An Irish Soldier

Luke Masterson.

Submitted by Eddie Masterson Jr.
August / September 2003

1861: Luke Masterson, 4th Cavalry Mounted Volunteers.


My great-grandfather Luke Masterson immigrated to the U.S. from County Cavan, Ireland. In 1861, he enlisted in the 4th Cavalry Mounted Volunteers of New York. As a member of this group, he fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. His brother, Patrick, was a member of the 4th Infantry of New York. Patrick died in combat due to wounds received at Gaines Mills in Virginia.

In 1864 Luke married Mary Geoghagen of Westmeath in St. Stephens Church in New York City. The couple took up residence in Ansonia, Connecticut, and had six children: Mary, Patrick, Joseph, Thomas, Charles and Edward, who was born in 1878. Edward eventually married Minnie Kershner and they had two sons, Edward George, my father, born 1909, and Frank.

My father married my mother Frieda Pape in 1935. They lived in Staten Island, New York and had five children: Marlene, Roy, Katherine, George and myself Edward John. I grew up in Staten Island and married Nora Barrett of County Mayo, Ireland in 1980. We live in upstate New York with our two children Brian Roy and Aine Marie Masterson, who are currently, attending SUNY Oswego. Brian, who is completing his final year and is planning to attend law school, is doing his thesis on the Orange Parades in Northern Ireland. Aine just finished her freshman year and hopes to be an elementary school teacher after graduation. We all visit Ireland regularly.

My good friend and cousin, Frank (Buddy) O’Connor, who lives in Albertson, Long Island, and is a great-grandson of Luke Masterson, provided me with the early family history. ♦

3 Responses to “An Irish Soldier”

  1. Annemarie O'Connor says:

    Luke is my great-great grandfather! Frank (Buddy) O’Connor is my father! I recall him sharing info with his Masterson cousins, and we probably have his same hand-written notes. Sadly, he passed in 2007.
    I would love to connect with you. Can you please email me?

    My husband found this article – I am so grateful. Thank you for posting this.

    • Thomas Luke Masterson III says:

      My grandfather grew up in the bronx and his middle name was also Luke.
      I was told my great Uncle was Luke. I have no other info but I wonder if this is him.

  2. Annemarie O'Connor says:

    I just responded earlier …now I see the article was from 2003…
    Well, if there is still any opportunity for connection, please be in touch.
    Thanks very much,
    Frank (Buddy) O’Connor’s daughter

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