The Patriarch of this family,
Jacob Masters, Senior,
and his wife, Elizabeth Shaw
Masters, started on a trek from North
Carolina, some time as early as 1828.
1. Eliza born born about 1802 in NC; married 1)
Alexander Shaver, 2) Mr. Cawhon
2. Mary "Polly", born about 1804 NC; married
3. Henry born about 1806; married Louisa.
4. Jacob, Jr., born Oct. 28, 1807 NC; married
Eliza Catherine Wagley, born July 14, 1811.
All their children were born in Houston County where
Jacob, Jr. lived on his land grant. Somewhere
around 1850 Jacob and Eliza moved their family to
McLennan Co., TX
5. Willie, born Aug. 11, 1809 NC; married Joseph
Rice, Sr. in 1826. Their home was also on the
old King's Highway and has recently been moved and
restored by the Texas Historical Commission.
It is known as the Rice Stagecoach Inn.
6. Francis "Fannie", born about 1818; married
7. Sallie; married John D. V. Gossett.
8. Elizabeth; married Sanford Shaver.
Jacob Masters, born about 1780 in North Carolina,
married Elizabeth Shaw, born about 1783, on February
Between the years 1807 and 1809 the family moved
from North Carolina to Kentucky, as evidenced by the
birth of a child in that state. About 1816,
another child was born in Alabama. At least by
October 1834, they had made their way into Texas,
where Jacob petitioned for land under the
colonization laws through the Empresario, David G.
Burnett. The petition was approved.
Jacob Masters, Senior,
located his league of land, on the King's Highway,
known also as the Old San Antonio Road, about ten
miles northeast of Crockett, and there established
his home, which was a landmark for years thereafter,
and where he entertained the traveling public. An
old pecan tree, standing on the highway, more than a
hundred years old, now marks the site of this
The exact date when Masters arrived in Houston
County is not known, but that he was here as early
as 1828, is borne out by an entry in the Diary of
Adolphus Sterne, published in the Southwestern
Historical Quarterly, which is as follows:
"Wednesday June 2nd (1841) fine weather - left
Col. Bean's early in the morning traveled slow to
Jacob Masters another old friend of 13 years
standing, this day is the 13th anniversary of my
marriage with my dear wife."
Previously Sterne had written in his Diary under
date of Tuesday, April 23rd, 1839, as follows:
"reached Masters at 7 having some 42 miles this day.
Masters is a timid old Dutchman, has built a Block
House and makes all the members of the establishment
sleep there at night."