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Custis Masterson
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Birth: Jul. 1, 1871
Eugene
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1914
Holland
Josephine County
Oregon, USA

A murder victim, Custis Masterson was the grandson of Rev. Jacob Gillespie, a Lane County pioneer and the namesake of this cemetery.

In the 1910 census, Custis Masterson was shown as a bachelor miner (for gold) in the Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County, Oregon.
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The Morning Register
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon
Thursday, January 15, 1914
Page One


FORMER EUGENE MAN MURDERED
CUSTIS MASTERSON AND COMPANION FOUND DEAD IN MINDER'S CABIN
SLAYER GIVES HIMSELF UP
NO EXPLANATION OFFERED OF SUCKER CREEK SHOOTING
MANY RELATIVES HERE
THREE SISTERS AND TWO BROTHERS LIVE IN THIS PART OF VALLEY - FOURTH SISTER LIVES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA


GRANTS PASS, Ore., Jan. 14 —Custis Masterson and John Norling, two miners, on the head waters of Sucker creek, were found dead in Osburn's cabin near the mouth of Cave creek today. Norling's body was found upon the bed and Masterson's near the cabin door each with a bullet hole through the head.

Norling and Masterson left Holland post office yesterday and went to the Osburn's cabin, where Theodore Alexander was in charge.

Alexander came down from Osburn's cabin this morning and reported there had been a shooting affray. Then Alexander trudged toward Kerby, a distance of about 20 miles, arriving there late this afternoon, where he gave himself up to J.F. Smith, a deputy sheriff. Alexander refused to talk.
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Custis Masterson, who was found dead in a cabin near Grants Pass yesterday, was born in Lane county, and lived here until seven or eight years ago, when he went prospecting in southern Oregon. He was here on a visit about three years ago but has not been here since, although he retained his membership in the Eugene lodge, B.P.O. Elks. He was not married.

He was a brother of Mrs. George W. Fisher, Mrs. J.W. Baker and Mrs. A.W. Blanton of Eugene and Mrs. Mary Noel* of British Columbia. One brother, E.H. Masterson, lives near Irving, and another, Marcellus, lives in Linn county.

Brief word of the tragedy came to the relatives here last evening, but no details were available until the Register's dispatches were received. Mrs. Blanton had received a letter only a week or two ago. ~~~END~~~

NOTE: The 76-year-old man who shot both Custis Masterson and John Norling was described in newspaper reports as being "deranged."

*By process of elimination, this must be Custis Masterson's sister, Marie E. Masterson. In brothers' Evan Masterson's and Marcellus Masterson's 1942 and 1948 obituaries, she is indentified as Marie Masterson. She died in 1976 as Marie E. Masterson. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Morrow Masterson (1829 - 1895)
  Nellie Jackson Graham Gillespie Masterson (1841 - 1888)
 
 Siblings:
  Indora Elizabeth Masterson Fisher (1860 - 1916)*
  Millie B. Masterson Blanton (1862 - 1938)*
  Chloe L. Masterson (1863 - 1865)*
  Evan Holmes Masterson (1865 - 1942)*
  Nellie Lee Masterson (1868 - 1868)*
  Ella Masterson Baker (1869 - 1964)*
  Custis Masterson (1871 - 1914)
  Marcellus Givens Masterson (1874 - 1948)*
  Marie E. Masterson (1878 - 1976)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Custis Masterson was buried on January 20, 1914 with no grave marker. Ninety-eight years later, one for him was obtained through the 2012 Gillespie Cemetery Pioneer Marker Project.
 
Burial:
Gillespie Cemetery
Eugene
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Plot: 7; Grave 4
 
Maintained by: Gillespie Cemetery Assoc...
Originally Created by: Jan
Record added: Jun 07, 2008
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Custis Masterson
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