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Peter Masterson (1830 - 1900)

Peter Masterson
Born in Manhattan, New York County, New York, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2009
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Peter Masterson, 1830-1900, was the son of Peter Masterson (1791 Ireland- 1863 NY) and Bridget Maguire. He married Mary T. Quinn (1831-1922). Their daughter Catherine A. (b. ca. 1851 NY) married Charles Francis Partridge. [1] [2] NOTE: while these family trees may contain errors, they do provide some sourced references and valuable leads for further research

In 1850, Peter, his wife Mary and their daughter Ellen lived with Mary’s family:

In 1850, the Quinn family lived in New York City, New York, New York. The household included

  • Jno Quinn, 50, born in Ireland, a contractor
  • Ellen Quinn, 44, Ireland
  • Mary Quinn (Masterson), 20, New Jersey (wife of Peter Masterson, below)
  • Jno Quinn, 18 New Jersey
  • Isabella Quinn, 15, New York
  • Pat Quinn, 12, New York
  • Rosa Quinn, 6, New York
  • Peter Quinn, 8, New York
  • Henry Quinn, 5, New York
  • Jno O Neil, 40, Ireland, laborer
  • Pat King, 40, Ireland, laborer
  • Jas Mc Laughlin, 21, Ireland, laborer
  • Rob Gorden, 25, Ireland, laborer
  • Philip Mc Quin, 19, Ireland, laborer
  • Matthew Mc Canol, 22, Ireland, laborer
  • Patrick Mc Collins, 35, Ireland, laborer
  • Peter Masterson, 20, a contractor
  • Ellen Masterson, 1, New York (daughter of Peter and Mary) [3]

In 1855, the Masterson family lived in Ward 22, New York City, New York. They lived in woodframe house, valued at $800. Their personal estate was valued at $712.

  • Peter Masterson, 25, a conductor
  • Mary Masterson, Wife, 24
  • Ellen Masterson, Daughter, 6
  • Bridget Masterson, Daughter, 4
  • Isabella Masterson, Daughter, 2
  • Mary Masterson, Daughter, eight months old
  • Johanna Lincox, Servant, 14 [4]

In 1870, the Masterson family lived in Ward 22, New York City, New York, New York. The household included

  • Peter Masterson, 40, born in New York, in the livery business
  • Mary Masterson, 40, b. Pennsylvania
  • Ella Masterson, 20, b. New York
  • Catharine Masterson, 19, b. New York
  • Isabella Masterson, 16, b. New York, in school
  • Peter, 12, b. New York, in school
  • Laura Masterson, 10, b. New York, in school
  • Catharine Masterson, 26, b. Ireland, domestic servant
  • Bridget Masterson, 45, b. Ireland, domestic servant [5]

In 1880, the Masterson family lived at 233 W. 58th St., New York City, New York. This was a large, multi-generational household.

  • Peter Masterson, 50, a lawyer, born in New York, whose parents were born in lreland
  • Mary T. Masterson, Wife, 50, b. New York
  • Ellie Masterson, Daughter, 31, New York
  • Katie Masterson, Daughter, 30, New York, married
  • Bella Masterson, Daughter, 28, New York
  • Peter J. Masterson, Son, 27, New York, railroad conductor, married
  • Charles Masterson, Son, 25, New York, dry goods clerk, married
  • Francis Masterson, Son, 23, New York, carpenter’s apprentice
  • William Masterson, Son, 21, New York, married
  • Laura Masterson, Daughter, 19, New York
  • Sarah Masterson, Daughter, 26, New York
  • Charles Partridge, 30, New York
  • Charles Partridge, 6, grandson, New York
  • Harry Partridge, 2, grandson, 2, New York
  • Nellie Partridge, 1, granddaughter, New York
  • George Masterson, 2, grandson, New York
  • Charles Masterson, 0, New York
  • Laura Masterson, 18, daughter in law, New York
  • Jane Burns, 30, Ireland, widowed, a servant
  • Ann Carey, 22, New York, a servant [6]

In 1900, the Masterson family lived in their rented house at169 W. 63rd Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York. The family included

  • Peter Masterson, 70 born Jan. 1830 in New York, a department clerk
  • Mary Masterson, Wife, 65, b. March 1835, New York
  • Peter J Masterson, Son, 42, b. Jan. 1858, New York, a police Sargent
  • Two boarders, John and Laurie Morgan, married
  • Katie Powers, a servant [7]

The Masterson home at 169 W. 63rd St., Manhattan, New York, no longer stands. It was located near the south end of Central Park, on the Hudson River side.

Peter Masterson, 70, died in his home at 169 W. 63rd, Manhattan, New York City, New York, on 2 October 1900. He was married, and a clerk, the son of Peter Masterson and Bridget McGuire (both born in Ireland). Masterson was buried on 6 October 1900 in Calvary Cemetery. [8]

Peter Masterson, Jan. 1830 - 2 Oct. 1900, was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Peter Masterson and Bridget McGuire (both b. Ireland). He married Mary. They had a son, policeman Peter J. Masterson. Peter (Sr.) died in Manhattan, New York, aged 70, and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York. When he died, he was serving as Police Headquarters Deputy Clerk, since his appointment to that position in 1876. Masterson served in the New York State Legislature in 1859 and 1880; and as New York City Alderman, 13th District, 1863-67.

Masterson served with the New York Volunteer Fire Department from 1850. In 1852, he opened Engine Co. 33, built next to his own house at 58th St. and Broadway. Police Commissioner Thomas C. Action accused Masterson and the 33rd Engine Co. of setting fire to the Provost Marshall’s office during the New York Draft Riots of July 1863. Those charges were never proved, and never corroborated by any witnesses (Action wanted to do away with the volunteer fire department system). [9]


  1. Family Tree, Sourced (
  2. Family Tree, Unsourced. (
  3. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 December 2020), Peter Masterson in household of Jno Quinn, New York City, New York County, New York, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 March 2021), Peter Masterson, E.D. 4, Ward 22, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing p. , line #7, family #712, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,018,665.
  5. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Ella Masterson in household of Peter Masterson, New York, United States; citing p. 118, family 944, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,512.
  6. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 January 2022), Peter Masterson, New York City, New York County, New York, United States; citing enumeration district , sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm .
  7. "United States Census, 1900", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 January 2022), Peter Masterson, 1900.
  8. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 June 2020), Peter Masterson, 2 Oct 1900; citing Death, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,981.
  9. Find A Grave: Memorial #144780161

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