biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Miss MARY D. McMasters, of Union Township, was born in Gifford County, N. C., Aug. 16, 1821, and removed with her mother to Iowa in 1851, settling in Union Township, this county, where she has since resided. Her mother died in 1882, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. She had been deprived of a father's loving care when only thirteen years of age, he having died in the State of North Carolina in the year 1833, at the age of fifty-five years. The family consisted of seven children, of whom only two are now living. Hadley, Quintin, Samuel, Elizabeth T. and Eleanor L. are deceased; the latter was the wife of J. R. Gorsuch, of Union Township. The subject of this sketch, Miss Mary D. McMasters, is a maiden lady, and is the owner of a farm of 160 acres of excellent land, a portion of which is in fine cultivation and well improved. Miss McMasters has the entire supervision of her farm, the cultivation of which she manages with rare skill and ability. She possesses noble traits of character, excellent qualities of head and heart, and in her circle of acquaintances is highly esteemed.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy