S. D. MASTERS, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Petersburg. Prominent among the stanch men of Menard Co., we find the name of S. D. Masters, who was born in Overton Co., Tenn., Nov. 12, 1812; he is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Matlock) Masters, who were natives of the Old Dominion; Thomas Masters emigrated to the State of Tennessee, where S. D. Masters was born; but, slavery prevailing, and he having seen enough of its workings, he resolved to go North, and, in the year 1830, went to Morgan Co., not far from what is now Jacksonville. March 6, 1833, was married to Lucy Young, who was born in Davidson Co., Tenn., Nov. 11, 1814; nine children; six lived to maturity, of whom but four are now living - Minerva (now the wife of Rev. B. F. Vincent, now of Philadelphia), Hardin W. (attorney at law, at Petersburg), Anna M., (now the wife of N. K. Rankin); Anna and Minerva were both graduates of the Female College at Jacksonville; Wilber is now at home. Harry was drowned in the river Platte while crossing the plains in 1862; Mary died during her 28th year. In April, 1847, Mr. Masters came to this county and located in Town 19, Range 7, and has since been closely identified with the interests of the county; he is one of the self-made men of our county, having, by industry and economy, acquired a home and a competence for declining years; he has been a man of progress and enterprise. He has been a Justice of the Peace several years, and, in 1856, represented the county in the State Legislature; he and his wife for many years have been members of the M. E. Church. He has always been engaged in farming pursuits and identified with the principles of Democracy.