his militia brothers, Mrs. Mary Oliver Martin Valentine. George and Mary had six children, only two of whom grew to adulthood.

Thomas' and Jane's last known child Tabby (or Tabitha) gave birth to an illegitimate daughter who died as a toddler before she herself died at the age of 27 a couple of years later.

Polly and her brother George (our direct ancestor) had legal problems revealed in the article below. I could not find anything about the outcome of these charges.

Thomas died somewhat young. His widow Jane fell down the steps and broke her neck when she was 72 years old. She is the second of our female ancestors to die that way.

 

 

VITAL RECORDS FOR THIS FAMILY GROUP

In the marriage records below, Thomas's marriage to Mrs. Jane Bessome Sawins is the final entry.

The first one is the entry for the marriage of their first son Thomas to Lydia Giles.

The second and third entries are records of the marriages of their son George (our direct ancestor) to his first wife Remember Bean and our direct ancestor Mrs. Mary Oliver Martin Valentine.

The fourth entry is the daughter of Thomas and Jane Lemaster. She might also be the one whose birth was recorded "Jenny".

The marriage below is for a Thomas Lemaster, who married Tabitha Homan in 1765. A family relationship is suspected, although we cannot determine from the records what it might be. This record also gives another variant of the name "Lemaster" "LeMaistre".

 

Below are the available birth records for this family group. The children of Thomas and Jane are marked "T&J".

 

Below are the available death records for this family group. The first one is the one for Jane Besome Lemaster, Thomas' widow who broke her neck falling down the stairs. The child listed as the infant child of Thomas (death on 8 Mar 1821) and the one listed as the child of the widow of Thomas (death on 15 Jul 1825) are a mystery. By the dates, they appear to be the children of the same father, but whether they are the children of Thomas and Lydia or another Thomas cannot be determined.

A clipping from the local paper in Marblehead naming Jane Lemaster as administrator
of his estate gives an approximate date for the death of Thomas Lemaster. (It appears that
her son Thomas died in 1822 and her husband Thomas in 1805.

The death records below showed the existence of a daughter named Polly (she isn't listed in the baptismal records)
and also confirms Thomas's birth as being on the Isle of Jersey.

Notice of death of Thomas Jr.'s daughter Lydia.

Below are probate records fot both Thomas and his daughter Polly. Both trcords give us evidence of some family members.

Thomas LeMaster Probate

Polly Lemaster Probate

Probate Papers for the widow od Thomas Jr.:

 

 

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