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Tryphena MASTERS


  • Born: 7 Jun 1768 3
  • Christened: 9 Jul 1768, St Bartholomew, Lostwithiel, Corwall 4
  • Marriage: Tryphena MASTERS on 24 Dec 1792 in St Mary the Major, Ilchester, Somerset 1
  • Died: Bef 1842 5

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John was the eldest surviving son, and was born at Lostwithiel in Cornwall. He moved to Ilchester in Somerset, the home of his wife Tryphena Masters (qv) around 1796, and on to central Birmingham around 1814. He was variously described as a carpenter and a builder.

John had 10 children with his wife Tryphena, seven of whom survived childhood: his six sons were all engaged in the Canal Trade. The eldest son James (qv) was a Canal Engineer with the Birmingham Canal Company (BCC). The second son John was a carpenter and then a Canal Agent who lived at the Lock House at Curdworth in Warwickshire. John snr's only daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Pitchfork, a schoolmaster in Robert Baylis's Charity School in Dudley in Worcestershire. The third son Thomas was a lock keeper in Tipton in Staffordshire, then a corn chandler. Next was Joseph who was first a milkman, then a book keeper, and finally an Agent for the BCC. The next son Richard was a book keeper then Accountant with the BCC: his son Hubert was Engineer then Clerk to the Grand Junction Canal. John snr's youngest son Robert was Manager and Clerk to the BCC, and lived at Harborne in Warwickshire.

Additional source:
Census returns


John married Tryphena MASTERS, daughter of Unknown and Elizabeth MASTERS, on 24 Dec 1792 in St Mary the Major, Ilchester, Somerset.1 (Tryphena MASTERS was christened on 5 Feb 1775 in St Michael and All Angels, Somerton, Somerset,6 died on 15 Apr 1845 in Ladywood, Warwickshire 7 and was buried on 21 Apr 1845 in Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Warwickshire 8.)



1 Church Register, St Mary Ilchester, SoG ref Mfc 119618.

2 Church Register, Lostwithiel, Cornwall County RO ref FP 128/1/3 (baptism).

3 Edgar F Thomas, Thomas Family History (Unpublished and undated).

4 Church Register, Lostwithiel, Cornwall County RO ref FP 128/1/3.

5 Inference, 1841 Census (online) - HO107/1140/5 f26 p4 (wife).

6 Church Register, St Michael and All Angels Somerton, SoG ref Mfc 95803.

7 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYA103960.

8 Non-parochial burial ground, Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham City Coucil.

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