Jacksonville Daily Journal, 4 Apr 1898
James Madison Masters died at the home of his son, Squire D. Masters, south of the city, Sunday at noon, and was 81 years old at the hour. He was born in Overton county. He first settled on a farm which embraced within its limits the present campus of Illinois college and his house was located near the site of the college. In a short time he removed to Murrayville where he has since resided. In 1842 he was married and he raised a family of seven children, five boys and two girls. S. D. masters is the only one of the family now living. His two oldest sons graduated at an early day from Illinois College and for a time one of them taught in that institution. During his life Mr. Masters was a member of the Methodist church and was a conscientious Christian, upright in his dealings with his fellow man. For the past 20 years he had associated with the Presbyterian church.
The funeral for the family and friends will be held at the home of S.D. Masters and will be conducted by Rev. A. B. Morey. The remains will be taken to Murrayville where a public funeral will be held at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. S. A. Glasgow and Rev. Presley. The remains will be interred in the family burying ground in Bethel cemetery.
Jacksonville Daily Journal, 5 Apr 1898
The Death Record
The venerable James M. Masters died at the home of his son, S.D. Masters, at noon Sunday.
Mr. Masters was born in Overton county, Tenn, April 3, 1817, and came here in the spring of 1830, and settled with the family in a cabin on the spot now occupied by Illinois College. In the fall of the same season the family moved to a place a mile and a half west of Murrayville, and that vicinity has been the residence since. IN 1841 he was married to Rebecca Dinwiddie, who died in 1873. He was the father of five sons and two daughters, and all have died except one, S. D. Masters, so well known in this city. The last death in his family occurred 18 years ago. His sons and daughters were all promising, but passed away one after another. He also leaves a brother, S. D. Masters, in Petersburg, and aged 84.
Mr. Masters was a man of indomitable perseverance and overcame obstacles which would have caused a less courageous person to give up in despair. He had no early advantages, but went to work and acquired a fair, practical education and in his later life was a great reader, and, being a man of remarkable memory, could converse intelligently in matters of history with those who had seen much of the world. He had nothing at all in the beginning but a good name and that enabled him to get some oxen and plows and with these he went to work and earned the beginning of the large fortune left. He was a member of the M.P. church, of Murrayville until it passed out of existence. He was very much devoted to his family and was a man honest in all his dealings and respected for his true worth. In his last days he was most tenderly cared for by his devoted son and daughter-in-law, who did all possible for his comfort and welfare. Death was the result of a general failure of the system, the machine simply running down and stopping. He anticipated the end several weeks before it came and declared himself ready and glad to go and meet those who had gone before and to await the coming of those left behind. It was a singular coincidence that he died at exactly the age of 81. He was born April 3, 1817, at noon and died April 3, 1898, at noon.
The funeral will be held at the residence of his son, S. D. Masters, at 9:30 this morning and the remains will be taken to Murrayville for interment.
Jacksonville Daily Journal, 6 Apr 1898
The funeral of James M. Masters was conducted yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the home of his son, S.D. Masters, south of Jacksonville. The services were in charge of Dr. A B Morey, of the State Street church, assisted by the choir, Robt. Hockenhull, John Johnson, Mrs. Robt. Hockenhull and Mrs. E.E. Crabtree. After Scripture reading and prayer the remains were taken to Murrayville, where the deceased lived for so many years. At 1:30 services were conducted by Dr. A. B. Morey, assisted by Rev. Mr. Presley, of Manchester, with singing by the choir of the Murrayville Presbyterian church. Interment was in Bethel cemetery and the bearers at the residence were Riggs Taylor, E.P. Jones, Wm. Routt, T. B. Orear, J. H. Woods and L. Seeberger. The floral offerings were very profuse and beautiful.