Oliver Webber

Oliver WEBBER (1797 – 1862) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather; one of 32 in this generation.

Oliver Webber

Oliver Webber Home Vassalboro, Maine in 1915

Oliver A. Webber Esq.’s birthdate of 1797 is estimated from the 1850 census.  His parents were Charles WEBBER Jr. and Ruth THATCHER.   He married Abigail HAWES on 17 Mar 1821 at Vassalboro Kennebec Maine.   After Abigail died, he married Sarah H. Bryant 22 Jan 1849.    He died 15 Jan 1862 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Oliver Webber

Deacon Oliver Webber

Abigail Hawes was born on 7 May 1800 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Isaac HAWES and Tamzin WING. Abigail died 14 Jan 1846 in Vassalboro and is also buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Abigail Hawes

Abigail Hawes Webber – Maple Grove Cemetery Vassalboro, Kennebec County, Maine

Sarah H Bryant Webber  Sarah was born about 1809 or 1810 in Massachusetts. Her parents were Nathaniel Bryant (b. 1777 Mass. – ) and Mary [__?__] (b. 1778 Mass – ). She lived in the household in the 1850 and 1860 census.  In the 1850 census, Nathaniel and Mary lived in Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine.  Sarah’s mother, Mary Bryant (1778 – 1874) , age 81, lived in the household in 1860.

Children of Oliver and Abigail:
Name Born Married Departed
1. Esther H Webber 21 Apr 1822 Maine Levi M. Webber 16 Aug 1888 Vassalboro
2. Amanda Melvina Webber ca. 1824
Michael Kennedy Jr
7 Apr 1851 Vassalboro
After 1880
Troy VT?
3. Ira H. Webber ca. 1826 27 Aug 1872 California, buried in Vassalboro
4. Lucinda H. Webber ca. 1828 George Andrew Hobbs 27 Mar 1872 Clinton, Kennebec, Maine
5. Leigh Richmond Webber 5 Dec 1830 Vassalboro Did not marry, but did go to Colby College 5 Jan 1866, consumption, at Insane Hospital, Augusta ME
6. Gustavus Vacy Webber c. 1833
Mary Frances Richardson
20 May 1860 Waterville, Kennebec, Maine
Elizabeth M. Jones
4 Sep 1870 China, Kennebec, Maine
20 Jan 1917 Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine
7. Ellen Celeste WEBBER 3 Aug 1835 Guilford Dudley COLEMAN
9 Oct 1855 Vassalboro, Maine
31 Oct 1881 Anoka, MN
8. Emma A. Webber 3 Aug 1835 Jacob Melvin Prescott
bef. 1863
Between 1895-1900 Tama, Iowa
9. Virgil H Webber c. 1836 in Maine 1 Jul 1862
Gettysburg PA
10. Herman Webber Oct 1839
10 Aug 1862 New York from wounds suffered at Fair Oaks VA

Both Prentiss Glazier and E.P. Webber lists Oliver A Webber but does not give parents. A According to Concerning the Cortright and Webber families in America 1925, Oliver had 84 first cousins and, so far, I’ve been able to identify 42 of  them.  See the page of his grandfather Charles B. WEBBER page for details about his cousins.

Oliver A. Webber was a Selectman in Vassalboro in 1841 and 1842.  He was a Justice of the Peace as well as a farmer and was sometimes titled Deacon.

John Wing of Sandwich Mass and his Descendants  1881

Abigail, who married Oliver Webber, lived in Vassalborough and died in 1845, aged 45. They had ten children, viz:Esther (Mrs. Levi Webber), who lives in Vassalborough and has no children; Amanda (Mrs.Kennedy), who lives in Troy, Vermont, and has four children ;Ira, who died in California in 1874; Lucinda (Mrs. Hobbs), who died in Clinton, Me., having had seven children; Richmond, who died in Augusta in 1866; Gustavus, who lives in Vassalborough and has seven children; Ellen (Mrs. Coleman), who lives in Anoka, Minn., and has four children; Emma (Mrs. Prescott), who lives in Illinois and has seven children. These last two are twins; Virgil, who died at Gettysburgh in 1863; and Herman, who died at New York in 1862.

My grandmother wrote:

I wish I remembereed more about Oliver Webber.  He had merchant ships, my mother referred to him as “merchant prince” wich was a typical Maine expression.  He was of Dutch descent and his family were early citizens of Manhattan Island when it was Dutch.  The Webber family throughout the country had a long and involved lawsuit over property in that area.  My Uncle Dana Coleman gave money to that for years (Unsuccessful)  [See my Thomas Webber page for details of this Webber family myth]

It is interesting to note that the first immigrant Webber in our line was in fact a Sea Captain.  Thomas  Webber (1639 – 1686)  was a fisherman and a sea captain. He was a mariner of Boston as early as 1644 if not sooner, and the master of the sloop “Mayflower”, while still resident in England in 1652.   By 1660 there were approximately 8 known ships bearing the name ‘Mayflower.’ His ship is not the same ‘Mayflower’ of 1620 .  In 1652 he sold about a quarter of this vessel of two hundred tons, and removed to Maine.

In the 1830 census,  Guildford Dudley COLEMAN’s grandfather Joseph COLEMAN  is recorded right next to Oliver Webber.  Samuel Sturgis is recorded on the other side. Maybe GD first met Ellen when he visited his grandfather.

In the 1840 census, Oliver was a farmer in Vassalboro with 13 people living in his household.  Dudley COLEMAN, his brother Charles Coleman and his father Joseph COLEMAN were all close neighbors.

Oliver was a farmer. In the 1850 census, his farm was valued at $1,800.   In  the 1860 census, his farm was 100 improved acres, 40 unimproved acres and was valued at $2,800.  He had 4 horses, 3 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 5 other cattle.  The livestock was valued at $530.  He had 110 bushels of indian corn and 17 bushels of oats.

Oliver A. Webber was appointed guardian of Mary Webber, Susan B. Webber (later Susan B. Lowell), Sarah H. Webber, all minors, when Dorothy Webber of Hallowell died (probate records dated 4 Apr 1852. Dorothy was  the widow of Horatio Nelson WEBBER, who died 25 Dec 1839.  Charles E. Webber was “heir of age.”


1. Esther Webber

Esther’s husband Levi Webber was born in May 1815 in Vassalboro, Maine.  He was her fourth cousin,  His parents were Ephraim Webber (b. 27 Sep 1794 China, Maine – d. 28 Feb 1865, China, Maine) and Mary Esther Chadwick (1794 – 1865)  His grandparents were Lewis Webber and Keziah Hatch. His great grandparents were Joseph Webber Jr. and Sarah Sedgeley . His 2nd great grandparents were Joseph Webber Sr. and Mary Lewis.  He shared his third great grandparents Samuel WEBBER and Deborah LITTLEFIELD with Esther.  Levi died 15 Feb 1899 in Vassalboro.

They farmed in Vassalboro in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.

Child of Esther and Levi:

i.  Henry W. B. Webber (May 1855 in Vassalboro, Maine – aft 1920 in Massachusetts); m. 17 Apr 1888 in Augusta, Maine to Leona E Hale (Sep 1861 in Vienna, Kennebec, Maine – Aft. 1930 census Reading, Middlesex, Mass)

In the 1900 census, Henry was a carpenter in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1920, he was a carpenter with a cabinet shop in Reading, Mass.


2. Amanda Webber

Amanda’s husband Michael Kennedy was born about  1824 in Troy, Orleans, Vermont . His parents were Michael Kennedy (b. 1799 Ireland) and Anne Holden (b. Vermont.)

 In the 1850 census, Michael was living with his father Michael, his father’s second wife Frances  (b 1803 Vermont) and half? brother Charles in Troy, Orleans, Vermont.

In the 1870 census, Michael and Amanda were farming in Troy, Orleans, Vermont.

Children of Amanda and Michael Kennedy:

i. James Kennedy (1852 – After 1870 Census)

I’m not certain if this is our James, but he meets all the criteria (year and state of birth, father from Vermont, mother from Maine) In the 1920 census James C Kennedy was working as a civil engineer in general practice in Yerington, Lyon, Nevada. His wife Emma [__?__] was born about 1866 in Michigan. Their granddaughter Patricia Porter (age 5) was living with them.

Working backwards, in the 1910 census, James was a mining engineer for the department of state engineering in Rhyolite, Nevada. This time his wife was listed as Emogene and he had been married for five years. This time his date of birth is listed as 1856 which could mean he is a differnt James Kennedy. . Emogene has a daughter from a previous marriage named Ruth M. Hall (b. 1890 Indiana). James’ daughter Edith was born in Colorado in 1891. James daughter Elizabeth was born about 1892 in Florida. Their mother was also born in Florida.

Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County Nevada. It is located in the Bullfrog Hills, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, near the eastern edge of Death Valley. The town began in early 1905 as one of several mining camps that sprang up after a prospecting discovery in the surrounding hills. During an ensuing gold rush, thousands of gold-seekers, developers, miners, and service providers flocked to the Bullfrog Mining District. By 1907, Rhyolite had electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, and a stock exchange. Scholarly sources generally place it in a range between 3,500 and 5,000 in 1907–08.

Ruins of Cook Bank Building in Rhyolite Nevada

Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production fell. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial panic of 1907 made it more difficult to raise development capital. In 1908, investors in the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, concerned that it was overvalued, ordered an independent study. When the study’s findings proved unfavorable, the company’s stock value crashed, further restricting funding. By the end of 1910, the mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite’s population dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.

James Kennedy lived on Esmeralda Street in Rhyolite, Nevada

In the 1900 census, James was a mining engineer in Election District 13, Carbon, Wyoming living with five other men. He is listed as widowed.

ii. Alden Kennedy (1854 – Between 1860 – 1870 Census)

iii. Frank Olin Kennedy (1858 Troy, VT – After 1920); m. Augusta Melvina Crafts (30 Sep 1858 Lowell, Vermont – )

In the 1910 census, Frank was a farmer in Bradford, Orange, Vermont. In the 1920 census, Frank was retired in Bradford, Orange, Vermont.

iv. Mary E. Kennedy (1864 – After 1880 Census)


3.  Ira Webber  was a sailor in the 1850 census.


4. Lucinda Webber

Lucinda’s husband George Harrison Hobbs Jr. was born 21 Apr 1822 in Canaan, Somerset, Maine. His parents were George H Hobbs (1794 – 1880) and Elizabeth (Betsey) Lunt (1792 – 1874). George died 20 Nov 1900 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Some sources state that Lucinda married Elbridge I. Wyman on 12 Mar 1859 – Penobscot, Maine and they had at least one son: Frederick Lincoln Wyman (15 Jul 1861 in Hampden, Maine – Jan 1907)

However, that conflicts with the dates of Lucinda’s and George Hobbs marriage and their children born from 1852 to 1866.

Clinton Land Ownership Map for G H Hobbs

In the 1880 census, George was divorced and taking care of five children ages 4 to 20 while farming in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine.

The divorce is curious because Lucinda died in 1872, just two years after the 1870 census when she was still with George, however, the letter “d” is very clear in the marital status column on the census form. It looks like George had another wife. In his daughter Della’s marriage record, her mother is shown as Ada. Della was born about 1875.

In 1883 George married Ruth P. Gerald (Oct 1833 Canaan, Somerset, Maine – ). She first married 5 Feb 1853 – Somerset, Maine to David A Ramsdell (1832 – 1874)

Children of George and Lucinda many of which were named for Lucinda’s siblings:

i. George E Hobbs (May 1852 in Maine – 30 Apr 1903 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine); m. Hattie M. Norton (1853 Maine – Bef. 1900)

In the 1880 census, George and Hattie were living with Hattie’s daughter from a previous marriage Ruby Sears (b. 1875

In the 1900 census, George was widowed and living with his father and Ruth in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine.

ii. Eda E Hobbs (abt 1852 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 7 Nov 1876 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine

iii. Oliver A Hobbs (abt 1854 in Canaan, Somerset, Maine – 19 May 1886)

iv. Lamont Montague Hobbs (abt 1857 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 18 Jul 1879 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine) Lamont was a farmer. Cause of death drowning

v. Ashla Hobbs (1859 –

vi. Herman Webber Hobbs (Jul 1860 in Maine – 31 Mar 1927 in Anoka, Minnesota); Herman’s namesake uncle died of Civil War wounds in 1862. m. 1890 to Delia A Starkey (Dec 1870 in Minnesota – 10 Apr 1941 Anoka, Minnesota)

In the 1900 census, Herman was living with his father-in-law and working as a hostler in a livery stable in Anoka, Minnesota. In the 1910 census, Herman was a teamster for a bus line in Anoka and had his wife, four children and his mother-in-law at home.

Delia was the seventh child of eight born to John Marvin Starkey [1827 NY – 1907 MN] and Adelia Ann Gay [1829 NY – 1913 MN]. She married Herman Hobbs in about 1890. They had five children: Gladys Marie [Peterson], Herman F., Harlan Clyde, Edna Mae, and Maurice M.

vii. Virgil Webber Hobbs (15 Jul 1862 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 1 Oct 1943 Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine) Virgil’s namesake uncle was killed at Gettysburg a year after he was born. m. 1890 to Rosine Gelou (15 Jan 1869 in French Canada – 1956)

In the 1900 census, Virgil was a station agent in Mattawamkeag, Maine.

In 1889 the International Railway of Maine was completed between Megantic, Quebec, Canada to Mattawamkeag, where it interchanged with the Maine Central. The parent company of the International Railway, Canadian Pacific, obtained running rights from Maine Central for Mattawamkeag to Vanceboro where it regained CPR trackage in New Brunswick. This placed Mattawamkeag on the transcontinental mainline of the Canadian Pacific, running from Saint John to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Railroad Street in Mattawamkeag from a 1910 postcard

viii. Ellsworth E Hobbs (abt 1865 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 24 Nov 1888 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine)

ix. Laforest Hobbs (Aug 1866 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – 28 Aug 1937 Jay, Maine); m. 01 Mar 1898 in Jay, Maine to Nina Maude Bean (24 Apr 1880 in Maine – 31 Oct 1968 in North Jay, Franklin, Maine)

In the 1910 census Laforest was a millwright in a sawmill in Jay, Franklin, Maine. There were a lot of Maude’s living nearby and Bean’s Corner is a local landmark.

The township was then granted by the Massachusetts General Court to Captain Joseph Phipps and 63 others for their services in the French and Indian War. Called Phipps-Canada, the plantation was not settled until after the Revolutionary War. On February 26, 1795, Phipps-Canada was incorporated as Jay for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Jay had a population of 1,490 in 1870. The following years would see papermaking develop into the town’s predominant industry. In 1888, industrialist Hugh J. Chisholm built at southern Jay the Otis Falls Pulp & Paper Company mill, then the 3rd largest paper mill in the country. Nearby developed the mill town village of Chisholm. In 1898, it became one of the founding mills of International Paper.

LaForest Hobbs Obit – The Lewiston Daily Sun – Aug 30, 1937

x. Della Hobbs (1876 – Aft 1930 census Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine ) m. 4 Jun 1898 – Clinton, Maine to Wilbur R. Wyman (b. 1866 Maine – d. bef. 1930 census). In the marriage record, Della’s mother is shown as Ada.

Since Lucinda died in 1872, George was listed as divorced in 1800 ad George married Ruth in 1883, it looks like George married and divorced Ada in between.

In the 1920 census, Wyman was running a grocery store in Mattawamkeag, Penobscot, Maine.


5. Leigh Richmond Webber

While a few of our illustrious ancestors attended Oxford or Cambridge before emigrating in the Great Migartion, Oliver’s son Leigh Richmond Webber was the first I could find who attended college in the United States.  These notes came from a Colby alumni record from the 1880’s Leigh Richmond had Vassalboro as  legal residence during his course at Colby College. He prosecuted preparatory and Freshman studies chiefly, it is believed, at Vassalboro’ Academy, under several successive teachers.

1852, Sept. Entered Colby Sophomore class. In scholarship, one of the best of a superior class.

1855-56. Taught in New Portland, Me.

1856-57. Taught in Troy, Orleans Co., Vermont.

1858, April. Removed to Lawrence, Kansas, and engaged for three years in teaching and farming.

Lawrence, Kansas was founded in 1854 for the New England Emigrant Aid Company by Charles Robinson.  The New England Emigrant Aid Company was a transportation company created to transport immigrants to the Kansas Territory to shift the balance of power so that Kansas would enter the United States as a free state rather than a slave state. Created by Eli Thayer in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed the population of Kansas Territory to choose whether slavery would be legal, the Company is noted less for its direct impact than for the psychological impact it had on proslavery and antislavery elements.  The exact number of people who left for Kansas is unknown. James Rawley puts the numbers somewhere around 2000, of whom about a third returned home, while The Kansas Historical Society puts the number around 900 who left for Kansas in 1855 alone.

William Crutchfield, son Samuel CRUTCHFIELD Sr. removed from Jamestown, Quebec to Lawrence in   8 Mar 1856 and spent the rest of his life there dying 21 Mar 1917 in Lawrence KS

In the Bleeding Kansas era, Lawrence was a center of anti-slavery sentiment. On May 21, 1856, a pro-slavery posse led by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones burned the Free-State Hotel, destroyed the equipment of two anti-slavery newspapers, and looted several other businesses in an attack known as the sack of Lawrence; one man was killed, struck dead by a stone falling from the burning hotel. Abolitionist John Brown‘s nearby Pottawatomie Massacre is believed to have been a reaction to this event. On August 21, 1863, during the American Civil War, Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill burned most of the houses and commercial buildings in Lawrence and killed 150 to 200 of the men they found in the Lawrence Massacre.

3 June 1861 – Enlisted as a Private in Company D, 1st Infantry Regiment Kansas.

10 Aug 1861 – Wounded in action Wilson’s Creek, Mo.

16 Jun 1864 – Mustered Out Company D, 1st Infantry Regiment Kansas

1864, July. Returned to Maine, broken down In health by hardships of military life.1865,

Oct. 11. Committed to Hospital for the Insane, at Augusta. Died, Jan. 5,1866, of consumption, at Insane Hospital, Augusta. He did not marry.

Leigh Webber was wounded at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek – Painting by Kurz and Allison

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, also known as the Battle of Oak Hills, was fought on August 10, 1861, near Springfield, Missouri, between Union forces and the Missouri State Guard, early in the American Civil War. It was the first major battle of the war west of the Mississippi River and is sometimes called the “Bull Run of the West.” Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon’s Army of the West was camped at Springfield, Missouri, with Confederate troops under the commands of Brig. Gen. Benjamin McCulloch approaching. On August 9, both sides formulated plans to attack the other. At about 5:00 a.m. on August 10, Lyon, in two columns commanded by himself and Col. Franz Sigel, attacked the Confederates on Wilson’s Creekabout 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Springfield. Rebel cavalry received the first blow and fell back away from Bloody Hill. Confederate forces soon rushed up and stabilized their positions.

The Confederates attacked the Union forces three times that day but failed to break through the Union line. When General Lyon was killed during the battle and General Sweeny wounded, Major Samuel D. Sturgis assumed command. Meanwhile, the Confederates had routed Sigel’s column, south of Skegg’s Branch. Following the third Confederate attack, which ended at 11:00 a.m., the Confederates withdrew. Sturgis realized, however, that his men were exhausted and his ammunition was low, so he ordered a retreat to Springfield. The Confederates were too disorganized and ill-equipped to pursue. This Confederate victory buoyed southern sympathizers in Missouri and served as a springboard for a bold thrust north that carried Price and his Missouri State Guard as far as Lexington. In late October, a rump convention, convened by Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, met in Neosho and passed out an ordinance of secession. Wilson’s Creek, the most significant 1861 battle in Missouri, gave the Confederates control of southwestern Missouri.

6. Gustavus Webber

Gustavus’  first wife Mary Francis Richardson was born 18 Nov 1841 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.  Her parents were John Richardson (1813 – 1884) and Hannah G. Sanborn (1819 – 1843)  Her grandparents were  our ancestor Seth RICHARDSON III and Susannah A. BALCOM .  Mary died 6 Jun 1870 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

Gustavus’ second wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” M. Jones was born 9 Dec 1848 in China, Kennebec, Maine.  Her parents were John Jones (1825 – ) and Lydia Runnells (1826 – ) Lizzie died 27 Aug 1901 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

In the 1850 census, Gustavus was one of nine young “shoemakers” living with Betsey Freeman (age 29) and David Austin (age 52) in Vassalboro.  Gustavus married 20 May 1860 in Waterville, Maine to Mary Frances Richardson  and was living with Mary’s father and second wife Cynthia Cross,  in the 1860 census.

Gustavus V Webber, wife Mary, daughter Alice, Photo taken about 1865 or 1866 as Alice was born in 1865. Mary died in 1870.

Gustavus enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 at the age of 28. in Co E -16th Maine -Wounded at Gettysburg, see below.   Pension records state date of birth as 16 Aug 1832.    Gus Webber was dicharged 16 Dec 1863 with disability from leg wound received 1 July 1863 Gettysburg, PA (where he was captured and paroled 3 July 1863).

Pvt. Gustavus Vacy Webber Co E 16th Maine Volunteers. Photo taken about the time of his enlistment Jul. 1862

Three months after Mary died, Gustavus married 4 Sep 1870 in China, Maine to Elizabeth “Lizzie” M. Jones.

Gustavus V Webber – Photo May 1907. Co E 16th Maine. GAR button on lapel

Gustavus Webber – Lakeview Cemetery China, Kennebec, Maine

Children of Gustavus and Mary Frances Richardson (1841 – 1870)

i. Alice H. Webber (Jan 1865 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – 22 Aug 1919 in Hennepin, Minnesota. ) m.  1889 Richard Jude (13 Mar 1857 in Buffalo, Wright, Minnesota – 26 Aug 1932 in Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota) Richard’s parents were from Ireland.

In the 1900 census, Richard was a butcher in Ramsey, Anoka, Minnesota. In 1910, he was a general farmer in Ramsey.

Alice (Webber) Jude ca. 1885, Anoka, MN

ii. Oliver Austin Webber (16 May 1867 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census) m. 6 Aug 1889 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine to Annie L. Hall (Oct 1872 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census)

In the 1910 census, Oliver was a mechanic at a carriage maker in China, Kennebec, Maine. In 1920, he was a machinist at Bath Iron Works. Since its founding in 1884, Bath Iron Works has built private, commercial and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy.

Children of Gustavus and Elizabeth M. Jones (1848 –  1901)

iii. Mary Frances Webber (June 1871 in Maine – 3 Oct 1882) Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine

iv. Delbert W. Webber (Jun 1873 in Maine – 24 Dec 1891) Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine, cause of death drowned

v. Ellen C. Webber (1876 – After 1930 census); m. Frank Emery Wood (15 Apr 1877 in Palermo, Waldo, Maine – After 1930 census)

In the 1930, Frank was doing odd jobs in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

vi. Bertha L. Webber (Nov 1880 in China, Kennebec, Maine – After 1940 census); m. 12 Jun 1913 in Wrentham, Massachusetts to Wesley G. Dibblee (10 Jan 1878 in New Brunswick, Canada – Nov 1969 in Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts)

Wesley had been previously married in 1903 to Sadie Alice Mitchell (1881 – 1911) Wesley became a naturalized citizen 1 Sep 1906. In the 1930 census, Wesley was a foreman in an ice company in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

vii. Ethyl Eliza Webber (May 1888 in Maine – Aft 1940 census); m. 23 Feb 1908 in Maine to Harry E. Scott (28 Aug 1889 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine – Jul 1968 in Biddeford, York, Maine)

Harry had already moved to Schuylkill Pennsylvania and was working as a chemist at the Atlas powder company according to his 1917 draft registration. In the 1920 census, the family had broken apart. Ethyl was living with her sister Bertha Dibble, her son Gustavus (age 11) was living with his grandfather Albert A Scott in Vassalboro, Harry was living with a new wife Lulu and daughter Anna (age 19 months) at his new father-in-law George Moyer in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. By the 1930 census, Ethyl was divorced from Harry and working as a servant with the Warren R Gilmore family in Wrentham, Massachusetts


7. Emma Webber (Ellen’s twin)

Emma’s husband Jacob Melvin Prescott was born 13 Jul 1839 in Maine.  His parents were Jacob Prescott and Mary Chadbourne.  Jacob died 22 Feb 1924 in Jackson, Oregon.

Emma was a student at Maine State Seminary Students  (Bates College, a liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine.  Emma appears in  this 1858 list of students is from the Bates College (Maine State Seminary) Catalogue from 1858.

Before 1863, Emma married Jacob Melvin Prescott.  Emma was six years older than her husband. In the 1880 census Jacob was a laborer in Montour, Tama, Iowa and their two oldest sons were working in a machine shop. Emma died between 1895 when she was recorded in an Iowa census and 1900 when Jacob was living alone in Montour and working as a jeweller. By 1910, Jacob had moved in with his son Herbert in Grant’s Pass, Oregon.

Montour was founded near the villages of Indian Village and Butlerville on the east side of Indian Creek upon the elevated bench on the south side of the Iowa River around 1864. Dr. Doe, (probably the first physician of Indiantown), built a seven-by-nine dry goods store in Indiantown. When the railroad came near, he moved his store to it and thus started the first business in Montour (at this time called Orford). Daniel Hempy built the first residence in the new village,and several houses from Indiantown were brought in following it, rolled in upon wheels. When C. J. STEVENS moved his lumber trade and agricultural machinery to Orford (or Montour) in the spring of 1865, the town had a total of seven houses. In April, trains did not stop without flaggings, the train men throwing off the mail, as it passed through.

Montour grew to be a thriving community with churches, a high school, hotels, general stores, gas stations and even at one point a car dealership. In the past 30 years, most of these have faded away. The high school was incorporated into the Tama County School system in the ’50s, became an elementary school in the 80s and, with dwindling attendance, closed its doors completely in 2003.

Children of Emma and Jacob Melvin Prescott

i. Llewellyn Prescott (1863, China, Maine – 1 Jan 1938, Jackson, Oregon)

In the 1900 census, Llewellyn (37), Clarence (36) and Alfred (24) were boarding together in Omaha, Nebraska. Llewellyn was working as an electrician, Clarence as a mechanical engineer and Alfred as a journalist. In 1910, Llewellyn was living with his sister Mabel and her husband Putnam in Oakland, California and working as a machinist in a planing mill where Putnam was the foreman. In the 1930 census, Llewellyn had a plumbing shop in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon and was living next to his brother’s widow Anne Prescott.

ii. Clarence Prescott (Feb 1864 in China, Kennebec, Maine – 23 Dec 1919 in Jackson, Oregon); m. Anna T Austin (abt 1874 in Iowa – 4 Sep 1958 in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon) Anna’s parents were from Norway.

In the 1910 census, Clarence had a carpentry shop in East Ashland, Oregon, In the 1930 census, Anna was living with her daughter Marie, a 24 year old school teacher and her son Glen, a 19 year old newspaper typsetter.

iii. Herbert S Prescott (Jun 1867 in China, Maine – 13 Nov 1928 in Salem, Oregon); m. 1897 Alice M. Peck (Mar 1864 in Cedar Falls, Iowa – 9 Dec 1940 in Salem, Marion, Oregon)

In the 1900 census, Herbert was working as a mechanic in Waterloo, Iowa. In the 1910 census, Herbert was a newspaper editor in Grants Pass, Oregon. Strangely, Herbert is listed twice in the 1920 census, as a newspaper reporter living with Alice in Salem, Oregon and as a laborer living with his sister Mabel Smith in Atascadero, California.

iv. Justine Prescott (1869 in China, Kennebec, Maine –  After 1895 Iowa Census)

v. Mabel Prescott (1 Mar 1872 in Montour, Tama, Iowa – 5 Jan 1956 in Los Angeles, California); m. Putnam David Smith (11 Aug 1857 Grant County, Wisconsin – 27 Nov 1933, Monfort, Grant, Wisconsin) Putnam was 15 years older than Mabel. In the 1910 census, Mabel was an artist (picture painter) in Brooklyn Township, Oakland, Calfornia. In the 1920 census, Putnam was now the artist living in Atascadero, California. By the 1930 census, Putnam and Mabel were retired in Los Angeles. After Putnam died, Mabel married a man named Liddle.

Putnam David Smith

Putnam David Smith was born in Grant County, WI on Aug. 11, 1856. Smith settled in Los Angeles in 1910. He died there on Nov. 27, 1933. He was known for portrait painting Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”

Not much is known of the American Beauty Doll Company, who began making composition dolls during World War I (1914-1918), when German dolls became scarce, due to the war. It was a family run business of hand made artist dolls by Mr. Putnam David Smith, his wife Mabel Smith and their young daughter Margaret.

Dolls were sold on the west coast of California, each composition doll was hand made and unique. Most of the dolls have cloth stuffed bodies, but others used a ball jointed, German style all composition body. Very few of these artist dolls have survived, as it proved to be unprofitable to make the dolls and due to the short duration of the company.

Below are four beautiful rare composition dolls, all courtesy of doll collector, M Perkins.

American Beauty Doll – ca. 1913 Girl Doll, 22″ tall, composition shoulder head, mohair wig, cloth stuffed body, one stroke painted eyebrows, glass flirty eyes, painted upper and lower lashes, open smiling red painted mouth with teeth.

ca. 1913 Boy Doll

American Beauty Doll 3

American Beauty Doll 4

vi. Alfred Webber Prescott (10 Nov 1875 in Mantana, Tama, Iowa – 9 Dec 1949 in Los Angeles, California); m. Martha Estellemille Barker (b. 26 Jan 1874 Missouri – d. 9 Feb 1956 Los Angeles)

In the 1920 census, Alfred was living in Los Angeles and working as a carpenter. Martha’s four children (ages 18 to 23) were all named Miller and their father was born in Ireland so they came from a previous marriage. In the 1930 census, Alfred was living with his sister Mabel and working as a bookkeeper in Los Angeles.


8. Her twin, Ellen Celeste Webber COLEMAN was educated in a New England “Female Seminary” and wrote beautifully and expressed herself elegantly. Since her family disapproved of her marrying Oliver Webber, they eloped and emigrated to Minnesota. He was young and poor. In Minnesota he was a farmer and a blacksmith.

9. Virgil S. Webber

Virgil was killed 1 Jul 1863  at the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  While further research revealed that Virgil served in the 16th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg. before I had to delve further, it was romantic to imagine that Virgil was part of the famous  20th Maine Regiment. The 20th Maine’s decisive defense of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863, where it was stationed on  at the extreme left of the Union line was a turning point in the battle. This action is a central part of the movie Gettysburg.

Pvt Virgil H. Webber (1836 - 1862)

Pvt Virgil H. Webber (1836 – 1862)
Courtesy: Chuck Russell Find A Grave Memorial# 106003505

In real life, Virgil and his brother 6. Gustavus (also wounded in this action) were in Company E, 16th Maine Regiment. which arrived around 11: 30 on the morning of July 1, 1863, as part of two divisions of the 1st Corps, Army of the Potomac arrived to join a fight that had been raging all morning, as the Confederates advanced on Gettysburg from the west and from the north. Among them was the 16th Maine. The regiment, along with the rest of the army, had been marching since June 12 up from Virginia.  16th Maine fought bitterly for approximately three hours in the fields north of the Chambersburg Pike; but by mid-afternoon, it was evident that, even with the addition of the rest of the 1st Corps and the entire 11th Corps, the position of the Union forces could not be held. They began to fall back toward the town of Gettysburg.

The 16th Maine was then ordered to withdraw to a new position to the east of where they had been fighting. “Take that position and hold it at any cost!” was the command. This meant that those of the 275 officers and men of the regiment who had not already become casualties had to sacrifice themselves to allow some 16,000 other men to retreat. This they valiantly did, but they were soon overwhelmed and forced to surrender to the Confederates.

As the Southern troops bore down upon them, the men of the 16th Maine spontaneously began to tear up into little pieces their “colors.” Like other Union regiments, the 16th Maine carried an American flag and a regimental flag, known collectively as “the colors.” “For a few last moments our little regiment defended angrily its hopeless challenge, but it was useless to fight longer,” Abner Small of the 16th Maine wrote after the battle. “We looked at our colors, and our faces burned. We must not surrender those symbols of our pride and our faith.” The regiment’s color bearers “appealed to the colonel,” Small wrote, “and with his consent they tore the flags from the staves and ripped the silk into shreds; and our officers and men that were near took each a shred.” Each man hid his fragment of the flags inside his shirt or in a pocket. The Confederates were thus deprived of the chance to capture the flags as battle trophies.   Most of the 16th Maine survivors treasured these remnants for the rest of their lives and bequeathed them to their descendents, some of whom still possess them as family heirlooms to this day.

By sunset on July 1, 11 officers and men of the 16th Maine had been killed, 62 had been wounded, and 159 had been taken prisoner.  Company E suffered heavy losses 3 killed, 8 wounded including Capt,William A. Stevens and Lt. Aubrey  Leavitt and 14 taken prisoner including Capt. Leavitt.  Only 38 men of the Regiment managed to evade being captured and report for duty at 1st Corps headquarters. But the 16th Maine had bought precious time for the Union Army. Those whose retreat they had covered were able to establish a very strong position just east and south of the center of the town of Gettysburg along Cemetery Ridge. During the night and into July 2 the 1st and 11th Corps were reinforced by the rest of the Army of the Potomac. For the next two days they would withstand successive assaults by the Confederates until the final repulse of Pickett’s Charge, on 3 Jul.

1,907 men served in the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment at one point or another during its service. It lost 181 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds. 578 members of the regiment were wounded in action, 259 died of disease, and 76 died in Confederate prisons for a total of 511 fatalities from all causes.


10.  Herman S. Webber

Herman enlisted in Company B, Maine 3rd Infantry Regiment on 04 Jun 1861. He died and was mustered out on 30 Jun 1862.

Occupation: boatman. Height: 5′ 11″. Complexion: light. Blue eyes, brown hair. Muster in: 3rd ME INF, Co. B, 4 Jun 1861 for 3 year enlistment. Wounded at Battle of Fair Oaks, VA (Peninsular Campaign) 1 Jun 1862. Admitted to General Hospital, Davids Island, New York Harbor 8 Jun 1862. Amputation of arm. Died 30 Jun 1862 (tetanic convulsions). Burial: Cypress Hill, 30 Jun 1862, grave number 143. N.B. 27 Dec 2013 – Information regarding military service and burial was obtained from National Archives records.

The 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment was mustered in at Augusta, Maine for three year’s service on June 4, 1861 and were mustered out on June 28, 1864. Veterans who had re-enlisted and those recruits still liable to serve were transferred to 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

During Herman’s enlistment, the 3rd  participated in the First Battle of Bull Run and  the Peninsula Campaign

The 3rd Maine enrolled 1,586 men during its existence. It lost 10 officers and 124 enlisted men killed in action or died of wounds received in battle and an additional 1 officer and 148 enlisted men died of disease.   33 men died in Confederate prisons. Total fatalities for the regiment were 316.  (20%)

Pvt Herman S. Webber

Pvt Herman S. Webber (1839 -1862) Co. B, 3rd Maine Infantry, 1861 Courtesy Chuck Russell Find A Grave Memorial# 105998579

Herman was wounded at Fair Oaks, 4 June 1862, and died 10 Aug 1862.  The Battle of Fair Oaks, also known as the Battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks Station  took place on May 31 and June 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia, as part of the Peninsula Campaign. The battle was frequently remembered by the Union soldiers as the Battle of Fair Oaks Station because that is where they did their best fighting, whereas the Confederates, for the same reason, called it Seven Pines.

The Battle of Fair Oaks, Va. by Currier and Ives (1862)

The Battle of Fair Oaks, Va. by Currier and Ives (1862)

It was the culmination of an offensive up the Virginia Peninsula by Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, in which the Army of the Potomac reached the outskirts of Richmond.  Both sides claimed victory with roughly equal casualties, but neither side’s accomplishment was impressive. George B. McClellan’s advance on Richmond was halted and the Army of Northern Virginia fell back into the Richmond defensive works. Union casualties were 5,031 (790 killed, 3,594 wounded, 647 captured or missing), Confederate 6,134 (980 killed, 4,749 wounded, 405 captured or missing)

Wounded at Battle of Fair Oaks (Peninsular Campaign) 1 Jun 1862. Admitted to General Hospital, Davids Island, New York Harbor 8 Jun 1862. Amputation of arm. Died 30 Jun 1862 (tetanic convulsions). Burial: Cypress Hill, 30 Jun 1862, grave number 143


http://homepages.wmich.edu/~rudged/gen/webber.html – Webber Generations

Wing Family of America – Tamzin Wing

Wing Family of America – Isaac Hawes

Maine Gettysburg Commission – Maine at Gettysburg -Google Books






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