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Biography of Robert E. Webster

ROBERT E. WEBSTER, Near Summitville in Van Buren Township is one of the fine country homes of Madison County, a place which for years has given a distinctive character of prosperity and well ordered enterprise to the country life of this section of the County, It is the farm occupied and owned by Robert E. Webster who was born on the place and has been identified with agricultural activities in this section all his life, In his home place he has eighty acres and also owns another farm of seventy acres east of Summitville about two miles. Robert E. Webster was born in Madison County on his present estate February 25, 1868, a son of Daniel W. and Elizabeth (Bear) Webster. The family belongs to the same stock which in an earlier day produced the noted orator and statesman Daniel Webster. Daniel W. Webster was the son of Robert and Rebecca (Fisher) Webster, Robert Webster during the early days brought his family from the state of Delaware to Madison County, and reached this part of Indiana in time to secure land direct from the government in Boone Township. Later he sold his old homestead and moved into Van Buren Township, Daniel W. Webster and wife had a family of seven children, namely: Oliver, Robert E., Jane Canup, Daniel F., Arthur; and two that died in infancy. Robert E. Webster...

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Biographical Sketch of Elisha T. Webster

Elisha T. Webster was horn at Granville, Washington Co. ,N.Y.. November 29th, 1818. Came West with his father Elisha Webster, and family in the fall of 1830, and settled in Conesus, where he continued to live until 1845, when he came to Springwater, and purchased a farm at what is now the village of Webster’s Crossing on the Erie railroad, and built a sawmill, and in addition to farming, went extensively into the business of sawing lumber and shingles. He was married in 1846, to Anna M. Clemmons who is still living. They have had two children, one daughter and one son. The daughter married Harvey P. Hill, and the son married Clara Moose. They are both engaged in selling goods and general merchandise at the crossing. After the railroad was built in 1852, Webster was very active in business and assisted much in building up the village and making it quite an active business place, and a good market for grain and other products. He got a Post Office established there and he was the first postmaster. Though now sixty-eight years old he is as full of life and push as his age will allow him to...

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Biography of John Francis Webster

John Francis Webster, of Concord, the treasurer of the Concord & Montreal Railroad, was born in Dorchester, Mass., November 18, 1837, son of Nathaniel F. and Miriam (Couch) Webster, both natives of Salisbury, N.H. He was educated in the public schools of Savannah, Ga., and Concord, N.H., and completed his studies at the age of nineteen. His first employment for salary was that of book-keeper for Moore, Cilley & Co., hardware merchants of this city, with whom he remained for a year and a half. On March 14, 1857, he entered the employ of the Concord Railroad Corporation as cashier in the local freight office, where he continued until 1862, when he was promoted to the general freight office. On May 1, 1865, he was made cashier of the road, a position that he subsequently filled for nearly twenty-five years. In September, 1889, he was appointed to his present office, that of treasurer of the Concord & Montreal Railroad. His long experience in the financial department of a carrying corporation had previously qualified him for this position. He is now a well-known railroad financier. He is also interested in the Mechanics’ National Bank, of which he is a Director, and in the Loan and Trust Savings Bank of Concord, of which he is a Trustee. Politically, he is a Republican. He represented Concord in the legislature during the years...

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Biography of John C. Webster

John C. Webster, a leading resident of Danbury, was born in Pelham, N.H., February 24, 1833, son of John Webster and a descendant of the famous Webster family. The first Webster in this country came from Ipswich, England, and settled in Ipswich, Mass. John C. belongs to the eighth generation in America. The paternal grandfather, Ebenezer, went when a young man to Pelham from Haverhill, Mass., and there cleared and settled on a farm given him by his father. Ebenezer married Elizabeth Bradford. John Webster, also a native of Pelham, was a farmer, and lived for many years on the homestead cleared by Ebenezer. He subsequently sold his place at Pelham, and removed to Hudson, where he died in his ninety-second year. His wife, Hannah Cummings Webster, had thirteen children, all born on the homestead except the youngest. Eleven of these reached maturity; namely, Elizabeth, Moses, Sally, Lovice, Lucy, Kimball, Hannah, John C., Nathan, Willard, and Orrin. The survivors besides John C. are: Elizabeth, who resides in Hudson, the widow of Warren Blodgett; Sally, who is the widow of Simeon Titcomb, and has three children-Albert, Charles, and Nellie; Lovice, who is Mrs. John Baker, of Hudson, and has three children-John P., Willis, and Nettie R.; Lucy, who is the mother of five children and the wife of Daniel B. Cluff, of Haverhill, Mass.; and Kimball, who is married and...

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Biography of Jesse Webster

Jesse Webster, who was an esteemed resident of Henniker, and had been actively engaged as a tailor in this town for upward of threescore years, was born June 7, 1811, in Newport, Sullivan County, son of John and Deborah (Dow) Webster. He is a lineal descendant of John Webster, who was born in Wales, August 9, 1714. This John America in company with his brother Ebenezer, the paternal grandfather of the eminent statesman, Daniel Webster. John was one of the settlers of Chester, N.H., in 1735. In 1750 he opened the first store in that locality. He was very active in the war of the Revolution, serving as Colonel of a regiment in the army. Colonel Webster’s son Samuel, the next in line of descent, being the paternal grandfather of Jesse, was born February 15, 1757, in Chester. Early in life he began to study for the ministry, which he subsequently entered. After his marriage with Hannah Robie he was settled for several years in Goffstown, N.H. Afterward he removed to Newport, N.H., where he reared his family. His son John, who was born in Goffstown, at the age of fourteen removed with his parents to Newport, where he afterward resided until his death in 1839. John’s wife, Deborah, died six years before his death. Jesse Webster grew to manhood in Chester, where his strong influence in matters of...

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Biography of Hon. Daniel Webster, LL.D.,

Hon. Daniel Webster, LL.D. “With rarest gifts of heart and head From manliest stock inherited, New England’s stateliest type of man.” Born on January 18, 1782, in Salisbury, N.H., Daniel Webster was the younger son of Captain Ebenezer Webster by his second wife, Abigail Eastman. His father was a son of Ebenezer second, grandson of Ebenezer first, and great-grandson of Thomas Webster, of Ormsby, Norfolk County, England, who was an early settler in Hampton, N.H. Captain Ebenezer Webster is said to have inherited from his mother, Mrs. Susannah B. Webster, who was a descendant of the Rev. Stephen Bachiler and “a woman of uncommon strength of understanding,” some of his most prominent mental and physical traits. He has been characterized as a “perfect example of a strong-minded, unlettered man, of sound common-sense, correct judgment, and tenacious memory.” He commanded a company in the Revolution, and later in life was a Colonel in the State militia. A farmer by occupation, he also held the office of “side justice” in the Court of Common Pleas. By his first wife he had five children, namely: two that died young, Susannah, David, and Joseph; and by his second five, as follows: Mehitable, Abigail, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Sarah. In 1783 Captain Webster removed from the homestead where the early years of his married life had been spent to Elms Farm, as later known, in...

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