Willis Dessie Masterson

Brief Life History of Willis Dessie

When Willis Dessie Masterson was born on 4 June 1890, in Indian Territory, United States, his father, Sylvester Preston Masterson, was 47 and his mother, Nancy Jane Stephens, was 32. He married Lillie Mae Higgins on 5 January 1908, in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Police Jury Ward 2, Tensas, Louisiana, United States in 1930 and Vann Township, Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. He died on 24 May 1954, in Akins, Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Akins, Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States.

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Willis Dessie Masterson
Lillie Mae Higgins
Marriage: 5 January 1908
Resa Louise Masterson
Vera Fay Masterson
Venia Masterson
Josephine Opal Masterson
Cassie Modean Masterson
James Douglas Masterson
Cleatus Leroy Masterson
Loweta Jane Masterson
Wilma Frances Masterson

Sources (22)

  • Willis D Masterson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Willis Dessie Masterson - Published information: Family genealogies: birth:
  • Willis Dessie Masterson, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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Name Meaning

English: from Middle English maister ‘master’ + -son. Compare Master .

Irish: in Ireland, this is usually the English name in 1 above. However, it was also adopted for Irish Mac an Mháighistir ‘son of the master’, also Anglicized as McMaster .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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