Charles B. WEBBER (1741 – 1819) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Charles B Webber was born in Old York, Maine January 1741. His parents were Joseph WEBBER and Mary LEWIS. Charles served in the French and Indian War in 1757 and 1759 and was a 2nd Lt in the Revolutionary War in 2nd Lincoln County, Regiment of Mass. Militia in 1776. He first married Hannah CALL in 1761 in Dresden, Maine. He came to Vassalboro, Maine in 1765 and his daughter, Sarah, was the first white child born in town. After Hannah died in 1782, he married Sarah Smiley. Charles died 20 Nov 1819, age 79y (g.s. Webber Cemetery, Vassalboro, Maine).
On Jan 7, 1820, Charles’ sons George and Jeremiah were administrator’s of their father’s estate. In court Feb 8, 1820,. letters taken out in 1819 at the time of his death he was seized of certain real estate, dated March 25 1825, William H. Webber, minor son of Charles.
Hannah Call was born in 20 Dec 1744 in Amesbury, Mass. Alternatively, she was born in Dresden, Sagadahoc, Maine. Her parents were Philips CALL Jr. and Dorothy HADLEY. Hannah died about 1782 in Vassalboro, ME.
Sarah Smiley was born on 26 Sep 1747 at Windham, NH. Her parents were Hugh Smiley and Mary Park. Sarah lived in Sidney ME. Benjamine and Jeremiah are hers. Sarah died in 1842 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.
Children of Samuel and Hannah:
|1.||Charles WEBBER Jr.||1764
2 Apr 1792
|Before 1820 Census?
|2||Sarah “Sally” Webber||1766
Vassalboro, (First White Child born in town)
11 Dec 1796
Harlem (China) ME
|25 Feb 1854
|3||Mary (Polly) Webber||1769
|John Gaslin (Goslin, Gazlin, Gogins)
10 May 1791
|21 Apr 1837
Cross Hill Cemetery Vassalboro, ME
or Main, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
|4.||James Webber||20 Oct 1771
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
23 Oct 1795
Sandusky, Erie, OH
1 Dec 1793
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine
Plymouth, Huron, OH
|6.||William Webber?||c. 1774
|7.||Nancy Webber||c. 1777|
|8.||Joseph Webber||2 Apr 1783 or 1775||Mary Brown
25 May 1800
|9.||Samuel Webber||28 Feb 1779
|Jerusha Lambert Capen
14 May 1801
|About 1871 (age 92)
Cuba, Caneadea, Alleghany, NY
1 Feb 1801
|14 Mar 1860
North Vassalboro Village, ME
|11.||George M. Webber||c. 1782
7 Nov 1800
11 Dec 1820 Vassalboro
|12.||Benjamin Webber||27 Feb 1786
|Lydia Hannah Bailey
27 Jun 1805
|13.||Jeremiah Webber||17 Jul 1786
1 Jun 1805
|24 Apr 1820
Webber Pond is about 2 miles square. It was been plagued by algae blooms.
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Seven-mile brook,the outlet of Webber pond, has been from the first a useful water power. The following petition relating to this mill site was dated October 20, 1766;
“To the Honorable Committee of the Kennebec Company in Boston. The most of us are able to raise a great part of our bread and expect soon to raise it all, but we greatly need a grist mill, there being none nearer than Cobbossecontee, which costs us tou shillings a bushel. Grant us a grist mill on seven mile brook by building the same or granting the lot to some settler—or the inhabitants will build the mill themselves, if in your great wisdom and goodness be meet to grant us the Privilege. Signed—Matthew Hastings, Moses Hastings, John Taylor, John Marsh, James Hill, Aaron Healy, James Bacon, Jonathan Dyer, David Spencer, Bennett Woods, John Stone, Beriar Door, Isaac Spencer. Richard Burke, Nat. Mary, John Huston, Moses Spencer, Noah Kidder, Denes Getchell, John Getchell, Nemier Getchell, James Hutchinson, Thomas Clark, Joseph Clark, Daniel Bragg, John Sympson, David Strandley, Josiah Butterfield, Samuel Getchell, Charles Brann, Lewis Fairbrother, Manuell Smith, Philip Foot, Frederick Foot, Antony Foot, Isaac Farewell, Bunker Farewell, Isaac Farewell, Jr., Ebenezer Farewell, Nathan Moor, Collins Moor, Uriah Clark, David Clark, David Hancock, James Clark, Samuel Bradock, CharlesWebber. Joseph Carter, James Huston, Seth Greele, Ezekiel Pattee, John White, Charles Jackson, Moses Bickford, and Daniel Townsend.”
The settlement of town of Vassalboro commenced in 1760. for ten years only eight families had become residents including those in what is now Sidney that was first included in the limits of Vassalboro. Four families settled on the river front below what is now called riverside. Charles Webber came in 1765, soon after his brother Joseph came. Charles Webber was the first town treasurer of Vassalboro in 1771 and again in 1776; selectman in 1773 and 1792-1796; and the third town clerk in 1776.
The fertile, farming town of Vassalboro, next north of Augusta, has the Kennebec river for its western boundary, China for its eastern and Winslow for its northern. Settlements here commenced as early as 1760; but for eight years only ten families had become residents, including all in the present town of Sidney, which was incorporated within Vassalboro’s first limits. April 26, 1771, it was first recognized as a corporate body, and January 30, 1792, Sidney, the part west of the river, was incorporated a town by itself, leaving the present Vassalboro.
The three ranges of lots between the river and the gore were surveyed and numbered by Nathan Winslow in 1761. The lots east of it, shown on this map were surveyed and plotted by John Jones in 1774, and designated as the fourth and fifth ranges. These numbers are still generally referred to in deeds. East of the third range Jones established a new line for the western boundary of the fourth range, leaving a strip of land of unequal and irregular width extending across through the town, and referred to in deeds as the Gore. The principal inlet to Webber pond is in this gore, which extends over Cross hill to the southward. Northeast of the town house it is included in the farms of Z. Goddard, Elijah and James Pope and Frank H. Lewis.
Residence: 04 Sep 1764, Vassalboro (then Port Western), Kennebec, ME
1766 – His daughter, Sarah was the first white child born in the town of Vassalboro, Maine
1778 – Joseph Webber was selectman of Vassalboro.
30 Jun 1789 – Jonathan Ballard , late of Vassalborough. Alice Ballard, of Vassalborough, widow, Adm’x, 21 Sep., 1778 . [II, 84.] Thomas Town, of Vassalborough, and Ephraim Ballard, of Hallowell, sureties. Inventory by Abiel Lovejoy, Nehemiah Gatchel and Levi Moore, all of Vassalborough, 9 Dec., 1778 . [II, 148.] Darius and Calvin, minor sons, and Alice, minor daughter, chose Charles Webber, of Vassalborough, to be their guardian, June, 1789. [IV, 54-55.] Account of Alice Williams, Adm’x, filed 30 June, 1789 . [IV, 56.]
1790 – Charles Webber was helped to lay out the first nine school districts on the east side of the river.
From the Vassalboro Register 1904, “Schools”
The town of Vassalboro has ever stood out boldly and faithfully for the support and maintenance of her schools. In 1790 the town was divided into nine districts. The committee making this division was composed of Reuben Fairfield, Charles Webber, Nehemiah Getchell, Daniel McFadden, Joseph Fellows and John Taber. Alterations were made in the bounds of districts as the convenience of the inhabitants demanded. In 1799 $1,000.00 was raised to build 10 school houses.
Military service: 09 Apr 1757, French & Indian Wars – Nathaniel Donnell’s Co.; Jan 1759 – Capt. Goodwin’s Co., Col. Prebble’s Regiment
Military service 1: Revolutionary War – 2nd Lt. in Capt. Dennis Getchell’s 2nd Lincoln County, Regiment of Mass. Militia; Served at Riverton, RI 1777.
also 2nd Lt. in Capt. Daniel Scott’s Co., Col. Joseph North’s 2nd Lincoln County Regiment raised in 1776.
Leigh Webber, the great grandson of Horatio Nelson Webber and Charles’ 3rd Great Grandson filed this application in 1921.
Charles Webber Pension Papers
I wonder what this fuss was about? Charles Webber had 91 grandchildren of whom I’ve identified 52. I’m pretty sure Caroline would not have been entitled to any of her grandfather’s pension or land grant. Not only that, but she was only one of Charles’ 91 grandchildren.
The first pension law in 1776 granted half-pay for life to soldiers disabled in the service and unable to earn a living. The first pension law based on service was passed in 1818, but it was later amended to make eligible only those soldiers unable to earn a living. The pension act of 1832 allowed pensions again based on service and made widows of veterans also eligible to receive pension benefits. Fires in 1800 destroyed the earliest Revolutionary War pension application records. As a result, pension application papers on file at the National Archives begin after 1800. In Maine, claims had to be proved before 1840.
Undated application for Certificate of Revolutionary Services file by Caroline Webber of Buffalo, NY, granddaughter of Charles Webber. She says “He was a native of France and was brought to this country during his infancy.” [Charles seems to have been a leader in the community at a young age, not something you would expect from a French immigrant. On the other hand, the fact that Joseph was his father in unproven. Charles Webber came to Vassalboro in 1765 at the age of 24, soon after his brother Joseph came. Charles Webber was the first town treasurer of Vassalboro in 1771 and again in 1776; selectman in 1773 and 1792-1796; and the third town clerk in 1776.]
[Caroline was born in 1808 Her parents were Samuel Webber & Jerusha Capen. She never married and in the 1870 census, living in Cuba, Allegany, New York with her nephew Albert, sister Meletaih and father Samuel (age 91).]
19 Dec 1859 – the certificate was issued from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
21 Feb 1860 – City of Allegeny, State of New York — Affidavit of Samuel Webber in which he mentions “my father” and says “his widow Sarah Webber died Nov 1848.” “I further declare that I Samuel Webber of the age of 81 Feb. 26, 1860 and Hannah Childs of the town of Vassalboro of the age of 78 March 6, 1860 are the only surviving heirs of the aforesaid Charles Webber.” [This matches my info. Hannah died only days later, 14 Mar 1860 in North Vassalboro Village, Maine]
A “Statement of Facts” undated, says Sarah died in 1842 (aff. this accompanied the aforsaid affidavit)
23 Jan 1860 – An affidavit signed by Joseph Hastings of Sidney gives Sarah’s name as Sarah Smiley and says he attended her funeral in 1841 or 1842. [I previously had Sarah’s death as 1 Feb 1804 or 10 Apr 1813 in Vassalboro. Sarah Smiley was born on 26 Sep 1747 at Windham, NH so she would have been 95 years old in 1842]
21 Feb 1860 – There is another brief affidavit signed by Charles J[arvis] Webber [son of Jeremiah Webber and Belsora Horn] who says he is a grandson of Charles Webber.
22 Feb 1860 – Another affidavit signed by Oliver A. WEBBER who says he is a grandson of Charles Webber.
Martha Ballard made several entries on the Webber family in her diary. She mentions that Charles Webber buried his child on 6 December 1787; Joseph Webber of Vassalborough drown, 16 November 1795 (p. 351); that she was informed of the death of “widow Smiley of Vassalborough,” 1 February 1804 (p. 628). Charles Webber is probably the “Webber ___*” enumerated in 1790 in Lincoln County, Vassalborough with 1 male over age 16, 6 white males under age 16, and 5 white females (1790 Census of Maine Annotated Editions , p. 47), Children: “The Webber Records” (Maine State Library). Burials at Cross Hill Cemetery,Vassalboro; Village Cemetery, North Vassalboro; and Webber Cemetery, Vassalboro, respectively ( MOCA 4:2655 and 2684). Marriages/intentions in VR Vassalboro.
Our Charles Webber lived on the river road, but his wives names were Hannah and Sarah, not Mary which is the root of “Polly.” On the other hand, there is no evidence of any other elderly Charles Webbers living in the area in the 1790’s. Illustrated history of Kennebec County, Maine; 1625-1799-1892;. page 1119
One other place and kind of worship will not be forgotten so long as the links of tradition can touch each other — the church and teachings of Charles Webber, who resided on the river road near Riverside, in the house now occupied by Wallace W. Gilbert. Across the road, on what is known as the James S. Emery place, Mr. Webber erected a small edifice in the last few years of the last century. Here he had preaching of his own, and constituted himself the pastor. What was more conspicuous in this arrangement was the fact that said Webber could not read, and depended upon his wife for that important attribute. He could readily grasp the scripture reading of his wife and give wholesome explanation thereon; and only once was his knowledge clouded, when his wife read “log” for “lodge” in the wilderness. His manner of announcing a text was: ” If Polly tells me aright you will find my text, etc.” He urged sinners to repent, often saying that it was as impossible for one to enter heaven as it was for a shad to climb a tree. His eccentricities and goodness survive him, as does the old church, which, on another site, is the residence of Freeman Sturgis.
Isaiah Hawes, born in 1827, is the only son in a family of twelve children of Isaiah and Desire (Collins) Hawes. Isaiah, sen. (1777- 1852), was the son of Eben Hawes, of Yarmouth, Mass., and came to Vassalboro in 1809. His brother. Prince Hawes, father of Rev.’ Josiah T. Hawes, of Litchfield, came from Yarmouth, Cape Cod, in 1802. The present Isaiah Hawes married Lucy T. Hatch and has five children: Edwin A., Delia C, William I. (now in California), Harry P. and Alice M. Their residence was built by Dea. James Thacher, on the farm where the original Charles WEBBER first settled.
Riverside. — This poetical name applies to the southwest portion of the town [of Vassalboro], embracing one of the prettiest farming districts of the county. In allusion to Benjamin Brown, the first postmaster and a prominent citizen, the community and post office was long known as Brown’s Corners. The early settlers on the river front lots from the Augusta line to Isaiah Hawes’ present residence were: William Brown, Jeremiah and William Farwell, Charles WEBBER (who came in 1765 and whose daughter, Sarah, was the first white child born in town), Benjamin Brown, Jacob Faught, Thaddeus and William Snell, Mr. Fallonsbee, James, Jonathan and Heman Sturgis and their father, Edward, from Barnstable, Mass., about 1780; James Thatcher, from Cape Cod, and Isaiah Hawes, also from the Cape. These people lived on the river road and from south to north in substantially this order, beginning with William Brown on lot 51 of the first range, where Wallace Weeks now lives.
Children and Grandchildren
Oliver A. WEBBER had 84 first cousins, 42 of whom I’ve identified so far.
1. Charles WEBBER Jr. (See his page)
2. Sarah (Sally) Webber
She also was the first white child born in Vassalboro.
Sally’s husband Judah Chadwick was born 9 Dec 1765 in New Bedford, Bristol, Mass. and went to Maine with the rest of the family. His parents were James Chadwick (1725 – 1786) and Ruth Hatch (1729 – 1796). Judah first married Deborah Ward in 1783. Deborah died in 1795. He married 11 Dec 1796 Harlem (China) Maine to Sally Webber. Judah died 9 Aug 1816 in China, Kennebec, Maine and is buried in the Chadwick Hill Cemetery.
Story of Jones Plantation
In 1774, when only Indians were inhabitants of all the lands east of the Kennebec, one John Jones, a surveyor, and withal a man of great daring and perseverance – familiarly known as “Black Jones” laid out a new township to the east of the Kennebec, embracing most of the land now known as China, and called it Jones’ Plantation. In the summer of that year Jones had induced 4 brothers – Edmund, Jonathan, Ephriam and Andrew Clark to come from Nantucket and settle as pioneers on his plantation. They settled on the west side of the pond near the narrows. They were soon followed by other families, the Fishes, Burrells, Ward and others. These latter settled towards the head of the lake. When the Chadwicks settled in Jones’ Plantation the 4 Clark families were the only inhabitants of the town. The part of the town to the south of the narrows was as yet unoccupied.
In 1782 several families moved from the towns in the southern part of Massachusetts, notably from the cape towns – Falmouth, Barnstable, Dartmouth and Scituate all furnished their quotas.
It was at this time in the spring of 1782 that James and Ruth Chadwick with their then unmarried children, Job, Ichabod, Elizabeth, and Judah moved to the new settlements on the extreme end of Jones’ Plantation. But the married sons John and James with their families followed the year after their parents departed taking with them their youngest brother Lot, who, being too young to endure the hardships of pioneer life, had been left with his grandmother, Elizabeth, when the parents went to the new settlement.
About the time James and Ruth moved to Maine other families went from Falmouth to Jones’ Plantation, either with them, or soon after; among them the Hatches, Weeks, Hamlins and others. These families were all closely related to the Chadwicks by marriage. James married a Hatch, two of his sons married Weeks and one a Hamlin.
How these settlers removed to their new fields we are not told; but they probably went by sailing vessels to and up the Kennebec as far as it was then navigable. It is said that when James, Jr. moved his family in 1783 he transported his earthly all in an emigrant’s wagon drawn by oxen.
One tradition says the Chadwick family first settled in Vassalboro, at what was known as Gatchell’s Corner; but it is more likely that only a temporary stop was made at this place, till the head of the family could decide where to locate permanently. At any rate we find James and his family established in the spring of 1782, in Jones’ Plantation, on the southerly side of the road, which subsequently was built from what came to be known as Chadwick’s corner to Wentworth’s corner – once quite familiar locations; but alas, today nothing remains of their famous glory but the corners. (See The Chadwick Family of Jones’ Plantation in Maine. Compiled by Lillian Rich (McLaughlin) Gilligan, 1931. for more about the Chadwick’s pioneer adventures)
Children of Judah and Deborah Ward
i. Lucinda Chadwick b. 1794, Palermo, Waldo County, Maine; d. 12 Sep 1861 Palermo, Waldo, Maine; m. Samuel C. Tucker (1795 – 13 Jun 1857 Greeley Corner Cemetery Old, Greely Corner, Waldo County, Maine). A grandson of Mrs. Tucker’s is Maj. Tucker, of the U. S. Army, who married the only daughter of Gen. John A. Logan, of Illinois.
In the 1860 census, Samuel and Lucinda Tucker were farming in Palermo, Waldo, Maine with daughters Malinda (b. 1832) and Ellen (b. 1837) so perhaps the 1857 Samuel C. Tucker headstone belongs to someone else.
Children of Sarah and Judah:
ii. David Chadwick b. 1796, Maine; d. 17 Jun 1829 Kennebec County, Maine; m1. 17 June 1819 to Mary V. Chapman (b. 1792 – d. 4 Jan 1824); m2. 14 Dec 1828 to Caroline Bolton (b. 1804 Maine – d. 1876 Presque Isle, Aroostook, Maine) Her parents were Savage Bolton and Mary Shaw.
In the 1850 census, Caroline was living in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine with three daughters, (including twins Martha N and Mary W b. 1842) and her mother Mary Bolton (b. 1766), and her brothers Elijah (b. 1786) and John (b. 1808)
iii. Jason Chadwick b. 2 Mar 1799 in China, Kennebec, Maine; d. 22 Mar 1865 in Weeks Mills, Kennebec, Maine; m. 13 Nov 1822 China, Kennebec, Maine to Bethania (Bethany) Hamlin (b. 1 Dec 1800 China, Kennebec County, Maine – d. 12 Jul 1883 Weeks Mills, Kennebec County, Maine; Burial Chadwick Hill Cemetery)
Jason was a farmer, later hotel keeper, trader, dealer in cattle, sheep, wool, furs, eggs, etc., an active, successful business man; held several town offices; selectman, collector, etc; Whig and Republican; member of Maine Legislature. In the 1860 census, Jason and Bethany were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine. Their was Gustavus (b. 1833) was listed as a “speculator”
iv. Melinda Chadwick b. 1800, Maine; d. 23 Apr 1828, Chadwick Hill Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine; unmarried
v. Abel Chadwick b. 03 Feb 1802; d. 05 Jul 1885; m. 1828 to Elizabeth Starnett (b. 6 Jul 1807 Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire – d. 20 Apr 1900 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Burial: Chadwick Hill Cemetery) Her parents were Abner Starrett (1776 – 1819) and Elizabeth Dane (1779 – 1865)
In the 1850 census, Abel and Elizabeth were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine
vi. Saphronia Chadwick m. Nathan Freeman.
vii. Corydon Chadwick b. 5 Mar 1805 in Maine; d. 1 Jun 1876 in China, Kennebec, Maine; m. Cyrene Hamlin (26 Oct 1803, China, Kennebec, Maine – d. 12 Apr 1891 Augusta, Kennebec, Maine) Corydon held town offices many years; Representative two years; State Senator two terms; Methodists.
In the 1860 census, Corydon and Cyrena were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine.
viii. Caroline Chadwick b. 10 Dec 1806 Maine; d. 27 Oct 1883 Chadwick Hill Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine; m. Abram Long (Feb 1808 – 14 Nov 1882 Chadwick Hill Cemetery, China) In the 1850 census, Abel and Caroline were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine. Caroline’s mother Sarah (age 84) was living with the family.
ix. Joseph W Chadwick b. Oct 1808 Maine; d. 10 Jul 1836 Chadwick Hill Cemetery, China, Kennebec, Maine Aged 27ys 9ms; Betrothed to Susan Starrett sister of Elizabeth, wife of Abel.
3. Mary (Polly) Webber
Polly’s husband John Gaslin (Goslin, Gazlin) was born 19 Jul 1766 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. He married Polly 10 May 1791. After Polly died, John married Hannah Leeman 23 Aug 1851 in Vassalboro. John died 25 Apr 1857 in Vassalboro.
Mary had 12 children according to Concerning the Cortright and Webber families in America 1925, I’ve only found record of 8. Polly was buried at Cross Hill Cemetery, Vassalboro.
Children of Polly and John:
i. William Gaslin b. 6 Mar 1793 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 6 Jun 1883 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; Burial: Forest Grove Cemetery; m. Jerusha Nason (b. 1800
Maine – d. 6 Apr 1889 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; Burial: Forest Grove Cemetery)
In the 1850 census, William and Jerusha were farming in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.
ii. Thomas Gaslin b. 24 Jan 1795 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 26 Jun 1877 in Oak Grove, Anoka, Minnesota; m. 1 Aug 1813 Vassalboro, Maine to Hannah M Nickels In the 1850 census, Thomas was a farmer in Readfield, Kennebec, Maine. By the 1860 census, Thomas was farming in Oak Grove, Anoka, Minnesota next to his 23 year old son Joseph.
iii. Aaron Gaslin b. 1796 – Vassalboro, Maine; d. 1858; m. Sarah “Sally” Hedge (b. Cape Cod, Mass. – d. 1846)
In 1814 the British fleet hovered on the coast of Maine. Vassalboro raised companies by enlistment. A small company was raised for Lieutenant Colonel Moore’s regiment, and the captain was Jeremiah Farwell; lieutenant, Aaron Gaslin [Charles’ cousin]. Charles WEBBER, Eli French, John G. Hall and Elijah Morse were sergeants; Benjamin Bassett, Nathaniel Merchant and Heman Sturges, corporals; John Lovejoy, musician; and the file of privates numbered thirty men.
In the 1830 and 1840 censuses, Aaron was farming in Vassalboro with 9 in his household..
iv. Webber Call Gaslin b. 26 Oct 1797 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 3 Apr 1830 in Main, Columbia, Pennsylvania; m. 12 Dec 1823 in Vassalboro to Lucy Percival (b. Abt. 1803 – d. Aft. 1850 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine)
v. Benjamin Gaslin b. 31 Aug 1799 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 10 Feb 1873 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine; m1. in 26 Dec 1823 to Bathsheba Fuller (1785 Mass. or 1790 Maine – 2 Jan 1861 Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine; Burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery); m2. in 1861 to Nancy S. Miller (1818 Maine – 20 Mar 1872 Augusta, Maine; Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery). Notice that Bathseba was much older and Nancy much younger than Benjamin. In the 1850 census Benjamin and Bathskeba were living in Augusta, Maine where Benjamin was working as a trader.
vi. Jacob Gaslin b. 7 Jun 1803 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 04 Jul 1848 in Vassalboro; m. 16 Jun 1826 Windsor, Kennebec, Maine to Anna Palmer (b. 07 Mar 1804 in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine – d. Sep 1873 – Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa) Anna’s parents were Simon Palmer and Phebe Barnes. In the 1850 census, Ann was a widow in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine with five childen ages 5 to 19. By the 1860 census, Ann’s daughter Pheobia had married Chester Cayton and her daughter Angeline had married John Beaty and they were all farming together in Makee, Allamakee, Iowa
vii. Joshua Gaslin b. 1807 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 25 Jul 1852 in Chicago, Illinois; m1. 10 Jan 1828 in China, Kennebec, Maine to Pamela Cleaves (1806 – 1833); m2. 1835 in Jackson Plantation, Franklin, Maine to Lydia Keene (1817 – 1876) In the 1850 census, Joshua and Lydia were living in Jackson Plantation, Maine where Joshua was a laborer with seven children ages 3 to 14 at home.
viii. Mary W Gaslin b. 1809 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 7 Nov 1890 in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine; Burial: North Windsor Cemetery; m. 6 Nov 1831 in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine to Leonard Hallowell (11 Nov 1811 Windsor, Kennebec, Maine – 9 Feb 1895 Windsor, Kennebec, Maine; Burial: North Windsor Cemetery); nine children. In the 1850 census, Leonard and Mary were farming in Windsor.
4. James Webber
James wife Susanna Woodman was born 26 Oct 1778 in New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine. Her parents were Joseph Woodman and Susanna Stubbs. She married James 23 Oct 1795. Susanna died in 28 April 1806 in Vassalboro, Kennebec County, Maine, at age 27 years, 6 months and 2 days.
James died in 1823 in Sandusky, Erie, Ohio. James had 8 children.
There is a 1820 census record for a James Webber in New Haven, Huron, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Sandusky. This household had a male over 45 and a female age 16-25.
Woodman, J.H.. A List of the Descendants of Mr. Joshua Woodman, who settled at Kingston, N.H., about 1736. Brunswick, Maine: J. Griffin, 1856. states that Susanna had four children. I wonder if James married a second time and had four more.
Sandusky , the county seat of Erie, is one of Ohio’s most popular tourist destinations. The city is home to the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a regional leader in amusement parks and entertainment, as well as its flagship amusement park, Cedar Point. Cedar Point features the second largest collection of roller coasters in the world as well as many current and former record holders. The generally accepted theory is that the name “Sandusky” is an Anglicization of the phrase San Too Chee, meaning “cold water.” A less accepted theory is that the city was named after a Polish fur trader by the name of Antoni Sadowski or Jacob Sodowsky. The Greater Sandusky area was a safe haven and a new start for refugees of the Firelands, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War in Connecticut. Established as Portland in 1816, the name was changed two years later to Sandusky.
Children of James and Susanna:
i. James S. Webber, b. 1799 in Belfast, Waldo, Maine; James was living in Oakland Michigan in the 1840 census; d. 9 Jul 1882 in East Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan; m1. 1819 Phebe Smith ( – 1845); m2. in 1846 to Adelia (Delia) Melissa Harroun (14 Mar 1809 in New York – 22 Nov 1896 in Saginaw) In the 1850 census, J S and Dilia were living in Milford, Oakland, Michigan where James was a merchant. In the 1889 city directory, Delia was a widow living at 424 S. Warren, East Saginaw, Michigan.
ii. William B. Webber b. 1804 in New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; m. 1826 to Ann Haskell and moved to Bangor, Maine In the 1860 census, William B and Ann W were living in Bangor Maine with four children. By the 1870 census, William had married Susan [__?__] (b. 1812 Maine). William and Susan Webber were still living in Bangor in the 1880 census where William was still working as a city cryer at age 78.
iii. Solomon R. Webber b. 1808, Maine; d. 17 Aug 1891 Melrose, Mass; m. 21 Sep 1831 in Hallowell, Maine to Eliza Ring (b. 1811 Edgecomb, Maine – d. Aft 1880 census ) Her father was Aaron Ring of Edgecomb” (VR H 6:114); g.s. Hallowell Village Cemetery; In the 1850 census, Solomon was a tailor in Portland, Maine. In the 1880 census, Solomon was a retired merchant living with Eliza and two daughters in their twenties in Melrose, Middlesex, Mass.
5. John Webber
John’s wife Lucy Ballard was born 22 Oct 1775 in Vassalboro, Kennebec Maine. Her parents were Jonathan Ballard and Alice Moore. She married John 1 Dec 1793 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. Lucy died 30 Oct 1861 in Plymouth, Huron, Ohio.
In the 1860 census, Lucy (age 84) was living with her son David’s family in Plymouth, Richland, Ohio.
30 Jun 1789 – Jonathan Ballard, late of Vassalborough. Alice Ballard, of Vassalborough, widow, Adm’x, 21 Sep., 1778 . [II, 84.] Thomas Town, of Vassalborough, and Ephraim Ballard, of Hallowell, sureties. Inventory by Abiel Lovejoy, Nehemiah Gatchel and Levi Moore, all of Vassalborough, 9 Dec., 1778 . [II, 148.] Darius and Calvin, minor sons, and Alice, minor daughter, chose Charles Webber, of Vassalborough, to be their guardian, June, 1789. [IV, 54-55.] Account of Alice Williams, Adm’x, filed 30 June, 1789 . [IV, 56.]. http://sonic.net/~prouty/prouty/b394.htm.
John died 1847 in Plymouth, Huron, OH. John has 12 children
Huron county is the center of the Firelands or Sufferers’ Lands tract was located at the western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. The land was set aside for residents of the Connecticut towns of Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Ridgefield who lost their homes in 1779 and 1781 due to fires set by British forces during the American Revolutionary War.
In 1792, the Connecticut legislature set aside 500,000 acres (2,000 km²) for the Sufferers at the western end of the Western Reserve. About 30 towns, cities and villages ended up being situated in the Firelands near the southern shore of Lake Erie.
However, very few of the original “Sufferers” ever settled in the Firelands, as the land was not given for settlement until many years after the war. Even then, the land was not readily hospitable due to Indian hostilities prior to and during the War of 1812 and the necessity of clearing dense forests from most of the land so that it could be used for farming purposes.
On April 15, 1803, the Sufferers, or their heirs, legal agents, and purchasers of their deeds, formed a corporation to manage the lands to which they were entitled in the newly formed state of Ohio. The land was divided into 30 five mile square survey townships, which were further subdivided into 120 quarters, each containing 4,000 acres. A drawing was held to determine the land received by each individual. Many of the local communities and townships in the Firelands are named for locations in Connecticut.
In 1809, Huron County was formed from the entire Firelands. For the next 30 years, all of the Firelands would lie within Huron County.
Children of John and Lucy:
i. David Ballard Webber b. 13 Sep 1799 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine d. 5 Nov 1874 in Plymouth, Richland, Ohio ; m. 1824 in Plymouth, Ohio to Lucy Conkling (22 Feb 1806 New York – 23 Jun 1897) Her parents were Isaac Conkling and Elizabeth Davis; Eleven children. In the 1850 census, David was a farmer in Plymouth with a large household including his mother Lucy. He was a farmer and also taught school. Held the office of justice of the peace for many years was a man of influence in his own locality. 13 children including Sumner Mack Webber, mayor of Oakland, California March 1, 1875-March 12, 1876
ii. Belzora Webber b. c. 1800
iii. Charles Webber b. c. 1800
iv. Betsy Ann Webber b. c. 1800 m. Chame Webb.
v. Stephen Webber b. 1801 Maine; m. Harriet G. Clay (b. 1814 Maine – d. Aft 1880 census Gardiner, Maine) In the 1850 census, Stephen and Harriett were farming in Gardiner, Kennebec, Maine where they continued to live through the 1870 census.
vi. Mahala Webber b. 30 Jan 1802, Maine d. 6 Sep 1880 in La Salle, Monroe, Michigan; m. 23 Dec 1819 in Richland, OH to Joseph Lanning Skinner (1800 in New Jersey – 11 Jan 1840 in Sandusky, Sandusky, Ohio) Seven children In the 1870 and 1880 census, Mahala was living with her daughter Ellen Morse’s family in La Salle, Monroe, Michigan
vii. John Webber b. c. 1810; unmarried
viii. Louisa C. Webber b. 17 Feb 1811 in York, Maine; d. 28 Feb 1881 Rock Elm, Pierce, WI ; m. 3 Apr 1828 in Huron, Ohio to Asaph Cooke (1806 Granville, Washington, NY – 28 Dec 1869 Rock, Pierce, Wisconsin) ; Eleven children; In the 1850 census, Asaph and Louisa were farming in District 37, Rock Island, Illinois. By the 1860 census, they had moved to Frankfort, Pepin, Wisconsin
ix. Rhoda (Rhedi) R. Webber, b. c. 1810
x. Sumner P. Webber b. c. 1810, Maine; d. 3 Oct 1877 in Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan; m. Almeda Mann (b. Mar 1818 Ohio – d. Aft 1900 census, Denver, Colorado at the home of her daughter Caroline Green); In the 1850 census, Sumner was a merchant in New Haven, Huron, Ohio. In the 1860 census, Sumner was a prosperous miller in Eaton, Eaton, Michigan.
xi. Dyer Foat Webber b. c. 1817 New York; d. 14 Apr 1900 Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan; m. Cynthia J. Ames (b. 1824 Ohio – d. 8 Jun 1912 Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan)
In the 1850 census, Dyer was a merchant in New Haven, Huron, Ohio. In the 1860 census, Dyer was a teacher at the union school in Carmel, Eaton, Michigan. In the 1870 census, Dyer was a store clerk in Charlotte. In the 1880 census, Dyer was a Justice of the Peace in Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan.
6. William Webber and Mary Sturgis? William had no children.
7. Nancy Webber Had 1 child
8. Joseph Webber
Joseph’s wife Mary Brown birth is not known. They married 25 May 1800 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass.
Joseph had three children
Children of Joseph and Mary:
i. William Webber
ii. Mary Webber
iii. James Webber.
9. Samuel Webber
Samuel’s wife Jerusha Lambert Capen was born 14 Oct 1785 in Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine. Her parents were Theophilus Capen (1760 – 1842) and Rachel Lambert (1766 – 1842) She married Samuel 14 May 1801 Vassalboro, Maine. Jerusha died in 1864 in Caneadea, Alleghany, New York. Samuel had twelve children
In Jun 1802, Samuel was charged with assault in Kennebec County Supreme Judicial Court.
In 1831, at the age of 52, Samuel Webber moved his family as far west as Angelica in Allegany County then came to the Tuna Valley, buying land on lot 41, just north of his son-in-law Aaron Kellogg. Samuel Webber made the first substantial improvements in town, his family coming as soon as he had provided a home. This was first a rude shanty, but the following year was replaced by the first frame house in town.
In the 1850 census, Samuel and Jerusha were living in New Hudson, Allegany, New York next to their widowed daughter Meletiah Arnold. Samuel age 81 and Jerusha were still farming in Caneadea, Allegany, New York in the 1860 census.
Children of Samuel and Jerusha:
i. Charlotte Webber b. 7 Aug 1810 in Whitefield, Lincoln, Maine; d. 7 Sep 1890 in Allen, Dixon, Nebraska; m. 1831 in Limestone, Cattaraugus, New York to Aaron Kellogg (18 Jun 1802 in Hamilton, Madison, NY – 13 May 1882 in Limestone, Cattaraugus, NY);
In 1828, Aaron Kellogg moved to his lot on Tunagawant Creek in Limestone, Cattaraugus, New York. That’s a Seneca term for either “crooked creek” or “frog,” depending on whom you talk to. Everyone calls it Tuna Creek for short.”
Aaron’s eldest son, Franklin Augustus Kellogg was the first child born in town according to the History of Cattaraugus County and the author’s source was Aaron Kellogg himself.
In 1831, the first religious meeting in Carrolton was held at the house of Aaron Kellogg, that b eing the most roomy house in town at that time. No further church activity existed in town after that until 1843 when a class of Methodists was formed.
In 1842 Aaron Kellogg was appointed one of three assessors.
After the death of her husband in 1883, Charlotte left Limestone and removed to Nebraska. There she lived with her son, John Jay Kellogg, and also bought forty acres from her son Guy Irvin Kellogg Feb 14, 1885.
In the 1850 census, Aaron and Charlotte were farming in Carrollton, Cattaraugus, New York. twelve children
ii.Meletiah Webber b. 1816 in Maine; m. [__?__] Arnold; In the 1870 census, Meletiah was living with her son Albert Arnold in Cuba, Allegany, New York. Albert was born in Illinois. Also living in the household were Meletiah’s father Samuel Webber, age 94 (b. 1779) and her sister Caroline Webber age 64 (b. 1809)
iii. Caroline Webber b. c. 1809; d. Aft 1870 census; Unmarried
iv. Jeremiah Webber
v. Charles Webber
vi. Mary Webber
10. Hannah Webber
Hannah’s husband Amos Childes was born in 1764 in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine. His parents were David Child and Mehitable Damon or Jonas Childs and Peggy [__?__]. He first married Esther Alexander and had five children. He married Hannah 1 Feb 1801. Amos died in 19 Feb 1847 age 83 years.
Amos was fifteen years older than Hannah and qualified for a a land grant from the state of Maine for Revolutionary War service. In 1841, Amos was one of twelve Revolutionary War pensioners in Vassalboro.
In Jun 1805 Amos was a defendant in Kennebec County Supreme Judicial for illegal drink sales. Court In the 1820 census, Amos was living in Wilton, Kennebec, Maine with a wife, two boys and two girls. By 1830, the family had grown to seven children.
Children of Amos Childs and Esther Alexander
i. John Childs (11 Sep 1790 Vassalboro –
ii. Rebecca Childs b. 11 Nov 1792 Vassalboro ; d. 3 Oct 1874 – Fairfield, Somerset, Maine; m. 31 Jan 1811 – Vassalboro, Maine to Lemuel Tobey (b. 20 Jul 1784 in Fairfield, Somerset, Maine;
d. 6 Feb 1821 in Fairfield, Somerset, Maine)’
iii. Mary Sophia Childs b. 22 Nov 1794 Vassalboro; d. 5 Aug 1877 Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick; m. William Fish (b. 1789 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass – d. Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick) His parents were Eliab Fish and Abigail Swift.
iv. Jonas Childs (7 Aug 1801 Vassalboro –
Children of Hannah and Amos
v. Paulina Childs b. 20 Aug 1802 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 25 Mar 1875 in Vassalboro; m. Sep 1822 in Vassalboro to Enoch Plummer (1794 NH – 1883 Vassalboro, Maine) In the 1850 census, Enoch and Paulina were farming in Vassalboro.
vi.Caroline Childs (1803 – ) m. 1823 to Herbert Getchell (1800 – 1831)
11. George Webber
George’s second wife Temperance Emery was born in 1779 in Maine. In the 1850 census, she was living with Thaddeus Snell and his wife Melinda Emery in Vassalboro.
In 1814 the British fleet hovered on the coast of Maine. Vassalboro raised companies by enlistment. One was raised for Lieutenant Colonel Moore’s regiment, and the commissioned officers were: Daniel Wyman, captain; Alexander Jackson, lieutenant; William Tarbell, ensign. Thomas Hawes, Daniel Whitehouse, Zenas Percival and Roland Frye were sergeants; John Clay, Gersham Clark, Thomas Whitehouse and Jonathan Smart, corporals; George Webber, musician. There were twenty-nine privates.
George married Sybil Webber 7 Nov 1800 and Temperance Emery 11 Dec. 1820 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine. In the 1820 census, a George Webber was living in Vassalboro with a wife, three daughters and one son. In the 1830 census, a George Webber about the right age was living in Vassalboro with a wife and three daughters. George had 4 children.
Children of George and Sybil:
i. William W. Webber was born in 1805 in Maine; An ancestry.com family tree says his parents were Capt. George Webber (1776 – 1833) and Sybil [__?__] (1780 – 1828), but this genealogy says he was born in Monmouth, New Jersey in 1800. m. Rozilla L. Rollins. In the 1850 census, he was a farmer in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.
Rosilla M. Rollins was born 13 Jan 1804. Her parents were Ichabod Rollins and Mary Rawlins.
Children of William and Rozilla:
a. Caroline Sarah Webber b 1829 in Vassalboro, ME; d 29 Dec 1892 & buried in Bolton Hill Cem. in Augusta, ME. She was married 17 Sep 1848 to Joseph Andrew Shaw.
12. Benjamin Webber
Benjamin’s first wife Lydia Hannah Bailey was born 27 Feb 1788 in Pittston, Kennebec, Maine. Her parents were Nathaniel Bailey and Sarah Goodwin. She married Benjamin 27 Jun 1805 Pittston, Maine. Lydia died 1834 in Maine.
Benjamin married his second wife Lacina [__?__] in 1834.
Benjamin had three children
Children of Benjamin and Lydia:
i. Pamela (Parmelia) Webber b. abt 1810 in Maine d. 7 Jun 1881 in China, Kennebec, Maine; m. 27 Nov 1827 in Vassalboro, Maine to Levi Jackson (1801 in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine – 3 May 1881 in China, Kennebec, Maine); 11 children In the 1850 census Levi and Pamela were farming in China, Maine. By the 1880 census, Levi and Parmelia were retired and living with Levi Jr. in China.
ii. Lavina Webber b. 1808 – Marguerite Webber Witter communicated with a descendant at the Webber forum who said she was related to Parmelia Webber daughter of Benjamin Webber and Lydia Bailey…She said that Lavina Webber died the same year that Benjamin Webber and Elvira Hussey Webber had their first daughter in April 1851…So they named their first daughter Sarah Lavina Webber. (See comment below)
iii. Benjamin F. Webber b. 15 Apr 1817 Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 24 Nov 1882 China or Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine buried: Chadwick Hill Cemetery, So. China, Kennebec, Maine; m. 19 Nov 1843 Kennebec County, Maine to Elvira Hussey; In the 1850 census, Benjamin and Elvira were farming in China, Kennebec, Maine. In the 1860 census, Benjamin and Elvira were farming in China with their children Orrin Prescott Webber (age 15), Sarah Webber (9), and Herbert Webber (5)
13. Jeremiah Webber married Balsova Horn 1 Jun 1805 (See his page)
Illustrated history of Kennebec County, Maine; 1625-1799-1892, Part 2 By Henry D. Kingsbury, Simeon L. Deyo
The Chadwick Family of Jones’ Plantation in Maine. Compiled by Lillian Rich (McLaughlin) Gilligan, 1931.